Besides the requisite annual iLife and iWork updates bringing better iPhoto performance in time for everyone to breathe a sigh of relief (since they’ve started pushing the limits of last year’s iPhoto performance boost), there are new Intel Macs! Though certainly not the iBook and Mac Mini updates everyone was predicting, the new dual-core setups are apparently quite the ass-kickers.
Besides the processor, the iMac hasn’t really changed at all since the last G5 upgrade, but the MacBook Pro… now there’s something that goes to the top of the wishlist. I’m astounded by the size of the iSight camera in the lid, though I do wonder what value there is in having a FrontRow remote for a laptop. It’s a bloomin’ laptop! You sit on the couch with it! Handily, the remote can also be used for Keynote presentations, though methinks a haxie might be in order to see what else it can be used for.
Finally, Microsoft has shitcanned the truly mediocre Windows Media Player application for Mac and gone with the QuickTime Component option that clever bunnies like DivX have been using all these years. The announcement was made earlier today, so you can go right now and download the (formerly ten-dollar) Flip4Mac WMP component for free.
OK, maybe shitcanned is too strong a word. WiMP 9 is still available, and for those hapless souls who have already updated QuickTime to version 7.0.4 Flip4Mac will cause a pretty major stability problem: when you close a window displaying a WMV movie (be it in QuickTime, Mail, or Safari) that program will crash. So until one of the software companies implicated in this new bug rushes a fix, caveat emptor.
For the brave and the foolish, Apple has released a QuickTime 7.0.4 → 7.0.1 downgrader, which you can then upgrade to 7.0.3 (required for iTunes 6.0.2 compatibility), putting an end to the Flip4Mac crashtacular.
Of course, 7.0.4 is still required by the rest of the iLife ‘06 suite, so if you plan to upgrade you might just want to wait for a Flip4Mac update and save yourself the hassle.
Flip4Mac 2.0.1 has been released to “address the issues”, as they say.