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Yesterday Apple had a special media event to announce an update to their notebook line ups. I’ve been waiting patiently to pick up my first MacBook and it looks like I’ll get the chance today at the Apple Store in Vancouver.

I’ve been using my trusty Dell 700M for the past few years but it’s time to move on. I’m tired of dealing with Windows XP and the headaches that come with it. On top of that my speakers no longer work because the constant opening and closing of the lid has “spliced” the speaker wires (Dell FTW). What about buying another PC notebook? I refuse to do so because of Vista. Don’t even get me started on Vista, as I refuse to touch that OS with a 10 foot pole.

My original first gen iPhone was my first taste of a true Apple product (aside from my 4G 20GB iPod) and it got me hooked. The iPhone OS is so intuitive and everything is so easy to use. It definitely got me interested in acquiring my first Mac down the road. It looks like that time has come! So come tomorrow, hopefully the Apple Store in Vancouver will have ample MacBooks in stock as I’m going to be picking one up after work!

Some iPhone News that Came out of Today’s Announcement

What about the iPhone? Did we get ANY news from today? Well, here is some very cool news regarding the iPhone headphones and the new MacBooks courtesy of Jason Snell from Macworld:

Yes, it’s true — these new MacBooks work with your iPhone headphones. If you click the button on your iPhone headphones, iTunes pauses. Click again, and the music resumes. A double-click advances one track, and a triple-click moves back a track—just like on the iPhone. What’s more, the headphones’ built-in microphone appears as the input device “Microphone port” in the Sound preference pane.

Awesome news! Our iPhone headphones will work with the new MacBooks. Gotta love the integration, thanks Apple! 😉 Anyone else picking up a MacBook today?

[via Macworld, Engadget, Apple]

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  • Harry

    Welcome to the macbook family! I can’t give up my current macbook yet…320GB HDD 4GB RAM, though I suppose I could always swap out these features and put them into the new macbook….hummm.

  • Harry

    Welcome to the macbook family! I can’t give up my current macbook yet…320GB HDD 4GB RAM, though I suppose I could always swap out these features and put them into the new macbook….hummm.

  • Sunny

    I will be getting one soon. (2.4 GHz MacBook) I can’t stand my old 8.04 pounds Sony VAIO laptop running Windows XP. Since I live in Richmond, hopefully Future Shop or BestBuy will have them in stock soon.

  • Sunny

    I will be getting one soon. (2.4 GHz MacBook) I can’t stand my old 8.04 pounds Sony VAIO laptop running Windows XP. Since I live in Richmond, hopefully Future Shop or BestBuy will have them in stock soon.

  • D168

    If I were you, I would wait until the new ones get released in about a month….

  • D168

    If I were you, I would wait until the new ones get released in about a month….

  • Mike

    Love my macbook, its my second one and my third Mac computer.

  • Mike

    Love my macbook, its my second one and my third Mac computer.

  • paskos

    I’ve been thinking going Mac (always been a PC before) because I really don’t want to go vista but I still doubted…fear of change I guess…
    This little headphone compatibility thing just got me thought…
    I’ll go MAC then…
    Is there any support group, 12 steps program like to loose my old PC habits ? 🙂

  • paskos

    I’ve been thinking going Mac (always been a PC before) because I really don’t want to go vista but I still doubted…fear of change I guess…
    This little headphone compatibility thing just got me thought…
    I’ll go MAC then…
    Is there any support group, 12 steps program like to loose my old PC habits ? 🙂

  • Tony

    I bought a Macbook about a year ago, so no I will not be getting a new one. But just to let you know, if you can wait until February there will most likely be an upgrade of the Macbooks, so it’s up to you.

  • Tony

    I bought a Macbook about a year ago, so no I will not be getting a new one. But just to let you know, if you can wait until February there will most likely be an upgrade of the Macbooks, so it’s up to you.

  • I’m fighting tears here guys! It so warms my heart to see you guys turning to Mac computers 😉 I switched to the “dark side” several years ago and haven’t looked back! I have an iMac at home, a Mac Pro at work and a Macbook Air as a go between. Yeah, I got sucked into the Macbook Air!!! I will be looking at a new Macbook now that they are out. The Air is a good little travel laptop, but I need a bit more power and some ports to support my Photography hobby. I guess I’ll sell my Air and take a huge loss if I can find a buyer!
    Warning… once you go Mac, you’ll never go back!!! 😀

  • I’m fighting tears here guys! It so warms my heart to see you guys turning to Mac computers 😉 I switched to the “dark side” several years ago and haven’t looked back! I have an iMac at home, a Mac Pro at work and a Macbook Air as a go between. Yeah, I got sucked into the Macbook Air!!! I will be looking at a new Macbook now that they are out. The Air is a good little travel laptop, but I need a bit more power and some ports to support my Photography hobby. I guess I’ll sell my Air and take a huge loss if I can find a buyer!
    Warning… once you go Mac, you’ll never go back!!! 😀

  • Bruce

    You will love your MacBook. It will all just work and you notice almost zero crashes. If something does crash it just goes back to the desktop. If you have left it on for weeks you may need to re-boot to reset everything if some apps seem slower after awhile, then the world is great again. Enjoy!

  • Bruce

    You will love your MacBook. It will all just work and you notice almost zero crashes. If something does crash it just goes back to the desktop. If you have left it on for weeks you may need to re-boot to reset everything if some apps seem slower after awhile, then the world is great again. Enjoy!

  • Bruce

    Better than that, they are called Mac Genius’s located at all Mac stores. They will give you classes on how to use the Mac and I understand even convert you files from your PC onto your new Mac and I think it is all free. Check it out!!!

  • Bruce

    Better than that, they are called Mac Genius’s located at all Mac stores. They will give you classes on how to use the Mac and I understand even convert you files from your PC onto your new Mac and I think it is all free. Check it out!!!

  • I made the switch to Mac for my desktop about a year ago. I’ve been thinking about getting a laptop, and it seems now’s the time. The new MacBook’s are gorgeous.

  • I made the switch to Mac for my desktop about a year ago. I’ve been thinking about getting a laptop, and it seems now’s the time. The new MacBook’s are gorgeous.

  • TK

    “” Is there any support group, 12 steps program like to loose my old PC habits ? “”
    step 1 – light the piece of chit machine on fire.
    step 2 – stomp once..
    step 3 – stomp twice..
    step 4 – 12 ( you can see where this is headed.. it’s just put the flames out )

    some have even ventured the a “13th ” – that being taking a pic with your iphone,
    and sending it in to microsoft support labelled ” Vista Fu$kD my computer up “…
    All of that takes place as you laugh madly because your next door neighbor just came out carrying his brand new cel phone that utilizes the ” widows mobile operating system ” HA ha!!

  • TK

    “” Is there any support group, 12 steps program like to loose my old PC habits ? “”
    step 1 – light the piece of chit machine on fire.
    step 2 – stomp once..
    step 3 – stomp twice..
    step 4 – 12 ( you can see where this is headed.. it’s just put the flames out )

    some have even ventured the a “13th ” – that being taking a pic with your iphone,
    and sending it in to microsoft support labelled ” Vista Fu$kD my computer up “…
    All of that takes place as you laugh madly because your next door neighbor just came out carrying his brand new cel phone that utilizes the ” widows mobile operating system ” HA ha!!

  • Didn’t new ones just get released?! Are you saying till the next macbook update? If that’s the case I will be waiting forever! 😉

  • Didn’t new ones just get released?! Are you saying till the next macbook update? If that’s the case I will be waiting forever! 😉

  • Thanks for the comments guys. I”ll be hitting you guys up for the must-have apps! 🙂

  • Thanks for the comments guys. I”ll be hitting you guys up for the must-have apps! 🙂

  • Mirth

    I’ve been a PC guy forever. Being formally trained with Microsoft products (I’m an MCSE) that works everyday in the IT field. Moreover, I’ve designed and implemented several full network systems based on Windows server / clients.

    I’ve had a Macbook Pro for about a year and a half now, and will never go back. It is an amazing product that just works. It has only crashed once since I’ve started abusing it, and I know exactly what I did and why it happened. I’m using Bootcamp and VMWare to get the pc fix I need (some tools just are not available in mac form yet). I swear XP runs better in this way than on my other dedicated desktops and laptop.

    I’m just deciding if I want to push the company for an upgrade to the new versions. I’ve kinda grown attached to my first ever Macbook Pro. Not sure I’m ready to let go of it yet…

  • Mirth

    I’ve been a PC guy forever. Being formally trained with Microsoft products (I’m an MCSE) that works everyday in the IT field. Moreover, I’ve designed and implemented several full network systems based on Windows server / clients.

    I’ve had a Macbook Pro for about a year and a half now, and will never go back. It is an amazing product that just works. It has only crashed once since I’ve started abusing it, and I know exactly what I did and why it happened. I’m using Bootcamp and VMWare to get the pc fix I need (some tools just are not available in mac form yet). I swear XP runs better in this way than on my other dedicated desktops and laptop.

    I’m just deciding if I want to push the company for an upgrade to the new versions. I’ve kinda grown attached to my first ever Macbook Pro. Not sure I’m ready to let go of it yet…

  • Danny

    I’ve had a Mac since christmas.
    They are so much better than PCs.
    So much easier to use and so much more stable.
    And the best part is… I haven’t had a single virus yet.
    I don’t even have antivirus software. =)

  • Danny

    I’ve had a Mac since christmas.
    They are so much better than PCs.
    So much easier to use and so much more stable.
    And the best part is… I haven’t had a single virus yet.
    I don’t even have antivirus software. =)

  • Dezz

    iPhoto is in bad need of an update but otherwise, you will never look back.

  • Dezz

    iPhoto is in bad need of an update but otherwise, you will never look back.

  • Michael

    Called the pacific apple retail store, they won’t have them in for another couple weeks.. so sad

  • Michael

    Called the pacific apple retail store, they won’t have them in for another couple weeks.. so sad

  • Jan

    Bought, and still using an iBook G4. 1.42GHz, (upgraded) 1.5GB RAM, multi-layer Superdrive, OSX 10.5.5. back in August of 2005. As we move towards 2009, it is still the best computer I have ever owned. Granted, it has it’s problems, but after abusing it for 3+ years, going to and from school, taking it on extended road trips, and generally treating it as though it were a tank, it’s held up pretty darn well. I have had a few recent issues with my heat sink, but I have a feeling its due to the dust build-up in my room, which has worked it’s way into the internal parts.(don’t ask why it’s so dusty.) The fan is actually running at the moment, but it is still hardly noticeable. Sometimes it doesn’t want to shut itself down properly but I think it has something to do with the heat problem, as it only happens when the thing is really hot. BUT! My apps hardly ever crash. I can run 15 different programs without seeing any real slow down in performance, I was at one point, running a large display off of it while simultaneously running spaces (on both screens), and about 7 different apps. It still ran smoothly! Now, granted it’s not the top of the line model, and it’s now been updated twice, but I still have love for it because it has never really let me down. I think I’d like to get a new one though, because as much as I have come to respect my current machine, I forsee things taking a bit of a dive over the next little while. The problem with today’s electronics, is that they are all designed with a particular shelf life in mind. They are not meant to last more than about 4-5 years, and I’m getting close! (I hope I’m not forced to get a new one, and that I can slowly faze out my current model, while getting used to a new one.)

    P.S. I was thinking about the claim that Apple will redesign their notebook in February 09… This might actually be true, seeing as how the updates to this particular model centered around the overhaul of the case and manufacturing processes, a lot more than anything else. I could see Apple releasing a very similar looking product in Feb, but with improved and upgraded processor speeds (think somewhere around 3-4Ghz), a supped up blue-ray capable Superdrive, (if they haven’t already done that. I didn’t see it.) maybe a larger SSHD (bigger than 128GB, though that is already more than I would ever use), and perhaps *fingers crossed* an update to OSX…OSXI???

    Any way, I’m a mac fan and always will be. I don’t even miss gaming that much, and of course, now that the machine can run boot camp much more effectively than mine ever could, you don’t REALLY need to worry about gaming compatibility issues anyway.

    Welcome to the Mac experience Iphonefan, I hope you enjoy it!

  • Jan

    Bought, and still using an iBook G4. 1.42GHz, (upgraded) 1.5GB RAM, multi-layer Superdrive, OSX 10.5.5. back in August of 2005. As we move towards 2009, it is still the best computer I have ever owned. Granted, it has it’s problems, but after abusing it for 3+ years, going to and from school, taking it on extended road trips, and generally treating it as though it were a tank, it’s held up pretty darn well. I have had a few recent issues with my heat sink, but I have a feeling its due to the dust build-up in my room, which has worked it’s way into the internal parts.(don’t ask why it’s so dusty.) The fan is actually running at the moment, but it is still hardly noticeable. Sometimes it doesn’t want to shut itself down properly but I think it has something to do with the heat problem, as it only happens when the thing is really hot. BUT! My apps hardly ever crash. I can run 15 different programs without seeing any real slow down in performance, I was at one point, running a large display off of it while simultaneously running spaces (on both screens), and about 7 different apps. It still ran smoothly! Now, granted it’s not the top of the line model, and it’s now been updated twice, but I still have love for it because it has never really let me down. I think I’d like to get a new one though, because as much as I have come to respect my current machine, I forsee things taking a bit of a dive over the next little while. The problem with today’s electronics, is that they are all designed with a particular shelf life in mind. They are not meant to last more than about 4-5 years, and I’m getting close! (I hope I’m not forced to get a new one, and that I can slowly faze out my current model, while getting used to a new one.)

    P.S. I was thinking about the claim that Apple will redesign their notebook in February 09… This might actually be true, seeing as how the updates to this particular model centered around the overhaul of the case and manufacturing processes, a lot more than anything else. I could see Apple releasing a very similar looking product in Feb, but with improved and upgraded processor speeds (think somewhere around 3-4Ghz), a supped up blue-ray capable Superdrive, (if they haven’t already done that. I didn’t see it.) maybe a larger SSHD (bigger than 128GB, though that is already more than I would ever use), and perhaps *fingers crossed* an update to OSX…OSXI???

    Any way, I’m a mac fan and always will be. I don’t even miss gaming that much, and of course, now that the machine can run boot camp much more effectively than mine ever could, you don’t REALLY need to worry about gaming compatibility issues anyway.

    Welcome to the Mac experience Iphonefan, I hope you enjoy it!

  • I just called myself too and it’s confirmed they don’t have them in yet, bummer. Lady told me she has no clue when they are coming in. I just laughed at her answer!

  • I just called myself too and it’s confirmed they don’t have them in yet, bummer. Lady told me she has no clue when they are coming in. I just laughed at her answer!

  • Thanks for the informative post! If only my former PCs would have lasted as long as your Mac. Gotta get my hands on one first though! 😉

  • Thanks for the informative post! If only my former PCs would have lasted as long as your Mac. Gotta get my hands on one first though! 😉

  • Peacock

    Hope you get your macbook soon! I’ve own one for about a year and I absolutely love it!
    Cool Apps for Macs:
    -handbrake = converts vids
    -alien converter = converts file formats
    -cyberduck = SSH
    -pwnage tool = I prefer it over quickpwn!
    -transmission = torrent program

  • Peacock

    Hope you get your macbook soon! I’ve own one for about a year and I absolutely love it!
    Cool Apps for Macs:
    -handbrake = converts vids
    -alien converter = converts file formats
    -cyberduck = SSH
    -pwnage tool = I prefer it over quickpwn!
    -transmission = torrent program

  • Bud Colby

    after I watched the keynote on the Apple website yesterday afternoon. I gave it a lot of thought. I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro M70 that is ’bout 1.5 years old, and there is nothing wrong with it, no problems. I have always used PC’s. My first experiance with an Apple product has been with my iPhone 3G. But.., I will admit, I have always been a little “Mac curious”.

    I have been thinking of late, that it would be interesting to try to learn some programming. After a lot of reading, and surfing blogs and forums, I beleive that to learn how to program for the iPhone, one must learn to program in Objective C. My research told me that it would be very hard to go from nothing to learning Objective C would be extremly hard. Further research indicated that it may be possible to learn “Python”, and then go on to Objectve C. I had been telling all this to my wife and she didn’t seem to have anything negative to say about my plans. Last night I told her I was thinking about getting a Mac product because Python is installed on Mac computers, she just understood why I would want to do this and just went along with the idea.

    So, to make a long story even longer. Last night at about 11:00 or so I when to the online store and ordered my first Mac. I ordered the $1399.00 model, upgraded to a 250GB HHD ($100.00), and paid the extra $13.00 expedited shipping. Delivery estimated for 20 – 24 Oct.

    I will turn 50 on Nov. 2. Let’s call it a mid-life self gift, or whatever you want, but I’ll give it an honest to goodness try. (that’s all a steer can do, LOL)

    CAN’T WAIT!!!

  • Bud Colby

    after I watched the keynote on the Apple website yesterday afternoon. I gave it a lot of thought. I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro M70 that is ’bout 1.5 years old, and there is nothing wrong with it, no problems. I have always used PC’s. My first experiance with an Apple product has been with my iPhone 3G. But.., I will admit, I have always been a little “Mac curious”.

    I have been thinking of late, that it would be interesting to try to learn some programming. After a lot of reading, and surfing blogs and forums, I beleive that to learn how to program for the iPhone, one must learn to program in Objective C. My research told me that it would be very hard to go from nothing to learning Objective C would be extremly hard. Further research indicated that it may be possible to learn “Python”, and then go on to Objectve C. I had been telling all this to my wife and she didn’t seem to have anything negative to say about my plans. Last night I told her I was thinking about getting a Mac product because Python is installed on Mac computers, she just understood why I would want to do this and just went along with the idea.

    So, to make a long story even longer. Last night at about 11:00 or so I when to the online store and ordered my first Mac. I ordered the $1399.00 model, upgraded to a 250GB HHD ($100.00), and paid the extra $13.00 expedited shipping. Delivery estimated for 20 – 24 Oct.

    I will turn 50 on Nov. 2. Let’s call it a mid-life self gift, or whatever you want, but I’ll give it an honest to goodness try. (that’s all a steer can do, LOL)

    CAN’T WAIT!!!

  • Stumbled upon this blog from john chow and good that you have donated money for the thanksgiving for the poor and homeless. For myself, I tithe to my local church since last year and it feels good.

    Diana @ http://www.DianaTan.net

  • Stumbled upon this blog from john chow and good that you have donated money for the thanksgiving for the poor and homeless. For myself, I tithe to my local church since last year and it feels good.

    Diana @ http://www.DianaTan.net

  • Tim

    I really like my current C2 Duo MacBook, and my PowerBook G4 before that. But I think that my next Mac will be a Mac Pro, I just long for the power and expandability of a desktop.

    Welcome to the MacBook family, you will enjoy your laptop! 🙂

  • Tim

    I really like my current C2 Duo MacBook, and my PowerBook G4 before that. But I think that my next Mac will be a Mac Pro, I just long for the power and expandability of a desktop.

    Welcome to the MacBook family, you will enjoy your laptop! 🙂

  • dmurray

    welcome to mac (been a mac-head since i started developing for mac in ’88)
    one thing you will need to get used to, though, is new product not being available when it is announced… but you have an iphone, so you ‘get it’ 😉

  • dmurray

    welcome to mac (been a mac-head since i started developing for mac in ’88)
    one thing you will need to get used to, though, is new product not being available when it is announced… but you have an iphone, so you ‘get it’ 😉

  • Thanks for the list. This is good to know! 😉

  • Thanks for the list. This is good to know! 😉

  • Bud, I can feel your emotion and how excited you are to get your first Mac. I am equally excited to get my first Mac. I’m actually more excited to leave Windows XP actually! 🙂

  • Thanks for visiting!

  • Bud, I can feel your emotion and how excited you are to get your first Mac. I am equally excited to get my first Mac. I’m actually more excited to leave Windows XP actually! 🙂

  • Thanks for visiting!

  • Wow, a lot of Mac lovers here. Can’t wait to switch! Now if only the manufacturing and shipping process will hurry up already! 😉

  • Wow, a lot of Mac lovers here. Can’t wait to switch! Now if only the manufacturing and shipping process will hurry up already! 😉

  • D168

    I read that they would be released in early November. I could be totally mistaken though. I haven’t seen the new ones on display at my Apple store yet…

  • D168

    I read that they would be released in early November. I could be totally mistaken though. I haven’t seen the new ones on display at my Apple store yet…

  • Nitar

    too expensive for me…. And the credit markets are dead, so no cahnce of a reasonable monthly payment!!

  • Nitar

    too expensive for me…. And the credit markets are dead, so no cahnce of a reasonable monthly payment!!

  • J450N

    Buying first gen Apple hardware is a gamble. I was burned on both my iMac and especially my first gen Macbook (1.83Ghz).

    I’ll be waiting for Rev.B before I consider a Macbook again.

  • J450N

    Buying first gen Apple hardware is a gamble. I was burned on both my iMac and especially my first gen Macbook (1.83Ghz).

    I’ll be waiting for Rev.B before I consider a Macbook again.

  • Peacock

    I’m sure most of you know, but for those who don’t: You get a student discount (I believe 10%) off any Apple Product if you go to University when you order online.
    http://canadaapp.apple.com/routing/index.php?lang=eng is the link. not sure if it will work, if it doesn’t, it’s at the very bottom of the apple page labeled (after clicking on the apple store link).

  • Peacock

    I’m sure most of you know, but for those who don’t: You get a student discount (I believe 10%) off any Apple Product if you go to University when you order online.
    http://canadaapp.apple.com/routing/index.php?lang=eng is the link. not sure if it will work, if it doesn’t, it’s at the very bottom of the apple page labeled (after clicking on the apple store link).

  • Jack

    Hey, I’ve used PC and recently I got a Mac Pro. I would say that most of the compatibility issues and old PC habits are forgoable easily. I have found free replacement software for Mac that I need. The experience so far on the Mac Pro is equivalent to what I experienced on Linux with respect to installation of software, but much better in terms of usage and functionality (it didnt give as much problem to get it working). However, as you will be using Macbook, you probably wont experience what I experienced in terms of hardware. On the Mac Pro, i found that the Leopard OS lacked driver support for other brands of ethernet card, firewire, etc (these are connected in the PCI-e slots). Gaming is an issue too. Some games that I play are just not installable on the Mac, while some other games do function and function much better. For the games that dont function, I need to dual boot into Vista, which I am too lazy to, so i ended up not playing them but craving.

  • Jack

    Hey, I’ve used PC and recently I got a Mac Pro. I would say that most of the compatibility issues and old PC habits are forgoable easily. I have found free replacement software for Mac that I need. The experience so far on the Mac Pro is equivalent to what I experienced on Linux with respect to installation of software, but much better in terms of usage and functionality (it didnt give as much problem to get it working). However, as you will be using Macbook, you probably wont experience what I experienced in terms of hardware. On the Mac Pro, i found that the Leopard OS lacked driver support for other brands of ethernet card, firewire, etc (these are connected in the PCI-e slots). Gaming is an issue too. Some games that I play are just not installable on the Mac, while some other games do function and function much better. For the games that dont function, I need to dual boot into Vista, which I am too lazy to, so i ended up not playing them but craving.

  • Bud Colby

    Lets hope it will be all we’re expecting and more!!

  • Bud Colby

    Lets hope it will be all we’re expecting and more!!

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  • Tim Aucoin

    Test?

  • Tim Aucoin

    Test?

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