Argimou, it is getting down to the wire. Either a new iMac or the 17" AlPB. I am trying to decide on the mobility issue vs the opportunity to purchase just the PB or the iMac, with a scanner and printer. The plot thickens, so to speak.
PB, specifically, what are the advantages of the 800 vs the 400 Firewire port other than speed? What current devices might be utilized to take advantage of this speed? As well, what might be a use of the the "audio in" function?
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dr.G.: PB, specifically, what are the advantages of the 800 vs the 400 Firewire port other than speed? What current devices might be utilized to take advantage of this speed? As well, what might be a use of the the "audio in" function?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
For now, there is no real benefit to the FW800 Port as there are no FW800 devices to take advantage of the increased speed. The main advantage it offers right now is because it is backwards compatible (with a little pin adapter) to FW400, the 17" PowerBook has 2 FireWire ports instead of just one.
The FW800 ports are more of a forwad thinking feature at the moment, just as the FireWire port was when they first added it to the lineup.
The Audio Line in is just what it sounds like, a Line Level (as opposed to Mic Level) audio input jack. Most self respecting audiophiles wont buy a computer without one. It allows you to record Audio, in real time, from external sources such as a stereo, MiniDisk Player, SoundBoard, etc.
Yo MaxPower, now there's someone who can make a decision, eh Dr. G?
As for Firewire 400 versus 800, there are very few peripherals that have FW800 ports (a couple of hard drives have been announced). By not including FW800 on all machines (only the pro line) Apple has made a weird move and essentially restricted the standard to a high end market. All DV cams have iLink (a four pin connector) and its unlikely consumer devices such as these will adopt FW800. This is partly because FW400 is just fine for the job and secondly because adoption of FW800 in the PC world is precisely zero.
Since FW800 is backwards compatible with FW400 (through a converter plug - although this apparently is causing some headaches), having the higher potential throughput does protect against obsolescence to a degree. Apple did buy a Firewire IC controller company last year. This might mean that Apple will develop its own peripheral devices to accelerate adoption (but why limit it to the pro models in that case?).
There have been rumours of an FW800 iPod but with todays iMac announcement, I don't see the point, especially since the Toshiba drives don't sustain a data throughput that saturates even the FW400 standard.
Interesting on the new iMacs... the 17 inch version has support for S-Video and Composite out with the optional adapter:
"Video out support
Need to connect to an external VGA display, projector or TV? That?s easy. Both iMac models feature mini-VGA output ports that work with an optional Apple VGA display adapter, and both support video mirroring. You can mirror your projects to an external display or projector ? perfect for presentations and for sharing your ideas. Additionally, the 17-inch iMac comes with support for S-Video and composite video signals, so you can display your multimedia projects on a big-screen TV: simply connect your TV to the video output port via the optional Apple Video Adapter, and you?re on television."
This is not available on the 15".... Wonder why? The iBook has 32 MB and can do it. Maybe because its Radeon and not nVidia?
That's great to have because if you've got built in DVd player, why not be able to hook it up to your TV?
I don't know; I was more excited about the latest PowerMac speedbumps. The iMacs are expensive enough, and the PowerMacs cheap enough, that if I were to get anything other than a base model iMac, I'd probably spend a bit more and get a PowerMac G4 with a 17" LCD screen (or a nice monitor, one of the two). The PowerMac would lack a SuperDrive, but would be faster overall (not to mention the fact that it's expandable).
" ... New iPods are up on the US site.
Maybe this is old news and I just missed it, but iPods now have a wired remote (10/20 standard, 5 optional), new models of headphones, a port cover for the Firewire port, a case w/belt clip, software v1.2 (supports audiobooks), a scheduling app, and a built-in quartz clock.
PosterBoy, once again thanks for your info. When you wrote "It allows you to record Audio, in real time, from external sources such as a stereo....", am I to believe that I might be able to "unlock" my entire record collection from the 60s and download certain songs onto iTunes??? Thanks, also, ehMax, for your info as well. "Very interesting!" Decision time may be sooner than anticipated.