“And Why It’s Now Official – I Am Permanently Switching To Lightroom 4x
Since dropping out of MacWorld and most of the other big electronics/computer shows, WWDC (The World Wide Developer’s Conference) in San Francisco has become Apple’s most important venue for product announcements. What used to be all about code and SDKs is now about that and hardware.
This week’s WWDC Keynote brought lots of hardware. A few surprises and a few things that I predicted.
Let’s start with the new MacBook laptop line. The big news is a 15.4″ 2880×1880, 4.46 pound laptop code named Verge. It’s just .71 inches thick. Comes with SD reader, HDMI port, USB2/3 x2 and two Thunderbolt ports. It ships with 2.3GHz quad core i7 processor, eight GB RAM and very fast video memory with seven hours of battery life for $2199 in the base configuration. Configured the way I plan to order my unit the cost is a ridiculous $4098.00 including the best of the best of the best in each category with Apple Care. This will be the most expensive laptop I ever buy so I’m waiting 30-60 days to let the early adopters help Apple work out the bugs.
The new display will be a boon to photographers but slow your roll. The new display means Photoshop and similar programs will need to be recoded to work with it. I suspect current calibration hardware/software might need to be re-worked as well. So don’t jump into this thing with mission-critical work just yet. Let it sort itself out. That’s another reason I am waiting. I want to make sure that Lightroom and Photoshop (along with the various plug-ins I use) are all compatible.
Apple also announced Mountain Lion – shipping in July – it’s new $19.95 (upgrade price from Snow Leopard up) OS which has all sorts of cool new features that those of us in the Mac community will likely enjoy. The new iCloud services look to be improved – and they needed to be.
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