Newsletter #437 Preview: Tell Me Apple: Why Did You Do That?

April 13th, 2008

You most likely know that the newest iteration of the MacBook Pro uses Intel’s powerful and energy-saving Penryn processors. You also know that some of the touchscreen tricks from the iPhone and MacBook AIr have been transplanted to the touchpads of the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Adding the Multi-Touch feature allows you to, for example, pinch your fingers to reduce text size in a supported application and to expand them — all on the touchpad of course — to increase the size. Yes, I suppose the touchpad, which has not changed in size, may be a mite small to really exploit such a feature, but you just know that it’ll grow larger perhaps in the next product refresh.

That would seem to be sufficient to provide a decent upgrade to continue to move lots and lots of Mac note-books into homes and businesses, and Apple could have stopped there.

But it appears that Apple wouldn’t give up making changes. They did a few more things, some of which you might not be particularly enamored of.

Story continued in this week’s Tech Night Owl Newsletter.

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