With 2015 fast approaching, let’s step back and get 2005 out of the way. It’s a crazy time, and the end of the line in so many ways. Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger, gets released. The last PowerMacs, PowerBooks, and iBooks are released. The first Mac Mini is unveiled – as is the first “iTunes Phone”. The Intel announcement hits us hard right where we knew it would- that PowerBook G5 was not coming “next Tuesday”, that the world had to prepare for another migration… to Intel, quite possibly the most evil of arch-enemies for a faithful fanboy.
One thing I’d note today is the G4 (and also G3) third party upgrade market. Seeing an OWC ad for these really reminded me of this time period- I have consistently processor upgraded my Macs, either with overclocks or first-party processor swaps, to real third-party offerings. From Beige and Blue & White G3s to my last official PowerPC Mac that wasn’t bought to be retro- the trusty Quicksilver- all models had some sort of processor upgrade. I recall the increase speed boost going from 800MHz to dual 2.0GHz G4s from GigaDesigns- night and day.
Though I will note that years later, when I got a Mirror Drive Door G4, I found a rare Sonnet 1.8GHz dual G4 upgrade card and man, was it terribly unstable in Mac OS 9. A real bummer.
The iPod and the march to iPhone continues this year. I enjoyed the “How to use your iPod as a PDA” article, as it covered odd uses of the iPod- like keeping notes on hand or even offering translator services via a mini “app”. Such an “app” helped me make it through Japanese in college.
But of course, the Motorola ROKR, the “iTunes Phone” was unveiled this year. And what a stinker. Can you believe that Apple changed everything we knew about phones about 18 months later?
Even the funny artwork for using your flip phone on your Mac was more Apple-like than the ROKR (and a lot more like the most popular phone at that time- the RAZR)
Find MacAddict 2005 PDFs below!