Sleek, Curvy, Must-Have (3/17/98)

While the G3 300 was the only new computer to be unveiled during the keynote, we're happy to see that Manta, Apple's new flat-screen LCD display, was finally announced, even though it won't be shipping until next month. We haven't even seen one up close and personal, but we're in love. This thing is sleek. MacOnCall has post some great photos they took at the conference-- these shots deserve to show up in a MacAddict centerfold. Oooo-la-la.

What can we say about a display so crisp that people were complaining that it wasn't blurry enough? Silly as it sounds, count on Apple to put things "right:" a new addition to the Monitors & Sound control panel allows the option for on-the-fly "fuzzifying," for those of us who might find the perfect clarity, er, unsettling. Someday we'll all get the CRT monkeys off our backs, mark our words. Sure, $1999 may sound like a lot to pay for a 15.1" display, but it is 1024x768, it is equivalent in size to many 17" monitors, and it is about $500 less than a similar display available from Compaq. And don't forget that it's only a few inches deep-- reclaiming some desk space ought to be worth something, right?

Interesting to see that Apple was willing to break it's new "don't announce it until it's ready" policy to reveal the Manta. Does that imply that Wall Street and Main Street won't be ready for over a month, as indeed many anonymous sources are reporting? Given that the 1400/166 is the only Powerbook left on Apple's price list, we hope for their sake that the timeline is a little more favorable than that.

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The above scene was taken from the 3/17/98 episode:

March 17, 1998: Keynote Day has come and gone, leaving a blistering new G3 in its wake. Meanwhile, rumors are flying that Columbus is all an elaborate hoax foisted onto the gullible public by Apple, and if you're shopping for a new monitor, you may just want to take out a small loan when you see Apple's new Manta...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 543: Speed. Drama. Speed. (3/17/98)   So today was the day of the big keynote, and while it was entertaining and enlightening on some points, for those of us who were hoping for some big announcements, it was a bit of a let-down. (You can see our mostly-unedited notes from the last half-hour of the webcast if you like, or if you have some time on your hands, you may even want to listen to the keynote itself...

  • 544: Believe the Lie (3/17/98)   Okay, let's say, just for the sake of arguement, that you don't believe that Columbus is really anti-gravity technology, and that Steve was just keeping mum. Have you fallen prey to the latest damage control rumors?...

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