I am on the road this week for meetings, so I am just now catching up on the news from WWDC earlier today.
However, I am most excited about the new MacBook Pros.
I give a LOT of demos of VMware Fusion to our perspective customers and the press, where I will open up two to four VMs at once on my current 4 GB MacBook Pro to show off off the power of VMware Fusion. However, two to four VMs at one time is NOTHING compared to the 20 virtual machines we run at once on a Mac Pro during our stress tests of VMware Fusion.
There are three great features available in all the new MacBook Pros that will make our demos even better.
More Memory Is Better
The ability to install up to 8 GB of memory will make it easy to run four to eight virtual machines at the same time without breaking sweat whether it is running the latest version of Ubuntu or Windows 7, the ability to show off more virtual machines all at the same time is great.
Even Faster Boot Times
The optional 256 GB SSD drive will make demos really damn fast. Even on a first generation MacBook Air with an SSD drive, Windows 7 is amazingly fast. So, it will be even faster on the new MacBook Pros with more available memory and the latest 256 GB SSD drive. I can’t wait to see how fast VMs boot off this new 256 GB SSD drive.
While the nVidia 9400 GT or 9400/9600 GT graphics controllers were introduced a while ago, they really bring out the best in VMware Fusion’s first to the Mac market 3D and 1080p video playback support. Whether is showing off DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 2 3D graphics or 1080p video playback, you get to take advantage of the power of the nVidia graphics card in your MacBook Pro.
I am jazzed about the new MacBook Pros. Now, I just need to convince my boss to let me order a new MacBook Pro for our demo machine! 🙂