At WWDC last month, Apple unveiled it’s new MobileMe Service. Adding on to and taking over the previous “dot mac”, MobileMe is an even more well rounded solution. Along with updated name, Apple has added a number of new “Push” services. Push email, contacts, and calendar to be specific.
Along with MobileMe comes Apple’s move to cloud computing. This will be nothing new to those familiar with Exchange, but does simplify things a bit. So how does it work? Imagine you are at the computer and add a friend to your list of contacts. A day later you have yet to sync your iPhone, but you are away from the office and need to give that friend a call. With MobileMe, gone is the inconvenience that would normally require a drive back to the house or office to get that number. As soon as you add that contact’s information to Address Book on your Mac, it is instantly sent up to the “cloud”, then resent back down to your Mac, PC, and or iPhone / iPod touch.
The overall transition from a powerful desktop to a slim portable machine has been very smooth to date. I enjoy portability much more than the added power of the desktop machine, the MacBook Pro is one tool I don’t think I could go without now having used it for a few weeks.
However, there has been one downside to the transition which I expect to see eliminated over the course of the next 24 months – data storage. It’s difficult when you have over 500GB of live data but just a 160GB internal hard-drive. This will start to improve as manufacturers pump out higher density drives, Western Digital already have a 320GB drive on the market. I don’t think it’ll be too far away until we see those as official Apple BTO options for the MacBook Pro.
I’m very interested in the new WD Scorpio 320GB 5400-RPM HDDs. Installing a 320GB drive into the MacBook Pro would mean less data to keep on external drives, in turn leaving me with less headaches. It’s no fun receiving a warning message like shown above. Thank goodness for my 250GB LaCie Porsche external drive, which is now home to my extensive catalog of digital images in Lightroom (review coming very soon for those who have asked).