When announcing its partnerships for its news ViiV platform, Intel has forgotten to mention a main actor that has been during years the official partner of Santa Clara giant: Microsoft. Intel justifies it by communicating on the capabilities of its platform to run many other OS than the historically associated Windows.
Of course Intel did not provide a specific list of partners interested to adopt it for alternative OS, but Apple is an obvious customer; and probably the only one able to promote ViiV to the level of Intel's expectations...
In parallel, AMD is preparing its "ViiV" multimedia platform equivalent named "Live!", with an official partner... Microsoft.
Yesterday in the USA, and this morning in Europe, Blizzard has released an Universal Binaries version of its flagship game World of Warcraft, this is the second game to be ported to MacIntel. The performance improvement is similar to the one recorded with UT2004: the iMacIntel (2.OGHz, 2GB RAM 128MB VRAM) displays 40 fps with a rather high resolution (1680x1050) coupled to high definition settings as shown on those screenshots
It confirms that the iMacIntel is well designed for games, so far they are available in Universal Binaries version.
As we already mentioned it couples of days ago, you should have a look at the iPod Blizzard, you can even download for the iPod format a trailer of the future update of WoW: here
If the availability of the iMacIntel could have been a sign for a similar availability of the MacBook Pro, today we can say that it is not the case. Hereafter is a message received by many customers who have ordered this notebook model immediately after its announcement :
The request for this product has exceeded our expectations, we plan to be able to ship your order on February 28th, 2006. So your your order should be in your hand around March, 3rd 2006...
Originally the expected shipping date was February 7th.
Let's hope that this delay will contribute to deliver a bug-free notebook featuring a good battery half-life.