The MacBook Pro stole the lime light at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, according to over half of Macworld Online readers recently polled. As well as the MacBook Pro, the Intel iMac and iLife 06 were confirmed as the key points of the Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote.
Macworld asked: "What was the best thing about the Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld Expo?" A total of 1,647 Macworld Online readers took the chance to vote in the poll.
MacBook Pro attracts
MacBook Pro took 52 per cent of the vote (859 people), as Mac users seem relieved at the introduction of a route beyond G4 performance for Apple notebooks. "Could this be the second year of the notebook?" one reader asked.
While some readers see the MacBook Pro as "stunning", others described it as "disappointing", reflecting some unconfirmed rumours that Apple has a more powerful notebook waiting in the wings.
Intel iMac is icon of Apple
The new Intel iMac has also been well-received by readers, attracting 24 per cent of the vote (398 readers).
One reader noted the iconic status of the iMac range within Apple's range: "The iMac is Apple's most important Mac as it's the one that most people are likely to encounter. The iMac the current iconic Mac. The Intel iMac is fully featured and has significant improvements over its predecessor."
However, for some, it's software not hardware that will propel the transition to the new processor: "Until Photoshop, InDesign and QuarkXPress are ready, I can't see the point in spending my hard earned cash on an Intel Mac, sorry Apple."
iLife '06 leads software deck
It was perhaps inevitable that iLife '06 would be well-received by most Mac users using the software, whether professional or consumer. 232 readers voted for the product as the most important, 14 per cent of the vote.
"iLife '06 for me. What a mega update! As a .Mac member and hopeless with HTML I can't wait to get my hands on iWeb," one reader remarked.
Next up, the iPod Radio Remote attracted 5 per cent of reader's voting-fingers (83 votes).
While by 54 voters (3 per cent) saw Mac Mac OS X 10.4.4 as the most important revelation at the show, iWork has work to do before capturing the hearts of consumers, attracting just 21 votes (1 per cent of the sample group).