Briefly: Intel Macs may sing a different tune, Mac OS X 10.4.4

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
When Apple Computer introduces its first Macs with Intel processors next year, onlookers could be surprised to hear an unfamiliar sound as the systems boot up and load a native copy of Apple's Mac OS X "Tiger" operating system, sources say.



The sound heard as a Mac powers up -- often referred to as a "boot chime" -- has remained a constant on Apple's computer's for nearly a decade, with the last modification coming around the time the company introduced its PowerPC-based Power Macs.



Sources say prototypes of the first Intel Macs currently sport an unfamiliar boot chime, suggesting that Apple is at least toying with the idea making the change -- possibly to symbolize the Mac's evolution from PowerPC to Intel processors.



Without describing the new boot chime, sources quipped that it "doesn't sound anything like the 'Intel Inside' chime heard in most of the chip maker's media advertisements."



It also remains to be seen whether Apple will implement the boot chime modification in shipping Intel Macs, or if the change is meant only to help distinguish pre-production systems.



Mac OS X 10.4.4 progress



In related Apple news, sources and reports already present on the Internet say Apple this week released to developers build 8G17 of Mac OS X 10.4.4 Update -- a forthcoming maintenance release to the company's Tiger operating system.



Previous reports indicate that a later milestone of Mac OS X 10.4.4 may be the first version of Tiger to ship on Intel-based Mac systems. The release is also rumored to deliver fixes for AirPort and Bluetooth wireless access, Spotlight indexing and searching, and RAW camera support.
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  • Reply 1 of 102
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    When was the current chime first used? I want to say it was the Quadra line, since that was my first Mac (well not mine, but at work). I remember the chime sounded great through the studio's speakers



    And I think they changed the chime to something else for some models, and then returned to the current chime--with the first PowerMacs?



    What I miss is the "failure" boot sounds. I remember some Macs used to make a really queasy out-of-tune chime to indicate inability to boot (RAM failure?)--it was kind of funny. And other Macs played the sound of a car wreck. A little humor as your project deadline is destroyed...



    I have never seen a Mac crash on powerup that way, not since I worked there. (Funny how they had a lot of used equipment...) Do Macs still have a "failure" chime that plays if the Mac can't even display anything on the screen? Pre-gray-Apple?
  • Reply 2 of 102
    The original sound file upon which all current startup sounds are derived from was first created for the Quadra 840 AV. It replaced the "match-stick" startup sound used in the Quadra 700/900. The first Power PC machines (pdm, carl segan, cold fusion) used a sampled guitar sound. For later models, this was replaced with a re-sampled version of the Quadra 840 AV file.
  • Reply 3 of 102
    Quote:

    Originally posted by nagromme

    What I miss is the "failure" boot sounds. I remember some Macs used to make a really queasy out-of-tune chime to indicate inability to boot (RAM failure?)--it was kind of funny. And other Macs played the sound of a car wreck. A little humor as your project deadline is destroyed...



    Nope, they don't have a "death" chime anymore. But there were some pretty good ones in the past.



    Here's the car crash sound you're thinking of. It was in the early Power Macs.



    The older Quadras played a "Twilight Zone" theme.



    The Quadra AV had a kind of strange death chime.



    This one's my favorite. BUM BUM BUM! (crash) It was in some of the 5xxx, 62xx, and 63xx Performas, and was a big, obnoxious tritone.
  • Reply 4 of 102
    chris vchris v Posts: 460member
    The chime has dropped in pitch by at least a half-step twice, since the late 90's. For a while, I had a Quadra, and Powermac 603e, and a Sawtooth G4 all in the same room, and the pitch was seqentially lower-tuned on each one. Not that big of a deal, but they have been tinkering with it over the years.
  • Reply 5 of 102
    tednditedndi Posts: 1,921member
    Quote:

    [i]Mac OS X 10.4.4 progress



    In related Apple news, sources and reports already present on the Internet say Apple this week released to developers build 8G17 of Mac OS X 10.4.4 Update -- a forthcoming maintenance release to the company's Tiger operating system.



    Previous reports indicate that a later milestone of Mac OS X 10.4.4 may be the first version of Tiger to ship on Intel-based Mac systems. The release is also rumored to deliver fixes for AirPort and Bluetooth wireless access, Spotlight indexing and searching, and RAW camera support. [/B]



    I would hope that they do some serious tweaking of the RAW support. Aperture is sorely in need of pro camera support.



    ie. Kodak DCR files.



    btw, I also hope that Craperture is updated to address its serious file system issues.
  • Reply 6 of 102
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by CharlesS

    Nope, they don't have a "death" chime anymore. But there were some pretty good ones in the past.



    Thanks--what you call the Twilight Zone is the "queasy chime" I'm thinking of



    The guitar startup must be the other one we had, before they changed back to the current one.



    Before that, were all Macs the same? Just that little beep that the "yellow Macs" made?
  • Reply 7 of 102
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,365member
    10.4.4 on the first Mactel's might be a bit premature.



    The first rumors said that we would be seeing an iBook in January, then it said a Mini, then it said an iBook and a Powerbook, then all three. After that we were treated to the idea of the iMac coming out in January as well.



    The latest rumors, however, by those who say they have visited the production plants, go back to saying that the first machines will be announced June 6th.



    If that one is true, we might be seeing 10.4.6 instead.
  • Reply 8 of 102
    aplnubaplnub Posts: 2,584member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by melgross

    10.4.4 on the first Mactel's might be a bit premature.



    The first rumors said that we would be seeing an iBook in January, then it said a Mini, then it said an iBook and a Powerbook, then all three. After that we were treated to the idea of the iMac coming out in January as well.



    The latest rumors, however, by those who say they have visited the production plants, go back to saying that the first machines will be announced June 6th.



    If that one is true, we might be seeing 10.4.6 instead.




    Hopefully, your totally wrong and we get the new macintels in Jan/Feb. Hopefully, it doesn't take Apple to long to get a subnotebook out to make travel much easier for me. The 12" is getting too big.
  • Reply 9 of 102
    maccrazymaccrazy Posts: 2,657member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by TednDi

    I would hope that they do some serious tweaking of the RAW support. Aperture is sorely in need of pro camera support.



    ie. Kodak DCR files.



    btw, I also hope that Craperture is updated to address its serious file system issues.




    I tried to use Aperture on Thursday and it would not read any of my cameras RAW files, even though they are in the correct CR2 format. Oh well, maybe Apple did rush this one out a little too quickly. I just wonder whether we'll have to wait three years for an update as we did with Keynote! Incidentally Keynote 2 is great, I digress!
  • Reply 10 of 102
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,365member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by aplnub

    Hopefully, your totally wrong and we get the new macintels in Jan/Feb. Hopefully, it doesn't take Apple to long to get a subnotebook out to make travel much easier for me. The 12" is getting too big.



    I'm not right or wrong here. It's what has been reported. Many here on the board are already familiar with the reports.
  • Reply 11 of 102
    Quote:

    Originally posted by aplnub

    Hopefully, your totally wrong and we get the new macintels in Jan/Feb. Hopefully, it doesn't take Apple to long to get a subnotebook out to make travel much easier for me. The 12" is getting too big.



    Yeah, I don't believe those June 2006 rumours at all. They're about as believable as PowerPage's rumor that FireWire is going away in the new iBooks. Unless Apple makes some sort of converter for all those DV cameras out there that come with Firewire connectors, there's no way Firewire can be abandoned on Macs. (iPods, obviously, are a different story.)



    And a subnotebook/superPDA/super-iPod is on my wishlist, too.
  • Reply 12 of 102
    A new boot chime would be cool. Hopefully a beefy one that emphasises "POWER!", and spine tingly like THX's Deep note
  • Reply 13 of 102
    strobestrobe Posts: 369member
    OS X is so stable, the boot chime has become unheard of these parts.
  • Reply 14 of 102
    To be totally anticlimactic, the new startup sound is going to be the "Sosumi" System Alert Sound.
  • Reply 15 of 102
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    The startup sound will be Steve saying "BOOM!, just like that".
  • Reply 16 of 102
    It's about damn time to change that tune. It's such poor quality. Though, I must admit I'd probably miss it.
  • Reply 17 of 102
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,365member
    Oh brother!
  • Reply 18 of 102
    GREAT NEWS!



    can't wait for the new sound
  • Reply 19 of 102
    Wow. A new chime. Innovation at its best.
  • Reply 20 of 102
    sjksjk Posts: 603member
    Mactracker has all the chime sounds.
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