Items tagged with Macbook

Looks like Apple's going to keep the new stuff flowing this fall. After introducing and subsequently shipping the iPhone 5, the product teams at Apple are cranking up enough new stuff to warrant yet another event. It's unlike Apple to pull two of these in one season, with the latest invite suggesting that "a little more" is en route. "Little," of course, being the key word. With rumors running rampant about a new iPad mini, and perhaps even a refresh of its smallest MacBook Pro, it's clear that Apple's next event will focus on the small things. It remains to be seen if the world really needs a 7" iPad, but with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 doing well in that space, one could reason that Apple... Read more...
Here's something you don't see every single day: Apple apologizing. Back when the iPhone 4's "Antennagate" scandal took off, it really boiled down to users "holding it wrong." But these days we have a new Apple, and the company obviously willing to say when it's made a misstep. Bob Mansfield, the company's outgoing (retirement) Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, has published a letter on the company's site regarding its recent decision to pull products from EPEAT's certification list. In part, the letter reads: "We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this... Read more...
Here's a strange one. Ever heard of EPEAT? If you follow recycling or green design at all, you probably have. Much like the Energy Star certification, most companies clamor over having an EPEAT Certification. It's a symbol of extra effort and concern for the environment, showing that companies are being mindful to waste and toxic chemicals used in the building of their products. In fact, Apple is actually credited with being one of many manufacturers who helped create the standards, and as of last week, it had 39 different products listed as EPEAT Certified. But that's changing now. For whatever reason, Apple has requested that all 39 of those items be pulled from the EPEAT shelves. Robert Frisbee,... Read more...
People have long accused competitive notebook manufacturers for copying Apple's MacBook Air design in some way or another, oftentimes shamelessly so. HP's Envy line looks entirely too much like a MacBook Pro, for example. And with the swarm of Ultrabooks taking over, well, let's just say there's some design influence going on there, arguably. Now, a newly granted patent could put Apple back into the legal spotlight, as if its ongoing fights with Motorola and Samsung aren't galvanizing enough. Just this week, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted a superbly broad design patent to Apple, and the topic looks to be the MacBook Air's "wedge shape" form factor. Apple has received patents before... Read more...
According to a report from Apple Insider, Apple will be revamping its entire MacBook Pro line this year. In a nutshell, it sounds like the new MacBook Pros will essentially be souped-up MacBook Airs. The new Pros will feature the Air’s all-aluminum unibody design and slim down by eliminating ODDs and HDDs in favor of reliance upon Apple’s cloud-based services (iCloud, Mac App Store, etc.) and flash-based SSDs. They’ll also reportedly feature Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture and Thunderbolt interface. Image credit: Apple Insider The rumor suggests that the 15-inch model will be out first, followed by the 17-inch model. There’s no word on a 13-inch version, although... Read more...
Earlier this year, Intel unveiled its plan to redefine the concept of a PC around an ultra thin-and-light chassis reminiscent of the Macbook Air and with a standard CPU TDP of just 15W. OEM reactions to the CPU giant's attempt to reinvent the personal computer have been mixed. For all the platform's theoretical advantages, price has been a major concern; the Macbook Air's $999 base price is nearly double the average selling price of a PC laptop. Historically, PC buyers have balked at the high price tags attached to then-current thin-and-light notebooks--such products may have niche value, but the idea of launching mainstream products built around the concept has made more than a few companies... Read more...
The old maxim was that as soon as you bought some piece of technology, it would already be obsolete. If you waited, something better would come along, but then, you would never buy. New site Decide.com, which launched Monday, aims to help you decide exactly "when" to buy "what." It's particularly useful now. That old maxim used to apply mostly to PCs and larger electronics. Now it applies to so many things, including smartphones and tablets, that it can be a confusing mess in your mind. Ah, but both of those aren't covered yet (smartphones and tablets). What are covered are TVs, laptops, and cameras. Specify the product name within those categories, and Decide.com will give you a "Wait for a... Read more...
Is a new MacBook Air on the horizon? Perhaps! The company's slimmest notebook ever hasn't seen a major update in a long, long while, and during that span of time, both AMD and Intel have come out with crafty new high-power, low-drain chips. According to a new report stemming from Taiwan's Economic Daily, those holding out for a new build may not have to hold out too much longer. The details are extremely thin. The paper only mentions that together with the current version, 460,000 of the Air units were scheduled to ship this month. What really gives us hope here is that this paper is a reliable one, and in turn, Quanta Computer and Catcher Technology both saw their stocks jump on the news. As... Read more...
Ever heard of ColorWare? If you've been around the modification area of consumer electronics at all, that name has probably surfaced in conversation before. Basically, it's a company that does tremendous paint work with everyday gadgets, from phones to laptops and everything in between. The latest gadgets to land in their paint labs is Apple's Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pro and the Beats Pro headphones from Beats by Dre. ColorWare's giving consumers a choice of 46 different color options on the MBP, and two finishes on top of that. On the Beats Pro, they can also be clad in any color, enabling users to match them up with their favorite team, or outfit. It's a pretty simple concept: either ship... Read more...
Apple's new 11" and 13" MacBook Air models are extremely thin. No question about that. But what if you want to use it as a desktop replacement? There probably aren't a great deal of computer users out there who would even consider such a thing, but if you are, Twelve South now has an option to consider. The BookArc is a new vertical stand for the MacBook Air, and it's just about as elegant as the MacBook Air itself. There's not a whole lot of explaining to do for this one. It's simply a metal, arched stand where you slide your MBA in upright, and then plug power, output and USB into it. There's a so-so cable management hole in the rear of it, but you'll probably still have cables in sight at... Read more...
Apple decided to refresh their MacBook Air lineup this year, but rather than simply upgrading the existing machine with a new CPU, GPU or Blu-ray drive, Apple introduced some entirely new pieces of hardware with the new 11" and 13" MacBook Airs. While the 11" machine is certainly intriguing, and a compelling addition to the overall lineup, we're focusing today on the revamped 13" version here. Arguably, this 13" model deserves the most scrutiny, largely because it's the third 13" notebook that Apple offers. Apple doesn't have as many options at any other notebook form factor, so it's of particular importance to weigh your options when looking for a 13" Apple ultraportable... Apple 13" MacBook... Read more...
Apple decided to refresh their MacBook Air lineup this year, but rather than simply upgrading the existing machine with a new CPU, GPU or Blu-ray drive, Apple introduced some entirely new pieces of hardware with the new 11" and 13" MacBook Airs. While the 11" machine is certainly intriguing, and a compelling addition to the overall lineup, we're focusing today on the revamped 13" version here. Arguably, this 13" model deserves the most scrutiny, largely because it's the third 13" notebook that Apple offers. Apple doesn't have as many options at any other notebook form factor, so it's of particular importance to weigh your options when looking for a 13" Apple ultraportable.... Read more...
It's an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer. No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely different animal worthy of its own analysis. This is an argument over dollars and cents. For years, PC loyalists (or just those who are anti-Apple for one reason or another) have argued that Apple computers are more expensive than their similarly equipped, Windows-based counterparts. From notebooks to desktops and pretty much anywhere in-between, many... Read more...
It's an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer. No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely different animal worthy of its own analysis. This is an argument over dollars and cents. For years, PC loyalists (or just those who are anti-Apple for one reason or another) have argued that Apple computers are more expensive than their similarly equipped, Windows-based counterparts. From notebooks to desktops and pretty much anywhere... Read more...
Welcome to the inaugural episode of “Two and a Half Geeks”, our re-vamped, weekly video podcast. In addition to our new look (which is still being tweaked!), in this episode we talk about the performance of AMD’s upcoming Zacate APU and Woz’s “quote” that Android is going to rule the world. We also go hands on with one of Apple’s new Macbook Air systems and discuss hacking the recently released Microsoft Kinect... Show Notes: 00:30 - AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview 03:36 - Apple Co-Founder Delcares Android the Eventual Winner in Smartphone Wars 06:31 - MacBook Air Preview 09:13 - DIY Kinect Hacking Guide Released 11:27 - "Name our Webcast"... Read more...
Apple's new "Back to the Mac" event in California this week may have been largely focused on software, but Steve Jobs just couldn't leave the stage without talking about some hardware as well. The big news at the event was the MacBook Air, but it's more than you think. Not only was the 13.3" MacBook refreshed in a big way, but an entirely new class of machine has joined Apple's lineup. Steve Jobs has previously stated that Apple had no intentions of competing in the netbook space, but they just did in a way. The new 11.6" MacBook Air is the same size as most new netbooks, and it lacks an optical drive. Basically, it's an Apple netbook. But Apple can get away with calling it something else due... Read more...
Ever heard of HyperMac? If you have ever shopped for an extended battery pack for your MacBook, MacBook Pro or iPad/iPhone, then you probably have. The company has earned somewhat of a positive reputation in the Apple circle for offering some of the best external battery packs around for Apple's line of notebooks, but all of that is coming to an end soon. Earlier this year, Apple actually filed a patent infringement lawsuit claiming that the company never got the correct permission (or paid up, basically) to use Apple's patented MagSafe connector. Each HyperMac external battery pack ships with a power cable that enables the battery to connect to the Apple notebook via the standard break-away... Read more...
When your average technology company buys another, smaller technology company, it doesn't always make the news. Or if it does, it's just a blip on the entire tech news radar. But when Apple, Microsoft or Google buys a company, big or small, everyone takes a minute to evaluate the situation and give their take on things. That is what's happening this week after the world found a nugget of information tucked away within Apple's recent 8-K filing with the SEC. Liquidmetal is a small company that makes a tough, unique metal alloy that can be used in a variety of products, including personal consumer electronics. In years past, it was actually used in a few SanDisk products (amongst others). The metal... Read more...
Remember the MacBook Air? Yeah, it's been quite some time since Apple has made any mention of its only ultra-thin ultraportable machine, and after it made a huge splash a few years ago in terms of design, the company has really let it age. There haven't been too many spec upgrades along the way, and it seems as if the machine isn't a high priority for Apple at all. Of course, it's a niche device with a small buyer pool, but we guess that's too be expected. But it's about time for an upgrade, don't you think? According to rumors sourced from DigiTimes research, the company is planning to do something beyond just adding Core i3 CPUs and a new GeForce GPU. Apple could be ready to begin production... Read more...
This refresh wasn't rumored to happen nearly as much as the launch of the iPad or the inclusion of Intel's Core 2010 CPU line in Apple's MacBook Pro family, but the oft neglected 13" MacBook has seen its first real update since 2009 this morning. It's still white, and it's still largely plastic, so there's not much of a difference when you look from the outside. But internally there's enough of a change to warrant a second look. One of the biggest changes is the battery. The previous model had a 7-hour battery; this one can last up to 10 hours before it needs charged again. Then there's the GPU. Unlike prior models, the new MacBook is equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce 320M. That's not the most... Read more...
When the Celebrity Eclipse launches in April, it will be the first in Celebrity Cruise Line's fleet to offer the all new Celebrity iLounge. Designed to offer the feel of a hip, modern lounge, the space will provide easy access to the Internet as well as classes and new products. The iLounge is comprised of three main areas and includes 26 workstations where guests can check their email, print boarding passes, and access the Internet. There will also be a retail space where customers can see and try out the latest MacBooks, iPods, and other accessories. As the third component of iLounge, there will be an enrichment center where guests can receive tips regarding Mac or iPod usage from certified... Read more...
Wisair is still fighting the good fight, doing their best to extend the reach of single-chip based UWB products in a world that is already enamored by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It's tough for up-and-coming wireless protocols to gain traction when so many standards are already seen as "mainstays," but getting some attention in the OS X space certainly can't hurt.Announced this week, the Wireless USB DisplayDock Set solution for Mac OS allows Mac loyalists to experience the same wireless joys that have (up until now) been reserved for Windows-based users. The product will be offered by four OEMs by the end of March: Lenexpo (Atlona), Source R&D (Warpia) and Cables Unlimited in the USA and Olidata... Read more...
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