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There's launching products for the holiday season, and then there's launching products for the holiday season. Apple pulled off what we imagine only Apple could pull off this afternoon, launching an incredible amount of new wares for the world to enjoy as shopping season kicks into full gear. From updated NAS drives to ground-breaking new mice, Apple had something new for just about everyone today. Let's get right into it, shall we?We'll start off with something completely new, and frankly, revolutionary. The Magic Mouse is today taking the place of the Mighty Mouse, which was never really loved to begin with. This mouse is about as wild as it gets in terms of mice, becoming the world's first... Read more...
People may gripe that a company like Apple gets all sorts of positive publicity simply because its iPod and iPhone products are selling so well, but there's a dark side to rampant fame as well. The bad definitely comes with the good, and a chorus of angry MacBook Pro owners have apparently made themselves heard.The story goes something like this: folks purchasing new MBPs with the 7200rpm hard drive were hearing all sorts of weird whirring, clicking and popping noises from their drives. Some users even reported screen flashes, freezes and reboots. Needless to say, it was driving the collective mob wild, and Apple finally had no choice but to listen.Today, the company has officially outed a new... Read more...
While historically Apple has taken a bit of heat for producing notebooks that weigh in at a hefty price premium compared to their PC counterparts, it's becoming more apparent that Apple has seen the light and is now offering a few more competitively priced models for the "laptop hunters" out there this back-to-school season.As such, today we're taking a closer look at Apple's 13" Macbook Pro.  The 13" Macbook Pro features Apple's uni-body enclosure that is carved from a solid block of aluminum for added durability. The machine also features a LED-backlit screen with a higher color gamut than most notebooks, a backlit keyboard, and a 7 hour battery that actually lasts about 7 hours, which... Read more...
  Synopsis: The 13" Macbook Pro features Apple's uni-body enclosure that is carved from a solid block of aluminum for added durability. The machine also features a LED-backlit screen with a higher color gamut than most notebooks, a backlit keyboard, and a 7 hour battery that actually lasts about 7 hours, which reaffirms Apple's reputation of advertising realistic battery life claims. A number of other features like a built in iSight webcam, a Superdrive (CD/DVD reader and writer), a Magsafe power adapter and for the first time for Apple a built in SD card reader--all in a package that's about 4.5 pounds--make this one heck of an attractive little notebook. The one we tested was the lower... Read more...
At the Worldwide Partner Conference in mid-July, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner noted that the Laptop Hunters ads are working, saying that Apple demanded Microsoft pull the ads because it (Apple) had lowered its prices:And you know why I know they're working? Because two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying, hey -- this is a true story -- saying, "Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices." They took like $100 off or something. It was the greatest single phone call in the history that I've ever taken in business.The Laptop Hunters series of ads have been Microsoft's most successful ad campaign in years. It's clearly made an impact on the public's perception... Read more...
Make no mistake, NVIDIA chips have certainly had some trouble within Apple machines. From odd pixelation problems to weird whirring, NVIDIA's graphics processors have been front-and-center in terms of scrutiny within Apple's MacBook lineup. Apple has generally been able to nix any issues by pushing out firmware updates and such, but to say that the two have had a flawless track record would be inaccurate at best. To that end, some recent reports sprouted up suggesting that the computer maker and the chip maker may be cutting ties soon, with Apple looking elsewhere in order to avoid some of the issues that have plagued users thus far. According to Fudzilla, however, industry sources close to NVIDIA... Read more...
Maine may be about as far from Cupertino as one can get in America, but there's still a serious connection between the state and company. In an effort to distribute even more OS X-based machines to students within its public school system, Maine has ordered up 64,000 additional Apple notebooks for schools. In case you couldn't guess, Maine is the only state in America that provides laptops to every last public school student.The move was part of the Department of Education's decision to expand the Maine Learning Technology Initiative into all public high schools, a program that has been ongoing since 2002. Apple competed with an undisclosed amount of other computer makers for the first and latest... Read more...
Just days after Apple started to ship its newest lineup of MacBook Pro units, the company has already issued a firmware update. Why so fast, you ask? For whatever reason, Apple decided to ship some of its hard drive-based MacBook Pro units with a SATA drive interface pegged at "just" 1.5Gbps. Apple followers would know that the non-Pro 13" MacBook--which the 13" MacBook Pro replaced--didn't have such a limitation. Needless to say, a standard hard drive wouldn't be bothered by such a limit, but if you ever decide to replace the stock HDD with a solid state drive, you just might run into a bottleneck. A small cadre of consumers were evidently vocal enough to convince Apple to change things, and... Read more...
OWC is now offering DDR3 1066MHz memory upgrades up to 8GB for the new MacBook Pro 13-, 15-, and 17-inch models announced at WWDC. OWC’s memory upgrades offer MacBook Pro owners a savings of up to 42% as well as upgrade options that are not available from the factory. The upgrade kits come with OWC’s Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty and Money Back Guarantee. When upgrading with OWC memory, it’s possible to retain the factory installed base memory modules. You can keep these modules for use in another Mac or send them to OWC for a trade-in rebate of up to $38 for a 2 x 2GB set.Pricing for OWC Memory Upgrades for Apple MacBook Pro laptop models:OWC 2GB DDR3 1066MHz Memory Module - $37.99Add... Read more...
Apple updated the aluminum unibody MacBook Pro line today. New models include 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch models with Apple’s built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life. All of the MacBook Pro models have an LED-backlit display, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, an illuminated keyboard, an SD card or ExpressCard slot, a FireWire 800 port, and NVIDIA graphics.The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models use Adaptive Charging and the same advanced chemistry that was first introduced with the 17-inch MacBook Pro earlier this year. The built-in battery in these models offers up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge. The built-in battery also delivers up to 1,000 recharges... Read more...
After Super Talent unveiled a 6TB SSD RAID system this morning, we're a bit baffled to see it hitting us with another item so soon. We suppose the great never rest, and thus Super Talent has decided to proclaim that its UltraDrive SSDs are all perfectly suited for use with Apple's latest line of MacBooks, MacBook Pros and Mac Pros. The outfit's UltraDrive ME and LE have been "self-certified" (in other words, Steve Jobs didn't sign off on this) to function in the 13" MacBook, 15" and 17" MacBook Pro and the quad-core/8-core Mac Pro. During Super Talent's testing, these SSDs were found to improve boot time by nearly 60% and performance gains of over 5.3x versus the stock hard disk drive. We're... Read more...
OWC, or Other World Computing, is notorious for pumping out upgrades when companies refuse to do so themselves -- particularly Apple. Thus, it's no shock to see it offer up faster internal SuperDrives (DVD burners) for Apple's 13" MacBook and 15" MacBook Pro.The new OWC Mercury SuperDrives offer faster burn speeds than factory – up to 8X DVD, 6X DVD-DL (Dual-Layer 8.5GB), 5X DVD-RAM, and 24X CD burn speeds with support for DVD+/-R/RW, DVD+/-R DL (Dual-Layer), DVD-RAM, and CD-R/RW media. The upgrade kits function fine with all machines purchased from 2006 and up, even with the "older style" MacBook / MacBook Pros that came before the current "unibody" design.... Read more...
Apple is finally acknowledging the existence of small cracks in older white plastic MacBooks. According to AppleInsider, the Mac maker issued a bulletin to its authorized service providers last month that identified four key areas of the case that are prone to hairline cracking. Although Apple admits to the flaw and is willing to cover some of the repair expenses, there are some stipulations. The bulletin asked providers to inspect the MacBook carefully to determine if the cracks could have been caused by dropping the notebook or by other types of user-inflicted damage. Should providers determine the user is not at fault for the cracks, the provider can escalate the notebook for coverage by Apple,... Read more...
For any of you MacBook owners who have been patiently waiting for Apple to fix the issues that cause your MacBook to freeze whenever 4GB of RAM is installed, it appears you’ll have to continue waiting, and stick with 2GB or 3GB in the meantime.  This is quite the downer for many owners who are chomping at the bit to beef up their systems. Apple released a firmware upgrade yesterday, which many users were hoping would resolve the issue that plagues late 2008 MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and MacBook Airs. Unfortunately, as jkOnTheRun has reported, the upgrade didn’t do the trick for all users: After popping in the full 4GB of RAM, the system appeared to run fine at first, but later froze up while... Read more...
It's a fairly common strategy: buy a new computer, and then upgrade the RAM yourself. In general, it's cheaper, and often the new RAM is of better quality the OEM RAM. But Macs have been known to be picky about RAM, and right now it looks like if you want to upgrade your shiny new aluminum Macbook, you might want to wait: multiple crashing / freezing issues with third-party RAM have been reported on the Apple Support forum. For example, this thread is approaching 7,000 views at the time of this writing. During various operations, including SuperDuper, downloading files and watching YouTube, the machine froze and I had to restart by holding down the power button.Admittedly, this user was using... Read more...
The enterprising lads over at iFixit sure like to take stuff apart. Then again, that's at the heart of their bread-and-butter--they take the risks with potentially broken parts and lost screws so that they can assemble comprehensive DIY guides for instructing you how you can repair your own Apple products, such as MacBooks and iPods. If you don't know how to take it apart, how are you going to know to put it back together?Their latest disassembly was of the new "unibody" MacBook Pro that was unveiled only two days ago.  Here are some highlight of what they discovered during their dissection:  The removable battery Bottom plate removed  The system board  Dissected!(Credit:... Read more...
Steve Jobs unveiled a slew of new Apple notebooks only a few moments ago... So without further ado, here are the juicy tidbits: Apple is using a new manufacturing technique that actually carves the MacBook's frame from a single slab of Aluminum. What starts out as a 2.5-pound metal slab becomes a "unibody" notebook frame that weighs less than 0.25 pounds. The carved-off pieces of aluminum are captured and recycled. This new manufacturing process enables Apple to build stronger, lighter, and thinner notebooks. MacBook Pro (Credit: Apple) Apple has also traded in the MacBook line's Intel-based chipset/GPU for ones from Nvidia. (Let's hope that the dreaded Nvidia mobile graphics chip defect doesn't... Read more...
Against the backdrop of rumors swirling around the net that Apple will announce a new Macbook Pro tomorrow, amongst a smattering of other notebooks, we have a thorough and detailed look at Lenovo’s counter-strike assault in the mobile workstation arena.The Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is targeted as a graphics professional’s dream machine and even includes and integrated Wacom tablet and Digitizer pen. Powered with a Core 2 Duo T9600 processor (quad-core options available), up to 8GB of system memory, dual 160GB hard drives in RAID 0, a ThinkPad MaxBright 17” LCD screen and NVIDIA’s QuadroFX 3700M professional graphics under the hood, you know this machine means business.If you think you need the upcoming... Read more...
The bruhaha over defective Nvidia mobile graphics chips keeps rolling along, even months after the initial headlines have faded. Despite Nvidia's promises to Apple that its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT-based MacBook Pros had dodged the bullet and were immune from the defect, Apple now counters that it wasn't, in fact, so lucky: "In July 2008, NVIDIA publicly acknowledged a higher than normal failure rate for some of their graphics processors due to a packaging defect. At that same time, NVIDIA assured Apple that Mac computers with these graphics processors were not affected. However, after an Apple-led investigation, Apple has determined that some MacBook Pro computers with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M... Read more...
We're sure you know about the issues with some NVIDIA mobile GPUs, as earlier in July NVIDIA admitted it was taking a $150 - $200 million charge to cover (emphasis ours):... anticipated customer warranty, repair, return, replacement and other consequential costs and expenses arising from a weak die/packaging material set in certain versions of our previous generation MCP and GPU products used in notebook systems. All newly manufactured products and all products currently shipping in volume have a different and more robust material set. Since then both HP and Dell have admitted the issue affects their notebooks, but Apple has not. And the Apple discussion forums are starting to light up, with... Read more...
Since moving to the "top of the world," everything Apple does is watched - and watched carefully.  With iPhone launches done (though iPhone shortages still of interest), some have turned their eyes toward the more mundane portion of Apple's business: the computer portion of it.  And some circuit board orders are being pointed as a possible clue of new MacBooks.The Commercial Times reported (in Chinese, but translated by Digitimes) that Apple has increased its orders of printed-circuit boards for notebooks by 20 percent, compared to last quarter.Macs are selling pretty well lately, but that's a stronger boost than would be expected from the usual seasonal patterns, and it's unlikely... Read more...
The design of the MacBook Air has been called sharp and edgy, but it's likely most users don't want it quite this edgy.  Users at a German Apple forum (apfeltalk) have posted a thread on just how edgy the Air is.Based on the thread (and the hard to understand translation), it seems as though the user managed to cut his elbow with the sharp edge of his MacBook Air (as pictured above).  Of course, that cut could have been made in any number of ways, so perhaps the post is just warming up the Web for a high-priced lawsuit.Meanwhile, another post in the same forum shows another user reportedly cutting bread with his MacBook Air.  This one is a lot more suspicious, as the user could... Read more...
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