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MacBookius Superior: Apple's New Super-Powered Mutant
June 16, 2012
The bulk of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference basically amounts to a massive teach-in for makers of Apple software. But each year the event is kicked off with a traditional big-production Apple keynote, and ever since the company kicked MacWorld to the curb, that keynote has often served as an occasion to roll out some major new hardware upgrades.
The New MacBook Pro Aims for the Heart, Not the Head
June 14, 2012
With a heavy heart, I have decided not to the buy the gorgeous new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I lust after the idea of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels gloriously showing off my awesome photos of the Grand Tetons, Half Dome and small children running from the cold droplets of a sprinkler system under a hot summer sun.
Glued Guts Make New Macbooks a Bear to Fix
June 13, 2012
If you've tuned in to Apple's WWDC announcements and have been turned on by the company's newly announced MacBook Pro with Retina Display, drop out and pick another MacBook instead, advises Kyle Wiens, CEO of Fixit. "Right now, we're telling consumers to buy a mid-range MacBook Pro, which is repairable, and not the Retina MacBook Pro," Wiens said.
WWDC: New Friendships Forged, Old Bonds Broken
June 13, 2012
Apple executives once again took the stage this week to show off the company's new software and hardware initiatives at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This was the first time CEO Tim Cook took the helm at a WWDC keynote. He and other company executives presented conference-goers with a first look at Apple's upcoming version of iOS.
MacBook Pro Turns Over a Sharper, Thinner New Leaf
June 11, 2012
Apple executives took the stage at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference Monday to unveil a slew of new hardware and software, including a new MacBook Pro with a Retina Display, as well new information about the upcoming iOS 6 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system.
Apple and Facebook - Relationship Status: Flirty
June 6, 2012
Apple may be forming a close friendship with Facebook as the iPhone maker develops its next-generation mobile OS, judging by a comment from Apple CEO Tim Cook at the recent D: All Things Digital conference. Taking the stage for a public interview at the event, Cook was asked about Facebook integration in iOS 6, the presumed name for the next version of Apple's mobile operating system.
How Apple's Product Cycles Torture Customers Into Loving It
May 24, 2012
Apple MacBook Pro rumors, and to a lesser extent iMac, MacBook Air and Mac Pro rumors, have been flying around fast and furious these days, and all it's doing is stoking my fire for a new MacBook Pro. Every Tuesday, which seems to be Apple's favorite day of the week for announcing new products, I anxiously wait to see the Apple Online Store go down and a press release to appear.
The MacBook Pro's Mystery Mix
May 16, 2012
With the expected unveiling of new MacBook Pros just weeks away, rumor mongers have begun to solidify their predictions about the new notebooks. Most Apple prognosticators seem to agree that the MacBook Pros will be thinner, run Intel's new Ivy Bridge chip, and sport an eye-popping Retina Display.
New MacBook, New Cloud, New Leaf
May 16, 2012
Apple computer users might soon have a thinner, lighter version of the MacBook, according to numerous reports. The new design will apparently still bear the "MacBook Pro" name but will more closely resemble an Ultrabook -- thin, light and affordable PC laptops. It will supposedly feature a high-definition screen similar to the ones found on iPhones and iPads.
The MacPad Will Come - but Software Convergence Will Come First
April 26, 2012
Despite all the fantastic numbers delivered by Apple when it revealed its latest fiscal quarterly profits this week -- such as an eye-popping 94 percent net profit year-to-year increase -- one question and one rambling answer from Apple CEO Tim Cook made me sit up in my chair. The question: Will Apple create a converged iPad/MacBook with a built-in keyboard?
OS Showdown: Will 8 Be Great? Will Mountain Lion Roar?
March 2, 2012
Later in 2012, we'll see the arrival of two major operating systems: Microsoft Windows 8, a preview of which was offered to the general public earlier this week, and Apple's OS X Mountain Lion. Are we lining up for a major OS showdown? Or are we not comparing apples to apples?
The Hoarders Will Hate the Next MacBook Pros
February 16, 2012
While the last update to the MacBook Pro line came in October, the overall MacBook Pro design is getting a little old. But it's not bad. I have a buddy who just replaced his aging 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 15-incher, and he's insanely happy with the wicked speed boost and sturdy unibody design. But I asked him, "So what about the CD/DVD drive?"
Apple Tells MacBook Pro to Lose a Few
February 13, 2012
Apple is reportedly planning a substantial design overhaul for its MacBook Pro line. The company's next generation of high-end laptop computers will be thinner, lighter notebooks that closely resemble MacBook Airs and feature extended battery life. Traditional hard drives will be replaced with flash-memory-based solid-state drives.
Step Aside, Tablets - the Ultrabooks Are Coming
November 7, 2011
The industry joke on the early MacBook Airs was that even though they had decent Intel processors, they stepped down in performance in order to keep from burning up. What was kind of funny was that Lenovo, which had a similar product in market with a slower processor but running at full speed (so it was actually faster), got dinged -- and Apple didn't.
Is the Mac Pro on Apple's Chopping Block?
November 1, 2011
Apple's Mac Pro Line could be on its way out, according to a recent report. If it proves true, the development could leave behind a void in the company's enterprise space. The powerful, pricey computers, which start at $2,499, are reportedly suffering from low demand.
MacBooks Still Clicking in a Post-PC World
October 26, 2011
Juicy details from the newly released Steve Jobs biography, including a quote from the late Apple cofounder suggesting he'd found a way to break into the TV market, fueled the never-sputtering rumor machine this week. Talk of Apple's jump into television manufacturing seemed to overshadow the updates Apple made to its MacBook Pro line.
Apple Could Deliver a September Surprise With New MBPs
September 16, 2011
Apple's MacBook Pro laptop was upgraded with new Intel processors a little more than six months ago, but another refresh may be in the works that will bring revamped models to the shelves within the next two weeks. The move is believed to be necessary to keep Apple's laptop up to date with Intel's latest "Sandy Bridge" quad-core processors.
Farewell, My Little Plastic Discs
July 28, 2011
I'm not sure that we can say Apple is the barometer for the consumer tech industry, but it's been either eerily prescient or a powerful catalyst in the demise of certain technological habits. Apple ditched the old 3.5-inch floppy drive back in the '90s and followed up by creating the iPod, which brought attention to digital MP3 players and then dominated the mobile music space, even changing how people buy and consume songs.
Apple Comes In Like a Lion
July 23, 2011
Apple finally pushed out a much-anticipated raft of new products this week. Its new desktop OS, OS X Lion, had been promised for a July release last month at the Worldwide Developers Conference, and some Mac followers had been getting downright antsy for a new MacBook Air, which also touched down.
Tablets, Desktops, Notebooks: Who's Eating Whom?
July 22, 2011
Eyebrows -- those highly mobile facial features that always get raised when people are astonished -- got a good workout Tuesday at Apple's quarterly earnings call. Apple COO Tim Cook surprised analysts by stating that some customers are spending their money on iPads instead of new Macs. There's long been suspicion that the iPad has been eating into sales of laptop and desktop PCs.
Apple Unleashes the Lion and Electrifies the Air
July 20, 2011
Apple released its long-awaited Mac OS X Lion operating system Wednesday, together with a lineup of new MacBook Airs, a refresh to the Mac mini line, and the world's first display using the next-generation Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt technology will offer up to 10 Gbps of access speed in each direction simultaneously over one cable.
The Next iPhone: Is Apple Mulling a Double-Down?
June 29, 2011
This year's WWDC came and went without the appearance of a new iPhone, breaking with years of tradition. This disruption to Apple's established released cycle, combined with other factors, may be upsetting some portfolios. "People are concerned about Apple's growth peaking, Steve Jobs' health and the delayed launch of the new iPhone," Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher, told MacNewsWorld.
'Twas the Month Before Lion and All Through the Lair, Not a Mac Was Stirring, Not Even an Air
June 22, 2011
Apple's been relatively quiet in terms of product releases ever since its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month. Though it's refreshed some peripheral hardware products like its Time Capsule and given a boost to Final Cut Pro, the real anticipation centers on the company's next round of Macs.
Lions and Updates and Airs, Oh My!
June 15, 2011
There's been quite a bit of good news for Apple investors over the past week, with two possible exceptions: the announcement Tuesday that Ron Johnson, the company's head of retail, is leaving for JC Penney; and survey results from ABI Research that suggest roughly half of all consumers don't find tablet computers to be much of a turn-on.
Intel Envisions the Rise of the Ultrabook
May 31, 2011
Intel has unveiled details of its plans for the breed of super-thin, rapid-on, tablet-like laptops which it calls "Ultrabooks" at China's Computex Taipei 2011. The computer chip giant expects Ultrabooks to take over 40 percent of the laptop market within six to nine months. The new super-thin laptops run on Intel's Sandy Bridge processor.
Facebook's Sly-Dog Aspirations
May 14, 2011
One of these days we may see a real public clash between Facebook and Google - a huge bidding war, or maybe the launch of a real Google social network that will have the other one fighting for its life. For now, though, we get a silly little PR disaster that's left Facebook looking like it's lost its Machiavellian mojo.
Will MacBooks Take Up ARMs?
May 6, 2011
Whispers are circulating out in Web Rumor Land that Apple may be planning to switch processors in its MacBook line of laptops from Intel-made silicon to ARM chips. ARM chips dominate the mobile world, having left Intel's Atom processors behind in the dust. Certain recent Cupertino moves may have given rise to this rumor.
How Tablets Could Save the Desktop
May 5, 2011
The new iMacs have suddenly become deliciously compelling, and not because they now sport quad-core i5 processors that make them up to 70 percent faster than previous versions, graphics that are up to three times faster than before, or the new lightning-fast Thunderbolt ports. No, the new iMacs are much more tantalizing than ever before simply because I own an iPad 2.
Can Apple Make Nice With the Media Moguls?
May 4, 2011
Apple appears to be softening its stance toward the publishing industry with a move that might help stave off the burgeoning competition. Separately, the company introduced new products in its all-in-one iMac desktop computer family Tuesday, possibly in anticipation of strong sales due to an improving overall economy.
Apple Injects New iMacs With Thunder and Lightning
May 3, 2011
Apple on Tuesday released new editions of its all-in-one iMac desktop computers. These all have quad-core Intel Core i-5 processors, the recently announced Thunderbolt port technology, integrated memory controllers, new media engines, AMD Radeon HD graphics processors and a FaceTime HD cameras. The new iMacs come in two sizes: 21.5-inch or 27-inch screens.
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