Apple Releases new MacBook Pro line

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Apple launched the new MacBook Pros this morning after much anticipation. For the first time ever, Apple has included Quad Core CPUs into their notebooks. The 15″ and 17″ models offer Quad Core CPUs using the Intel 2.2GHz Quad Core 2720QM and 2.0GHz Quad Core 2630QM. While many applications may not take advantage of all 4 cores, these new Sandy Bridge processors include Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0, which should increase the speed of the remaining cores when the others are underutilized.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 automatically allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it’s operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits.

The maximum Turbo clock speeds for the 2720QM and 2630QM are 3.2GHz and 2.9GHz respectively.


Apple has also introduced a hybrid Thunderbolt/mini Display port on the new MacBook Pros. This represents Intel’s Light Peak technology which is said to offer high speed connections and is expected to replace the need for USB 3.0.

“Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”

Apple has posted a page dedicated to Thunderbolt.

The new models are at the Apple Store:

-17″ 1920×1200 Display. 2.2Ghz Quad i7. 4GB RAM. 750GB HD. AMD 6750M 1GB. $2499
-15″ 1440×900 (1680 option) Display. 2.2GHz Quad i7. 750GB HD. AMD 6750M 1GB. $2199.
-15″ 1440×900 (1680 option) Display. 2.0GHz Quad i7. 4GB RAM. 500GB HD. AMD 6490M 256MB. $1799
-13″ 1280×800 Display. 2.7GHz Dual i7. 4GB RAM. 500GB HD. Intel HD Graphics. $1499
-13″ 1280×800 Display. 2.3GHz Dual i5. 4GB RAM. 320GB HD. Intel HD Graphics. $1199

 

For more info on the new MacBook Pro’s, Head over to Apple’s Site

 

Next-gen MacBook Pro photos reveal Apple’s high-speed ‘Thunderbolt’ port, comes out Tomorrow!?

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Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak technology could be dubbed “Thunderbolt,” according to new pictures that claim to show the new 13-inch MacBook Pro hardware .

Alleged hardware specifications provided to AppleInsider show that in addition to a supposed Thunderbolt port, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will also sport an input for an SDXC card. The specs also suggest that the 2.3GHz Core i5 processor will not be accompanied by a discrete graphics card.

The provided specifications include:

  • 2.3GHz Core i5 Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 @ 1333 MHz
  • 320 GB HDD
  • 13.3-inch display @ 1280×800 pixels
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB shared memory
  • FaceTime high-definition camera
  • Thunderbolt connector supporting High-Speed I/O and MiniDisplay-Port devices
  • SDXC, Firewire 800, and two USB 2.0 slots
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 2.04kg weight

 

Apple is expected to introduce its new line of MacBook Pros on Thursday (Feb 24th). In addition to Intel’s latest generation Sandy Bridge processors, the systems are rumored to have support for Intel’s high-speed Light Peak data connections.

Souce : Mac4Ever.com

Apple Sends Invitations for March 2nd Media Event to Introduce Next-Generation iPad

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Apple has officially issued invitations to a media event scheduled for next Wednesday, March 2nd, with the graphics suggesting that Apple will indeed introduce the next-generation iPad at the event. The invitation comes with the tagline “Come see what 2011 will be the year of.”

According to the invitation, the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am. This is the same venue Apple has used to introduce a number of products in recent years.

 

New MacBook Pro’s Coming March 1st?

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Rumors spreading through the web about possible release dates. There are typically some false starts, so it’s hard to be sure, but the first contender for this round appears to be March 1st.

Danish blogger KennethLund.dk claims to have heard from a source in one of the major Danish Apple resellers that MacBook Pro models are on tight supply but that the newly updated models will arrive on March 1st.

March 1st falls on a Tuesday which is typical for Apple’s releases. The MacBook Pro was last updated in April of 2010 and is due for an update. While there had been some concern that the new models would be delayed by Intel’s manufacturing issues, the latest reports claim that any delay will be minimal.

Apple working on smaller, $200 contract-free iPhone to combat Android

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Apple is working on a new design and form factor for the iPhone that would allow for a less expensive, contract-free model to take on the competing Google Android platform and bypass wireless carrier contracts, according to Bloomberg.

In a report , authors Peter Burrows and Greg Bensinger cited anonymous sources in revealing that Apple has allegedly developed a prototype iPhone model that is cheaper and one-third smaller than the current-generation iPhone 4. The report claimed that Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs “aims to narrow the price gap that has made phones running Android more popular than iPhones” with the new handset targeted for launch in mid-2011.

“Apple has considered selling the new iPhone for about $200, without obligating users to sign a two-year service contract, said the person who has seen it,” the report states. It also noted it’s possible the project could be delayed or scrapped entirely, as “Apple often works on products that do not later get released.”

Bloomberg pinpointed the announcement of the Verizon iPhone announcement in a report filed in June 2010, accurately revealing that the product would become available in early 2011.

Apple’s alleged plans, reported on Thursday, would be dependent upon “Universal SIM” technology, which would allow users to switch between GSM networks without having to switch out a SIM card for connectivity to a wireless network.

The Universal SIM would not only cut costs, but would apparently “give Apple an advantage over mobile carriers in influencing customers,” Bloomberg’s report states. Because the alleged new iPhone model would be available without a carrier subsidy, customers could bypass the terms associated with a two-year contract and phone subsidies, like early termination fees.

“Apple has also worked on redesigned iPhone software that would let customers choose a network and configure their device on their own, without relying on a store clerk or representative of a carrier, according to the person,” the report states. To the same end, it also said Apple is working on a dual-mode world phone that would be compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks.

Rumors of an embedded SIM option in future iPhones are not new, surfacing in late 2010 and suggesting that Apple is looking to bypass carriers and contracts, allowing users to select their wireless provider directly from the phone. But it was also rumored that Apple was forced to abandon those plans after carriers allegedly threatened to stop offering subsidies for the iPhone.

Steve Jobs Involved in Next iPad and iPhone Revisions, Jobs has even been recently spotted at Apple’s campus!

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The Wall Street Journal reports that despite his medical leave of absence, Steve Jobs remained involved in Apple’s strategic decision making and product development. Jobs is reportedly taking business meetings at home and on the phone. Jobs has even been recently spotted at Apple’s campus.

According to the newspaper, Jobs remains involved specifically in the next iPad and iPhone products:

Among products he is continuing to work on are the next version of the iPad tablet computer, expected out in the next couple of months, and a new iPhone, expected to be released this summer, said two of these people.

Source : Wall Street Journal

Apple to hold an event in March to usher in new iPad ?

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Apple may be planning a smaller than usual event to introduce its second-generation iPad as early as next month, according to a scant report, as rumors that the new device will include NFC technology persist.

rumors claims that sometimes generates accurate leads regarding Apple’s future product plans — it’s claimed that the Cupertino-based company “seems to open a small event to introduce next generation of iPad.”

Such an event appears to be on track for March, the report added. Still, it cautioned that the device may only see an announcement during that time frame in the United States, with shipments and international availability possibly following at a later date.

Apple to release iOS 4.3 on Feb. 14

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A new rumor claims Apple plans to release the next major update for the iPhone and iPad, iOS 4.3, on Monday, Feb. 14.

MacStories.net reported on Friday that Apple plans to release iOS 4.3, bringing AirPlay functionality to third-party applications and the new Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi tethering feature, in 10 days. Apple usually releases its iOS updates around 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.

In the past, the website correctly predicted that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion would adopt various features and user interface elements from iOS, which powers the iPad and iPhone. But last November, the site also incorrectly reported that Apple would release iOS 4.3 in December with recurring application subscriptions.