News tagged ‘Mac’
With the iPad 3 now available on the mass market, we are starting to see more benchmark tests comparing the iPad 3 to the iPad 2 and other handsets.
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Apple seeded its second preview version of the upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to developers. When introducing the new OS X operating system earlier this year, Apple noted the new version brings iOS functionality to the Mac. Among this popular iOS features are Notification Center, Messages, Game Center and AirPlay Mirroring. With the release of the new beta version, a few interesting features have been spotted.
Digitimes now reports that Apple has already started production of slimmer models of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro. As the report claims, the MacBook Pro line will remain distinct from the MacBook Air line; of course, the first ones will remain more advanced, but will reportedly lose their optical drivers.
The MacBook Pro will no longer have an optical drive enabling thinner designs, the sources indicated. Despite the slim profile, the new devices will feature more advanced specs than the MacBook Air in terms of CPU performance and storage capacity, the sources said.
A Mac accessory maker this week indicated that Apple is "likely" to launch its 15-inch MacBook Air in April. The anonymous source said the thin-and-light notebook would be similar to current MacBook Air models with ports on both sides, no optical drive and no ethernet cable.
The vendor reportedly speculated that the new 15-inch MacBook Air would "effectively (kill) the (MacBook) Pro for the average consumer." They suggested that the new MacBook Air could even replace the 15-inch MacBook Pro, leaving the "Pro" moniker only to Apple's high-end 17-inch model.
Vietnamese website Tinh.te claimed on Tuesday to have received an LTE-capable version of Apple's new iPad. And soon there appeared a series of photos made by the third-generation iPad.
Later on Tuesday, a group of photos supposedly taken by the new iPad were posted to the website's forums. It's clear from the images that the new iPad camera is not as good as the 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4S, but, when compared to the iPad 2, which had a less-than-1-megapixel resolution, it's a definite step up.
Citing an anonymous Samsung executive, The Korea Times has recently reported that Apple indeed plans to launch the 7.85-inch iPad model. The unknown Samsung’s executive revealed that Apple has committed a purchase at least $9.7 billion worth of components from the company, and if the demand for is strong, Apple’s expenditures will reach as much as $11 billion. The executive claims that the demand will be driven partly by the recently-released iPad, MacBook Air and a smaller iPad.
''The contract is expected to rise to $11 billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung's faster solid state drive (SSD) storage,'' the official said.
Tinhte.vn has posted the first unboxing video of the new LTE iPad.
IPad feeling holding the 3rd generation is great, still very solid machine like the iPad 2 but is somewhat heavier and thicker than a bit. Really do not know if it's difficult for you to feel very small changes. Biggest difference is the design on the back of your camera slightly larger than the iPad 2 due to large sensor and lens structure also changed. In general, third-generation iPad would make those who want a radical change in design is unsatisfactory but it is still very beautiful at this time.
In a new report IDG News claims that Intel is currently working on shifting its Thunderbolt standard to the PCI-Express 3.0 protocol. Such move means that the company could double data transfer speeds comparing with the existing implementations based on PCIe 2.0 protocol.
Intel in the future will support the PCI-Express 3.0 protocol to shuttle data faster between host devices and peripherals, an Intel spokesman said in an email. Computers with Thunderbolt interconnect currently communicate with external devices using the older PCI-Express 2.0 technology.
The company will incorporate PCI-Express 3.0 in Thunderbolt, but could not provide a time frame for when it will be accomplished.
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9to5mac reported that they have received information from Apple Store source (who has been reliable in the past) that preparations are being made for a big Apple Store event which will culminate on Friday, March 16th. This points to an iPad 3 (or maybe we should say iPad HD) launch on Friday March 16, just nine days after tomorrow's announcement.
There were rumors that iPad 3 will cost $70-80 more than iPad 2. Now we have different rumors - 9to5Mac has heard from a reliable source that Apple will keep iPad 3 pricing the same as previous iPads:
We've gotten word that iPad pricing is going to be the same across the board as the current iPad 2 models which should be no big surprise given Apple's history – they rarely raise prices. Even better, some countries with currencies doing better than the US dollar should expect to see marginal drops in prices.
That means that iPad 3 will probably start at $499 for 16G WiFi model. This is not official numbers, but good rumors anyway.
They have managed to get Model Numbers for iPad 3:
Interior of Virgin Store on Champs-Élysées
French newspaper Le Figaro
A new rumor suggests that Apple could develop a new 14-inch MacBook Air model specifically for the Asian PC market. DigiTimes reported that mass production of the 14-inch thin-and-light notebook may begin soon. Apple is said to be considering the 14-inch screen size for the notebook because it is a popular form factor unique to the region.
Apple currently sells MacBook Air in screen sizes of 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches. But in the Asia market 14-inch notebooks account for as much as 40 percent of sales that is why Apple is said to be considering a screen size specifically for that region.
Sources in Apple's upstream supply chain indicated to DigiTimes that new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with a thinner and lighter design are expected to launch in April "at the soonest," with an initial shipment of just under a million units. A redesigned version of the 17-inch MacBook Pro is apparently not expected at launch.
Apple's upgraded MacBook Pro lineup along with new MacBook Airs and the forthcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Mac operating system upgrade are expected in the industry to pose a "significant threat" to notebooks. Moreover, earlier this week Intel indicated that the company's next-generation Ivy Bridge chips are expected to debut eight to 10 weeks later than previously planned.