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MacBook Pro with 3G Protoype, Appears on eBay

Written on August 15, 2011 by Adam Eve

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An alleged older MacBook Pro prototype with built-in 3G cellular data functionality made its appearance on eBay, indicating that the company looked into adding wireless data capabilities to its notebooks as early as 2007.

An alleged prototype of Apple MacBook Pro with built-in 3G cellular data functionality made its appearance on eBay. According to the auction, it is a one-of-a-kind pre-production prototype unit of the 2007 15-inch Santa Rosa MacBook Pro.

Its distinguishable features are the extendable cellular antenna at the top-right side of the display, and the SIM card slot beneath the memory cover. An evidence that the said notebook is an Apple prototype is its bright red circuit boards and the lack of EMC number. The laptop’s serial number is not available at the company’s online database either.

According to the seller, he was able to obtain the device through Craiglist. It was listed by a former Apple engineer who received the machine for “software development work.” The engineer was granted to keep the machine before he left, and told the seller that he was not able to use the cellular data functionality because it was not related to his work.

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Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs Arriving This June

Written on April 26, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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MacBook Air is about to get a taste of Sandy Bridges and Thunderbolts, and people might see them on shelves this June.

According to the “latest round of checks with suppliers and system builders” by Concord Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is currently preparing for the upcoming production of the refreshed Apple MacBook Air line this May. If things go as scheduled, the new MacBook Airs – which sport Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge microprocessors and the expected Thunderbolt I/O technology – will be set for a June release. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this will come true.

According to AppleInsider, the Apple MacBook Airs will replace the Penryn-based 45-nm Core 2 Duo chips for the new low-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 chips.

The latest MacBook Air versions have been on a serious sales decline ever since Apple has unveiled its latest MacBook Pro line-up. With the rumor mill churning that the next MacBook Air will be arriving by June, consumers might get interested again in picking up the thinnest notebook the world has ever seen.

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More Setback for Macbook Pros

Written on March 22, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Uh-oh! Apple's new lineup of Macbook Pro gets another problem. Is your laptop heating up too?

The new Macbook Pro lineup is suffering from yet more problems, after reports that it struggles to work with iTunes Home Sharing. This time around, there were complains that the top-end laptops are crushing under heavy loads.

Looking at discussion threads in MacRumors and Apple’s official pages, the problem seems not an isolated case. One user complained that his trackpad and keyboard stopped working after his Macbook Pro’s temperature heats up to 90 degrees. Another user said that the fans revved, and he suddenly could use nothing but the cursor.

Apple is aware of the problem, and stated that there’s an issue with the Macbook Pro’s graphic driver. Apparently, it can be solved through a software update of OS X. Still, this incident raises questions as to whether Apple can push Macbook Pro as the best laptop in the world.

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Finally! The Newest Family of MacBook Pros

Written on February 26, 2011 by Charles Bass

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First of all, Happy Birthday Steve Jobs! And welcome New MacBook Pros!

Apple welcomed Steve Jobs’ 56th birthday with the new bunch of MacBook Pro models, a new line which scales from 13-inches, 15-inches and 17-inches. The price range? $1,200 to $2,500 before optional upgrades. The new family features Intel’s new-ish Core i5 or i7 processors in dual and quad-core flavors, 4GB RAM, slot-loading DVD burners, new “Thunderbolt” […]

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New MacBook Pros Come with Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridge, and… AMD?

Written on February 24, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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It'll be stronger, it'll be better, but will it be cheaper?

It’s only a matter of hours left until we finally get to see the new MacBook Pros Apple is ready to unveil in their event (along with the iPad 2 of course), and CNET has just learned about the new features the PC-killers have that will definitely put you on the edge of your seats. What are they? Well nothing short of Intel’s Light Peak technology now officially named ‘Thunderbolt,’ Core i Series processors, and AMD processors. Yes you heard that right, AMD, not NVIDIA, are now offered to power up the hefty 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pros.

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March 2 Will Be the Day the World Knows iPad 2

Written on February 23, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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iPad 2 is making an official appearance this March 2! Mark your calendars and check out Apple's newest champion in the tablet wars.

Tired of the endless rumors looming around cyberspace? We are, too. But take arms as All Things D sparks a strong rumor that Apple will announce the iPad 2 at their much-anticipated event on March 2. Of course, we’ll also most likely to see some inside scoop of your favorite Apple devices including the refreshed MacBook Pro line-up.

The iPad 2 has been going around for a long while now, with rumors going as far as the eye can see. But practicality demands a little more humility for the successor of the highly successful iPad tablet as recent reports suggest that the iPad 2 will be a thinner but more powerful model of the iPad. The tablet will equip one of Qualcomm’s multimode chips and will run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks; it will also have a front-facing camera plus a Facetime video chat support.

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MacBook Pro Sets for a Refresh

Written on January 28, 2011 by Adam Eve

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The MacBook Pro looks set for an imminent refresh with stocks of the 15 and 17 inch models running low at Apple stores and third party retailers.

It seems that the MacBook Pro is set for an imminent refresh, as the 15 and 17 inch models are running low at the Apple Store and third-party retailers. However, buyers can still get their top-end laptops at Apple’s online store within 24 hours.

The new model of MacBook Pro is anticipated to house the latest Intel Processor, giving the device an internal boost. That said, it is like that Apple is trying to slim their machines down in line with their MacBook Air lineup.

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[REVIEW] Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 Mini DP

Written on August 23, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Now that every 2010 Mac and some Windows PC supports audio through mini display ports -- and feeding them to a HDMI-equipped TV -- Apogee has stepped up to introduce its own adapter cable. The iAdapt HMDI V2 Mini can put full audio and video together in a single pipe. Read on to see what more can the HDMI Adapter do.

There’s nothing much to say with iAdapt HDMI V2’s design aside from it is well-built. It clearly matches up the current aluminum and white spread of most Mac Lines. The cable is thick and unlikely to break unless you’ll bend to an unreasonable angle. The Apogee does not require extra cables to get started as it assumes that you already have a HDMI wire. Naturally, it’s easy to get started with a Mini DP connected to an HDMI. A new MacBook Pro equipped with Mac OS X Snow Leopard recognizes TV resolutions. The iAdapt was set to the right 1080p resolution and refresh rate immediately after plugging in.

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