While Apple has already placed an order with Foxconn for its Merom enabled Macbooks, the latest news around the hot tub is that Foxconn will produce the 15.4′ Macbooks that will start shipping in May 2007. Well, Asustek, who is the only supplier of the 13.3′ Apple Macbooks has been deprived of the new order. Other than the Macbooks, Foxconn will also supply PS3 to Sony in February 2006 (I couldn’t get this awkward date). Anyway, the whole thing is that Asustek will not be the sole supplier now for the Apple Macbooks.
In case, you own an Apple PowerBook Pismo and are a bit disappointed with the battery performance (I don’t think you would be facing such probs but anyways), then Fastmac has come out with a neat solution to make your Pismo’s battery last longer. Fastmac has introduced the highest capacity extended life battery upgrade i.e. the 84 Whr battery for your PowerBook Pismo PC. The new battery is based on the TruePower technology and delivers 68% more capability than the original Apple battery used in the machine. The Fastmac’s TruePower battery can also be configured with the G4 550 MHz processor for the PowerBook Pismo. In case, an undesired short circuit is detected, the integrated sensors in the circuit power off the battery. Fastmac’s TruePower line of battery comes with a one-year warranty and ships within 10 days of order for a price of $139.95.
We talked a lot about the new 15-inchers MacBook Pro but we are still waiting for the 17-inchers. Sadly, customers will have to wait a bit more for the delivery of their 17-inches MacBook Pros since Apple has stated in an e-mail to its online customers: We are unable to ship your 17-inch MacBook Pro by the date given when you placed the order. It is now expected to ship on or before 11/14/06. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause and we are making every effort to ship this unit as soon as possible. Apple hasn’t disclosed the reasons for this delay. So, those who are feverishly waiting to lay their hands on the 17-inchers need to wait till Nov. 14. I will let you know about the reasons for delay if I stumble upon the fact.
So, the news has finally arrived. Apple has finally made announcement for its 13.3-inches MacBook stuffed with Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz and 2.0GHz processors. Well, Apple says that new Core 2 Duo MacBooks will offer 25% more performance than the previous ones. The salient features of the New MacBook are: Up to 2GB of memory, Up to 200GB hard drive ,Intel GMA 950 card ,Mini-DVI port ,DVI, VGA and S-Video output ,Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet ,Up to 6 hours Battery life ,Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger The pricing for the new dazzling white or glossy black MacBook Core 2 Duo MacBook starts at $1099. Well, Apple has delayed its shipments for 17-inches MacBook Pros at the moment. Hope this doesn’t happen with the new MacBooks too.
Though it is not confirmed wholly, Apple has silently added the draft 802.11n-compatible wireless card into its lately announced Core 2 Duo MacBooks. Think Secret has revealed that the wireless chipset put into use is the Atheros AR5008E, the very same chipset stuffed in the Apple’s Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros. While Apple integrated the 802.11n compliant chipsets first of all in the Core 2 Duo iMac but that was a Broadcom chipset. The exact speed of the MacBooks will be taken in only after Apple comes up with some Mac OS X drivers.
Apple, these days is busy developing a multipurpose touch interface alike a track pad that will allow the users to place many optional types of hot-swappable mechanical control interfaces including audio equalizer, musical keyboard, or video game controller, patent has been filed in this regard lately. Apple Insider reports: The May 12, 2005 filing, published for the first time by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, describes “mechanical overlays,” which may include one or more “mechanical actuators” that provide touch inputs to a touch sensing pad. Apple further stated that the resulting touch pad could be integrated into a computing device such as laptop, handheld PDA or a digital media player. The touch sensitive product could even be embedded into a tablet PC or tablet-sized touch pad.
A report by DigiTimes says that Apple is on the way to offer AMD powered laptops to the users. Taiwan passive component makers are observing a steady increase in orders for high-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), with most of the MLCCs having a capacitance of 22μF, and being for use in an AMD-based Apple notebook. While some of the motherboard manufactures are not so sure about any Apple and AMD partnership owing to the Intel Core 2 Duo’s efficient performance as compared to that of AMD’s CPU line. Well, the component makers are quite optimistic about the performance capabilities of the AMD-based Apple Mac notebooks.
Apple has been in the talks all over the web for past few months. In the month of September, Apple created a hype in the market on the eve of big Showtime when it came up with iTV, new iPod, iPod Nano, and iPod shuffle. And, the October started with the rumors of Core 2 Duo powered Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The announcement for Merom MacBook Pros came around a month back. Around a month and few days back, Apple placed an order for Merom enabled MacBooks with FoxConn and a little more than two weeks back, Apple officially announced its Core 2 Duo power driven MacBooks. The latest news around the hot tub is that Apple will empower its future Mac machines by integrating Blu-ray drives. While many other notebook makers are busy stuffing HD-DVD drives in their respective notebooks and Sony offering its VAIO laptops with Blu-ray, this announcement will be welcomed by the Mac users. While the MacBook Pros have been already in discussion earlier for some of their cool features including 1.Top secret about MacBook Pros 2.New MacBook Pros run cooler than the earlier ones 3.10% speed bump in the new machines. On the other hand, the new MacBooks caught everyone’s attention when we heard that Apple has silently added the draft 802.11n-compatible wireless card into its lately announced Core 2 Duo MacBooks. Well, TechReport reports that the ‘Blu-ray drives will soon find their way into some of the Apple machines’. The only thing that goes against this rumor is that Sony itself is facing the shortage problem of blue laser diodes that has enforced it to delay the PS3 launch in Europe. If we believe the words on the street, Apple will start shipping the Blu-ray drive equipped Macs in February next year. But, I would be pleased if they even make an announcement for the Macs featuring Blu-ray drives at that time considering the fact that Sony seems to be grip every Blu-ray drive for its PS3 at the moment. Moreover, if we take a look at the current pricing of the Blu-ray drives, We might expect the drives to be integrated in Apple’s Mac Pro costing more than $2,499 and the MacBook Pros costing over $1,999. Another thing that is still not for sure is that whether the Blu-ray drive will be compatible with the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or an update will be announced. Anyway, whether Apple announces its Blu-ray drive equipped Macs in February or sometime later, it is continuously upgrading its machines with cool yet powerful features. Let’s wait and see what’s next with Apple for its users.
What does Apple has in store for its Mac users? We discussed about that two days back. Now, let us take a deep look at the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros with respect to their technical specifications. The new Macs offer full value to the consumers with higher performance and speed as compared to the earlier ones. Here is a brief analyzation of both the new models. The new MacBook Pro is indeed a Pro The features of the new MacBook Pro that appeal to me the most are its business-styled make, capability to hold up to 3GB RAM, enhanced graphics card ATI’s Latest News about ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB RAM, and more powerful processor. While in the MacBooks, there is an Intel graphics processor with 64MB RAM shared with main memory. MacBook Pros are available both in 15-inches and 17-inches models. The 15-inches MacBook Pro comes with a 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the highest clocking Core 2 Duo processor to date. The 17-incher seems to be a perfect choice for an on-the-move filmmaker or a photography enthusiast. Pricing start at $2,799 for the 17-incher and $2,499 for the 15-incher with the T7600 processor, and $1,999 for the 15-incher with the T7400 processor. Apple has made its machines as powerful as their Windows counterpart. Other than that, the new Pros run cooler than the earlier one and offer a 10% speed bump. MacBook also worth a pick The MacBook that costs somewhat around $800 less than that of MacBook Pro will not let the users down as it comes stuffed with tempting set of features. The new MacBooks coming in a new improved model boasts an Intel Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 2.0GHz, up to 2GB of RAM, and 160GB hard drive. Anyway, the users can go for 200GB hard drive with both the MacBooks and the MacBook Pros. Along with the chic make, the MacBook features built-in WiFi, good sound quality, good number of ports, and iSight camera. Other than the Mac OS, users can also run the Microsoft Latest News about Microsoft Windows with Parallels Workstation software. Moreover, Apple has also planned to roll out Blu-ray drive equipped Macs in the month of February. Well, whether you go for a MacBook or a MacBook Pro, they will prove out to be true value for your money.
The Apple seems to be ready with its Mac Tablet PC with docking system and the sources are reporting that its first prototype has been made and pre- manufacturing test are on. Its looks that lots happening in Apple’s office iPhone and all kinds of rumors are churning out. The tablet is slated for a 2007 launch and has been configured so that can run third party applications. This tablet is rumored to have an Intel processor and can work as a docking device to get connected to screens that have HDMI input. It acts also as a full PC and has compatibility to the Hi Fi speakers that are currently being tested by Apple. Possible usages for this tablet are being sited as like it will be able to run home automation software which will allow users to control basically everything in there house which is wired or has Wi-Fi. For the past one year Apple has got touch screen patents for there possible uses in iPhone, cellphone, PDA and gaming devices. They have also applied and got patents for wireless devices so hope to see some of these new inventions in this tablet PC.