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MacBook Air inventory begins dwindling ahead of Apple's WWDC
The popular 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8-gigahertz processor and 256-gigabyte solid-state drive is currently out of stock at resellers Amazon, B&H, MacConnection, and MacMall. In addition, J&R is currently advertising that the thin-and-light notebook …
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Mirasol reborn: 5.1″ phone display with near Retina MacBook resolution
Qualcomm has unexpectedly revealed a new mirasol mobile display, a 5.1-inch panel running at a whopping 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. Last we heard of mirasol, Qualcomm was dousing production plans and focusing on licensing out the low-power …
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Review: HardShell Case coats Retina MacBook Pro in a candy-colored shell
As sturdy as Apple's MacBooks are, it's a little depressing to pull your laptop out of your bag and discover a ding or scratch on the aluminum case. If you want some extra protection for your laptop, Handy Candy Cases' $ 60 HardShell Case might be the …
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You’ve had a day to renew your membership, book plane tickets and beg, borrow or steal $ 1,600 from your neighbors. Now it’s time to sit on the WWDC homepage and find out if you’ll actually be able to attend Apple’s annual software shindig. The tickets go on sale in just an hour, so here’s a friendly heads-up that you should get a cup of coffee, charge that battery pack and practice hitting F5, just in case.
“Your flight is now boarding. Please form an orderly line at the gate. Standby passengers, if you hear your name please report to the check-in desk. No pushing, no shoving, please.”
Not satisfied looking at the latest and best Mac that Apple has ever made under glass? Neither were we, so we tracked one down, ripped it out of its box and stacked it up against the last-generation MacBook Pro 15-inch. How does it compare? Can it compare? Is the new MagSafe 2 connector going to mean you need all new adapters? And, just how amazing is that Retina display? You’ll have to join us after the break to find out.
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Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference opens up tomorrow, with Tim Cook taking the stage at 10AM PT to deliver what’ll have to be… well, some fairly important company news. He asked us back in March to look forward to more in 2012, and if the deluge of rumors is indication of what’s to come, this could very well be the most monumental WWDC in recent memory. Or, you know, maybe we’ll just hear that iOS 6 is indeed coming after iOS 5. Our own Tim Stevens and Darren Murph will be on hand at Moscone West in San Francisco to bring you second-by-second coverage, and if you’re looking for a bookmark, you can return here tomorrow to catch the liveblog. We’ll also be broadcasting live outside of the venue (sorry, Apple won’t allow video streaming from within!) before and after the fireworks, so be sure to keep it locked for a full day’s worth of mayhem.
P.S. – Toss your best guesses on what’s coming in comments below!
WWDC kicks off next week and in traditional fashion, a keynote headlines the event Monday morning. Much is expected from this year’s show including iOS 6 and new Macintosh desktops and laptops. So far the rumor circuit has been a buzz with talk of a complete hardware refresh including Apple bringing back the MacBook brand, adding a retina display to at least one model and finally employing Intel’s latest silicon that will also bring USB 3.0 to Macs for the first time.
What follows is the first post in a series rounding up nearly every rumor concerning Apple’s WWDC notebook announcements (iOS 6 and Mountain Lion to come) no matter how far-fetched or wild — some will likely come true and others probably won’t.
- A revamped MacBook Pro line will launch at WWDC
- New models will be thinner without an optical drive
- The MacBook Pro hasn’t seen a new design in two years
- Several credible rumors state the same message of thinner design, no optical drive and USB 3.0
- See next rumor
Judgment: Likely. The MacBook Pro is long overdue for some new digs. It’s a safe bet that if it doesn’t happen at WWDC — it is a developer’s conference after all — Apple will announce the new models in the coming weeks to get a head start on the lucrative back to school season.
- Name would be just MacBook
- Prices would start at $ 1399 for a 13-inch model, $ 1,799 for the 15-inch
- No optical drive and optional SSD
- Would eventually replace the MacBook Pro
- Comes by way of AppleInsider sourcing a KGI analyst
- MacBook is a known brand
- The stats match up with previous rumors
- A third line of Apple notebooks would cannibalize existing sales
Judgment: Possible. Apple is set to kill the optical drive in its notebooks, but doing so in the so-called Pro line would diminish ever so slightly the line’s professional brand.
- The current MacBook, MacBook Pro lines use older Intel CPUs.
- Intel is currently rolling out Ivy Bridge CPUs.
- Apple generally uses the latest generation of Intel chips
- Apple sometimes works in mysterious ways
Judgment: Highly likely if Apple announces notebooks at WWDC. Apple’s current notebook line use relatively antiquated Intel CPUs. It’s time for an update. If Apple doesn’t announce notebooks at WWDC, look for new notebooks with Ivy Bridge CPUs in the coming weeks.
- If Apple finally deploys Ivy Bridge CPUs, USB 3.0 is supported natively
- Apple sometimes works in mysterious ways
- Apple is pushing the competing high-speed interconnect standard of Thunderbolt.
Judgment: Highly likely if Apple announces notebooks at WWDC. This feature is dependent on the Intel chipset.
- Apple will use a higher resolution, likely retina-quality display in a notebook — either a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro
- High resolution icons have been found in OS X
- Next generation AMD and NVIDIA GPUs can push crazy resolutions
- Super high resolution screens are very pricey
- A higher system resolution could disrupt current applications and development
Judgment: Unlikely even though retina displays is a strong part of Apple’s product branding strategy. There is little benefit to roll out very expensive high resolution displays when there isn’t much built for the new resolution yet. If this is in the cards for future models, Apple might announce high resolution support alongside Mountain Lion.
- Apple is discontinuing the largest MacBook Pro amid slow sales and a new notebook strategy with a revived MacBook line replacing eventually the MacBook Pro series
- The 17-inch MBP is the least selling Apple notebook, capturing only 1.7% of sales in 1Q2012
- A smaller, high resolution screen could replicate the workflow of larger screen
- The 17-inch might not sell well, but it’s a true mobile workstation
Judgment: Won’t happen at WWDC. If true, this will likely come later this year. The cancellation of the 17-inch model is dependent on higher resolution screens that won’t likely be available in mass quantities until later this year or early next. A higher resolution 15-inch could in theory replicate the large screen of a lower resolution display like the one currently found in the 17-inch.
Look for two other posts in the coming days detailing iOS 6 and Mountain Lion’s rumors. WWDC 2012 is set to be the biggest developer’s conference yet.
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What does Apple have in store for us at WWDC? Well, it was a pretty safe bet that there was going to be some iOS news, and now we can pretty much confirm that iOS 6 will be unveiled at Cupertino’s big developer event. What exactly we might see from the self proclaimed “world’s most advanced mobile operating system” is anybody’s guess, but it’s probably safe to assume the power of flight or teleportation is not on the feature list. Hit up the source links for some more images and don’t forget to check back in here Monday for the official unveiling.
Network testing is hard work. You need to ensure coverage, regular data rates, and spread. That’s probably why T-Mobile happens to be testing their 1900 MHz HSPA+ signal around the Moscone Center in San Francisco just in time for WWDC.
Quoth T-Mobile to 9to5:
Arguably the time and location could feasibly be coincidental, but I doubt it. Where better to test connectivity with a band of iPhones than what amounts to the San Francisco iPhone Festival? As mentioned above, 1900 MHz HSPA+ service should be popping up in other locations across the country although I suspect T-Mobile will focus on markets where users are underserved, techie, and would love to spend $ 30 on T-Mobile’s unlimited data plans.
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A video blog discussing the announcement by Apple that they will be introducing iOS 5 at the WWDC 2011 (World Wide Developers Conference) in June but not launching it until the Fall. However with further speculation pointing to the iPhone 5′s launch in the summer, this could mean that it will be running iOS 4 for several months. computingforever.com www.twitter.com/lack78
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Quite a bit hangs on the horizon in the world of gadgets. E3 is right around the corner, as is WWDC (Apple’s Developer conference), and while hardware gets cooler and cooler, the spec does not.
John, Matt and I discuss this and more in this week’s TC/Gadgets webcast.
As far as WWDC expectations go, the debate currently centers around docks and displays. Matt seems to think that a 4-inch display on a Droid X-sized iPhone is in the works, while I’m hoping against hope that a larger display can fit onto the same size iPhone. John, as usual, doesn’t really care. He’s more interested in the docks — rumors are circulating that suggest a microUSB port on the new iPhone rather than Apple’s standard 30-pin connector.
This would, of course, leave hundreds of speaker and charging docks out in the cold, with the exception that Apple releases John’s suggested $ 39.99 iDong.
We also discussed what we expect out of E3, which amounts to little more than nothing. No new Xbox, no new PlayStation. Basically, we’re getting our hands on the Wii U, which is exciting, but there’s only so much that can be upgraded in current hardware.
Which leads right into our next point: how important are specs?
Matt wrote a post recently harshing on the Nexus tablet for a lack of wireless connectivity, but more importantly, detailing the insignificance of performance testing and specs. To his first point, John and I both own WiFi-only iPads and are perfectly content, whereas Matt needs data to survive.
As far as specs are concerned, we seem to agree on the idea that specs are important in a few select areas, like camera and display. But without a solid understanding of what they mean, and how they can be unrepresentative, they’re just as worthless as a processor clock speed. For example, Nokia’s 808 Pureview 41-megapixel camera doesn’t take 41-megapixel pictures. It rather captures around 40 megapixels of raw data which is then compressed into an incredibly sharp 8-meagpixel image.
In the same vein, display resolution is only a worth looking at alongside display size. The idea is to have a high resolution on a smaller screen. The bigger the display, the less pixel dense the resolution is.
We spent a good deal of this webcast arguing, so feel free to join the fight in the comments.