If you thought that the placement of anything in an Apple Store by employees wasn't planned with the utmost precision, think again. It turns out that everything, even down to the exact tilt of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air displays, have an intricate science around them. Get this--each morning Apple Store employees use a leveling app like Simply Angle to help set the tilt of the displays of all the notebook computers to exactly 70 degrees.
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You know that Retina display MacBook Pro we've been waiting for? Apple just announced it during its WWDC 2012 keynote. The next-generation MacBook Pro drops a bunch of legacy features in order to make room for future technology, as evidenced by the specs. First up, the Retina display. The next-generation MacBook Pro has a 15.4-inch 2800 x 1800 resolution display, the densest display to ship on any notebook to date. That makes it 220 ppi. The computer weighs less than 4.5 pounds, making it the lightest MacBook Pro ever.
Inside you get a quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16 GB RAM, and the NVIDIA Kepler GeForce GT 650m GPU. Gone is the HDD, replaced by flash storage similar to what you'd find in the MacBook Air, and you can go up to 768GB (although we'd bet that would be awfully expensive.) The Ethernet port is also gone, but there are plenty of other ports to take its place: USB 3.0, HDMI, two ThunderBolt ports, SD card slot, and a MagSafe 2 connector. On the inside you get 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. A backlit keyboard and multi-touch trackpad round things out.
The next-generation MacBook Pro ships today, and starts at $2199 for a unit that packs in a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage. Buy it direct from the Apple Store online.
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Apple has revealed the new MacBook Air line during its WWDC 2012 keynote. The refreshed notebooks will feature Ivy Bridge processors that go up to 2.0GHz with the dual-core i7, and Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz. The 11-inch model starts at $999 and includes a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB flash storage. For $100 more you double storage to 128GB. This is a bit cheaper than it was just a few hours ago. The 13-inch model gets a 1.8GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB flash storage for $1199. $300 more gets you 256GB storage. There are options for more storage and more RAM as well. All models now ship with USB 3.0 as well. The new MacBook Air ships today, and you can order it from the Apple Store.
13.3 inch: 2.5GHz dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
13.3 inch: 2.9GHz dual core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive
15.4 inch: 2.3GHz quad core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
15.4 inch: 2.6GHz quad core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive (BTO upgrades to 2.7GHz quad core and 1TB HD will be available)
None of these are the Retina display model, so we are guessing that Apple will have three tiers of MacBook beginning today: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and the Retina display MacBook Pro.
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WWDC kicks off a week from today, with a keynote address to be delivered by Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and crew. Many are expecting that we'll hear all about iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion. While that may be the case, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple is also set to unleash a slew of Mac updates at its annual developer event as well. In fact, Mac hardware may end up stealing the show, as Apple is purportedly set to refresh four out of the five Macs in its lineup, which would make it the biggest simultaneous Mac hardware launch in company history.
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Apple is preparing to launch a redesigned MacBook Pro that'll be sporting all sorts of new features. According to multiple sources, the new MacBook Pro will feature a new, ultra-thin unibody design, USB 3.0 ports (a first for Apple,) and at the center of it all, a "jaw-dropping" Retina display.
How's Apple gonna achieve making a thin notebook even thinner? With the removal of two components. First, the optical drive is going bye-bye. Apple started phasing out optical drives with the release of the original MacBook Air, and then continued the trend with the latest Mac mini. With the release of the Mac App Store, and broadband being to ubiquitous, it stands to reason that digital files and downloads are here to stay. Apple does still sell an external optical drive that connects via USB for those who need it.
Apple has released a small update for OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3. Anyone running the latest OS X 10.8 Dev Preview can launch software update to grab the update, which includes a new Do Not Disturb feature for Notification Center. This effectively hides all banners and notifications from showing on the desktop so as not to distract you. They'll all be neatly stored and organized within the Notification Center pane when you're ready to review them. We're not seeing any other obvious changes, but if you catch any, hit us in the comments.
We know a ton of you got some new Apple gear over the past few days, and we want to make sure you protect those items appropriately. Whether it's a new iPad 2, iPhone 4, MacBook Air, or even an old-school iPhone 3GS, we thought it would be prudent of us to recommend you get AppleCare for the devices you’ve acquired. Here’s the trick though—don’t buy AppleCare from Apple. If you buy it from Amazon, you can get up to 30% off of the price that Apple will charge you for the same 3-year warranty. Even better, when you go to resell your Apple hardware, if you have an AppleCare Protection Plan attached to it, you get a higher resale value. We’ve compiled a list of the different AppleCare Protection Plans available for the entire line of Apple hardware, check it out:
Apple Mobile Devices:
- AppleCare Protection Plan for iPad
- AppleCare Protection Plan for all versions of iPhone
- AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod touch/classic
- AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod nano and iPod shuffle
Apple Mac Computers:
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Laptops 13-inches and below
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Laptops 15-inches and above
- AppleCare Protection Plan - iMac
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Pro
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Mini
We review the Twelve South PlugBug in this episode. The PlugBug is a clever device that attaches to your MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air AC adapter, and allows you to charge both your Apple notebook, as well as a USB device (like your iPhone or iPad.) It's a neat little device that we think makes things super convenient, especially during travel, and it's one of those things that we wish we would have thought of first. We give you a look at the device, along with how it works, in this video.
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Apple is set to discount some of its most popular products for Black Friday 2011. No word yet on if the stores are opening early, but you can get all the deals online as well as in-store, which is nice. Discounts on items like the iPad 2, iMac, MacBook Air, and iPod touch are just the tip of the iceberg, as Apple is also discounting a bunch of third-party accessories, including the Jawbone Up. We've got the best of the sale listed after the break, along with links to take you directly to the products!
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