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Inside Apple’s New Macbooks

As expected, Apple has updated their line of MacBooks recently, giving them a much needed update.

Starting in the processor section, Apple has stuck with Intel (amid rumors of switching to AMD). The 13” MacBook Pro bumps it’s speed up to 2.53 GHz and 2.66 GHz. The 15” and 17” models  now offer up the Core i5 and i7 processors. “Hyper Threading” a new 32-nanometer process, and other upgrades give performance boosts up to 50%. Both the Core i5 & i7 support “Turbo Boost” which can give the i7 models a max clock of 3.33Ghz.

The graphics follow along the processors in updates. The 13” recieved the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M (with 48 processing cores) and gives the little ‘Book a 80% performance boost and 40% less power usage. The 15” and 17” get a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with either 256MB or 512MB of memory. Both models still have automatic graphics switching, depending on the amount your taxing your MacBook Pro.

There’s been major improvements in the battery department as well. The 13” Pro can offer up to 10 hours, and the the 15” and 17” models tote an astounding 8-9 hours of power.

The 15” Model specifically got a higher-resolution display (like the PowerBook did before it was killed off), measuring 1680×1050 instead of the standard 1440×900.

All models now have the option of bigger, faster hard drives. Both SATA and Solid-State drive capacities have increased.

Lastly, the new MacBook Pros offer “inertial scrolling”. Simply put, users can “flick” their way through web-pages or pictures, just like they already do on their iPhone/iPod Touch.

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Apple Fixes Those “Slow” MacBook Pro’s w/ Crippled SATA

After a few days of the new MacBook’s release from WWDC 2009, people who depended on SATA found that the new MacBooks could only handle 1.5GBps file transfers over SATA, as opposed to the 3GBps speed they were getting before the update.

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For those who don’t know, SATA is a type of file transfer mechanism, similar to USB and FireWire. SATA 3.0  has already been demoed, and SATA has become a standard in the hardware community.

Apple has issued an update to those crippled computer allowing speeds up to the 3GBps. The update (Mac Users should know how to do this) is only 3.35MB and can be downloaded via Software Update. You’re free to chose any SSD without that complication holding you back.

WWDC ’09: iPhone 3G S

Before I get to the obviously new iPhone, there were multiple announcements made today at Worldwide Developers Conference 2009 (WWDC09).

Small notes: Tablet on track for 2010, and Steve is healthy and should be in office by July.

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Snow Leopard was demoed, and is on track for September.

macbooksMultiple features were demoed. MacBook Air price dropped to $1500, the “MacBook” line was dumped and rebranded as MacBook Pros, and the entire line was updated with new features like an SD card slot, and FireWire.

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Safari 4 was official released for Mac and PC, touting itself as the fastest web browser available. Snow Leopard will be a $30 upgrade or $50 for a family pack. (Snow Leopard being 10.6)

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And, the new iPhone 3G S was announced. The new iPhone 3G S, the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including improved speed and performance — up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G — with longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording with editing and uploading from the iPhone, and hands free voice control. iPhone 3G S includes the new iPhone OS 3.0, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS, Spotlight Search, landscape keyboard and more. Tethering and TURN BY TURN GPS WITH TOMTOM is also in the new iPhone. Video can also be downloaded over Wi-Fi on the iTunes Store for iPhone. That is expected to launch in July, and the iPhone 3.0 OS will be out next week and is guaranteed to have Push Notification!

The iPhone 3G S price listing are as follows: 16GB iPhone 3G S for $199 and 32GB iPhone 3G S for $299. As for the current 8GB iPhone 3G, they have reduced its price down to $99. This means they will still keep a version of the original iPhone 3G on the shelves.

Take a look at the Apple’s guided tour of the new iPhone 3G S below.

Apple’s Billionth Giveaway! Tablets! Varied Pricing!

apple-app-store-300x135jpgApple is giving away an iPod Touch, Time Capsule (wifi hard drive backup), $10,000 in an iTunes giftcard, and a MacBook Pro. HURRY HURRY HURRY and sign up to win this amazing package as a celebration of the 1 billionth app downloaded worldwide!

Anyway, rumors have been stirred that Steve Jobs is still pulling the strings at Apple, and testing out a larger iPod Touch (tablet anyone?) and you can expect him to return in June. Studies have also found today that $1.29 songs are less popular than $0.99 songs on iTunes.

“For a price increase (to $1.29 from $0.99) to result in an equal or greater amount of revenue, unit sales would to drop by no less than 23.3%. On the most recent track download chart, the different between #42 and #45 was only 3.5%. One has to move up to #6 on the chart to get to a difference greater than 23.3%. The difference between the #6 and the #3 chart positions equals a 30% drop in unit sales while the difference between #7 and #4 is a 19% drop in unit sales.”

[Gizmodo]