If you’re needing a new laptop, we highly recommend holding off on that purchase as it appears the long-awaited refresh of the MacBook Pro line is almost here.
BGR.com is reporting that their Apple sources indicate that the brand new MacBook Pro laptops will be available in the next two weeks, while Apple stores are set to start getting shipments in of them in the â??coming daysâ??. The goodness that comes with this report are the expected changes to the new MacBook Pros include a larger glass trackpad, weight in at around a half-pound lighter than current models. Something interesting that BGR notes [something that doesn't make sense to them] that the OS will be loaded onto a separate internal 8-16GB SSD with everything else remaining on the regular drive.
If you saw the reports of the Mac App Store coming sooner than originally though, as in next week, pump the brakes as it appears that it might not be coming that soon.
Jim Dalrymple of The Loop reported that a December release date is too early, though he is still told Apple intends to meet the deadline that they have set for themselves of 90-days which puts it in Late-January.
The Mac App store was announced back in October during the “Back to the Mac” event which means Apple still has a good bit left before their 90-day deadline. It’s not all doom and gloom though as there is news coming out on the store itself.
Apple issued a notice to developers that unlike on the iOS, trial versions of software/Applications would not be allowed in the App store. Apple citited that the developers website is the best place to provide demos, trials, or betas of the software while the Mac Apple store was for applications that were fully functional.
If you are a Microsoft Office user on your Mac, then today is the day you have been waiting for as Microsoft Office 2011 is here! Microsoft has released both Microsoft Office for Home/Student along with Microsoft Office for Home/Work.
The Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student edition will bring you an updated version of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint which will set you back about $150 from Apple which is for the “Family Pack” which allows you to install it on three Macs! While the Microsoft Office for Mac Home/Business edition will bring you an updated version of Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. This version will set you back around $200 for a single license but if you would like two licenses then it’ll cost you around $280 from Apple.com
You can head over to Apple.com and order it, right now!
If you thought all Apple would announce was new iLife and Mac OS X Lion, you were wrong as there was justâ?¦ one more thing. Apple presented today at the live keynote speech, the brand new MacBook Air.
The new MacBook Air will feature all flash storage, multi-touch trackpad, a long lasting battery which will allow up to five hours of power on the 11-inch model and up to seven hours on the 13-inch model. It will also feature a widescreen 16:9 ratio and resolution greater than the typical 13-inch notebook while the 13-inch Macbook Air will feature a screen that “wows” with a resolution of a typical 10-inch notebook. If the screen isn’t enough then let me be the one to inform you that it will feature a FaceTime camera! That’s right, FaceTime is being brought to Mac and is available to download (beta version) starting today. Now, you can chat via FaceTime to those with an iPhone 4 along with the iPod Touch and of course other Mac users.
The new MacBook air isn’t going to run cheap though, so, I have broke it down into each model so you can decide which model you want (or need). The 11inch model with 64GB will set you back around $999.99 which gives you 64GB of flash storage, 2GB memory, and a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor. Now, if you think you will need more storage you can upgrade to the 11-inch with 128GB model which will have the same processor and memory as the 64GB model but will give you more flash storage. If you think bigger is better, then there is an option for you with the 13-inch model. There are no differences from the 11-inch as far as the memory and processor goes but the major difference is the size of Flash Memory. You can score a 128GB model for $1,299 or you can go big to the 256GB model for $1,599.
That is the new MacBook Airâ?¦ orâ?¦ you could just buy an iPad. I’m just saying!
UPDATE: Apple.com has an option for you to upgrade the new MacBook Air to 4GB of memory!
Apple unveils “the thinnest notebook in the world” – the MacBook Air. Apple went and looked at most of the thinnest notebooks – Sony TZ series, for example and tried to distill the best of all of them –
0.16 to 0.76 inches thin, 12.8 inches wide and 8.95 inches deep
13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has a 1280 × 800 pixel resolution
full sized MacBook-style black keyboard with Ambient light sensor
multi-touch trackpad (Move a window by double-tap and move. Rotate a photo by pivoting your index finger around your thumb)
80GB drive as standard, 64GB SSD as an option
1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo as standard chip which operates with 4MB of on-chip shared L2 cache running at full processor speed, and uses an 800MHz frontside bus (1.8 GHz as an upgrade)
In a rather rare and surprising pre-Macworld Expo move (Macworld Expo 2008 will be from January 15 to 18 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco), Apple unveiled a retooled Mac Pro Desktop machine and a new Xserve server – calling them the fastest Macs ever. The ultra-end Mac Pro features Advanced Micro Devices ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card with 256MB standard memory. The new 45-nanometer quad-core Xeon processor from Intel, can be equipped with up to 32GB of RAM and as much as 4TB of Disc Drive Storage.
More power with less power
Inside the new Mac Pro is the latest technology from Intel – Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Harpertown” processors. These processors run at blazingly fast speeds up to 3.2GHz.
You still don’t have Leopard!
And, you purchased a qualifying Macintosh Computer on or after October 1, 2007, then you can get a Free upgrade to Apple’s latest OS X 10.5 – Leopard. The offer is valid till 26th January, 2008. Continue reading →
Apple has a Quick tip of the week videos as part of its business section. This should be a pretty good place to start with if you’re new to a Mac. Apple’s business section helps you get your business get things done quickly and in a smart manner.
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