Apple Releases Updated Core 2 Duo-Powered MacBooks

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 09:45
Category: MacBook

Following last week’s insistence on Apple’s part that UK online retailer play.com remove their pre-order page for Apple’s upcoming Core 2 Duo-based MacBook line, Apple has unveiled the anticpated new laptops. The Apple Store web site is currently being updated as of this writing, typically a sign of a major product introduction to market.
The new MacBooks, still available in white and black colors, will be priced at $1,099, $1,299 and $1,499 respectively depending on features. The units, which run at 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz configurations, feature 13″ glossy widescreen displays capable of a 1280 x 800 resolution, a 667 MHz front side bus, an Intel GMA 950 graphics unit, built-in iSight video camera, built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, one audio line in port, one audio line-out port, Apple Remote and MagSafe power adapter.
The low-end 1.83 GHz configuration will feature 512 MB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive and Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW). The 2.0 GHz models will feature 1 GB of RAM, a 6x SuperDrive with dual-layer burn support and 120 GB hard drive. All MacBook models can be expanded up to 2 GB of RAM provided the user installs matched pairs.
Apple executives have claimed the new units are up to 25% faster and will help with key holiday-focused tasks such as photo work (iPhoto rated 25% faster), digital editing (iMovie rates 20% faster) and web publishing (iWeb rated 27% faster).
The new MacBooks are scheduled for release on Monday, November 13th and will be available for pre-order through Apple’s online store, typically within a few hours based on past product releases.
Contributed by: By Chris Barylick

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The Apple Core: Apple store closed; MacBooks coming?

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 08:39
Category: MacBook

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The Apple online store is down as of this morning and speculation is beginning to swirl.
The Interweb is all cranked up about an apparent “slip up” at Web site Play.com and the leak of details of a Core 2 Duo-powered MacBook. SpyMac orginally broke the story that UK online Apple retailer Play.com is taking pre-orders for a Core 2 Duo MacBook. According to their site, the Core 2 Duo-powered MacBook will be available on 13 November 2006.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Pro 17-inch C2Ds Delayed One Week

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-17-200.jpgSome customers that ordered 17-inch Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros are receiving emails (like this one) indicating that their machines have been delayed by a week.

To Our Valued Apple Customer:
Thank you for your recent order with the Apple Store online.
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.
For up-to-date information on your order, please visit our Order Status
website at http://www.apple.com/orderstatus. Tracking information will be
emailed to you as soon as your order is shipped.
You may also visit http://www.apple.com/orderstatus to change or cancel your
order anytime before it is shipped.
We appreciate your business and your patience. Thank you for shopping at the
Apple Store.
Sincerely,
Apple Store Customer Support
Questions? Visit our online customer service:

http://www.apple.com/support/store.

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My Dream PDA Moves a Step Closer

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: PDA

htc-p3300.jpgFor many years ‘convergence’ has been a buzzword bandied about by pundits in the computer industry, and by just about anyone who has ever thought ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if I could carry just one compact, easy-to-use, stable, attractive, sturdy, cool device that allowed me to store my contact details, manage my diary, browse the web, ‘phone, ‘skype’, text and email my friends, capture images and video, control my hifi, navigate my car, listen to my music collection…’
It’s not JUST me who has thought that is it?
Oh, OK.
Well, anyway, back in April I blogged on this, using the, then soon-to-be-released Mio A710 as an example of how close we were to a device that fulfilled these requirements.
The main areas where the Mio fell short was flaky software/hardware implementation, no built-in WiFi, and just a little bit too much bulk (150g).
HTC are a Taiwan-based smartphone/PDA designer/manufacturer. Up until recently they have produced phones that mobile networks put their own badges on. However, recently HTC have started marketing a number of ‘own-badged’ products.
The soon-to-be-released HTC P3300 is their most advanced offering to date, boasting:
– Windows Mobile 5 (eek!)
– 320 x 240 pixel colour screen
– Quad Band GPRS/EDGE
– GPS
– FM Radio
– MicroSD smart card
– 2.0 megapixel camera
– Bluetooth 2.0
– WiFi
All in a 58x108x16mm (not much bigger than this picture), 127g package.
Early reports indicate that the HTC P3300 is less than perfect. The camera is average, the processor a little slow, the screen not bright enough in direct sunlight, nobody seems to like the ‘rollerball’ pointer device… and did I mention it runs Windows? Not something I’d be willing to part with £450.00 for.
But the important thing is that this is not a ‘concept machine’. It IS possible to put all the components that I want into a box that is light enough to carry around in my shirt pocket. Now, imagine if Jonathan Ives’ team worked their magic on this thing. Shoved one of those new Samsung 640 x 480 pixel lcd panels on it. Enclosed it all in a drop-dead gorgeous casing. Shaved a few grammes and millimetres off it. Added a couple of memory slots. Finish it off with a decent operating system and Bluetooth earbuds. Now that is a product that would have me parting with (over) half a grand.
Ah well, that’s me dreaming…
but Christmas IS coming.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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