Apple Ups iPhone Battery and Screen Specs

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Date: Monday, June 18th, 2007, 15:53
Category: News

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We’ve seen it before – Apple under-promises and over-delivers when a product’s launch date comes around.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does fray the nerves a bit.
In a recent announcement, the company has announced that its upcoming iPhone will feature a longer battery life and has switched its display from optical-quality glass.
For the full details, check out Jason O’Grady’s The Apple Core blog and let us know what you think.


Newton Connection Reaches Version 1.1

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Date: Monday, June 18th, 2007, 09:22
Category: Software

I’ll grant that this is somewhat out of left field, but someone wrote me a few weeks ago wondering if I could fix their Apple eMate. There are still Newton units out there and for those of you who still have one, Newton Research‘s Newton Connection 1.1 has just been updated to version 1.1.
The new version, a 6.6 megabyte download, still allows users to back up their Newton data onto their desktop, but without needing to enter the Classic environment. The software is still a work in progress with the authors stating the program can’t sync yet but asking for bugs and feature requests to be submitted.
Version 1.1 offers the following fixes and changes:
-This version of the application is self-contained and does not require an installer – simply move the NCX application wherever you like.
-The frameworks installed separately as part of version 1.0 (build 21) are no longer needed and can be removed by double-clicking the UnInstall21 script.
-The script runs in the Terminal application which you should close when it has completed. If the script fails, open UnInstalltext editor to view the files that should be deleted and do it manually in the Finder.
Newton Connection requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried this or another Newton communication program and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know.


Macworld Runs Benchmarks for 17″ Santa Rosa MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, June 18th, 2007, 08:42
Category: Benchmark

The guys over at Macworld News have posted the benchmarks for Apple’s newest generation of the MacBook Pro laptop.
The new units, which are based on Intel’s Santa Rosa hardware architecture, fared well in tests and performed as expected for the most part, but lagged in graphics cards tests, despite the new Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics chip found on the new laptops sporting more VRAM and additional upgrades over the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 found on the previous generation of MacBook Pro laptops – specifically in tests involving frame rates on Unreal Tournament 2004.
Macworld has stated that the magazine, Apple and Unreal Tournament makers MacSoft, are looking into the situation and that the game’s code itself may not be optimized for the new hardware.
Improvements offered by the much-lauded Santa Rosa architecture appear to be present, as tests revealed that the new chipset and backlit-LED displays helped improved battery conservation.
For the full report, click here.
If you’ve picked up a 17″ MacBook Pro with the Santa Rosa architecture and can provide comments or feedback about it, let us know how it’s worked for you.