Apple Releases Updated, LED-Backlit MacBook Pro Units

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Date: Tuesday, June 5th, 2007, 08:30
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Just slightly before next week’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Apple has released its new lineup of MacBook Pro laptops. The new units, which are based on Intel’s Santa Rosa hardware architecture, are priced at US$1,999, US$2,499 and US$2,799, feature 2.2 and 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chips as well as 15″ and 17″ LED-backlit displays with four megabytes of Smart Cache onboard (L2 cache that can be shared between processor cores as needed) and an 800 MHz frontside bus. The laptops can hold an upgraded four gigabytes of DDR2 RAM and hard drives up to 250 gigabytes in capacity. Both the 15″ and 17″ revisions arrive with a stock two gigabytes of RAM installed with the Apple Store offering a build-to-order upgrade option of four gigabytes of RAM to be installed for an additional US$750.
A new NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics controller features 128 and 256 megabytes of VRAM depending on configuration purchased and the LED-backlit display (available on the 15″ version) is now mercury-free, offering a resolution up to 1920 x 1200 on the 17″ model.
The MacBook Pro now stands at 1″ thick with the 15″ unit weighing in at 5.4 pounds and the 17″ unit weighing in at 6.8 pounds. The units also sport an 802.11n wireless configuration while familiar features such as built-in iSight camera, Firewire 800, DVI, MagSafe power connection and Front Row remote control remain.
Apple currently claims that the new MacBook Pro laptops are up to 50% faster than the original Core Duo-equipped revision.
For full technical information, check out the specs page and if you’re able to get your hands on one in the near future, let us know about the experience.

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Apple Embedding User Information with iTunes Plus Tracks

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Date: Tuesday, June 5th, 2007, 08:30
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According to recent reports, the new iTunes Plus tracks, which function as DRM-free, higher-quality version of songs available through the iTunes Store at a higher price, currently contain personal identifier information such as an iTunes user name in the tags. Jason O’Grady’s blog over at The Apple Core features additional information as well as a workaround guide to stripping the tags out.
A user name in the tags may or may not make all the difference in the world, the music labels having taken a step in a new direction nonetheless, but take a gander and see what you think.

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Western Digital Releases 750 GB WD Caviar SE16 Drive

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Date: Tuesday, June 5th, 2007, 08:20
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On Monday, hard drive manufacturer debuted its 750 gigabyte WD Caviar SE16 Serial ATA drive. According to PC World, the drive incorporates the following technologies:
-SecurePark: This parks the recording heads during sping up, spin down and non-operational moments, thereby improving the drive’s long-term durability and shock resistance.
-StableTrac: This technology secures the drive’s motor shaft at both ends, thereby reducing operational vibration.
-IntelliSeek: This adjusts and controls the drive’s actuator so that the drive head can reach its target sector at the right time in order to read the next piece of information. Western Digital claims the technology reduces power consumption by more than 60% and reduces vibration as well.
The drive sports a 16 megabyte onboard cache with 3 gigabyte data transfer rate and is priced at US$249 before shipping and handling.

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IncipioHitch Adapter Released for iPod Nano

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 15:58
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Albeit the iPod Nano carries a generally beloved reputation within a user base that didn’t need the bells and whistles of the fully-featured video iPod, there are quibbles to be had.
Third party provider Incipio has stepped in and released the IncipioHitch, a small USB adapter that allows the Nano to accommodate most computer or USB port locations and positions.
According to Electronista, the adapter is able to transfer data at USB 2.0 speeds, is priced at US$14.99, is available in both black and white and can accommodate any capacity second generation iPod Nano.
The IncipioHitch is cross-compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems.

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Rumor: Apple to Release iPhone SDK at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 12:13
Category: Rumor

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An article in today’s New York Times has cited an unnamed source stating Apple will release a software development kit to developers at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The anonymous source stated that Apple “intends to announce that it will make it possible for developers of small programs written for the Macintosh to easily convert them to run on the iPhone.” The article offered no additional offers where this was concerned.
While a software development kit for the iPhone makes sense, Apple has apparently wrangled with the prospect of completely open development for the device, especially with security and stability factored in.
Apple may be shifting its position, though. When the device was first announced in January, the company seemed to steadfastly indicate that it would not allow third-party application development. Last week, CEO Steve Jobs seemed to indicate that iPhone development was now a question of “when”, as opposed to “if”.
During an interview with Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg, Jobs noted that the Japanese consumer electronics industry had been hindered by poorly written software. Jobs then went on to point out that the iPhone’s more robust Mac OS X underpinnings might allow for a lead on the rest of the handset industry and thus more flexibility where development was concerned.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Palm Adds Rubinstein, Anderson to its Executive Ranks

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 11:44
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On Monday, Palm announced that it had hired former Apple employees Jon Rubinstein (the former head of Apple’s iPod dividsion) as well as former Apple chief financial officer Fred Anderson to serve on the board of directors. Rubinstein will act as the company’s executive chairman while Anderson, whose Elevation Partners firm has just invested US$325 million in the company.
According to MacNN, Rubinstein will lead Palm’s future product development efforts, which should include the Treo line of smartphones as well as devices which are anticipated to emerge from the recently released Foleo phone companion.
During his experience with Apple, Rubinstein was credited as being extremely influential in the design of the iPod and iMac. Rubinstein left Apple in April of 2006 to pursue other opportunities.
As a corporation, Palm has found itself facing greater challenges in recent years with added competition from other players in the smartphone market. Rubinstein’s new position will place his products in direct contention with the long-awaited iPhone, which is set to debut on June 29th.
Elevation Partners is slated to gain a 25% share of Palm in exchange for its investment based on Palm’s common stock value.

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Apple Confirms iPhone Release for June 29th

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 08:47
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After months of speculation, Apple has confirmed its release date for its upcoming iPhone device. The company recently announced a June 29th sales date via the release of three new ads.
For more information, take a look at Jason O’Grady’s The Apple Core web blog.
Apple will be selling the iPhone in four and eight gigabyte capacities, priced at US$499 and US$599, respectively.

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New MacBook Pros on Tuesday?

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Date: Friday, June 1st, 2007, 09:02
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While we had heard convincing reports that the MacBook Pro updates would have to wait until WWDC (June 11th), a few new reports have started trickling in that the MacBook Pro could see updates as soon as this Tuesday (June 5th).

There is some speculation that Apple may be releasing MacBook Pros next
week rather than at WWDC to coincide with their Educational Back to
School Program which launches next week. (If Apple waited until WWDC,
the MacBook Pro specs would change a week into the Back to School
promotion.)

Mac Rumors: New MacBook Pros on Tuesday, June 5th 2007? [Updated]

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Fujitsu Announces Updated Hard Drive Line

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Date: Friday, June 1st, 2007, 08:44
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On Wednesday, Fujitsu announced that it had updated its series of internal hard drives. The new 2.5″ drives, which will function as Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA drives, function at 15,000 RPM for the MBC2 series. The company’s new 3.5″ MBA3 drives function at 15,000 RPM and the MBB2 series of 2.5″ drives are said to run at 10,000 RPM.
The company also introduced the MHW2 BK 2.5″ drive, a 2.5″ SATA-compatible drive designed for 24-hour continuous operation. The MHW2 BK drive is available in capacities up to 120 gigabytes and includes built-in features designed to reduce damage caused by rotational vibration.
Full technical details can be found here, albeit pricing, availability and drive capacities to be offered have yet to be announced.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Rumor: AT&T May Bring IPTV Services to Apple TV in 2008

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Date: Friday, June 1st, 2007, 08:45
Category: Rumor

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It may have come from Rumorville, but it is interesting.
The folks over at Engadget have mentioned that well-connecte but anonymous source has stated that AT&T and Apple are working to bring IPTV (Internet) features to the Apple TV for sometime in 2008.
Although a launch window has yet to be decided, this does bring up some interesting possibilities. Specific details such as whether the service would be a full package or a more limited selection of on-demand programming or whether the service would be available to non-AT&T subscribers remain unknown.
Stay tuned to PowerPage for more information as it becomes available.

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