An alleged prototype of a 17-inch MacBook from the previous generation without an aluminum housing, has appeared for bidding on eBay. According to MacNN, the device allegedly integrates a 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, indicating that it may have been a prototype for the MacBook Pros released early in 2008.
Although pictures of the prototype device do not show a housing dissimilar to the MacBook Pro design that was chosen for production, the EMC number has been left blank.
The seller claims the device was purchased from a Craigslist ad posted by a “guy in San Jose.” After taking the MacBook to an Apple Store for servicing, the staff reportedly told the owner that the MacBook “doesn’t exist” and the red motherboard indicates a prototype instead of a production model.
Although it is uncommon for prototype products to surface on the market, it is routine for Apple to distribute such devices to certain employees. Possessors are typically prohibited, however, from selling the device or attempting to have it repaired.
The unit has a US$255 reserve which has yet to be met, so you could take home a cool piece of history if you wanted to…
Even with Apple and HTC working to patent their own capacitive stylus, the South Koreans might have come up with a better solution: frozen sausages.
Per Gearfuse, snack sausages from the CJ Corporation have proven to be electrostatically compatible with the iPhone’s capacitive touchscreen, leading many to use them as a “meat stylus” in the cold weather, rather than remove a glove.
As a result, South Korean snack sausage sales are apparently soaring.
We’re not sure what other deli items constitute an adequate iPhone stylus, but if you play around with this and find something new, please let us know.
You love your MacBook or MacBook Pro, but sometimes there’s the feeling that it could be a little cooler looking. The guys at The Unofficial Apple Weblog have completed a quick roundup of custom vinyl decals for your road machine.
The cool cats contributing to Etsy seem to have their work cut out for them, the company making a wide assortment of decals for as little as US$10 before shipping and handling.
Take a gander and if I can’t sell you on them, maybe Yoshi can:
There is no good way to explain this, except for the fact that software developer mono has recently written and released Youngicorn, an iPhone application that can turn any image into a unicorn.
Based on the principle that everyone looks better as a unicorn, users can import a photo, then add sparkles, rainbows, and an array of space-themed scenes. Once complete, simply add a glowing horn and you’re done.
The application retails for 99 cents and requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later to install and run.
And since a picture’s worth a thousand words, here are the developers enacting a real life version of their app:
Per MacRumors, Reko Rivera and John Savio (with the help of John Matthews), spent about $2,000 each in materials, strapped LCD tvs to themselves, mounted jailbroken iPhones 3GS units on top and connected the devices to car batteries to power the displays. The entire getup weighs 85 pounds, which doesn’t leave much capacity to gather candy.
Since a picture’s worth a thousand words…
For my own Halloween costume, I was just going to take a white sheet and cut some eye holes in it and go to a party. I don’t expect much candy and last year, all I got was a rock.
Per TechEBlog, a Best Buy customer identified only as “Ryan” recently purchased a MacBook Pro notebook for a U.S. Best Buy location only to discover a five pound paving stone in place of the US$2164.89 notebook.
When he tried returning the item, the store’s manager stated the following: “Apple seals the boxes, not us. Take it up with Apple.”
Sometimes words fail me.
And this is one of them.
During Apple’s higher-end product releases, we look at the cool new items for sale and wonder what we’d sacrifice for the new Mac Pro or a 17″ MacBook Pro notebook.
According to PC World, one person went a step further and, back in 2000, apparently indirectly traded his kidney for a then-brand-new PowerBook G3.
Back then, Washington, D.C.-area consultant Phil Shapir was advising an elderly couple, who brought up the question as to why Apple didn’t use senior citizens in its advertising. At a certain point, the wife asked her husband, “Why don’t we show him the kidney Powerbook? Maybe he can answer some questions about that computer.”
When Shapiro asked why they call it the “kidney PowerBook,” she said, “My husband donated one of his kidneys to his sister. She asked him what he’d like in return. Without hesitation, he said, ‘I’d love a PowerBook.’”
And he got it.
The guys at TechRestore have sent along the following video of a conversion from an Apple MacBook to Axiotron’s Modbook tablet. (Disclaimer: TechRestore is a PowerPage sponsor.)
The video runs for less than two minutes and uses some undoubtedly nifty stop motion techniques to make it even more interesting:
Take a gander and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.