Apple Gives MacBook Pro Small Speed Bump

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Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, 10:57
Category: MacBook Pro

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Following up on Apple’s associated product releases today with revisions to the Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro, Apple also adjusted the specifications of its 15″ MacBook Pro. According to Macworld, Apple is currently offering its top-of-the-line standard configuration of the 15″ MacBook Pro with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor at US$2,499. This serves as a slight boost from the previous 2.53GHz speed. For those who crave the most power possible in a 15-inch MacBook, there’s a US$300 build-to-order option that will top out the system at 2.93 GHz, up from the previous top speed of 2.8 GHz.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and, as always, let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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iFixIt Posts Full 17″ Unibody MacBook Pro Disassembly/Report

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Date: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009, 08:16
Category: MacBook Pro

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Tech guru and Mac-centered repair outfit iFixIt has fully disassembled Apple’s new 17″ MacBook Pro notebook, as mentioned over on the Apple Core.
The new notebook features a battery that is not accessible without removing the notebook’s entire bottom panel. Apple has apparently secured the 12820mAh battery with three tri-wing screws to discourage removal, although the battery can be swapped using the correct tools and weighs approximately 1.25 pounds, which is 20% of the computer’s total mass. Aftermarket battery manufacturers are likely to offer a replacement soon.
Apple has also shifted the notebook’s Bluetooth board from its previous location and the component now resides behind the optical drive.
Other changes included the unit’s Sunon fan being physically larger than the 15″ unibody MacBook Pro fan and featuring “MagLev” technology which incorporates magnetic bearings to suspend the fan shaft without any contact between parts. This change is claimed to offer improved rotational stability, reduced vibration and increased resistance to high temperatures.
The new 17″ MacBook Pro still displays an internal layout similar to the 15″ MacBook Pro. Finally, Apple has also decided not to include a Mini DisplayPort Adapter, in its latest model.
Head on over to the link for the full tear-down and if you’ve gotten your hands on the new notebook, please let us know what you make of it in the comments or forums.

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Sonnet Announces FireWire/USB ExpressCard/34 for 10.5-Based MacBook Pro Laptops

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Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007, 14:10
Category: MacBook Pro

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Sonnet Technology has announced that it will be releasing its FireWire/USB ExpressCard/34 peripheral for Mac OS X 10.5-equipped MacBook Pro notebooks this October.
The card, which works with the ExpressCard/34 slot found on Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops, features one USB 2.0 port and two FireWire 400 ports. Sonnet has announced a US$69.95 price tag for the device.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Releases MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 08:21
Category: MacBook Pro

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Late Thursday, Apple released the MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1 patch. The update, a 14.7 megabyte download and can also be located through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
The update provides bug fixes and stability improvements with Apple’s Motion 2 and Motion 3 software suites and is recommended for the 2.2 and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro units. Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later is required to install and run the update.
Please let us know if you’ve installed the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it. If you have any stories or feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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MacBook Pros Exhibiting WiFi-based Kernel Panics

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, 08:56
Category: MacBook Pro

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As good as Apple’s hardware and Mac OS X has become, some gremlins remain.
An article over at MacMerc points out a bug involving MacBook Pro laptops in which the user experiences a kernel panic while attempting to use their built-in AirPort wireless cards.
The current workarounds are to either attach an Ethernet cable to the MacBook Pro or use the WiFi function while using the AC adapter, neither solution doesn’t really help that whole “portability” thing that people tend to buy a laptop for.
Currently, no statement regarding the problem has been made by Apple and a release date for a fix has yet to be announced.
If you’ve seen this on your end or have any thoughts, ideas, fixes or workarounds, let us know in the forums.

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Apple Releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3

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Date: Friday, July 13th, 2007, 09:16
Category: MacBook Pro

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Late Thursday, Apple released its MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3 patch, a firmware update designed to repair a display glitch found on some 15″ MacBook Pro laptops running at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz.
The update is a 1.8 megabyte direct download (it can also be found and downloaded via the Software Update feature) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
If you’ve installed the firmware update and have thoughts or feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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Apple Updates Refurbished MacBook Pro Web Site

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Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007, 10:24
Category: MacBook Pro

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It may be refurbished, but it can still rock.
The
refurbished section of the Apple Store has just posted the following new MacBook Pro offerings:
-15″ 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM, 120 GB hard drive, 6X SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB of VRAM with glossy or standard screen for US$1,999.
-17″ 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of RAM, 100 GB hard drive, SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB of VRAM with glossy or standard screen for US$1,999.
-17″ 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive, 8X SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB of VRAM with glossy or standard screen for US$2,299.
If you’ve seen a good bargain elsewhere, let us know.

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Apple Releases MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 07:36
Category: MacBook Pro

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In one of the most vaguely-described software updates in recent memory, Apple has released MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0, an upgrade for the 2.2 and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro laptop models.
The description states that the update provides “important bug fixes” and is recommended for these laptops.
The MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0 software is a 14.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
Apple was vague on this one, so if any of you out there feel experimental today, let us know if this appreciably changes anything (for better or for worse) on your MacBook Pro.

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Blu-Ray Read and Write Support in LED MacBook Pro?

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Date: Friday, June 8th, 2007, 12:45
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple doesn’t mention Blu-Ray support with the new MacBook Pro and I was surprised when a new MacBook Pro owner wrote that Toast 8 showed the OEM Matshita UJ-857E drive as having Blu-Ray read and write support. The UJ-857 (no E) was used in some previous MacBook Pros/MacBooks and was often maligned for things like slow write speeds (4x limited) but I could find no current specs on the UJ-857E model and it’s not currently listed at Original Equipment Optical Drives from Panasonic (parent of Matshita). (There may be a japanese page or other panasonic page that’s more current?)

New MacBook Pros Matshita UJ-857E – Blu-Ray compatible?

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The President of the U.S. Uses a MacBook Pro (in 24, at least)

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 22:36
Category: MacBook Pro

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Fox’s 24 is my favorite TV show hands down. In fact, it’s pretty much the only thing that I watch the night of, whereas everything else is relegated to folders on my TiVo. Ok, I guess there is 30 Rock, but I digress.
In tonight’s episode, 10:00am – 11:00am, President Wayne Palmer is hurried off to a secret bunker after a rogue suitcase nuke is detonated in suburban Los Angeles. His computer of choice? A MacBook Pro of course.

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