Melting or Fraying MagSafe Adapter Not Covered Under Warranty

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook Pro

MacFixIt has the skinny on MagSafe power adapters that are becoming frayed and even melting. In knowledge base article 302461
Apple calls this “strain relief damage”
and says that it’s not covered under warranty. “Strain relief damage and missing cable
insulation or rubber typically result from excessive force or improper
use which are not covered by Apple’s one year limited warranty.”

We’ve received several reports from readers indicating an issue where MagSafe power adapters — included with MacBooks and MacBook Pros — fray or melt at the wire-to-head connection point shown to the right, or at the metallic connection point.

MacFixIt – Melting or fraying MagSafe power adapter connections (MacBook, MacBook Pro)

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SF Chronicle Goo Goo Over MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 00:00
Category: MacBook Pro

This machine, this silky hunk of aluminum and wire and divine Chinese factory-made love, was recently delivered into my hands by a squad of naked cooing angels who all happened to look exactly like Jenna Jameson or perhaps Eva Green and who also gave me a free foot massage and four hits of premium Ecstasy and a complimentary 3-hour tongue bath, all at the same time.

It is possible I imagined that last part. It is possible
it was merely, you know, UPS. It is possible I am exaggerating just
slightly overall. I do not really care. (Via Digg).

SFGate.com :: When Apple Rules The World

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The Apple Core: Comparing the temps of a Core Duo to a Core 2 Duo

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 10:03
Category: MacBook Pro

MBP-hot-spots.jpgI took some temperature benchmarks comparing the MacBook Pro (Core Duo) and MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo). The results substantiate what I uncovered in a previous post about the Core 2 Duo running significantly cooler than the Core Duo.
For this test I took both a Core Duo MBP (2.0GHz) and a Core 2 Duo MBP (2.33GHz) and booted them into a clean OS X account at the same time. Both were connected to power and Energy Saver settings were optimized for high performance.
I let both machines running the Nature Patterns screen saver for an hour then took 12 temperature readings from the top and 12 readings from the bottom and compared them. Readings were taken using a MasterCool 52224 infrared thermometer gun.
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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Ship Dates Changed on Some MBPs

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 00:01
Category: MacBook Pro

This was sent it by HJC, what have you been seeing?

I have a pending order for a new 15″ 2.33 Ghz Macbook Pro, which was placed within 24 hours of the announcement last week (webstore blocked me out until about 7AM Tuesday). It was CTO, the options selected were glossy screen and a USB modem. It was listed as “ship on or before Nov. 3″ until, of course, Nov. 3rd, at which point I received an e-mail indicating an “unanticipated delay” and a new ship date of “on or before Nov. 29.”
I suspect there were a lot of people out there like me, just waiting and waiting for a product update. There must have been a flood of orders!

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The Apple Core: Inside Apple’s 802.11n adapter

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 09:45
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-802.11n.jpgMacBook Pro 802.11n adapterIt may be Apple’s worst-kept secret, but it’s a secret nonetheless: the company is including wireless cards in the new MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo that support the draft 802.11n wireless protocol.
The final 802.11n specification is projected to be released in December 2006 but that could slip as far back as 2008. The 802.11n spec supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies and typical data rates are expected to be 200Mbit/sec with a maximum of 540 Mbit/sec. Range is expected to be ~160 feet.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Pro C2D Take Apart Guide (with Photos)

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 08:48
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-c2d-open.jpgiFixit has posted the first internal photos of Apple’s Core 2 Duo ‘Merom’ MacBook Pro. The disassembly features high resolution images of the redesigned logic board and Intel’s new Merom chip.
Also included is the first photos of Apple’s 802.11n draft board for the MacBook Pro, and Apple’s new 6x dual-layer 9.7mm SuperDrive. Fixit Guides for every iPod and Mac laptop are available free online.

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MacBook Pro C2D’s Hidden iSight Indicator

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2006, 12:53
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-c2d-isight.jpg

Those owners of the previous MacBook Pro should notice a tiny dot is missing from the new MacBook Pro. Yes, with the previous MacBook Pro, there was a dot right next to the iSight built-in camera.The dot turned into green light when you turn ON your iSight, to tell the camera has been activated.

With the new MacBook Pro, the green light will illuminate from within the aluminum bezel!

You may think there must be tiny holes around that area. Well, maybe ….But even if so, the holes are too small to recognize. When the light is off, you won’t be able to tell. It may be a tiny detail, but Apple is one of the few company who would make things better even at this level.

nobilog: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

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Apple Announces Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros

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Date: Tuesday, October 24th, 2006, 21:47
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple today announced new MacBook Pro notebooks based on the Intel Core 2 Duo (“Merom”) processor. Specs are as follows:
The 2.16 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro – US$1,999:
* 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
* 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
* 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 6x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
* two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
The 2.33 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro – US$2,499:
* 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2Duo processor;
* 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
* 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
* two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
The 2.33 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro – US$2,799 (US):
* 17-inch widescreen 1680 x 1050 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
* 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
* 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
* three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
Due to a server outtage today content is being posted on my ZDNet blog – The Apple Core:
- Apple announces Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro
- Apple’s gift to travelers: Magsafe airline power adapter

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Apple Begins Production of Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 13:10
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple Computer this month has begun to slow production of its existing Core Duo MacBook Pro professional notebooks ahead of refreshed models that will sport Intel Corp’s higher-performance Core 2 Duo microprocessors, AppleInsider has learned.

While Apple’s online store continues to list immediate availability of Core Duo MacBook Pro models, the company this week is quoting some of its distribution and reseller partners wait times of 2 to 3 weeks for new custom-configured orders.

These reports are joined by tips from insiders who say the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is preparing to begin — if it has not done so already — manufacturing ramp of its holiday line of MacBook Pro notebooks.

AppleInsider :: Apple prepares for Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro ramp

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