MacBook Pro C2D’s Hidden iSight Indicator

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

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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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Running Windows Vista RC1 on MacBook Pro

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Date: Sunday, October 8th, 2006, 21:48
Category: MacBook Pro

I was at the Mobius Boston event last week, and one of the Microsoft speakers gave us all an overview of Windows Vista RC1. This was the first opportunity I had to check out Vista, and I have to say it looks much like Mac OS X.

The new Windows desktop search looked similar to Spotlight, and other user interface features looked like what I have on my MacBook Pro. After the presentation, we were each given a DVD with Vista RC1, and–being the geek that I am–I inserted it into my MacBook Pro slot and launched Parallels Workstation. The install started, and then an error message appeared.

I then visited the Parallels site and found there was an update to Parallels Desktop for Mac (new name for Parallels Workstation). I downloaded the update and then went through the entire Vista install without a hitch. The cool thing about Parallels Desktop is that you can create a number of virtual workstations and run the operating system you desire without worrying about trashing your computer.

Geek.com :: Running Windows Vista RC1 on MacBook Pro

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Incredible MacBook Pro Noise

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 00:02
Category: MacBook Pro

2 weeks ago, I started hearing this really loud noise coming from the right side of my MacBook Pro (it’s not the hard drive). The first time, it was so loud, I thought my computer was going to explode!
I sent it to Apple… and 5 days later, I got my computer back. To my surprise, the noise was still there (I also had a faulty right speaker with crappy sound quality… which they didn’t fix either).
This time, I made a video of the sound. Tell me if you’ve heard this before, because I sure haven’t… it’s incredible. My computer is at AppleCare, again, and I’ve argued with a Genius at the Genius bar. I said that they had to make it up for me, somehow. He said that if they make the mistake again, then… we’ll talk about something else. I said I didn’t agree. Now I’m trying to see how I can communicate with someone to tell them my situation.
Here’s the video with the incredible noise:

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Core 2 Duo (a.k.a. Merom) MacBook Pros in Paris?

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 09:39
Category: MacBook Pro

If you were planning on buying an Apple notebook, you might consider waiting until Sept. 16. By this date, Apple will have held their annual Paris Expo, an event known for new product announcements — and this year, it’s rumored to include a newly, upgraded Mac Book Pro.

Apple laptop rumored to be updated

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Belkin Multimedia Reader and Writer ExpressCard

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook Pro

The new Belkin EC/34 reader/writer offers a fast way to get pictures from a digital camera to a MacBook Pro. Unfortunately Belkin
Part # F5U213 is already out of stock.


Due to the overwhelming popularity of this product, we are
temporarily out of stock. Please check back soon.

Belkin also manufactures ExpressCards for FireWire 800, FireWire 400/USB 2.0,
Gigabit Ethernet and SATA II. (Thanks Ole).

Why ExpressCard? ExpressCard, the new standard destined to replace CardBus, effectively quadruples the amount of available computing bandwidth. This results in faster music downloads, smoother streaming video, and lightning-fast access to mass-storage devices.

The Belkin Multimedia Reader and Writer ExpressCard offers the perfect solution for users who want to add a media reader to their notebook computers. The Card is designed to take advantage of the additional bandwidth and features provided by the new ExpressCard I/O interconnection standard. Now you can drag and drop files, images, and music to your computer from your digital camera, PDA, MP3 player, or other device. The ExpressCard future-proofs your computer with technology so advanced that it exceeds the processing-speed capability of many devices currently on the market. Installing the ExpressCard now will give you device-upgrade expansion room for many years to come.

Belkin : Multimedia Reader and Writer ExpressCard™

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Novatel V640 ExpressCard/34 Shipping Aug 10

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 08:06
Category: MacBook Pro

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Verizon and Novatel will begin shipping the Novatel V640 on Aug. 10. It’s an ExpressCard/34 Solution that works with the MacBook Pro.

It’s designed for use with Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service and enables owners of notebooks with ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots to wirelessly connect to the Internet at broadband speeds via Verizon Wireless’ national high-speed 3G Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network.

Macsimum News – Novatel V640 ExpressCard/34 Solution works with MacBook Pros

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Colorware’s limited-edition MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2006, 09:08
Category: MacBook Pro

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It was only a matter of time before those crazy fools over at Colorware took their strange voodoo laptop customization rituals to the next level, which has resulted in what some might consider an unholy abomination against his Steveness: the non-Apple emblazoned MacBook Pro.

Colorware’s limited-edition MacBook Pro Apple logo replacement – Engadget

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Apple Acknowledges MBP Whine in One-Line Kbase Article

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:39
Category: MacBook Pro

First, Apple released a one-line knowledgebase article acknowledging the white MacBook Palmrest discoloration (“About white MacBooks’ palmrest area” Article ID: 304058) stating that:

If your MacBook is exhibiting discoloration on the top case after some use, please contact AppleCare for service.

Now they’ve posted an official mea culpa acknowledging the MacBook Pro whine issue in, you guessed it, a one-line knowledge base article. (“MacBook Pro with noise under the keyboard” Article ID: 303365).

If your 15-inch MacBook Pro emits a high-pitched buzzing sound, please contact AppleCare for service.

What is up with these one-liners? Will software update articles soon be reduced to “it fixes lots of stuff?”

MacBook Pro with noise under the keyboard

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