MacBook Pro MagSafe Power Connector Burns up

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 12:03
Category: MacBook Pro

burnt-magsafe.jpgA Flickr user named Rheauchyr has posted a set of images of his burnt MagSafe power connector from his MacBook Pro.

When I came home today, I found that the magsafe connector was melted. Thank god the cats disconnected the Macbook pro during the day (they were probably chasing each other and tripped over the wire).

UPDATE: 2006-0316, 11:35 PM:
It should be noted that this is clearly an isolated incident. According to Digg, Apple requested that the poster remove the Flickr image set after they replaced his MacBook Pro.

I am sorry if you do not see the image(s) you might have expected to see.
The reason for this is that Apple, after dealing with this issue, kindly requested me to remove the pictures at least until their engineers had a change to investigate this issue. Since Apple support has been very helpful and already is getting me a new Macbook asap, I’m happy to answer their request.
For those whose immediate reaction is along the lines of ‘censorship’ and other big words: I don’t care.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro demand outstripping inventory

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Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2006, 10:33
Category: MacBook Pro

MBP-2-3-weeks.jpgA Piper Jaffray research analyst is worried that limited MacBook Pro availability could pose a problem for Apple’s second-quarter Mac sales estimates. Gene Munster continues to maintain an “outperform” rating and $103 price target on Apple Computer, despite the constrained availability of the popular MacBook Pro.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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AP Reviews the MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2006, 23:28
Category: MacBook Pro

Associated Press technology reporter Matthew Fordahlk has posted a review of the MacBook Pro. Here’s a snippit:

What about the all-important battery life? Starting with it fully charged, I surfed the Web, listened to music and engaged in other regular tasks for an impressive 3 hours and 10 minutes before the system went to sleep. Once plugged in, it woke up in seconds, exactly where it stopped.
The run time was slightly longer than for an older PowerBook, which I tested under similar under similar conditions a year ago. In that case, the battery fully drained in just under three hours.
The MacBook’s result is even more impressive because the Intel chip runs two computing engines at once, instead of just one on the PowerBook’s G4 chip. The MacBook’s processor also runs at a faster clock speed.

Read the rest of his review for AP.

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MacBooks on Steroids

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2006, 13:41
Category: MacBook Pro

Scott Culley raises a good point.
As a business traveler, I can understand the appeal of a very slim MacBook, something like the long-ago PowerBook Duo. What’s crazy is the push to shave a quarter-inch and a few ounces off the laptop’s specs.
The MacBook Pro contains a slower DVD-RW drive (4x, single layer) so it would fit in a slightly-smaller enclosure — a difference so small that I doubt most PowerBook users can tell the difference.
I love Macs because they combine a brilliant interface with powerful, reliable hardware. The handsome enclosures are a nice aesthetic fringe benefit, but no more than that. I think it’s foolish to compromise performance for imperceptible changes in style.

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MacBook Pro Heat Generation (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2006, 10:00
Category: MacBook Pro

With the disclaimer that this isn’t at all scientific, I wanted to comment on the heat generated by the MacBook Pro, a frequent question. I tested the PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz, 2GB, 120GB) and a MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, 2GB, 120GB) running all night while sitting on a Podium Coolpad from RoadTools. The ambient temperature on the bottom rear middle of the PBG4 was about 112 degrees and the MBP was about 104 degrees Fahrenheit (as measured by a digital thermometer).
In practice the MBP seems to get about as hot as my PowerBook G4,15-inch when used extensively on “Normal” power conservation, especially when plugged into AC power.
UPDATE: 2006-0228:
After running the MBP for about six hours straight last night the surface temperature at the top of the keyboard (above F2 and F4) was as high as 126 degrees Fahrenheit (as measured by a digital thermometer). The bottom temperature was about 106 degrees at the hottest location (running on a Podium Coolpad). It appears that the MBP is no cooler than the PowerBook G4 and may, in fact, run hotter.
What is your experience with the temperature on the MBP?

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MacBook Pro Airport Reception Improved

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Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2006, 13:57
Category: MacBook Pro

A lot of people have been asking about the Airport reception in the new MacBook Pro and I’m happy to report that it’s at least 25 percent better than my PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz) in most situations. When the two ‘Books are next to each other the MacBook Pro consistently gets one more bar of Airport reception than the PowerBook G4 – sometimes two. So when the PB has three bars the MBP will have four; when the PB has two, the MBP has three (or four), and so on.
The improved Airport reception is probably partly due to the new location of the Airport antenna on the MacBook Pro. Although its location in the display hinge is significantly lower in altitude that the PowerBook’s antennas (which are located in the top edges of the display bezel) the antenna area is much larger.
Another factor that could contribute to the increase in Airport reception on the MBP is that the Airport card is now allegedly connected to the PCI Express bus – although I have not confirmed this yet.

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MacBook Pro Self-Surgery

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2006, 14:25
Category: MacBook Pro

MBP-intel-cpu.jpgiFixit, maker of the Fixit Guide series, has posted the first MacBook Pro disassembly instructions and photos. The MacBook Pro disassembly is online at www.iFixit.com.
The MacBook Pro disassembly guide contains high resolution photos of the MacBook’s internals, including the Intel Core Duo processor. The MacBook guide complements iFixit’s revolutionary do-it-yourself laptop repair manuals, the Fixit Guide Series. Fixit Guides are available for every laptop Apple has made since 1998. All Guides are available free online at www.iFixit.com/Guide.
iFixit also sells a full line of PowerBook and iBook parts. “I’m proud to announce that we have over 600 different Mac parts and upgrades in-stock and ready to ship. We couldn’t be more excited about our market position,” said Kyle Wiens, iFixit’s CEO.
Fixit Guides are available for these computers:
- MacBook Pro
- Mac Mini
- PowerBook G4 Aluminum (867 MHz – 1.67 GHz)
- PowerBook G4 Titanium (400 MHz – 1 GHz)
- PowerBook G3 (233 – 500 MHz)
- iBook G4 (800 MHz – 1.42 GHz)
- iBook G3 (300 – 900 MHz)

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MacBook Pro Dissected

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006, 10:11
Category: MacBook Pro

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A new OWC record. MacBook Pro 15″ 2.0GHz received about 10:30 2/21/06 – and already fully taken apart, pictures taken, and posted to the web by 1PM.
Even Kodawarisan would be proud. Click through for 19 gory pictures of the MacBook Pro disemboweled.

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MacBook Pro Battery Benchmarks (Update 6)

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Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2006, 11:06
Category: MacBook Pro

macbook-pro-battery.jpgI did my first real test of the controversial MacBook Pro battery today.
I wanted to test the MBP battery in an unattended scenario because I have not yet migrated my data over from my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz and I needed to be productive today on my main machine. Another thing to keep in mind is that the new MacBook Pro battery has not yet been calibrated according to the instructions in the MBP User’s Guide.
Page 24 of the User Guide recommends calibrating the MBP battery as folllows…
Read more for that and the results…

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MacBook Pro Benchmarks (Update2)

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Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2006, 09:26
Category: MacBook Pro

ALERT: According to Ladd at Xbench: 10.4 attempts to limit screen updating to 60 frames per second, and will throttle applications that exceed this limit. Normally, this is the correct thing to do, but for a benchmarking application it doesn’t work out so well. In the meanwhile, you can turn off beam sync in Quartz Debug.
They’re working on an update to resolve the issue. I’ll be posting updated benchmarks soon…

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