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.
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.
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:
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.
The new Belkin EC/34 reader/writer offers a fast way to get pictures from a digital camera to a MacBook Pro. Unfortunately Belkin
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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.
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.
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.
It’s pretty easy to deduce that Merom, Intel’s successor to the Yonah (a.k.a. Core Duo) chip, will find its way into a speed-bumped MacBook Pro. The question is when.
Intel will be announcing the Core 2 Duo chips at a press event tomorrow (Thursday) at company headquarters in Santa Clara, CA according to a spokesman. Although the event will focus on the desktop Core 2 Duo chip (Conroe) the notebook version (Merom) is expected to debut as well, with the caveat that it won’t be available until August.
Although I originally reported that Merom may appear in the MacBook Pro as early as August, sources close to the project have their doubts.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
…many MacBook Pros which have revised logic boards (indicated by Apple in repair notes included with updated systems) lack a serial number identifier in the “Hardware Overview” pane of Apple System Profiler.MacFixIt reader Stephen Fleming writes:
“I’ve had the logic board replaced (endless kernel panics) and have the ‘MBP’ string. But the easiest way to prove that it’s been replaced is that the serial number has been erased… see attached screen shot. So the only way to find the serial number for this machine is the microprint under the battery.”
So if your MacBook Pro has had its logic board replaced, and displays the string “SystemSerialNumb” next to the “Serial Number:” field in System Profiler, please let us know.