Apple Releases Updated Core 2 Duo-Powered MacBooks

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 09:45
Category: MacBook

Following last week’s insistence on Apple’s part that UK online retailer play.com remove their pre-order page for Apple’s upcoming Core 2 Duo-based MacBook line, Apple has unveiled the anticpated new laptops. The Apple Store web site is currently being updated as of this writing, typically a sign of a major product introduction to market.
The new MacBooks, still available in white and black colors, will be priced at $1,099, $1,299 and $1,499 respectively depending on features. The units, which run at 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz configurations, feature 13″ glossy widescreen displays capable of a 1280 x 800 resolution, a 667 MHz front side bus, an Intel GMA 950 graphics unit, built-in iSight video camera, built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, one audio line in port, one audio line-out port, Apple Remote and MagSafe power adapter.
The low-end 1.83 GHz configuration will feature 512 MB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive and Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW). The 2.0 GHz models will feature 1 GB of RAM, a 6x SuperDrive with dual-layer burn support and 120 GB hard drive. All MacBook models can be expanded up to 2 GB of RAM provided the user installs matched pairs.
Apple executives have claimed the new units are up to 25% faster and will help with key holiday-focused tasks such as photo work (iPhoto rated 25% faster), digital editing (iMovie rates 20% faster) and web publishing (iWeb rated 27% faster).
The new MacBooks are scheduled for release on Monday, November 13th and will be available for pre-order through Apple’s online store, typically within a few hours based on past product releases.
Contributed by: By Chris Barylick

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The Apple Core: Apple store closed; MacBooks coming?

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 08:39
Category: MacBook

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The Apple online store is down as of this morning and speculation is beginning to swirl.
The Interweb is all cranked up about an apparent “slip up” at Web site Play.com and the leak of details of a Core 2 Duo-powered MacBook. SpyMac orginally broke the story that UK online Apple retailer Play.com is taking pre-orders for a Core 2 Duo MacBook. According to their site, the Core 2 Duo-powered MacBook will be available on 13 November 2006.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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15.4-inch MacBook due in May 2007

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 00:00
Category: MacBook

Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) will produce a 15.4-inch MacBook model for Apple for the first time, with shipments to commence in May 2007, according to sources at notebook makers. Because of the new order, Asustek will no longer be the sole supplier for Apple’s MacBook, the sources said. Both Foxconn and Asustek declined to comment on the news.

DigiTimes :: Foxconn to ship 15.4-inch MacBook to Apple in May 2007

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Why no SATA 160GB Drive Option in MacBooks?

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

You can now order a Mac mini with a 160G SATA drive and this is the same physical drive type found in the MacBooks and MacBook Pros. So why hasn’t Apple made this a BTO for the portables?
Contributed by: Ole J. Jacobsen

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MacBook Shutdown Caused by Heat Sink?

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Date: Sunday, October 8th, 2006, 21:28
Category: MacBook

Apple has faced temporary problems sourcing spare parts for MacBooks affected by intermittent random shutdowns. Some users have complained that their MacBooks have developed a penchant for this problem. In essence, the fault is one in which some – but not all – MacBooks will simply close down during normal use.

This fault appears to affect a small but substantial minority of MacBooks, and usually manifests itself after a period of normal use. The fault is intermittent and hard to pin down. Apple’s technical support department has told some users that re-seating the memory modules may mitigate it in some cases.

Neowin.net – MacBook Shutdown Caused by Heat Sink?

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MacBook Pro Runs Vista Better Than Vaio VGN-A790

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 08:54
Category: MacBook

Still, in 2006, this is where we stand: Apple’s hardware runs Windows, and does so quite well. In fact, the MacBook Pro I bought in May is better equipped to run Vista than the Sony Vaio I bought less than a year ago. At the time, the Vaio VGN-A790 was pretty much a top-of-the-line machine from Sony, with a 2-GHz Pentium M chip from Intel, 1GB of RAM, a 7,200-rpm hard drive and 256MB of dedicated video RAM. I have since doubled the RAM to 2GB.

Computerworld > Hands on: Running Vista on a MacBook Pro

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MacBook Overheat Analyzed: Recall Brewing?

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook

Since isolating the heatsink as the cause of the MacBook’s Rapid Sudden Shutdown (RSS), readers have isolated the specific part of the heatsink that is causing the problem, is actually the CPU thermometer itself.
Essentially the heatsink can expand during use, and comes into contact with the lead from the termometer’s sensor cable. A short circuit results, and the SMC pulls the plug. Once the system cools down, the heatsink resides and the contact is broken. This also explains why sometimes you cannot immediately power the MacBook back on. The heatsink is still in contact with the metal lead.
Apple’s solution to this is to realign the location of the thermometer and cabling on the heatsink so that it does not short circuit. That is why the new heatsink is necessary. In the view of this writer, it warrants a public recall. Any user can produce easily the scenario that causes the MacBook to crash, even with pre-installed applications such as iLife.
This also explains Apple’s recent SMC Update for the MacBook. In short, the ramped up fan is a response to Apple knowing the heatsink is going to expand, and attempts to proactively cool it down to prevent the short circuit.
Unfortunately, as countless users have shown, it is still possible with something as simple as a terminal command, to overheat the CPU. The only solution is to reproduce the crash, call Apple, and have them replace the heatsink.
That is what every MacBook owner should do until Apple implements a recall program.
Contributed by: Christopher Price – www.pcsintel.com

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Korean Air bans Mac portable use

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:37
Category: MacBook

Korea’s national airline, Korean Air, has forbidden the use of Apple and Dell laptops during flights in response to the recent battery recall by both firms. The ban came into effect on 30 August and is designed to protect passengers from any accidental fires. Apple and Dell have both issued battery recalls in connection with a large batch (6 million) of potentially faulty Sony battery cores.

Macworld UK – Korean Air bans Mac laptop use

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MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS) Isolated

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

Chris Price has found an update on MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS). Apple has isolated it to a design flaw in the heatsink. He called Apple and asked why his MacBook repair was “on hold” and they said that they were waiting for one part, a heatsink.
It’s hard to say what’s wrong with it, it could be a flaw with the installation (like, a gallon of thermal grease), or something with the design of the unit itself. I suspect that they’ve retooled the heatsink since many people are listed as “on hold” waiting for this one part.
UPDATED 01 September 2006:
Apple has posted a ridiculous knowledge base article on the topic that simply says “If your MacBook is shutting down intermittently, please contact AppleCare for service.”

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MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS)

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Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

Delivering the keynote address opening the academic term of a leading law school in South America, using Keynote on my two-week-old MacBook (white, 2GHz), the computer shut down in the middle of the presentation. Like others posting on different Mac newsgroups, my MacBook has Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS).
Until now this happened running on the battery, so I made sure to plug the machine in. In the middle of a presentation to 150 people, the machine suddenly shut down – plugged in, with the battery charged. It was embarrassing to have to restart the computer, log in and reload the Keynote presentation in the middle of the keynote presentation.
Having used a PowerBook 160, Wallstreet, Pismo and trading in a TiBook 800 for the MacBook, I had come to expect that as a Mac notebook user, I would not experience this sort of profession-impeding problems. Other user experiences I’ve read suggest that Apple’s various repairs have not resolved the problem and that Apple doesn’t seem to fully understand what causes it.
Surprisingly, this happened with the notebook the Apple Store in North Carolina gave me to replace a machine I had bought two days earlier, which had a rough and grainy display (as if it was stuck in ‘thousands of colors.’) This experience gives me the unpleasant impression that Apple is slipping in quality control as it ramps up production to increase demand. It certainly made me miss my bombproof TiBook.
Contributed by: JD
More cases of MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS) can be found on this site dedicated to the flaw. -Ed

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