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The Apple Core: MacBook sales explode; 15-inch version due?

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
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DigiTimes is reporting that sales of Apple’s Intel Core Duo-powered MacBook notebooks are exceeding initial estimates and that the company is consider expanding the line to include a 15-inch model. I think that it would kill MacBook Pro sales and that they should release a 12-inch model instead.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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New MacBook Configurations

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 00:38
Category: MacBook

A new 2.0GHz white MacBook configuration packs an additional 512MB of RAM and 20GB of extra hard disk space, for a total of 1GB of RAM (via two 512MB SODIMMs) and 80GB of storage.

The new model retails for $1449, or $150 more than the 2.0GHz white MacBook with 512MB of RAM and a 60GB hard disk. Both configurations included Apple’s SuperDrive optical disc drive.

AppleInsider | Apple adds new MacBook retail configurations

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Squishy Trackpad Fix for MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, 23:47
Category: MacBook

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It appears that a number of MacBook users have been experiencing a “squishy” or unresponsive track pad button. On affected systems, the button makes a “ratchet type” sound and sticks if its triggered in certain places, making double-clicking difficult or impossible.

The malfunction does not affect all MacBooks, but can appear in any of the three models. Some users have had success getting their machines replaced, while others have been turned away.

One user, who had no success rectifying the issue during a Genius Bar visit. has detailed a creative solution,

AppleInsider | MacBook users develop solution for trackpad woes

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One Solution for MacBook Discoloration: a Sticker

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 09:22
Category: MacBook

There have been pictures of white MacBooks with “oil” residue from
hands resting on the notebook, and I can see small spots where this
could eventually evolve into something nasty on mine.

Enter
the Marware Protection pack for the white or black MacBook. It includes
a wrist rest and a microfiber laptop keyboard cover. It says that it
leaves no residue when removing. Sounds like the perfect solution.

MacBook – Protect from yellow

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MacBook Discoloration Issue or Non-Issue?

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 09:56
Category: MacBook

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is replacing some discolored MacBooks:

Some Apple MacBook owners who have seen portions of their shiny white notebooks discolor prematurely are finding success in getting those machines repaired.

According to AppleCare support representatives, Apple has been investigating the matter but has not been able to determine the source of the problem.

Nevertheless, the company’s support divisions in some regions have been offering to replace affected MacBook enclosures with few questions asked. Customers are typically sent an Apple case number and the necessary materials to ship their notebooks to Apple’s repair depot.

AppleInsider | Apple replacing some discolored MacBooks

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Apple: It’s Normal for MacBooks to Moo

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, 12:34
Category: MacBook

If you’ve been keeping up with MacBook sans-Pro news, you may have heard something about an infamous “moo”-like noise coming from the fan. Basically, the fan goes on and off and on and off and on and off continuously, in a vain attempt to keep the machine cool. Now, I’m no engineer, but it certainly doesn’t take one to recognize that this isn’t normal behavior.

I took my black MacBook to the Genius at the Apple store (Oakbrook,
by the way) to get this fixed, and his response? “It’s normal. A fan
will do what it needs to do to keep the machine cool.” Gee, thanks.

Apple Genius says: Moo’ing normal – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Stained MacBook Info Site

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 09:14
Category: MacBook

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This site was born as a way to give pressure to Apple regarding recent QA issues with the new white MacBook. Many people all over the world are complaining about stains appearing in their newly acquired piece of
Apple hardware.
Basically, many users around the globe are finding that their white MacBooks turn into a yellowish/grey/pink dirty computer in those areas where hands rest.

stainedBook.info

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Cleaning Dirty White MacBooks

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:00
Category: MacBook

Yesterday I posted a story about white MacBooks getting discolored ofter only a few weeks of use. It appears that “gavers” in the Apple Discussion Boards has figured out a solution – non acetone nail polish remover.

I had this same problem, except my machine was discolored in the first few days. I tried 409 and Clorox bleach with little success.
I found that Non-acetone nail polish remover cleans it up nicely. Only problem, my fingers feel like sand paper after using it.
You should use clear, or blue colored non-acetone nail polish remover. If you use another color it will slightly tint your MacBook that color. Do not use acetone based, or isopropyl alcohol, those may damage the plastic.

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White MacBook Incrementally Faster Than Black

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

A test of the 2GHz white MacBook showed it offered a slight performance advantage in comparison with the black models. This confused the testers, as both Macs are, to all intents and purposes, equally configured.

“Testing the white 2GHz MacBook and comparing the results to the published scores of the black model, we saw small performance differences in many of the tests, with the edge going to the white model in most cases,” reports Macworld US.

Macworld UK – MacBook tests see puzzling results

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MacBook Discoloration

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Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook

macbook-discoloration-250.jpgFlickr user TSwartz has reported a problem with his white MacBook getting discolored on the palm rests:

The spots don’t wash off, I’ve only had the MacBook for two weeks. Genius at Apple Store told me to call Apple about it, as he’s never seen anything like it. My iBook didn’t discolor in the 3 years I had it — can’t be my hands. I don’t smoke, don’t use latex, etc. And for those who worry about my hygiene habits, thanks. I wash my hands.
More people are having this issue in the Apple Discussions:
discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=2516244
and at MacRumors:
forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=204203

MacBook Discoloration on Flickr

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