Aluminum PowerBook 15-Inch Waiting in the Wings

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:36
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

The PowerPage has received an interesting new update on the status of the long awaited Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch. The original TiBook has already migrated to its new Aluminum skin and is just waiting for the existing Titanium models to sell out. Word from a reliable source is that Apple has the new Aluminum PowerBook 15s already boxed and ready to go but is waiting for the existing models to disappear first. There was some delay because of a systems upgrade to the 15, but most of the bugs are out. (NO product ever ships without bugs.) The production lines in Taiwan have been severely impacted due to the spread of SARS so I’m not sure just how many will get to the shores in time for the sellout of all the TiBooks. Read more…

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PowerBook Bezel Bite Afflicts PB17 and PB12

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:36
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 17-Inch

I recently noticed that the LCD bezel around the display on my
PowerBook G4 17-inch
has been leaving faint marks around the edges of the top case. The marks are most noticeable on the front areas of the wrist rests but is even starting to appear on the speaker grilles. A little probing uncovered what some are calling “Big Betty’s Bezel-Bite.” Read more…

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iPod NoteReader Notes

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:35
Category: Hardware, iPod

An Archive reader writes, “Apple has released a document on how to use the new iPod NoteReader .” The highlights: you can link to other notes, or to tracks on the iPod, or to dynamically generated playlists. It handles 1,000 notes, up to 4K each, and caches up to 64K of notes in memory so the hard drive doesn’t spin up. The notes are stored as text files in directories and can be organized by directory.
(Thanks Slashdot.)

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PowerBook UK Market Share Up

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:34
Category: Hardware

MacWorld UK quotes IDC numbers that indicate that Apple’s notebook marketshare has grown in the UK:

Apple’s UK notebook market share climbed from 2.8 per cent to 3.4 per cent year-on-year. In total across all vendors, notebook sales grew 14.7 per cent year-on-year, so Apple’s growth in that market exceeded industry averages.
Desktop sales, however, have been weak – with significant declines in sales from last year.

(Thanks MacSlash.)

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Super Tangent (iPod Shuffle Ripoff) Takeapart Pics

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Date: Friday, June 17th, 2005, 10:41
Category: Hardware

Super TangentKODAWARISAN (dr-mip) has posted takeapart pictures of the Super Tangent iPod shuffle ripoff.

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How-To: Dissect Your PowerBook Battery

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2005, 23:35
Category: Hardware

Apple PowerBook Battery ExposedCult of Mac‘s Leander Kahney: “It’s complete surprise to me that the iBook’s battery pack is filled with ordinary-looking rechargeable batteries. Apparently this is also the case with the PowerBook. And I thought they’de be filled with a rectangular battery — dense and compact — like the iPod. It’s so un-high-tech.”
Read more at Cult of Mac including a link to an AppleFritter forum with some handy hints for do-it-yourself repairs of iBook and PowerBook batteries.

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iPod Photo Connector Hacking

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2005, 04:25
Category: Hardware

Here are some photos, experiments and more with the iPod photo connector…

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Apple's Super Secret Stealth Fighter De-Classified

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2005, 22:50
Category: Hardware

Apple on Intel: Take a deep breath, let it out ? Wow ! ^_^ ! a sneak peek into the wild wild, wooly ride that Steve Job’s has held Apple back from for years. At WWDC 2005 Apple has unleashed to developers their next WOMD (Weapon of Mass Domination) machines with OS X running on the outside, but Intel on the Inside! – Oversized cases with mini-motherboards, onboard (Intel) GMA 900 graphics chips, DVI risers and a phat PCIe bus to boot. But developers are humming about way more than just the hardware – Steve Job’s genius travels far back into the past when he imagined a byte code tapestry that could be woven to run on any chip architecture…

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Pictures: Intel Inside the G5 Enclosure

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2005, 17:25
Category: Hardware

Apple G5 Enclosure with an Intel Pentium chip insideWe stumbled across a few pictures of Apple’s Aluminum G5 enclosure with the Intel board visible inside. Apple is making development boxes available to select ADC Premiere members for US$999 at this week’s WWDC conference in San Francisco. A few more pics after the jump…

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The Great Intel Switch: What it Means

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2005, 14:53
Category: Hardware

After reviewing Steve Jobs’ keynote and reading a lot on-line about “The Great Intel Switch of 2005,” I thought some clarification needed to be made in regard to Apple’s strategy. The media has been alluding to fallacies and misconceptions that many are taking out of context. Maybe this observation will help clear the air. Read More…

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