Apple Announces 6GB iPod mini and 30GB iPod Photo, Drops Prices

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Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 13:26
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

iPod mini 2.0Apple this morning announced a new 6GB iPod mini at the same price (US$249) as the previous 4GB model and a 30GB iPod Photo that retails for US$349. Curiously, Apple bagged the gold colored iPod mini and reduced the line to four colors (pink, green, blue and silver) but they added color-coordinated icons on the touch wheel and extended the battery life to 18 hours. The new iPod Photo 30GB is much thinner than the 60GB model and comes in at a low US$349 price point. The 60GB iPod Photo has been reduced to US$449.

Apple Unveils New iPod mini Starting at Just $199
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2005 PowerBook Quality Issues

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Date: Monday, February 21st, 2005, 10:55
Category: Hardware

XLR8YourMac.com is covering quality issues with Apple’s 2005 PowerBook G4s including trackpad issues, hard drive noises, AC adapter and performance issues:

The first of the new Powerbooks we had in our showroom was a 15″ which suffered from the trackpad issue mentioned on your page recently. We sent it back as DOA and when I arranged to have it picked up, Apple were “unaware of the problem”.
I had found a discussion thread on the subject on the Apple support site which mentioned the trackpad would ‘go to sleep’ when the ‘book was left alone for a few minutes. The discussion metioned static as a factor. Every time I touch any ‘book in the showroom it tends to shock me, but if I first touched the older 12″ Powerbook next to the new one, got a shock and then went to the new one, the trackpad functioned perfectly normally.
My colleague (who rarely gets shocks -due to his shoes according to him) had trouble getting the problem to repeat itself when he used the 15″.
I therefore suggest that the new pads are overly sensitive to static electricity. The second new powerbook we got had no issues. Dan

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Apple's Four Gadgets of all Time

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Date: Tuesday, February 15th, 2005, 03:52
Category: Hardware

PowerBook 100Apple has four products in Mobile PC’s “Top 100 Gadgets of All Time” list including the PowerBook 100, released in 1991, which tops the list. Also on the list are Apple’s iPod (12), PowerBook 500 (22) and Newton MessagePad 120 (39).

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2005 PowerBook Benchmarks

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Date: Sunday, February 13th, 2005, 23:29
Category: Hardware

Apple boosted the processor speeds of its PowerBooks in its most recent update to the laptop line. Will the faster processors mean a measurable jump in performance? Macworld Lab has completed its initial testing of the updated PowerBooks and is ready to report on whether the new laptops measure up.

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iPods a Hit at Microsoft

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Date: Sunday, February 13th, 2005, 22:32
Category: Hardware

According to a Wired story, iPods are rather popular among Microsoft employees, and upper management is not happy about it.

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Apple Dumps Trackpad Vendor Synaptics

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 09:16
Category: Hardware

Apple this week notified their supplier of trackpads for PowerBooks and iPods, Synaptics Inc. (NasdaqNM: SYNA), that they weren’t going to use them in PowerBooks any more. The new 2005 PowerBook G4s use a totally new trackpad that Apple developed in-house that features scrolling capability. According to a Forbes.com article “two analysts on Thursday cut their investment ratings on Synaptics Inc., citing concerns that a major customer, Apple Computer Inc., may drop Synaptics’ touchpad interface in favor of a newly released in-house design.”
No word on whether or not Apple will retain Synaptics Inc. as the suppliers for the click wheels found in the iPod.

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TechRestore Announces Stainless Steel Hinges for PBG4 Titanium

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 13:03
Category: Hardware

TechRestore, Inc has begun offering a worldwide PowerBook G4 LCD hinge replacement service using stainless steel hardware. The replacement stainless steel hinge assembly is over 50% stronger than the standard hinge and offers the ultimate in protection against future failures according to Tech Restore.

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PC Notebooks Advance, Where's My PowerBook G5?

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 07:26
Category: Hardware

I slept through last weeks announcement of Apple’s predicted PowerBook G4 speed-bumps and have instead been laser focused on Apple’s “Mother of all Thermal Challenges,” the PowerBook G5. While I doubt that I would purchase a first generation FurnaceBook, I am curious as hell to see how they plan to cool it.
I don’t know about you, but my PBG4 1.5 GHz becomes too hot to use on my lap for after less than 30 minutes. How the hell are they going to keep a processor cool that requires seven (count ‘em) fans in a desktop enclosure? Anyway, I hope that it’s cool and that Apple offers more than just a G5 and a new enclosure for the beast. Don’t let us down Apple, PC notebook vendors continue to innovate while we’re still stuck with your creaky-hinge rejects.

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iPod Shuffle RAID

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 07:41
Category: Hardware

So, what do you do when you and some friends are all getting iPod Shuffles? You make a RAID array out of them, of course! Follow along as we explore new depths of geekery…
So, here we have our iPod Shuffles, all the top of the line 1Gb models. I’m sure that normal folks would probably take these home, install iTunes 4.7.1 from the CD in the box, and happily start putting music on the little things, but I had other plans for them…
Read More at Wright This Way… (Thanks SlashDot)

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PowerBook G5: Leaks or Typos?

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Date: Friday, February 4th, 2005, 09:07
Category: Hardware

MacRumors has a story about another potential PowerBook G5 leak on the Apple Web site. You’ll remember that last week the Register first reported a story about a PowerBook G5 reference on the Apple site. I am curious though, couldn’t these “references” to the mythical PowerBook be accidental leaks or are they nothing more than a simple typo? The four and five keys are right next to each other, after all…

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