The Apple Core: All your MacBook questions answered

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 11:16
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mcbook.jpgMacworld magazine has done a respectable job breaking down all of the questions you might have about Apple’s new consumer portable in their MacBook FAQ.
In it Jonathan Seff and Jason Snell detail almost every aspect of the new portable from the price to the color to the expensive black paint. Some of the best parts are about the new screen and keyboard. My personal favorite entry…
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The Apple Core: Thermal grease and the MacBook

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Date: Monday, May 22nd, 2006, 08:35
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macbook-thermal-grease.jpgReaders of The Apple Core remember the recent issue about the amount of thermal grease (or paste) that Apple applies to the chips in the MacBook Pro. There’s pretty decent evidence that over-application of the paste is causing MacBook Pros to run hotter than they should. It appears that the same may be true for the MacBook.
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The Apple Core: SMC Firmware Update breaks MBP temperature apps

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Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2006, 11:54
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If you’re using a utility like Jonathan Pepin’s CoreDuoTemp v0.6 or Dr. Marcel Bresink’s Hardware Monitor 3.6 to keep tabs on the CPU temperature you’ll be disappointed to find out that Apple’s recently released SMC Firmware Update breaks these applications on the MacBook Pro.
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The good news is that it may fix MBP overheating…
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The Apple Core: Apple releases Intel-based iBook successor

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 09:39
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As expected, Apple this morning announced the high anticipated successor to the iBook notebook computer. The new MacBook (no “Pro”) is available for ordering today from the Apple online store and it comes in polycarbonate black or white, just like the iPod.
Three configurations are available…
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The Apple Core: iPhone to become a reality?

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 08:46
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iphone.jpgOne of the hottest tidbits of Apple juice last week was a news story that Apple is working on a iPod/mobile phone hybrid device with Softbank Corp.
On May 13th the Japanese Nihon Keizai Shimbun Saturday Morning edition reported that Apple and Softbank are working together to develop mobile phones capable of downloading and playing music from the iTunes store. That story was then picked up by Japanese news agency Nikkei Net Interactive (subscription req’d).
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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro temperature graphs

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2006, 08:00
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mbp_temp_history.jpgPhil Angell has posted the MacBook Pro Heat Page where he is posting the CPU temperature graphs of contributors MacBook Pros. It’s interesting to compare the temperatures of MacBook Pros before and after removing Apple’s thermal grease and the application of Arctic Silver 5.
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The Apple Core: iPod on your Treo

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 10:24
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mocean.gifThere have been several attempt at merging the iPod and the mobile phone but each has so many compromises that most people end up going back to carrying two devices. There’s no question that the next big breakthrough in mobile technology will be the hybrid mobile phone/music player, and frankly, it’s Apple’s game to lose.
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The Apple Core: The other side of the Disney McDonald’s breakup

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 08:02
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After my piece yesterday about Jobs getting out of the Happy Meal business I heard from a source close to McDonald’s that tells a different toy story.
According to the source McDonald’s has been waiting for the 10-year exclusive movie tie-in contract with Disney to expire for years. Apparently the company felt that the original deal with Disney was too one-sided and was never going to renew it.
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The Apple Core: Jobs gets out of the Happy Meal business

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Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2006, 08:00
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pixar-happy-meal.jpgApparently Steve Jobs doesn’t care too much for the food at McDonald’s or at minimum he wants to stop using it to promote Disney/Pixar films to kids.
According to a story in the L.A. Times Disney is not renewing a 10-year agreement with McDonald’s to include plastic toys in its Happy Meals.
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The Apple Core: Next generation Intel processors coming to the Mac

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:00
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intel-core-2-duo.pngAccording to DailyTech, Intel has provided names and dates for their next generation of core processors. The new chips may ship under the Apple logo in as soon as a few months.
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