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Apple introduces NVMe support in OS X 10.10.3 update

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Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 08:36
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s a subtle change, but it could be pretty neat in the long run.

Last week, Apple’s introduction of its OS X 10.10.3 update also quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives. These drives can be found on the new Retina display MacBook as well as other units.

The cool cats at AnandTech offered a good description of the AHCI technology, which has resulted in the NVMe technology:

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn’t rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result AHCI can’t take full advantage of SSDs and since the future is in non-volatile storage (like NAND and MRAM), the industry had to develop a software interface that abolishes the limits of AHCI.

The result is NVMe, short for Non-Volatile Memory Express.

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Some 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro owners cite user interface choppiness, lag under OS X Yosemite

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 15:09
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Yosemite

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This is what bug and firmware fixes are for.

As nifty as the new 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is, a number of users have logged complaints about the user interface lag in OS X Yosemite. The lag accounts for slow and choppy animations across functions like Mission Control, Launchpad, launching full-size applications, resizing windows and scrolling through web pages.

A pair of threads related to the issue have received close to 200 replies and 20,000 views within the discussion forums, with some users that previously experienced UI lag offering advice on how to resolve the problem. One potential solution involves resetting the Mac’s PRAM, while temporary workarounds listed include increasing contrast and reducing transparency under the Accessibility menu in System Preferences.

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Intel, Micron 3D NAND partnership could allow for larger, faster memory modules in Macs, iOS devices

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Date: Friday, March 27th, 2015, 08:11
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News

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Via the combined forces of Intel and Micron, NAND flash memory could get even faster.

This, in turn, could make the memory in your iOS devices even faster and allow for more storage space.

The two companies are apparently working on a 3D NAND flash technologies wherein 3D NAND is stacked in 32 vertical layers. According to Intel this can potentially triple capacity, for example allowing “gum-stick sized” solid state drives with over 3.5 terabytes of storage space, or conventional 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that surpass 10 terabytes. Even the SSD in a custom-configured iMac or Mac Pro currently tops out at 1 terabyte.
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Tests confirm 2015 MacBook Air can support 60Hz 4K external displays

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Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 08:23
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, News

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Your brand new 2015 MacBook Air WILL be able to officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

The cool cats over at Ars Technica tested the early 2015 MacBook Air with a Dell P2415Q 24-inch 4K display and found that the Air correctly identified the attached monitor at 4K resolution, switching the user interface into HiDPI mode.

Subsequent refresh rate tests confirmed that it was running at 60Hz, and the publication said that interface components were “more than smooth enough for desktop use.” Problems cropped up when performing animation-intensive actions, like entering full-screen mode, with “clearly visible” frame lag, showing that the display pushes the Intel HD 6000 graphics chip near its limit.

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iFixit teardown, tests reveal 2015 13-inch MacBook Air SSD architecture significantly faster than previous generations

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 12:07
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, News

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If you were hoping for a tangible reason to invest in a new 2015 MacBook Air, it might have arrived in the form of a faster solid state drive.

Last week, Apple refreshed its MacBook Air lineup, adding Broadwell chips and Intel 6000 graphics. Both models received the same processor updates, but the 13-inch MacBook Air got an extra boost in the form of new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is “up to two times faster” than the flash storage used in the previous generation MacBook Air. The 11-inch MacBook Air did not receive the same flash storage update.

The cool cats at iFixit decided to test Apple’s “two times faster” claim by comparing SSD speeds between a new 11-inch MacBook Air and a new 13-inch MacBook Air, with results that suggest the SSD in the 13-inch MacBook Air is indeed nearly twice as fast as the SSD in the MacBook Air.

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Intel Core M processor reviewed, results look favorable

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Date: Monday, March 16th, 2015, 08:40
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

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If you’re curious as to the specs and benchmarks of Intel’s new Core M processor, which will be finding its way into the new 12-inch MacBook, the cool cats at AnandTech have gone bananas with a series of tests.

The Core M processor, which runs on 4.5 watts of power, features two cores and hyperthreading. The full test suite covers applications like Cinebench R15, X264 HD encoding and Mozilla Kraken testing. In the end, the Core M processor edged out its competition, defying the stereotype that “Core M equates slow” and that 4.5 watts of power limited the performance you’d get from the CPU.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate Intel chips in next-gen iPhone in 2016

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Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 09:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It might be Intel’s turn to be part of the iPhone architecture.

Sources have stated that Apple will reportedly turn to Intel’s new XMM 7360 LTE modem when it launches a special next-generation iPhone model in 2016, suggesting the company is looking to diversify baseband chip suppliers.

Intel’s fast wireless modem, which debuted earlier this month at Mobile World Congress, will be used in an upcoming iPhone variant targeted for release in emerging markets like Asia and Latin America.

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iFixit tears down 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro, explores new components, Force Touch trackpad

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Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 08:39
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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If you were curious as to the components of the recently upgraded 13-inch MacBook, iFixit’s got your answers.

On Monday, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro received an update alongside a refreshed MacBook Air lineup and with it gets the new Force Touch trackpad that Apple debuted on its brand new 12-inch MacBook this week. The trackpad doesn’t actually push in like previous generations, but it provides enough haptic feedback to provide a similar and reportedly improved experience. Here’s what was discovered in the teardown:

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Apple introduces 12-inch MacBook, offers improvements to currently available MacBook Pro, MacBook Air models

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 14:57
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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This may be the MacBook you’ve been waiting for.

On Monday at its “Spring Forward” media event, on Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack.

The overhaul slims the notebook down to a mere 2 lbs. and 13.1mm—the slimmest MacBook by a full 24 percent, according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. This is in addition to a new, full fanless design, which Apple has never done before.

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Rumor: Apple could launch 12-inch Retina MacBook Air alongside Apple Watch at March 9th media event

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Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 08:27
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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While the March 9th event is expected to focus on the upcoming Apple Watch, there could be word of the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air as well.

Sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The web site has independently verified this information to be highly credible.

While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple’s March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have begun mass production of the notebook in January, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted a March launch for the MacBook.

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