Intel launches Broadwell Core M processor, chip could find its way into rumored 12-inch MacBook Air notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 13:30
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

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Intel’s next generation of processors won’t ship until early 2015, but there’s some interesting news on the processor that could wind up in the 12-inch MacBook Pro notebook.

Per MacRumors, the company began shipping some ultra low-power Broadwell chips known as Core M a couple of months ago. These chips are designed to run at just 4.5 watts and are intended for next-generation fanless PCs and tablets, fitting perfectly with circulating rumors of a thinner, fanless 12-inch MacBook Air, potentially with a Retina display.

The first batch of Core M chips launched in early September consisted of the 5Y10/5Y10a running at a base frequency of 800 MHz with a maximum of 2 GHz turbo, along with the more powerful 5Y70 running at 1.1 GHz with a max turbo of 2.6 GHz. Intel now appears to have quietly added several new processor options to the Core M family. Internal roadmaps had targeted an early 2015 launch for these chips, but Intel’s chip database shows the new chips as having launched this quarter.

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BBEdit 11.0 released, adds new features, easy import for TextWrangler users

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Date: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 13:32
Category: News, Software

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You love BBEdit.

And it just hit version 11.

Bare Bones Software today announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit 11.0, a major upgrade to its professional strength HTML and text editor.

BBEdit 11 builds on an extensively modernized foundation with newly overhauled systems for Find Differences, Clippings, and syntax coloring; and it adds dozens of enhancements and new features.

The new Find Differences workflow provides a more efficient single-window presentation of results for both file and folder comparisons. A new sidebar for folder comparisons identifies
mismatched files and makes easy the process of copying files to bring two differing folders into harmony.

BBEdit’s Clippings system is now more flexible thanks to a reimagining of how clippings are managed and employed. An updated Clippings palette makes it easier to locate and apply specific clippings as
needed.

The internal syntax coloring mechanics have been overhauled, and now allow much greater flexibility in color choices for language support. Many factory-supported languages now sport additional color options, and BBEdit 11 also includes several tastefully constructed built-in color schemes.

This new version of BBEdit provides a number of new built-in commands and editing gestures to enhance everyday productivity. A new “Highlight instances of selected text” feature aids navigation; new commands are provided to support editing of of tabular text, as well as easier manipulation of entire lines of text.

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iFixit completes teardown of 2014 iMac with 5K Retina display, posts findings

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Date: Monday, October 20th, 2014, 10:48
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Uncategorized

The cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of the 2014 iMac and found some nifty stuff.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, the firm, which gave the 2014 iMac a Repairability Score of 5 out of 10, discovered that a fair number of the components were similar to the 2013 iMac. The SSD is the same drive that ships with Apple’s late 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro, while the AirPort/Bluetooth card, logic board and other components are described as being “nearly exactly the same” to last year’s 27-inch iMac.

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Apple announces fourth-gen Mac mini, drops price to $499

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Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 15:34
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, News

The Mac mini just got a hefty update and a nice price cut.

Per AppleInsider, Apple’s desktop received an update and accompanying price reduction on Thursday, featuring 4th-generation Intel Core processors and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, starting at US$499.

The new Mac mini lineup features integrated Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000. It also has PCIe-based flash storage for faster performance.

The hardware refresh adds two Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, but retains the title of world’s most energy efficient desktop.

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Rumor: Apple won’t unveil Retina display MacBook Air at October 16th media event, will hold off until early 2015

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Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 11:04
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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You can expect a lot of nifty things from Apple’s media event on Thursday.

A Retina display MacBook Air probably won’t be one of them.

Per Re/code and AppleInsider, sources close to the story have stated that the rumored new MacBook Air will not debut. He did, however, reiterate that the company is in fact planning to launch a new iMac with a high-resolution Retina display.

The absence of the new MacBook Air is largely in line with the latest rumors, which have indicated the device won’t be available in time for this holiday season. Instead, it’s been reported that the new ultraportable notebook with a Retina display won’t see the light of day until 2015.

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Apple releases iTunes 11.4 update, includes support for iOS 8

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Date: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 15:28
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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Like most major Apple announcements, this one came with a new iTunes update.

On Tuesday, Apple released version 11.4 of its iTunes media suite. The new version, a 249.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 8.

iTunes 11.4 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or later.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Rumor: Apple to release thinner MacBook Air in late 2014, early 2015

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Date: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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The MacBook Air could get even thinner by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Per MacRumors and DigiTimes, supply chain sources in Taiwan have noted that component production has already begun in small volumes. Apple will also reportedly cease production of the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro by the end of 2014.

A report last month claimed that Intel’s continued delays of its Broadwell chip may cause Apple to push back the release of its 12-inch MacBook until late this 2014 or early 2015. The 12-inch MacBook is said to include a Retina display and may either be a successor to the MacBook Air or join Apple’s current 11-inch and 13-inch models.

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Microsoft ends Skype support for users running Mac OS X 10.5.8 and earlier

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Date: Friday, August 8th, 2014, 11:35
Category: News, Software

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If you love older versions of the Mac OS X operating systems and Skype, you’re out of luck.

Per AppleInsider and The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier.

Starting last week, Skype users began to complain on the company’s forum that they were being locked out from accessing the popular voice over IP service. As complaints mounted, it was guessed that Skype was no longer operational on Macs running older versions of OS X.

Microsoft today confirmed the change in service in an answer to a question regarding Skype compatibility with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which will for now remain unaffected.

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Apple posts new MacBook Air EFI update 2.9.1

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Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 18:36
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Installation, Mac, MacBook Air, OS X, Software

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As we reported last week, there were numerous problems with the MacBook Air firmware update released earlier in the week. Users reported symptoms as innocuous as the update simply not being applied, to preventing the laptop from rebooting. In most cases, performing multiple SMC resets on the computer fixed the booting problem, but the update was still not installed. A few users found that even though the System Information application reported that the firmware was not updated, afterwards their MacBook Airs began suffering some of the problems that the 2.9 update was supposed to fix. Some of the symptoms included trouble reconnecting to wifi networks, fans unnecessarily running at full speed, and issues with sleeping and waking the computer.

Let than a day after the reports began flooding in, Apple removed the update from the App Store and users were no longer getting prompted to install it. As of today, a newly numbered 2.9.1 update can be found appearing in the App Store under Updates. Owners are cautioned to hold off on applying the new update, unless necessary, until reports come back that the install is working correctly. We will keep you updated as reports come in and the situation develops.

Have you already risked the update? Let us know and any relevant details in the comments or on our Facebook page!

 

 

Apple releases updated MacBook Pro lineup with slight speed boosts, lower prices on some models

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Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 10:01
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail

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You can’t argue with a speed bump and a lower price on the notebook you want.

Per Macworld, Apple on Tuesday released it’s upgraded line of professional MacBook Pro notebooks, the intro-level and mid-range 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros going from a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with a Turbo Boost of up to 2.9GHz to a 2.6GHz dual-core i5 with a Turbo Boost of up to 3.1GHz; the high-end 13-inch meanwhile goes from a 2.6GHz dual-core i5 to a 2.8GHz dual-core i5 (its Turbo Boost, which previously reached 3.1GHz, now gets up to 3.3GHz). The entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro also now starts with 8GB of RAM, like the mid-range and high-range models, instead of 4GB. Storage remains the same for all three models at 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of flash storage, respectively.

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