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Apple support article offers workaround for recent issues with Setup Assistant on 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 07:21
Category: MacBook, News, Software

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As nifty as the new 12-inch MacBook is, a number of users have encountered an issue using the Setup Assistant during the initial setup of the notebook. The bug apparently has the spinning beach ball appear during setup, putting the user in an endless cycle.

Apple recently shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around the issue.

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iFixit posts teardown of 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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The teardown you’ve been waiting for has been completed.

And it shows off some really nifty stuff.

The coolest of cats at iFixit have published a teardown of the new 12-inch MacBook. The feature shows just how tiny the notebook’s logic board is, coming in at 67 percent smaller than that of the MacBook Air. The piece also shows a new terraced battery design for the MacBook, allowing more batteries to be efficiently fit into a small space.

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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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12-inch MacBook now available on Apple Store web site, most models shipping in 1-3 days

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Date: Friday, April 10th, 2015, 08:04
Category: MacBook, News, retail

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Amidst the mucho hoopla surrounding the Apple Watch, Apple added the new 12-inch Retina display MacBook to the Apple Store last night.

The new notebook is available with a ship time of one to three days for most models, although the 512GB Gold model currently has an estimated shipping time of three to four weeks.

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Apple Watch to be available for online pre-order only come April 10th

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Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2015, 08:13
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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With only one day left until the Watchening/first available pre-order of the Apple Watch, your best bet might be to order yours online.

Apple on Thursday confirmed that orders for the upcoming Apple Watch will be available exclusively online during the launch window, as the company expects that consumer demand will outstrip available supply of units.

The company issued a reminder stating that in-store previews and preorders will begin on Friday, ahead of the April 24th launch. But preorders will be available online-only, and users who try on the unit in stores will not be able to place an order in the store.

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First 12-inch MacBook unboxing video hits

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Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 16:59
Category: MacBook, News

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If you’ve been hankering for an early unboxing video of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, you’ve got it.

It’s in Vietnamese.

Still, it’s an unboxing video, a bit early and it shows the new 29-watt power brick, 2-meter charging cable and brand new USB Type C connectors.

The company appears to have eschewed the longer power cord that it includes with its other notebook, though the power brick does feature interchangeable plugs. Also gone are the flip-up winding posts that have long adorned Apple’s power bricks.
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Recent wave of Apple hiring may point to effort to improve iOS device batteries

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 08:45
Category: battery, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

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It’s the hiring cycles that show where a company’s going.

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

At least nine listings posted within the last month are directly connected to battery technology. Some examples include openings for a hardware manager, a firmware development manager, a battery pack engineering manager, a cell engineer, and an electrical engineer.
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12-inch MacBook logic board studied, proven smaller than Raspberry Pi

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 06:53
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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The 12-inch MacBook is being studied in depth.

And it is cool.

Perhaps one of the most striking features about the new machine is that the new logic board is actually smaller than the Raspberry Pi.

The cool cats at Digital Trends ran a comparison and noted that the logic board is 4.6 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep, rounding to the nearest tenth, and not counting a tiny sliver of circuit board that protrudes on one side.
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Force Touch trackpad analyzed, first hands-on experiences posted

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Date: Monday, March 16th, 2015, 09:53
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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The Force Touch trackpad is apparently the trackpad that clicks back at you.

That’s the way it’s being described, as the new trackpad isn’t the usual button that’s pressed during use, but a set of electromagnets that move enough to feel like there’s a click happening. The end result feels like a regular click, which Apple calls the “Taptic Engine”, the electromagnet essentially pushing back at you.

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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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