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You know you have compensation issues when you buy the latest Apple thin & light laptop and feel the need to replace the shell with a 24k gold coated, gem studded variant.Whatever drives people to want such outrageously and expensive mods, Computer Choppers is there to meet those needs.  The company offers so many services and customization options, but here are just a few examples of the plating and polishing to virtually any piece of electronics:Aluminum (polishing)NickelBlack NickelCopperChrome24kt Yellow GoldWhite GoldRose GoldPlatinum The exact price of the gem-studded, 24k mod to the AirBook is unknown at this time, but if we had that kind of money we might spend it trying to actually... Read more...
Whenever Apple readies a product refresh they typically constrain supply of the outgoing models in an attempt not to stick any retailers with a less than top-of-the-line unit.  It looks like the limited supplies of MacBook Pros might finally indicate that a refresh is due shortly:“Apple retail partner and online reseller Best Buy has recently run out of 15-inch models, and lists on its online store wait times of one to two weeks for availability.”We don't have any solid leads on what kinds of upgrades the new MacBook Pros might have, but we're expecting Intel's new family of mobile chips to be present in all models.... Read more...
The small Intel Core 2 Duo chip that allows Apple to make their MacBook Air so slender is not exclusively licensed for use by Apple. Newsfactor reports that both Lenovo and Fujitsu are interested in using the 65 nanometer scale chip in their own ultrathin notebook offerings. Earlier this month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air at the annual Macworld conference. The new laptop is so thin -- three-quarters of an inch at the thickest part -- that it fits into a manila envelope. The svelteness is achieved in part by a special chip Intel designed for the new machine, based on the older Merom line of processors.During the Macworld presentation, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said Jobs had asked... Read more...
Put this in the rumor category. Unconfirmed reports show 3 new MacBook Pros showing up in Best Buy's inventory.Last week, we'd heard an unconfirmed report that three new MacBook Pro models had appeared in Best Buy's inventory tracking system. Some inventory screenshots (1, 2) we received today appear to confirm this earlier report, showing off the upcoming $1999 price point MacBook Pro (name cut off in image).Information found in early inventory tracking systems, however, is difficult to rely on, as many of the details may be "best guess" placeholders only. For what its worth, these new SKUs come with the exact same price points as current MacBook Pros ($1999, $2499, $2799) and show an in-stock... Read more...
Steve Jobs said the MacBook Air would be available in two weeks.  While it's not in anyone's hands, it has shipped.The company's newest laptop, which CEO Steve Jobs called the "world's thinnest" computer when he unveiled it two weeks ago at San Francisco's Macworld, is shipping as of today, Apple said. The 3-lb. portable, which retails for $1,799 in its base configuration with a 1.6-GHz IntelCore 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory and a 13.3-in. LED-backlit display, is also supposed to be available at retail, in both the company's own stores and its resellers.'Supposed to be' is the key phrase.  A survey of Apple Stores shows no inventory.  But the store employees were very interested... Read more...
Remember when the MacBook Air was intro'ed? Steve Jobs said they'd be available in two weeks. Hmmm. Based on that info, it would be ... this week! Specifically, it would be Tuesday, two weeks after the Macworld keynote.Not that this is the biggest deal in the world, but for those hopin’ and wishin’ and prayin’ to get a MBA as fast as possible, you’ll be able to run down to your local Apple store to grab one on Tuesday! Here’s the deal: stores have them, no question because they arrived Friday / Saturday. But, since Steve-O said “2 weeks,” it’s 2 weeks, ok? An update at the BGR indicates it will be Wednesday, not Tuesday.  Either way, get ready.... Read more...
It isn't surprising that consumers were a bit worried about the battery replacements for the thin & light MacBook Air after the battery fiasco with the iPhone.  Apple has announced a battery replacement program for the Air, but the good news is that any defective battery will be replaced for free within the 1-year warranty period:“If your MacBook Air requires service only because the battery's ability to hold an electrical charge has diminished through normal use, Apple will provide a warranty against defects on the replacement battery for one year from the date of service.”For U.S. consumers the cost of replacing a battery is $129, and Apple suggests making a complete backup... Read more...
Today Apple unveiled the much-anticipated razor-thin notebook, the MacBook Air.  One problem though.  More on that later.During his Macworld Expo keynote address on Tuesday morning, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air Tuesday, a computer that the company billed as the world's thinnest notebook -- small enough to fit inside an interoffice mailing envelope. It's priced starting at $1,799 and will be available within two weeks.Sporting a silvery finish, the MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The backlighting saves power and provides "instant on" response from the moment you turn it on, according to Jobs. The... Read more...
It's been rumored, and now it appears to be on the way: LED-backlit Macbooks from Apple.  What else could Apple do to we who might have purchased recently regret it?It was bound to happen--I just didn't expect it so soon. I plunked down for a MacBook on Black Friday and now, not a week after receiving it, rumors are circulating that new and improved models are on the way. DigiTimes reports today that two Taiwanese manufactures, Kenmos Technology and Taiwan Nano Electro-Optical Technology (Nano-Op), have signed on to supply Apple and Dell with LED-backlit displays. LCDs that use LED backlights instead of traditional fluorescent lamps are thinner and more energy efficient.Thinner, more energy-efficient? ... Read more...
One thing you have to love about Apple are their benchmarks.  When they used to tout the PowerPC series of chips, they had benchmarks showing how the G4 and G5 could topple anything that AMD or Intel were producing.  Then came the transition to Intel, and those benchmarks magically reversed themselves, perhaps in small part due to the major improvements brought about by Intel's “Core” architecture.So what does Apple do for benchmarks when it upgrades one of its product lines from an “older” Intel platform to a new one?  Make ridiculous benchmark comparisons of course!  Here are a few of our favorites:“In an iPhoto common application task -- which involves importing 100 photos... Read more...
"The rest of us" have been waiting for a MacBook update for quite a while now, especially since the Santa Rosa launch earlier this year and the subsequent update to the MacBook Pro.In fact many students have posted comments on various message boards around the web that would seem to indicate that they feel that Apple let their market segment down by failing to release a new MacBook before the school year started.  After all, it is hard to justify the purchase of a MacBook Pro if the budget is tight and you're planning on studying virtually anything that isn't multimedia design intensive.It appears that the wait is almost over, and a refreshed MacBook launch in early to mid November seems... Read more...
Apple has been busy updating their hardware to keep up with the latest mobile platform from Intel, dubbed “Santa Rosa”, but there are still two systems that are based on the mobile technology that haven't been updated since the refresh: the MacBook and the Mac Mini.The Mini may be getting discontinued soon if rumors are true, but its platform mate the MacBook is one of the Cupertino firm's best sellers.So why hasn't Apple moved the MacBook over to the new platform yet?  Here's a theory:“Santa Rosa delivers faster processor speeds, up to 2.8GHz, although the MacBook in unlikely to top 2.2GHz to avoid feature parity with the MacBook Pro.”Interesting. The MacBook Pro is likely to be updated... Read more...
Apple has just released the latest version of the new MacBook notebooks with complete support for Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processor. Initially only available on the MacBook Pro, the more economical MacBooks can now enjoy the benefits of Intel's latest and greatest mobile architecture. Starting as low as $1099, you can now purchase a MacBook with a Core 2 Duo processor and be able to reap all the benefits of the faster processor without having to pay the premium for the MacBook Pro. If price was the only thing keeping you on the fence in terms of buying a Core 2 Duo equipped Apple notebook, you might not be sitting on that fence much longer. The most advanced and affordable Mac notebook... Read more...
The wait for many Mac users is finally over as Apple has just released a new wave of MacBook Pro notebooks which feature Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processor. Offered with either a 15" or 17" screen, the new MacBooks are claimed to be up to 39% faster than the previous model. With Intel's Santa Rosa mobile platform on the horizon, it would have been nice to have had Apple at least wait to incorporate this new technology as the market has seemingly been waiting for ages already. Regardless, you can bet this new crop of notebooks is still sinfully fast. MacBook Pro is built on the revolutionary Intel Core 2 Duo - which packs the power of two processor cores (up to 2.33GHz)... Read more...
Sporting Intel's Cure Duo processor. the MacBook Pro is no push over. The 17" model will set you back about $2,799 USD, but if it's in your price range, and your looking for a powerful notebook running Mac OS X Tiger, then look no further. "The MacBook Pro is a laptop computer which not only made its predecessor look pretty bad, but it made AMD and Intel-based PC laptops look like children's toys in comparison. Packed with the Intel Core Duo processor running at either 2.0GHz or 2.16GHz, a minimum 512MB PC2-5300 DDR2 memory, Firewire and USB ports, a Radeon Mobility X1600Pro for great graphics processing and gaming performance,... Read more...
Engadget reports that Apple has just posted the new flagship 17" MacBook Pro to their website. Armed with a 17" LCD with a native 1680x1050 resolution, a 2.16GHz Core Duo CPU, and a dual layer burner this new notebook will surely be a highly sought-after item. Somewhat surprisingly, the pricing for the new 17" is on par with the 15" model below it so you won't have to give up your first born or pawn a kidney to enjoy Apple's latest fruit. The new model comes standard with 1GB of RAM, an 8X dual-layer burner and a 120GB 5400 RPM hard drive, along with a FireWire 800 port, for $2,799. Maximum RAM is 2GB,... Read more...
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