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WWDC Preview – “The Spotlight is on the Notebooks” October 14, 2008

Posted by Neal Atienza in Mac News, Tech News.
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Here is a leaked and legit picture of the upcoming MBP at the Special Event in the Cupertino Campus scheduled later today. Looking at the picture, no big changes done physically and who knows what Apple has instore for the guts of this laptop.

Heres a quick runthrough of what we might expect:

  • Rumours of a $899 macbook are false, this is the reported price tag of a 24″ Cinema Display.
  • Macbook Pro will feature a glass touchpad which the user can “click” when it is pressed down.
  • MBP will also offer multi-touch gestures on the touchpad and will not include firewire ports.
  • Macbook will be using a new battery so expect extended battery lifes for all lineups.
  • MacBook Airs will be updated with a larger 120GB hard drive and larger 128GB SSD option
  • MAcbooks and MBPs will be using – Hybrid SLI® technology, based on NVIDIA’s industry-leading SLI technology, delivers multi-GPU (graphics processing unit) benefits when an NVIDIA motherboard GPU is combined with an NVIDIA discrete GPU

Possible Macbook Configurations and Pricing:

  • – $999: 2.0 GHZ, 1 GB memory, 100/120 GB Disk
  • – $1299: 2.1 GHz, 2 GB memory, 160 GB disk
  • – $1499: 2.4 GHz, 2 GB memory, 250 GB disk

(If you look closely at the picture, you will not see a toupad click because it is a glass pad which can be clicked.)

Images coutesy of Macrumors & Engadget

Rumour Alert! – Leaked Next GEN iPod Pictures August 26, 2008

Posted by Neal Atienza in Mac News, Tech News.
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So I stumbled across some leaked pictures of the next generation iPod which everyone knows that it is due this September (excited?), pictures are courtesy of Digg/Engadget and I also read reports of iPod cases being created of the same shape by many companies out there. I’m not a big fan of rumours and I dont know how solid the leaked pictures are. When the leaked pictures of the iPhone 3G surfaced, we all know that it was indeed the final design so what do you think about this leaked picture? I’m guessing, probably not!

Tech Reviews: Apple Aluminum Keyboard (Wired or Wireless) August 22, 2008

Posted by Neal Atienza in Mac News, Tech Reviews.
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You know what, I wasn’t a big fan of Apple keyboards, it seemed too ordinary, didn’t pack extra and useful features but I was wrong. Apple based the keyboard design on the Macbooks and the Macbook Air, if you look closely at the picture, you will notice that the keys have maybe 3mm space between them, this space actually reduces typing errors and it works. Your fingers have enough room to hit the key and in this way, accommodating users with large or small fingers.

The keyboard also has function keys located on the top to control spaces, volume, brightness, and many more. The keyboard also provides 2 USB ports located underneath the keyboard and which is perfect for USB dongles for mice or external hard drives, and cameras but there’s a catch. It does not support USB powered peripherals, I think that’s really weak for Apple to design the USB port but I’m just happy that im getting 2 new USB ports because my MBP only has 2 ports.

The USB receiver tucks neatly under the keyboard and you wont even notice its there, its perfect. I would certainly recommend this keyboard to anyone, its available wired or wireless, the wireless bluetooth version does not provide USB ports and that’s why I bought the wired version.

This keyboard can be picked up at your nearest Apple store for $59 and the Bluetooth version for $79. (www.apple.ca)

Pros: Great layout of keys, 2 extra USB ports, thin and durable, barely any space for dust and dirt to get into the keyboard, provides MAC-specific function keys.

Cons: Does not support USB powered devices, can’t elevate or tilt the keyboard, not Windows friendly.

MacInBlog Rating: 4.5/5

iPhone vs iPhone 3G – The battle continues… August 19, 2008

Posted by Neal Atienza in iPhone, Tech Reviews.
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I’ve had my iPhone 3G for exactly a month and it really has it’s ups and downs. Prior to getting the new 3G version, I had the first gen iPhone running 2.0 Beta firmware, and I was excited that the iPhone was FINALLY (i repeat…. finally) arriving to Canada. At first I though that I would have to sign with Rogers but Fido offered it and I immediately signed the ‘terrifying’ 3 year contract. So after hours and hours of use and developing a new relationship with my phone, here’s the pros and cons of what I think iPhone 3G is all about.

Pros:

I love the GPS, it saved my butt in finding certain locations  or restaurants around Toronto (i’ve had to call my roommates or friends to get directions.) I got 8 more gigs into my phone since I got the 16gb 3G version. On-the-go internet is awesome, but it’s obviously not for everyone. Ringer and call volume has been greatly improved. The plastic back feels better than the first gen one and it feels comfortable in your hands (i prefer the aluminum because it matches with my MBP). Corporate email syncs and push emails is the way to go! Phew! App Store is the best upgrade to the 3G, you will be spending alot of time here and messing around with your newly downloaded apps from the store.

Cons: now to the flipside….

Battery, battery, battery…. oh yeah battery is soooo crappy. It’s somtimes hard to believe that what you are holding is made by Apple. i just get enough battery for a day if my 3G is switched on constantly. iPhone software 2.0 is absolutely buggy, various lags in menus, contact lists and also web browsing. No camera upgrade and the plastic makes the phone feel very cheap (cracks have been reported on the plastic backs in the white versions). Syncing takes longer now because of the app store sync. No dock??? that’s very weak.

All in all, the upgrade from iPhone 1.0 to iPhone 3G isn’t that significant, if you haven’t owned an iPhone, I advise you to jump on the bandwagon asap because this is one of the best mobile devices in the world. It will be interested to see how the other competitors respond to Apple’s growing baby.