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Retina Displays For 13.3-inch MacBook Pro Now In Production
Folks, it looks like the rumors of a 13-inch MacBook Pro with the highly desirable Retina display is true. Production of a 2,560-by-1,600 display for a 13.3-inch MBP has reportedly commenced, according to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim who told CNET earlier this week. The purported Retina displays will be manufactured by Samsung, LG, and Sharp.
AT&T vacation blackout happening next month, heats up iPhone 5 release date rumors
Following the news about Verizon's vacation blackout next month, we also read some reports that AT&T will halt employee vacations from September 21 to September 30. Furthermore, AT&T employees are reportedly undergoing training right now for what appears to be an "iconic release." It's important to note that Verizon's vacation blackout will also commence this coming September 21, which is a Friday. Apple will most likely unveil the next-generation iPhone earlier that month, perhaps September 12, say multiple sources.
iPhone 5 to be Released in Late September?
DId Verizon just leak the iPhone 5 release date? Verizon is not allowing employees to request time off for the week of September 21, 2012, says TechChrunch. This kind of thing only happens when a major product launch is scheduled, so we expect the iPhone to hit stores at about that time.
iPhone 5 May Have 640x1136 Display
The rumored 640x1136 display is being tested on iOS emulators by hackers and developers, though it's not official confirmation that the next iPhone will feature such a resolution.
Download Now: OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Well, that didn't take very long.
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is now available in the Mac App store, the only place to get it. We're mostly looking forward to full AirPlay compatibility, the iOS-like notification center and PowerNap, which updates your comptuer while it sleeps. Good stuff, indeed.
Drop $20 to get over 200 new features, including deep iCloud integration, dictation functionality, Facebook integration, Game Center and iMessage. Actually, the beautiful thing about iMessage is that it can sync with your iPhone, so you can reply to your text messages directly from your Mac if that's where you find yourself in the moment. 10.8 is also more secure than previous versions of OS X
New York Times Confirms Existence of 7.85-inch iPad
Apple will unlease a mini iPad with a 7.85-inch display, and the company plans to use the device to finish its domination of the tablet market by leaving no room for competitors, reports the New York Times.
Of course, its biggest competitors will be the brand new Nexus 7 tablet and the upcoming Kindle Fire successor, though Microsoft is also developing a next-gen tablet.
Apple's iPad Will Slim Down for the Holiday Season
We suspected that Apple is developing an iPad for retail release, though we've known about the occasional top-secret prototype for a while now. Still, the existence of prototypes don't necessarily mean that a retail release will occur, but when a reputable source like the Wall Street Journal says it's happening, it probably is happening. Furthermore, Apple has plans to produce its seven incher in Brazil, not China, says Macotakara. But is the iPad Mnii really an iPad? Could it be a redesigned iPod Touch? We suspect it's possible.
Updated iMac and Mac Pro Models Scheduled for 2013
The latest signs suggest Apple will wait until 2013 to update its desktop line, that includes both the iMac and Mac Pro. We all remember that David Pogue spoke to an Apple exec that suggested Apple will release updated desktops in 2013. Apple CEO TIm Cook supposedly said that "something really great" for pro customers is coming next year. Now, Forbes says major Mac Pro and iMac updates are happening in 2013, and Apple hasn't abandoned the desktop.
A lot of fans, analysts and commentators suspected Apple may have abandoned the traditional desktop because the Mac Pro hasn't experienced a real update since 2010. You can rest assured; Apple still thinks you're willing to drop big money on a desktop. For now, Apple the 2012 Mac Pro is the same as the 2010 Mac Pro, though you can at least get them with the latest, greatest and most powerful Intel processors on the market today.
Major OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 Features and Changes
OS X Mountain Lion (ships July)
- - Some iOS-born apps/features come to OS X: Messages, Reminders, Notes and Notification Center
- - Messages syncs across all your devices, so you can responds to text messages on your computer.
- - Deep iCloud integration, including Documents in the Cloud and iCloud Tabs
- - Built-in dictation into every aspect and app of OS X
- - Deeper social-network integration includes Facebook API to add Facebook functionality to any OS X app
- - Facebook "like" apps in the Mac App Store
- - In Safari, the URL bar is also the search bar, and TabView previews your tabs with a zoomed out view.
- - Power Nap updates and backs up your Mac while it sleeps.
- - Full AirPlay compatibility allows you to mirror your Mac's display onto your HDTV.
- - Game Center for OS X allows Mac gamers to play with iOS gamers.
- - Chinese imput methods are improved.
iOS 6 (ships late Q3 2012 or early Q4 2012)
- - Improved Siri functionality includes direct integration with OpenTable, Rotten Tomatoes and Twitter.
- - Eyes Free modes is a car mode for iOS that works connects to your car's hardware.
- - More languages supported
- - "do not disturb" feature turns off notifications temporarily
- - FaceTime over 3G now supported
- - iCloud Tabs syncs your open Safari tabs across all your devices.
- - Upload pics via Safari to web sites and services.
- - PhotoStream sharing features open up your PhotoStream to friends and family.
- - Mark VIPs in the Mail app to prioritize their messages.
- - Passbook is a digital wallet for all of your gift cards, membership cards, boarding passes, tickets and more.
- - Apple is now using its in-house mapping system for iOS.
New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Released Today!
The new MacBooks are here!
You'll be happy to know that all the new MacBooks come with third-gen Intel Core "Ivy Bridge" processors. Depending on the model you choose, you'll get a dual-core i5 or quad-core i7 processor. In either case, that's a stellar processor that blows away anything you have in your laptop right now. USB 3.0 ports open up the MacBooks to a whole new world of peripherals and accessories. Multi-touch trackpads, 720p webcams, Thunderbolt love, Blutooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi come equippred with every notebook.
Up first, the 2012 MacBook Air is an exceptional machine. The classic Air chassis supports both 11-inch and 13-inch displays. A significantly faster SSD provides speedy and reliable access to your data. Of course, these are rather thin devices. That means there's only enough room for built-in Intel graphics, and the quad-core i7 processors are out of the question. With 4GB of RAM, these starts at $999, but it supports up to 8GB of RAM.
If the MacBook Air is a hybrid car, the 2012 MacBook Pro is a turbo-charged hot rod. This one includes an NVIDIA GeForce GT650M GPU, and the display gets bumped up to 13-inch or 15-inch sizes. You can get these with speedy SSDs or roomy HDDs. On the sides, you'll find an SDXC-card slot and an HDMI port. These can run the dual-core i5 chips, but they also support the quad-core i7. With 4GB of RAM, they start retailing at $1,199, but they supports up to 8GB of RAM.
Finally, the "next-gen" MacBook Pro is a whole new beast. This isn't the same notebook described above, so we don't understand why Apple didn't differentiate it with a more unique title. Most of the specs carry over, but a few things stand out. First of all, these are SSD-only because Apple thinned out the chassis to be 0.71-inches thick, but you can max it out with a roomy 768GB SSD. It's significantly lighter too. But most importantly, it features a 2880x1800 Retina Display! With 8GB of RAM, the next-gen MacBook Pro starts at $2,199, but they support up to 16GB of RAM.
The new MacBook family is available right now. Place your order at the Apple store for the next-gen MacBook Pro, the classic MacBook Pro or the MacBook Air, and don't forget to check in to our notebook-category page for the latest and upcoming releases. iOS 6 lands in a few months, and OS X Mountain Lion launches next month. So keep checking those pages for updates. And don't worry about upgrading to the new OS if you buy a new MacBook now. With the purchase of one of these, the upgrade is free when it hits the Mac App Store.