The star of Wednesday’s Apple event was undoubtedly the shiny new MacBook Air models unveiled by CEO Steve Jobs as the show’s final announcement. The fact that Apple added a new processor option to its high-end MacBook Pro line wasn’t even mentioned during the event. Regardless, professionals in need of the latest and greatest kit will be happy to learn that Apple has added a new faster processor option for 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pro models. The new CPU bumps the top-end Intel Core i7 processor option up to 2.8GHz from the previous 2.66GHz processor, which is still available on both models. The upgrade will add $200 to the cost of the $2,199 15-inch model, or $400 to the cost of the $2,299 17-inch model. If you have a need for speed and the means to partake, hit the read links to order up your MacBook Pro of choice. More →
In its first quarter 2010 earnings conference call in April, Intel confirmed that it is working on its next generation of computer processors. Codenamed Sandy Bridge, these 32nm processors are the expected successor to the current generation Nehalem processors and are slated to hit full production later this year. Though Intel has remained silent on the underlying architecture of these upcoming processors, a rumor out of Notebook Italia may shed some light on the specifications and naming conventions for this upcoming crop of Intel-branded CPUs. Keeping with the Core iX branding, the Sandy Bridge processors are though to include the following:
- Core i7 2600: quad-core processors with Hyper-Threading, 3.2 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache
- Core i5 2400: quad-core processors without Hyper-Threading, 3.1 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache
- Core i5 2500: quad-core processors without Hyper-Threading, 3.3 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache
- Core i3 2100: Dual-Core with Hyper-Threading, 3.1 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache
- I3 2120 Core: Dual-Core with Hyper-Threading, 3.3 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache
All the Sandy Bridge processors are expected to be Socket LGA 1155 compatible with a minimum clock speed of 3.1Ghz. As with all rumors, take this one with a grain of salt as it has not been confirmed and these early specs may change as the R&D and manufacturing process moves forward.
According to Netbooknews.de, ASUS may be producing a tablet with a Core iX processor under the hood. Expected to contain either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, the tablet should ship with Windows 7. Said to have been in development since late last year, it is believed the device may be officially unveiled within the coming weeks. Supposedly different from the now the company’s now confirmed Eee Pad, the Core iX tablet could sport a design similar to the WePad shown above. The rumored price? $750. More →
Yup, they’re refreshed all right. Apple’s online store just came roaring back to life after being down for quite some time and, surprise, surprise, some new MacBook Pros have appeared. As expected, Apple has rolled out models with Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 mobile chipsets. The base model 15″ MBP now starts off at $1,799 and has a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB RAM, 320GB HDD and up to 9 hours of battery life. If you’re feeling absolutely crazy and have an extra $1,400 to spare you can bump your storage up to a 512GB SSD. If you want to improve on the display, an extra $100 will get you a Hi-Res 1680×1050 glossy display. Throw in an extra $50 on top of that and you’ll have yourself some anti-glare goodness. When it comes to the 17″ model, Apple has outdone itself. A very competitive $2,299 yields a 2.53GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT300M with 512MB RAM, 500GB HDD, 1920×1200 Hi-Res Glossy display and a battery life rated from 8 to 9 hours. A 2.66 Core i7 processor is available for an extra $200 while 128GB, 256GB and 512GB SSDs are available for an extra $200, $650 and $1,300. An anti-glare display option is available on the 17″ for $50.
There’s a bunch of different options and combinations that can be had, so hit the jump for a detailed rundown of each model. More →
HP upped the ante in the ultra-portable notebook category with the addition of the Core i5 and Core i7 processor to its 12 inch EliteBook models. The standard 2540p and the convertible 2740p are part of HP’s ultra-tough business lineup and meet MIL-STD 810G military-standards for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures. The EliteBook 2540p includes a 12.1-inch diagonal LED display, integrated Intel HD graphics, optional 2-megapixel webcam, SATA II hard drive up to 250GB or SSD drive up to 160GB, Integrated Intel Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC), 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobi) with GPS, optional optical DVD drive, a generous amount of ports and slots and Windows 7 with a Windows XP downgrade option. The Elitebook 2740P is similarly configured with the addition of a touchscreen display with outdoor-view option for tablet functionality. Both EliteBook models are expected to arrive stateside next month with the EliteBook 2540p starting at $1,099 and the EliteBook 2740p starting at $1,599. More →
An eagle-eyed forum member of MacRumors uncovered the benchmark results supposedly of an unreleased MacBook Pro with a Core i7 M 620 processor under the hood. The MacBook was listed with the not yet seen before model identifier of 6,1 and was running an unreleased build of Mac OS 10.6.2 ((Build 10C3067). The MacBook scored a respectable 5260 Geekbench score and outperformed all current MacBook Pro models whose scores top out in the 4000’s. This information would suggest that a new MacBook Pro model is on the horizon but it should be noted that the specs presented by the computer during the benchmarking process can be falsified. Fake or not, this rumor is compelling enough for us to hold off on buying a new MacBook Pro right now, anyone else a little hesitant to buy now, too? More →
For a company that goes on and on and on and on and on to infinity about how well its products are made, Apple sure has a disaster on its hands in the 27″ iMac. As many of you no doubt recall, the market-place introduction of the monstrously large desktop computer was rather disastrous as 27-inchers that didn’t happen to emerge from their boxes bearing a striking resemblance to Humpty Dumpty after his fall would either be suffering from screen flickering or a bad case of jaundice. Apple tried to fix the issue in weeks past which only led to a delay of shipments, but now word is the company finally decided enough is enough and halted the production of all 27″ iMacs until a permanent solution is found. What do existing owners have to look forward to? Likely a firmware update, but some are going so far as to float around the possibility of a recall. Either way, not good, Apple. Though we’re betting they’ll of course make it up to consumers as they always do.
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UPDATE: Apple says they have not, in fact, halted production. “the 27-inch iMac has been a huge hit with customers and we are working to increase supply to meet up with strong demand.” More →
As if waiting weeks to receive a custom ordered Core i7 iMac wasn’t bad enough, Apple forums the world wide web over are filling up with reports of computers showing up with broken displays an/or simply not booting up. Giz seems to think that the packaging might be inadequate for the 27″ behemoths and the bumpy journey from China to Anytown, USA is what’s causing the issue, but one would like to think that Apple, the masters of packaging, wouldn’t make such an amateur mistake. Thankfully it seems that Apple is taking this in stride and being quite helpful to those experiencing issues, but this whole situation is probably stressful enough for some to reach for their cigarettes and… Oh, wait. That’s not a good idea.