Sony announced its brand new VAIO Z laptop on Thursday, an ultralight device that weighs just 2.6 pounds. The Windows 7 Professional-powered notebook is equipped with a 13.1-inch 1600 x 900-pixel display, a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor, a 256GB solid state drive, AMD Radeon HD graphics, and can be purchased with an optional battery sheet that provides up to 14 hours of battery life. Similarly, its optional Power Media Dock accessory supports up to four displays at once, has its own 1GB graphics card, can be purchased with a DVD or Blu-ray drive, and offers support for Intel’s new “Light Peak” port. The VAIO Z will make its debut in July in the UK first for £2,700 ($4,320), Read on for the full press release.
It looks like Apple is working behind the scenes to update its online web-store. The Cupertino company is expected to unleash updates to its 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch MacBook Pro models. Speculated improvements include faster Intel Core i3 and i7 processors, an Intel Light Peak (Thunderbolt) high-speed I/O port, an “HD” Facetime webcam, and an SDXC card slot. We’ll know soon enough… sit tight. More →
The Apple rumor-mill is really churning out some product this week. According to site fscklog, the above image is a preview of what the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will look like. What’s new and notable? An Intel Core i5 processor, SDXC card slot, available matte screen, and Intel’s Light Peak technology. Renamed by Apple as Thunderbolt — which is totally different than the ThunderBolt — Intel’s high-speed bus technology provides data transfer speeds of 10Gb per second — with speeds of up to 100Gb/s in the future. “At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds,” explains Intel. It has been widely rumored that Apple and Intel will hold independent press conferences on Thursday to formally introduce the new wares. Hit the jump for an image of the purported Thunderbolt logo. More →
In line with rumors that first surfaced weeks ago, it looks as though Apple is preparing to refresh its MacBook Pro notebook computer line later this week. The most promising evidence at this point, as seen above, is the fact that Apple is no longer shipping MacBook Pro orders. Apple’s top-end notebooks are typically available for immediate shipment, however each and every MacBook Pro will now take 3-5 days to ship. Other than rumors that refreshed MacBooks would utilize Intel’s updated Core i5 processors, little is known about Apple’s forthcoming MacBook Pros. One rumor from last week speculates that the notebooks may be the first Mac computers to implement a rebranded version of Intel’s ultra-high speed Light Peak optical connectivity solution. Several pundits believe the addition would warrant a press event, however, during which Apple might unveil the new technology. No members of the press have received an invitation to an Apple event at this time. Apple’s refreshed MacBook Pro line is thought to be due for release this Thursday, February 24th, and price points are not expected to change. More →