iPad and MacBook Battery Life

iPads and MacBooks may someday run for weeks on a single charge

By on July 15, 2014 at 11:53 AM.

iPads and MacBooks may someday run for weeks on a single charge

Apple is reportedly working on a secret battery project with British fuel cell firm Intelligent Energy, Daily Mail has learned from “senior sources in the U.S.,” hoping to one day embed eco-friendly fuel cell batteries in various devices including mobile phones, tablets and laptops. More →

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ARM-Based Mac and MacBook

ARM-based iMacs and MacBooks reportedly in the works

By on May 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM.

ARM-based iMacs and MacBooks reportedly in the works

Apple is apparently working on various ARM-based OS X computers, including new iMac, Mac mini and MacBook models, French site MacBidouille has heard from a reliable source. The publication says that Apple already has such Mac prototypes featuring between four and eight 64-bit quad-core ARM processors, and a new keyboard that incorporates a larger Magic Trackpad. More →

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Apple MacBook Webcam Security Breaches

Uh-oh: The FBI can access your MacBook webcam without the light turning on

By on December 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM.

Uh-oh: The FBI can access your MacBook webcam without the light turning on

The next time you take a seat in front of your laptop, keep in mind that the only thing standing between you and a serious invasion of privacy is a little warning light that signals that your webcam has been activated. Without that light, there wouldn’t be any way to tell if you were being watched or not, and now researchers have disclosed just how vulnerable our computers truly are. More →

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Mid-2012 Apple MacBook Orders

Apple’s Q3 Mac shipments declined for first time in over a decade

By on October 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

Apple’s Q3 Mac shipments declined for first time in over a decade

The lack of any exciting new MacBook laptop computers from Apple in recent months apparently took its toll on third-quarter shipments. Market research firms Gartner and IDC each released their third-quarter PC shipment estimates on Wednesday and as noted by Fortune on Thursday morning, both sets of numbers show an on-year drop in Apple’s U.S. Mac shipments. According to Gartner, Apple shipped 2.16 million Mac computers in the U.S. last quarter, down 2.3% from the 2.21 million units it shipped in the same quarter last year. IDC’s figures show a much more considerable drop, from 2.15 million units in Q3 2012 to 1.91 million last quarter. In either case, Fortune notes that this was the first back-to-school quarter since 2002 that Apple shipped fewer Macs than it did a year earlier. More →

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MacBook Shipments 2013

Apple’s annual MacBook shipments may decline in 2013

By on October 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM.

Apple’s annual MacBook shipments may decline in 2013

As computer vendors continue to see growth slow or even reverse in many cases, Apple has been among the few PC makers that have managed to keep its hardware business somewhat stable. According to a report from Digitimes though, Apple may see shipments of its popular MacBook line of notebook computers decline between 2012 and 2013 as the lack of exciting new models takes its toll. The site claims Apple’s manufacturing partners have shipped

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Apple MacBook Shipments Q3 2013

MacBook shipments expected to decline in Q3

By on July 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM.

MacBook shipments expected to decline in Q3

MacBook sales traditionally surge in the third quarter thanks to back-to-school sales, however a new report suggests that Q3 shipments of Apple’s laptops this year likely won’t be as strong as they have been in years past. According to Digitimes, MacBook shipments are expected to reach 4 million units in the third quarter, up 10% sequentially but down year-over-year. Digitimes notes that MacBook sales have averaged 5 million to 6 million units during the third quarter in previous years. Sales of the 13-inch MacBook Pro are said to have fallen short of Apple’s expectations, forcing the company to clear inventories and suspended new build orders in the first half of 2013. Apple has reportedly “taken stricter control of its supply chain,” and even introduced new suppliers in an effort to pressure its existing partners.

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Apple IGZO Displays

Apple rumored to adopt battery-saving IGZO displays in 2014

By on July 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM.

Apple rumored to adopt battery-saving IGZO displays in 2014

Apple may be looking to adopt a new display technology in an attempt to improve battery life in various devices. According to a report from ET News, the company is in talks with LG and Sharp to use indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) displays. Apple is reportedly interested in the technology for its iPad and MacBook devices to help them deliver longer battery life. IGZO displays have forty times more electron mobility than amorphous silicon, a key layer in LCD displays, and allow for higher screen resolutions, better reaction times and less power consumption. Apple will reportedly include a IGZO display in its next-generation MacBook computers in early 2014. It is unclear if the technology will debut in the company’s new iPad, which is expected to be announced this fall.

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Apple USB SD Reader Patent

Apple’s latest move worries PC vendor rivals

By on July 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM.

Apple’s latest move worries PC vendor rivals

Apple recently filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a new type of computer port that combines a memory card reader with a standard USB port. The move seems somewhat innocuous on the surface, but Digitimes’ unnamed supply chain sources say rival computer makers are very worried over this new filing. According to the report, notebook vendors believe the new technology will give Apple yet another edge over their laptop computers in terms of design and thinness, because Apple will be able to make its new MacBook line of computers even slimmer by combining these ports. Apple already has design patents that cover the MacBook Air’s wedge design, the report noted, and this allows Apple to make notebooks that are slimmer and lighter than the competition. More →

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Apple MacBook 5G Wi-Fi Support

Leak points to ‘5G Wi-Fi’ in next-gen Macs

By on May 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM.

Leak points to ‘5G Wi-Fi’ in next-gen Macs

It has been reported that Apple’s next-generation MacBooks will support gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity, evidence of which was discovered in a recent OS X developer build. The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, also known as “5G Wi-Fi,” is capable of delivering theoretical speeds of up to 1.3Gbps and is considered a major leap forward. An earlier report claimed Apple was teaming up with Broadcom to bring the technology to its 2013 Mac lineup, and now Tonymacx86.com points us to a leaked image of a Broadcom BCM94360CD PCI-E mini custom combo WLAN and Bluetooth card that supports IEEE 802.11ac, the same standard Apple is reportedly looking to incorporate into future computers. The card is similar to those found in current Mac models and is expected to be the one Apple uses in its upcoming computers. Apple is expected to announce new Mac computers at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 10th in San Francisco. Images of the Broadcom card follow below. More →

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MacBook Shipments Q2 2013

MacBook shipments seen growing 10% in Q2 despite declining PC market

By on April 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

MacBook shipments seen growing 10% in Q2 despite declining PC market

Shipments of Apple’s various MacBook laptop computers are expected to grow 10% sequentially in the second quarter this year. Digitimes on Thursday reported that unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain anticipate new orders from Apple beginning in mid-May as the company finishes “digesting its excess inventory.” Apple reported earlier this week that it sold 3.95 million Mac computers during the first calendar quarter of 2013. More →

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Holiday Laptop Sales

MacBook sales in the U.S. fell 6% during the holidays, Windows laptops were down 11%

By on January 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM.

MacBook sales in the U.S. fell 6% during the holidays, Windows laptops were down 11%

Retailers offered heavy discounts on laptops from various manufacturers over Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Thanksgiving Day, but it wasn’t enough to entice consumers. According to numbers from NPD Group, overall sales of consumer electronics during the holiday season dropped 7% from November 18th through December 22nd. The hype around the launch of Windows 8 did little to boost sales, with notebook purchases falling 11% year-over-year and holiday revenue dipping 10.5%. The low-end market was hit even harder, with sales of laptops priced under $500 falling by 16% as the market transitions to a post-PC world. More →

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Apple Samsung Batteries

Samsung no longer supplies batteries to Apple for iPads and MacBooks

By on November 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM.

Samsung no longer supplies batteries to Apple for iPads and MacBooks

Tensions between Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930) are running at an all time high, and the foes are embedded in an ongoing patent lawsuit that has put a strain on their once peaceful relationship. Now, the South Korean company has stopped supplying Apple with batteries for its iPad and MacBook lines, forcing the iPhone-maker to switch to Amperex Technology Limited and Tianjin Lishen Battery, according to China Business News. More →

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Apple MacBook Growth 2012

Apple unlikely to hit MacBook growth target

By on November 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM.

Apple unlikely to hit MacBook growth target

Apple (AAPL) is unlikely to hit its 2012 growth target for MacBook sales, according to a new report. Citing sources within Taiwan-based supply chain companies, Digitimes on Wednesday reported that shipments of Apple’s new MacBook laptops this quarter will not make up enough ground to hit Apple’s 2012 goals. The company had targeted 30% growth in 2012, but actual growth is expected to be just 7% year-over-year. More →

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