Apple (AAPL) famously introduced the world’s first Retina notebook a couple months back, but notably missing was it’s smaller 13-inch brother. Introduced yesterday at the company’s Fall event which also saw the introduction of the iPad mini, brand new iPad, iMac, and Mac mini, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is already shipping to customers and available at some Apple retail locations. As much as I wanted to love the 15-inch version, coming from a 13-inch MacBook Air proved too difficult. The new 13-inch is a beautiful compromise, and only weighs half a pound more than the MacBook Air. The notebooks design is identical to the larger computer, so this makes two options for the best laptop Apple has ever made depending on your screen size preference. I don’t think it’s long before we see the MacBook Air simply turn into the MacBook, with the Retina MacBook Pro obviously just being MacBook Pro. Since I never reviewed the 15-inch laptop, I’m going to review the 13-inch, and I’m excited. More →
Macworld UK reports that many Apple (AAPL) fans are upset with Microsoft (MSFT), both because its Office for Mac suite supposedly looks terrible on Retina-equipped Macbook Pros and because the company has no plans to make it better. Macworld writes that the appearance of Office on Retina displays has drawn some harsh rebukes on Microsoft’s official Office for Mac blog, with users describing the software as “very fuzzy,” “blurry” and even “crap.” A Microsoft representative responded to users’ criticism on the blog by saying that the company has no plans for any Retina-specific fixes at this time and that “the remaining apps will have the same viewing quality as on any non-Retina device.” What’s more, the representative said that he “cannot comment on any future updates regarding supporting Retina on Word, Excel or PowerPoint.” More →
Best Buy has decided to give its customers a little bit of relief if they decide to buy a new MacBook Pro with Retina display, though it will still cost them more than $2,000. As noted by 9to5Mac, Best Buy is knocking $110 off the new MacBook Pro’s sale price, bringing it down to $2,089.99. 9to5Mac also notes that Best Buy has discounted the new MacBook Air by $50, knocking its price down to $949.99. But as PC World writes, these deals extend to in-store purchases only, so anyone looking to take advantage of this discount should get to their local Best Buy ASAP to make sure their they don’t miss out. More →
This week we take a look at Apple’s brand new MacBook Pro with Retina display, arguably the best laptop ever made. It’s thinner, it’s lighter, and it’s borderline insane in many ways — a whopping 2880 x 1800-pixel display, no ethernet port, no optical drive, and it starts at $2,199. You won’t want to miss our walkthrough. We also catch up with singer-songwriter Jay Sean to take a look at his hilarious photo editing addiction using his phone, and how he relies on his iPhone to stay connected all across the globe. More →
Apple will turn to Samsung and Chimei Innolux to supply display panels for its iPad 2 after LG’s panels failed to meet Apple’s quality requirements. The quality issues with LG’s displays forced the company to miss its July monthly shipment goal by 1 million units, DigiTimes said. Reportedly, LG’s LCD backlight units failed during Apple’s drop tests. LG had hoped to ship 4 million LCD units per month during the third quarter, but only shipped an estimated 2.5-2.6 million units in July. Samsung, by comparison, provided the Cupertino-based firm with two million displays, or twice its monthly average. Chimei Innolux shipped 450,000 units during the month and the company has a new monthly shipment goal of 1 million – 1.5 million units. Despite quality issues, LG is expected to remain the top supplier of LCD displays, and rumor has it the Korea-based company is also working on new Retina screens for the next-generation iPad. More →
Over the weekend, the hacking group LulzSec announced that after 50 days of hacking targets such as Sony and the U.S. government, it was stopping its operations. As a parting gift, the group leaked a number of internal AT&T documents, including the above image that suggests AT&T will test a 4G LTE version of its iPad between November and December of this year. That’s in line with earlier suggestions from research firm CLSA, which said earlier this month that Apple would launch a new 4G LTE capable iPad in time for the holidays — though it certainly wouldn’t leave much margin for error if the tests don’t go according to plan. Other rumors suggest the iPad 3 won’t launch until sometime in 2012, and the timing dictated by this document would make that scenario much more likely. More →
Oh, you haven’t heard? Having a display with 326 pixels per inch (ppi) was so last year. In 2011, 367ppi reigns supreme. At this week’s SID 2011 conference, Japanese company Toshiba showcased a 4-inch LCD display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution and an impressive pixel density of 367ppi. The screen, which will come to market sometime this year, has a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and is capable of displaying video in native 720p. Much has been made of screen pixel-density, thanks in part to Apple coining the term “Retina display” with its launch of the iPhone 4. Apple’s latest smartphone features 326 pixels per inch, making the new Toshiba offering — with 41 extra pixels for every inch — better (or at least denser). What handset will be knighted with the new, ultra-crisp screen? We’re not sure, but we can’t wait to find out. More →
Samsung and its partner Nouvoyance have announced a new, 10.1-inch WQXGA display specifically designed for use in tablets. The panel utilizes Noyvoyance’s PenTile technology to “improve the brightness, resolution, contrast, and power consumption,” and packs a mind-numbing 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. To put some perspective on that: the 27-inch LCD screen I’m currently using has a maximum display resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The display also boasts a pixel density of 300 dpi while using two-thirds fewer sub-pixels. “Samsung’s PenTile display technology is the only display technology that operates at 40 percent less power yet provides twice that of Full HD-viewing performance for consumers compared to legacy RGB stripe LCDs,” said Samsung’s Senior VP of Electronics, Dr. Sungtae Shin. “There is no other commercial display technology on the market today that offers this high of a resolution and pixel density in a 10.1-inch size display.” Samsung expects the panel to be commercially available later this year. The full press release is after the break.
iPhone 4GS and iPhone 5 rumors are so played out. Might as well move on to the iPhone 6, right? Blog AppleInsider is reporting that Apple, Inc. has selected Sharp Electronics as the display supplier for its next, next smartphone — being called the iPhone 6. The information comes courtesy of Japanese newspaper Nikkan, who writes that the purported agreement will have Sharp producing p-Si LCD displays for the iPhone maker — not OLED as previous rumors have suggested. The benefits of p-Si LCD displays include higher aperture ratios, better durability, and fewer connecting pins — the screens are also said to be thinner and lighter than the current LCD screen employed by the iPhone 4. The report states that the new screens will be made at Sharp’s “Kameyama Plant No. 1.” No word on the size or pixel density of the new screens, but just give it time… it is iPhone rumor season after all. More →
The gang over at 9to5Mac have acquired, what they are reporting to be, a display panel for Apple’s next generation iPad — oft referred to as the iPad 2. The panel is over 1mm thinner than the one used in the current iPad, “lighter,” and has a smaller border-footprint. More evidence that this panel could be authentic: the serial number of the new display (P097X02-SLN1) begins with the same eight characters as the current iPad display (LP097X02-SLA3). The blog notes that it obtained the display from iFixYouri — an iPhone 4 repair service — and that it is unable to identify whether this is a “Retina” display or not. Although, using the serial number, a commenter on the post surmised that the panel is a LG Phillips 9.7-inch XGA 1024 x 768 H-IPS display (we have no way of independently verifying this). What do you think? Would Apple release its next iPad without the infamous Retina display? More →
A few weeks ago, we told you about a foursquare application developer that discovered traces of webOS 2.0 in their application logs. While the information would have been very hard to fake, it would have been technically feasible due to the fact that foursquare’s API is open source. Today, PreCentral is reporting that a closed-source game titled Cloud Hopper has discovered traces of webOS 2.0 in their logs, along with a device that has a screen resolution of 640 x 960; the same resolution as the iPhone 4’s Retina display. Whether this device is a prototype of the fabled HP webOS tablet or — fingers crossed — Palm’s next webOS smartphone, no one knows. It is nice to finally get a few snippets of information (as small as they are) to let us know that webOS hardware development is marching along… even if it is very slowly. More →
There’s no way to verify this until we get a few more days behind us, but a forum user from AppleInsider is claiming that those hideous yellow splotches affecting some iPhone 4 Retina displays will go away after a couple of days of use. Here’s the explanation:
Apple is using a bonding agent called Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 to bond the layers of glass. Apparently, Apple (or more likely Foxconn) is shipping these products so quickly that the evaporation process is not complete. However, after one or two days of use, especially with the screen on, will complete the evaporation process and the yellow “blotches” will disappear.
How do I know? I was involved in pitching Z-6011 to Apple.
Is this false hope, or the wonders of science? Time will tell.
Thanks, Eric! More →