Friday, February 25, 2011

iFixIt Teardown of the New MacBook Pro

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iFixIt has posted their teardown of the new MacBook Pro ranking it a 7 out of 10 for repairability.

We got our hands on Apple's newest MacBook Pro 15" on February 24, 2011. This is Apple's first laptop to sport a quad-core processor, and also adds a brand-new I/O technology with a Thunderbolt port.

Notes:
● You can chain up to six Thunderbolt devices. That's not a problem today as we're not even aware of six products that support Thunderbolt yet. If the connection becomes widespread, the six device limit might be a problem for some people. In comparison, FireWire supports 63 devices and USB supports up to 127 devices.
● The wireless card received a makeover and now includes four antennas instead of three.
● Broadcom BCM4331 wireless chip provides "three transmitting and three receiving streams of data in both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. Increased number of streams and antennas results in faster speeds, longer range, fewer dropped connections, and better overall wireless coverage."
● AMD Radeon HD 6490M GPU (labeled as AMD 216-00809000)
● Samsung K4G10325FE-HC04 1 Gb (128MB) GDDR5 SGRAM graphics memory, a total of 2Gb (256 MB)

Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
● Easily removable bottom panel and readily accessible battery connector allow for easy repair of most components without touching the battery screws.
● Unibody design allows for easy access of most components with minimal amounts of extra work needed to get to them.
● Absurd amounts of pre-applied thermal paste may cause problems down the road.
● Tri-wing screws limit the average person from replacing their own battery.
● LCD replacement is still very tricky, which could easily result in shattering the front glass panel.




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Apple Finalizes iOS 4.3? Release Next Week?

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Apple has reportedly finalized iOS 4.3 and may even release it at the iPad event on March 2nd, according to a BGR report.

One of our Apple sources has just informed us that it looks like Apple has finalized the code for its upcoming iOS 4.3 release. The build, we’re told, is 8F190 for those keeping track. Maybe we’ll see this release unify the Verizon iPhone OS-wise as well? We’ll probably see this in the wild next week if we had to bet…


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Hands on Demonstration of Thunderbolt in Action [Video]

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Check out this hands on demonstration from Engadget of how Thunderbolt works and just how fast it really is.

You can learn more about the technology here.



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Apple to Reveal iOS 5 Alongside iPad 2 at March 2nd Event?

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Apple will reportedly reveal iOS 5 alongside a new A5 iPad 2 with 512MB of RAM at its March 2nd event, according to Engadget sources.

The iPad 2 won't get that SD card slot and Retina Display as previously rumored due to "engineering issues", say sources that have been "dead right" in the past.

That SD card slot and higher resolution display won't make it into the new model (the latter we'd been hearing rumblings about for a little while). What's the cause of the switch? Well our sources weren't crystal clear on the exact reasons, but the gist of what was explained to us centered around vague "engineering issues" which may have forced some changes at the eleventh hour.

Engadget reports that the iPad 2 will be thinner, feature the more powerful A5 CPU, 512MB of RAM, and a camera or two.

It's also almost guaranteed that we'll see the next version of iOS (number 5 in all likelihood, along with its SDK for devs), and an expansion of Apple's cloud services (that part is a little... foggy right now).




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Scrolling is Backwards in Mac OS X Lion [Video]

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Apple has reversed the direction of the gesture used to scroll in Mac OS X Lion, making it more like iOS, according to 9to5Mac.

You can revert to the old way in the system preferences menu if you can't get used to the new gesture.






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Xcode 4.1 Developer Preview for Mac OS X Lion

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Apple has released a new Xcode 4.1 Developer Preview for those running Mac OS X Lion.

This is a pre-release version of Xcode 4.1 for both Mac and iOS development. This release requires Mac OS X Lion and includes iOS SDK 4.2. Continue to use Xcode 3.2.5 on a Snow Leopard partition if you plan to submit Mac or iOS apps to the App Store.

You can check out the new Xcode 4.1 user interface and feature list at the link below. Developers can download the release from developer.apple.com/mac. Interestingly, Apple is making the release available via a Mac App Store Redeem Code.



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