Archive for February, 2011



Thursday Apple updated their MacBook Pro line of Notebooks. Many Tech Blog’s have been predicting this update for quite a while, as it has been almost a year since it’s last update. There have been four major upgrade for the MacBook Pro; new Graphics Card, Intel’s new Sandy Bridge Processors, a FaceTime HD Camera,  and a new High-Speed Transfer I/O Port called Thunderbolt.

Graphics Card: 13in. Model has an Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000. While the 15in. and 17in. model have an Intel graphics and a AMD Radeon HD graphics card with either 256MB or 1GB. For the larger two models the computer can sense if more powerful graphics is needed than it turns on the AMD Radeon HD Card’s on, other wise it will be using the just the Intel Graphics.

Processors: 13in. MacBook Pro has two models; one with 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and the other has a 2.7GHz Dual Core Intel Core i7 Processor. The 15in. MacBook Pro also has two models; one has a 2 GHZ quad-core Intel Core i7 while the other has a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. Lastly the 17in. has only one model the 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. All of these processors are really powerful Sandy Bridge Processors with either dual-core or quad-core CPU’s. A change in the architecture of these chips are that most of the major parts are all on the same chip. So data doesn’t need to travel very far between chips. Everything is very close together. Another major feature is called Turbo Boost. Turbo Boost let’s you shut down or 1 or 2 cores and raise the speed of active cores to up to 3.4GHz. Now that is extremely fast! One last major feature is Hyper-Threading. Hyper-Threading is kind of confusing. So what it does is that it can run two actions at the same time as if you are using the power of two cores with only one core. So at the end Mac OS X can sense the chip as up two 8-Cores. Making the machine very powerful.

Thunderbolt: Thunderbolt is a new type of data/transfer connection. It can send Data to and from peripherals and Macintosh HD.  The technology was first developed by Intel under the code name Light Peak. The main thing is to be able to connect PCI Express based peripherals. But PCI ix an internal connection in the laptop so, you can know use Thunderbolt. The new technology not only can use peripherals for Data Transfer but also for Display Connection. The Thunderbolt connection is exactly the same connection, which on older laptops was know as Mini DisplayPort, that’s why it also allows for Display Connection. Speeds for Thunderbolt are said to be at up to 10GB per second. That’s blazing fast even compared to USB 3.0 which has 5 Gbps. Put it in to perspective of  copying 2 Full HD movies in around a minute.

HD FaceTime Camera: Now the MacBook Pro come with an HD FaceTime Camera that can record 720p wide screen video. Before the latest MacBook Air, camera’s on the display’s were called iSight Camera’s, but now everything is following the iOS path and calling it FaceTime, which is Apple’s answer to Video Calling. FaceTime is also now out of Beta and the full version is on the newer computers. For older Mac’s you can buy the full version on the Mac App Store for 99 cents.

To get information on pricing click this link and to read more about the features of the MacBook Pro click this link.

-MacMusings

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Happy Birthday Mr. Steve Jobs


Today Feb 24th is Mr. Jobs’ birthday, the Co-Founder of Apple Inc. Today he turns 56. Mr. Jobs is currently on a medical leave, but has been seen in public with the President Obama at a dinner. Hopefully his health is not affecting his Birthday.

Steve Jobs is an amazingly, unique person. He has started 2 companies in his lifetime: Apple and NeXT and has brought Pixar to the masses. NeXT was bought by Apple in 1997 to help create Mac OS X. Apple is now extremely successful with their Macintosh Computers, iPod MP3’s, iPhone’s, and the most recently their tablet, the iPad. When Steve was at Pixar they created the first fully animated movie Toy Story. Now there are animated movies everywhere. All thanks to the extremely remarkable man, Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is also very inspiring. He inspires all of Apple’s employees to create all of Apple’s amazing products. He inspires people to buy Apple products. He inspires developers to code Apps for Mac OS X and iOS. He inspires hundreds of people everywhere for many different reasons.

Again to Mr. Steve Jobs Happy Birthday

-MacMusings

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You might have heard of a lot of Angry Bird Cakes, iPhone Cakes, etc. But this cake is different from them all. You can actually play the game on the cake!!! Now how cool is that!

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Today Apple began to send E-Mails to Technology Pundits, Gurus, and of course the press for a Special Event scheduled for March 2nd. The invites have a calender picture for March 2nd peeling back to a picture of an iPad. Below there is a line that reads, “Come see what 2011 will be the year of.” I still have no idea what they are going to release can anybody give me a clue? Unfortunately, Apple has forgotten to send me an invite, maybe next time. People are going to be speculating more than ever on what the new iPad is going to have… or not going to have.

Picture Courtesy of EngadgetThe event is going to be held at the same place where the original iPad was announced, The Yerba Buena Center for Arts.

Kara Swisher predicted yesterday that there would be a March 2nd Event for the iPad 2. I wonder where she found that out even before Apple sent out there invites.

-MacMusings

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