Anticipation for a redesigned MacBook Pro circles the globe as rumors spread that Apple could be working on a new aluminum Pro with design features of the MacBook Air and current iMac. MacRumors.com may have uncovered a sneak preview of what the new MacBook Pro’s may look like… or maybe not. The source is Chinese-language blog, Apple.pro which published a photograph of what looks like a prototype of the upcoming redesigned notebook.
The photograph shows the top and bottom housings of the possible prototype side-by-side. Although similar to the MacBook Air, there are enough differences to rule out the possibility that this is simply a photograph of an Air’s casing. MacRumors.com notes for example, that the prototype’s Apple logo is not backlit and the screw configuration of the bottom case does not match the current Air’s casing. The Chinese article also claims that although the keyboard would be the same as in the MacBook Air, the battery for this laptop would be rectangular in shape rather than square.
Fake image made by an eager fan or the real thing? Although some legitimate leaks have come from Chinese sources, it’s good to keep in mind that anonymously leaked photos are more likely to be good fakes than the real thing.
The Kensington MicroSaver Alarmed Computer Lock is a 6-foot covered steel cable with a T-bar lock on one end, and an electronic alarm in a plastic housing on the other. It takes a key rather than a numeric combination to unlock it.
Having good music in your car is almost as essential as filling it with gas. But looking down at your iPod’s controls can be downright unsafe. You can often skip a track without taking your eyes off the road, but turning on shuffle or selecting a new playlist can be several menus away. Scosche’s IPNRFC is an RF remote control that attaches to your steering wheel for heads-up control of your dockable iPod.
In fact, Apple buys so much flash (which is used in tons of products, including the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch, SSD-equipped MacBook Air, and of course that wacky iPhone doohickey that the kids love so much), the industry enjoyed an "Apple effect" that led to 25 percent growth in revenues in 2007.
What does this mean for you, the consumer? That Apple plans to sell a crazy number of iPhones this year, since it keeps boosting its order. If prices stay good and the supply can keep up, we might see that 32GB iPhone sooner than later. The Mac|Life office is guessing by Christmas 2008, but that's just our guess. Let us know yours in the comments.
You coveted your iPhone, you might have waited in a long line to purchase it, you may have debated long and hard with yourself about whether it was worth forking over a day’s pay or more for any phone, and you certainly thought your iPhone was the coolest phone in the world … right up until you heard the dreaded news that Apple planned to release a new model. Now your year-old iPhone is looking oddly antiquated and you’re lusting hard for an upgrade.
Faster Web-browsing and that oh-so-touchable screen have already stamped Apple's second-gen iPhone as the ultimate porn-delivery device.
Since the dawn of the Internet, the porn industry has pushed the limits of technology as purveyors of adult entertainment continually strive to find faster, better, and more accessible distribution models for their product. And despite Steve Jobs's insistence that no porn-related apps will ever become available from the iTunes App Store, many in the biz are heralding the iPhone 3G as the best thing for their industry since the Net.
Apple isn't the only one with an extra video camera lying around.
AT&T is pulling out all the stops for the launch of the iPhone 3G. While the videos aren't nearly as slick as Bob, aka iPhone guy's videos, they are extremely helpful.
AT&T, and its orange clad iPhone spokesperson, Larry Meyer, cover all the important issues concerning launch day. They call being prepared for the new iPhone 3G, iReady. Yeah, it's kinda goofy, but they dispense a wealth of knowledge.
Handy tidbits include:
- Remember to sync your iPhone before you head down to buy a new one. - New customers can visit an AT&T Store prior to July 11 to get a credit check - Information of how to find out your current upgrade status for current customers - For new customers, bring in your old bill to speed up the process - Information on how to hand down your OG iPhone, you'll need a new SIM card.
While no one would dispute that we live in the era of digital photography, the fact is that there’s an entire history of film that simply refuses to ride off into the sunset. If you grew up in a darkroom—like this reviewer—you’ll remember the smell of the chemicals, the intricacies of the different brands of film, the subtleties of Tri-X film, the tricky process of “pushing” film beyond its ASA rating, and all the art that surrounded those smelly strips of celluloid. Alien Skin, in its quest to cook up unique Photoshop plug-ins, has essentially condensed the history of film into Exposure 2, a wonderfully capable and sublime tool for emulating a vast range of film stocks and looks.
Perhaps the greatest part about the new AirPort Express is simply that Apple brought back the AirPort Express—the previous edition had all but disappeared from store shelves, and Internet message boards buzzed with worry that Apple was discontinuing it altogether. Luckily, those fears were unfounded: The new AirPort Express does everything the old model can, and it features the fastest Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) and ProxySTA, which acts as a bridge between wireless and Ethernet networks without requiring you to set up a Wireless Distribution System (WDS).
Keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times.
Apple fanatics fervently anticipating next week’s iPhone 3G release should head over to Apple and view the very extensive guided tour, featuring an excruciating half hour account of every touch-screen maneuver possible. The video, most likely intended for iPhone newbies, is probably Steve Job’s way of getting the public excited.
The video thoroughly showcases the iPhone’s “breakthrough,” “amazing,” and “revolutionary” features and clearly emphasizes that the phone is “redefining what’s possible” with a mobile phone. There are sections for every element of the iPhone, including visual voicemail, the new iTunes App Store, and “making the iPhone your own.”
Once again, Bob Borchers, a.k.a. iPhone Guy, narrates the guided tour. Once again , Bob emphasizes how great the iPhone is with large sweeping arm gestures. This time around, he includes a “great picture” of his friend, Chris, as an example of how to add a photo to an existing contact. It's nice to know that Bob has a life outside these videos.
Apple has also posted a “What’s New” video, which basically simplifies the guided tour and includes an explanation of the features specific only to the new iPhone 3G. Current iPhone owners can save some time and watch that one; it’s only ten minutes long and will register the same kind of chill down the spine in anticipation for July 11.
AT&T also posted information on eligibility and pricing. As reported earlier, customers must meet eligibility requirements before AT&T will hand over a $199 and $299 iPhone 3G.
Customers who sign up for AT&T for the first time when they purchase their iPhone 3G and agree to a two-year contract are eligible.
Current AT&T customers who purchased an iPhone prior to July 11 and agree to a new two-year contract, are eligible for the subsidized discount. Other AT&T customers should check their account online to see if they are eligible for an upgrade discount.
Current AT&T customers who are not eligible for an upgrade can purchase the iPhone 3G for $399 (8GB) and $499 (16GB). AT&T notes that in the future, the iPhone 3G can be purchased without a contract for $599 (8GB) and $699 (16GB).
Apple hasn't released any information concerning their launch of the iPhone, although, it's highly unlikely they will deviate from the 8 a.m. launch time.