As we get closer to WWDC we can expect the rumor mill to heat up and it's already started. Bigger iPhone, smaller iPad is the refrain you're going to hear until they don't and then we'll move on to something else. Pocket sized Steve Jobs! The Apple iApple digital fruit! Instead of that nonsense, let's take a look at some real news from the week past.
Most of the recent rumors about a new MacBook Pro have been focused on it being as thin as a MacBook Air -- but that may be wishful thinking, according to trusted sources who are spilling the beans on the forthcoming 15-inch model.
Apple is touting Mac OS X Lion as their best operating system yet, so who are we to argue with them? Adding more than 250 new features, the latest and greatest Mac OS X 10.7 is finally here with something for everyone -- but still missing a few features that may keep us longing for 10.8.
Apple may have Thunderbolt fever if its latest MacBook Pro and iMac models are any indication, but that doesn’t mean other PC manufacturers are ready to follow them into the storm. Case in point: Hewlett Packard.
Patently Apple, that wonderful repository of all things Apple's trying to get a patent on, revealed yesterday that Apple was recently awarded eight new patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and that second on the list was a previously unknown, but undeniably sexy hybrid DisplayPort/USB 3.0 adapter.
Apple's been a front runner of technology since the company's inception. From the desktop computer mouse, to the initial adoption of USB as an input, Apple's been speedy about adopting technology before its prime. The Cupertino-based computer giant has also birthed some of its own proprietary technology like FireWire and the Mini Display Port, and while it's a pain for those of us that are cross platform, it does make it easy when it comes to purchasing peripherals. Unfortunately, Apple has yet to follow suit in its perceived reluctance to adopt USB 3.0, but it turns out that there's actually a pretty good reason for that and it might have something to do with a very speedy piece of next-generation technology.
Apple users are used to being on the cutting edge. When the original iMac shipped, it was the first computer to drop old-school ports in favor of USB. Since then, USB has become the de facto standard for everything from printers to cell phone chargers. Two generations later, USB 3.0 devices are emerging, offering data-transfer speeds that crush earlier versions, but Apple has been dragging its feet about bringing that power to the Mac. Of course, this isn’t entirely Apple’s fault. Intel isn’t supporting 3.0 in its chipsets, and NEC—gatekeeper of the USB 3.0 spec—hasn’t released OS X–compatible drivers, leaving Mac-o-philes lusting for that super speed. But if you just can’t wait for USB 3.0 to come natively to the Mac, LaCie has a solution—sort of.
USB: it connects our things to other things and sometimes even to our computers. Apple was the first to implement this once next-generation technology, but unfortunately the company fell off the bandwagon when it came time to adopt USB 3.0. Of course, this is not entirely Apple's fault--NEC has not yet released any Mac OS X compatible drivers for the system, leaving Mac-o-philes lusting for that 5GB/s upload rate.
Many Mac users have been wondering when USB 3.0 will be adopted by Apple, and it now appears that 3rd party manufacturers are taking matters into their own hands. Today, LaCie announced that they will be bringing some USB 3.0 goodies to the Mac in the form of several hard drives and an express card that will allow those drives to connect to your Mac.
Let’s say you bought one of the swanky new 11.6-inch MacBook Air base models -- you know, the one with a mere 64GB of storage. Now you’ve realized that your iPhoto library alone will consume a huge chunk of that. What to do? Soon you may be able to upgrade to 256GB -- and keep your old 64GB as a USB 3.0 flash drive.