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You're the Pundit: Mac Pro refresh or graceful finale?

When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is the Mac Pro. As Apple moves briskly towards the post-PC future, does the tower Mac make the trip? We've covered the Mac ...

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Ivy Bridge Mobile CPUs supposedly ready for MacBook Pro, Air

A report at VR-Zone has the details on Intel's next generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors. As the successor to Sandy Bridge, these Ivy Bridge processors will likely land in the 2012 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Looking closely at the CPU specs, we can get a sneak peek at Apple's future notebo...

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MacBook Air updated with faster CPU, backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt port (Updated)

Update: Our apologies. Due to an editing error, the original version of this post had incorrect specs for storage and RAM on the 11" MBA; it also cited an 8GB BTO option for RAM on the 13", which is not available. This has been corrected. As predicted, the MacBook Air has been updated hot on ...

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New MacBook Airs reportedly to feature backlit keyboards

Besides a faster processor and Thunderbolt support, the next generation MacBook Air models may also include a backlit keyboard. This feature was present on the first MacBook Air model introduced in 2008 and dropped from the 2010 line. This removal was widely criticized by Mac owners accustomed to...

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Apple's latest iMac receives glowing review from Computerworld

Apple's iMac is a popular and speedy desktop all-in-one computer, and Mac aficionados have been in love with them since 1998. The latest edition was introduced on May 3, 2011, with Intel's Sandy Bridge processor and lightning-fast Thunderbolt I/O. Now Computerworld has weighed in with a review ...

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MacBook Air supply tightens at Best Buy, other retailers

If you're shopping for a MacBook Air, stop. Right now. Just put down your credit card and wait -- not too much longer, or so it would seem. As of Sunday evening, major Mac outlet Best Buy is reporting all MBA models as 'not available for shipping,' a strong if not overwhelming indication that t...

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HDD Fan Control software addresses iMac hard drive replacement issue

Yesterday, Other World Computing wrote a post suggesting you could not install third-party hard drives in the new Sandy Bridge iMacs. According to OWC, any change in the hard drive or switching to a hard drive bay would cause the drive fan to spin at maximum speed. Though this problem does exis...

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New iMacs 25 percent faster than previous generation

A few days ago, we reported on Macworld's benchmark results for the new Sandy Bridge-equipped iMacs. Macworld found them to be, on average, about 16 percent faster in the Speedmark 6.5 test than the previous generation. Now Primate Labs has put together a report detailing the iMac's speed incre...

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iMac supplies constrained, indicating possible refresh soon

If supplies of certain iMac models are any indication, a refresh of Apple's all-in-one iMac may be in the works. This would be the first update of the iMac line since July 27, 2010, when the Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 machines first became available. 9to5 Mac is reporting that supplies of the de...

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Intel announces USB 3.0 in "Ivy Bridge" and will support Thunderbolt

"Intel is going to support USB 3.0 in the 2012 client platform. We're going to support Thunderbolt capability. We believe that they're complementary." CNET reported this remark from Kirk Sakaugen, a VP of the Intel Architecture group, in a presentation streamed from the Intel Developer Conferen...

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Intel's ultra low voltage Sandy Bridge CPUs bound for MacBook Air?

The MacBook Air, while extremely popular, is one of the last lines of Apple computers not yet sporting a low power consumption Sandy Bridge processor by Intel -- the line is still running on the Core 2 Duo CPU, and while that's certainly a fast model, it's not quite the latest and greatest out ...

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Rumor: New iMacs on tap for April or May

A couple of tweets from CNET's Brian Tong are fueling speculation that a new batch of iMacs are on their way to the US, with an expected debut in late April or early May. In a tweet a little over a week ago, Tong noted "New iMacs en route by ocean to U.S. available end of April or 1st week...

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MacBook Pro crashes: Apple disables Turbo Boost under Windows?

Apple may have been aware for some time of the problem of new MacBook Pros crashing under heavy loads. According to the UK's PC Pro magazine, Apple appears to have deliberately turned off Turbo Boost for the top-end 13" model (with a dual-core 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-2620M processor) when running W...

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2011 MacBook Pros reportedly crashing under heavy loads

Last week we reported that the new Intel Sandy Bridge-based early 2011 MacBook Pros are experiencing issues with iTunes Home Sharing. Now it appears that the top-of-the-line MacBooks are also having issues when users are trying to put the new processor to the test. When operated under heavy loa...

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New MacBook Pro benchmarks show marked improvement

Primate Labs snagged the latest Geekbench 2 results for the new MacBook Pros and compared the benchmarks to previous generation models. Good news for those planning to grab a latest generation model. The results show a big jump in performance for the MacBook Pros with the new quad-core Sandy Br...

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