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More Claims of 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to Be Revealed at Next Week’s Media Event

Apple is supposedly holding a media event next week. Yesterday, it was reported that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will be launched alongside the iPad mini this month. Today, AllThingsD reports with its own sources making similar claims. AllThingsD has an excellent track record when it comes to Apple rumors.

The smaller iPad may be the star of Apple’s as of yet unannounced October 23rd invitation-only event, but it will have an impressive supporting cast.

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company plans to unveil a smaller version of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display as well.

The report provides a summary of the expectation for the new machine, which include a 2560×1600 display, same thin profile as the 15-inch model, and all-flash storage. However, pricing remains unknown. Earlier this year, Apple introduced the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro in June, but still kept the existing 15″ MacBook Pro as well. Going by this, we can expect Apple to continue the same pattern by providing two 13″ MacBook Pros — one with a Retina display and one without.

13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro to Launch Alongside iPad Mini in October

Last week, it was reported that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is reportedly still on track for a 4Q 2012 launch. Today, 9to5Mac reports that Apple will reveal the rumored 13″ Retina MacBook Pro alongside the iPad Mini later this month. 9to5Mac usually gets this information from early part numbers, suggesting that two higher priced configurations have already shown up in Apple’s systems.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be sold in two configurations, with differing processors and storage, and will be available for purchase soon after introduction. Like with the 15-inch MacBook Pro lines, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will be sold (at a higher price) in addition to the current non-Retina display model.

Earlier this year, Apple introduced the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro in June, but still kept the existing 15″ MacBook Pro as well. The recent report states that Apple will be continuing the same pattern by providing two 13″ MacBook Pros — one with a Retina display and one without. Apple is expected to the reveal the iPad mini on October 23rd.

Apple Hires Key Chip Designer from Samsung

The Wall Street Journal reports that former AMD chip designer and executive Jim Mergard has been hired at Apple. Mergard is a 16 year veteran of Advanced Micro Devices who was a vice president and chief engineer there before he left for Samsung. He is known to have played a leading role in the development of a high-profile AMD chip.

The gadget maker has hired Jim Mergard, a 16-year veteran of Advanced Micro Devices who was a vice president and chief engineer there before he left for Samsung. He is known for playing a leading role in the development of a high-profile AMD chip that carried the code name Brazos and was designed for low-end portable computers. […]

It is not clear whether Mergard will work at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters or remain in Austin, where he worked for AMD and Samsung. Apple has long operated a customer support center in the Texas capitol, but the company has had a local presence in chip design as well since its 2010 purchase of the startup Intrinsity.

The report quotes former AMD executive Patrick Moorhead as saying that Mergard has expertise in both PC chip design and system-on-a-chip design such as that used for Apple’s iOS devices. Apple uses ARM-based designs for its A-series chips that power its iOS device, and the latest A6 chip in the iPhone 5 has been reported to be Apple’s first custom design. This hire marks a significant talent win for Apple as it continues its efforts to build its own chips.

Apple Posts New iPod Television Ad: ‘Bounce’

During the September keynote, Apple previewed its ad for the new iPods. Today, Apple has posted that ad and it is called “Bounce.” The ad features the new fifth-generation iPod touch, iPod nano and shuffle and highlights the new colors offered. Willy Moon’s song “Yeah Yeah” accompanies the ad.

It is a fantastic commercial and was really fun to watch.

13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Reportedly Still on Track for 4Q 2012 Launch

Back in August, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim claimed that suppliers had begun production on 2,560 by 1,600 high resolution displays for a rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Then in September, Digitimes reported that full production on the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is on its way with shipments from Apple’s supply chain beginning to ramp up ahead of a speculated September or October launch. Now CNET reports on comments from DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, who says that Apple’s plans for a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro remain on track for production during this quarter. This would suggest that a launch may come in the near future.

DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim has been telling CNET for a while now that a 13.3-inch Retina version of the MacBook Pro (MBP) is slated for production in the fourth quarter. And today Shim reiterated that he sees no change in those production plans.

What’s not clear is when Apple would release the new MacBook. Shim speculates that it would happen after the iPad Mini announcement — which is expected to be released in the coming weeks — though he said he has no first-hand knowledge of this.

Shim restates that that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will carry a resolution of 2560×1600, doubling the number of pixels in each dimension over the current model. As Apple has done with the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, Apple will probably offer the new 13-inch Retina model alongside the current non-Retina model at different price points. New iMacs also said to be in the works.

WSJ: Apple orders over 10M ‘iPad minis’ for Q4

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had begun mass production of the iPad mini. The report also cited two sources which supposedly confirmed that the iPad mini will use a 7.85″ screen with a lower screen resolution than the 3rd Generation iPad. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s component suppliers in Asia have received orders to build more than 10 million of the so-called “iPad mini”  for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Some component suppliers to Apple in Asia say they have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter. That is roughly double the order that were placed for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets in the same quarter, these suppliers say.

The figure indicates that Apple believes demand for the product will be strong, despite stiff competition in the market.

It was also reported last week that Apple will send out media invitations for the iPad mini on October 10th. Given’s Apple history and if the invites are indeed sent out on October 10th, it would suggest that the event would be held in the middle of the following week.

 

Apple Marks One-Year Anniversary of Steve Jobs’ Passing Away

Can you believe it? Today marks the one year anniversary of Steve Jobs’s passing away. Apple has posted a new remembrance on its website. When visitors first access Apple.com, they are presented with a nearly two-minute photo slideshow of Jobs paired with some of his famous audio clips. The video is accompanied by Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, which is played by American cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In fact, Steve and Yo-Yo Ma were close friends. MacStories provides a more in depth look into the music piece used. Truly fascinating. Once the video is over, the website transitions to a simple letter of remembrance from Tim Cook below the standard site navigation bar.

A message from Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.

– Tim

Thanks, Steve for changing the world and inspiring all of us to do something great.

Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X 10.8.2 and 10.7.5

Two weeks ago, Apple released OS X 10.8.2, which brought a number of enhancements, including Facebook integration and Game Center. It also added support for several features integrating with iOS 6, such as Passbook passes and iMessage/FaceTime access via phone number. Today, Apple has released OS X v 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 1.0. It is a minor update that brings a number of fixes to the latest version of OS X Mountain Lion.

The OS X v10.8.2 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 and includes the following fixes:

– Resolves an issue that may cause certain Japanese characters to appear incorrectly in Mail
– Allows Safari to access secure sites when parental controls are enabled
– Addresses an issue that may prevent systems with more than 64 GB of RAM from starting up

OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 1.0 is available for download via the Update tab in the Mac App Store. Apple has also released OS X Lion 10.7.5 Supplemental Update, which brings several bug fixes to the latest version of OS X Lion.

The OS X v10.7.5 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion v10.7.5 and includes the following fixes:

– Resolves an issue that may cause Time Machine backups to take a very long time to complete
– Addresses an issue that prevents certain applications signed with a Developer ID from launching

The Supplemental Update is recommended if you installed the Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5 Update (build 11G56).

It is not needed if you install the Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5 Update (build 11G63).

Wall Street Journal: Apple Has Begun Mass Production of the iPad Mini

Last month, it was reported that instead of Apple revealing the iPad mini at the same time of the iPhone 5, the company would announce it during a separate event. Earlier this week, a new rumor suggested that Apple will send out media event invitations on October 10th. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has started mass production of the iPad mini.

Apple Inc.’s Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet computer smaller than the current iPad, people with knowledge of the situation said, as the Silicon Valley company tries to stay competitive against rivals such as Google Inc. GOOG -0.63% and Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.56% that are offering smaller, less-expensive alternatives to the iPad.

The report cites two sources which supposedly confirm that the iPad mini will use a 7.85″ screen with a lower screen resolution than the 3rd Generation iPad.  Both LG Display Co. and AU Optronics Corp. are said to be building screens for the new device. In the past, the iPad mini has been rumored to have a 1024×768 pixel display.

Anyway, regardless of what the iPad mini has to offer, it will sell really well in the market Apple is targeting.

Apple to Announce Q4 2012 Earnings on October 25

Apple has updated its investor relations page to notifying the public that it will announce its earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter (third calendar quarter) of 2012, as well as results for the full fiscal year, on Thursday, October 25. Usually the earnings are released  after 4:30 PM Eastern Time following the close of regular stock trading. The conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific.

This earnings call will offer a more closer look into iPhone 5 sales in the first week of availability and how the company did overall this quarter. Three months ago, Apple reported weaker than expected results on lower-than-expected iPhone sales. Apple also provided guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 expecting revenue of $34 billion and earnings per diluted share of $7.65.