Apple MacBook Air Getting a Refresh Soon ?

According to a new  rumor  from DigiTimes, MacBook Air’s production will run in full gearbeginning in July. If true, this report suggests that new MacBook Air could be launched after the release, or more likely alongside with the release of Mac OS X Lion, which is scheduled to be released this July.

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Digitime says, Apple is expected to take deliveries of over eight million MacBook Airs in the third quarter, nearly doubling from the previous quarter, the sources in the supply chain estimated. This is in line with a previous rumor from Taiwan’s Economic Daily newspaper that Apple will ship 380,000 new MacBook Air units within the next month.

Shipments of parts and components for MacBook lineups totaled an equivalent of 2.2-2.4 million MacBooks in June, and orders for July are likely to top 2.7-2.8 million units, said the sources, noting that the increase is in line with Apple’s previous strategy to ramp up deliveries prior to the launch of new products.

Last time Apple refreshed the MacBook Air range, they added a new size(11.6), upgraded processor to Core 2 Duo, and used SSD for storage. This time we are expecting Thunderbolt ports, either Core i5 or Core i7 chips, or maybe Intel’s new ULV processor. Few rumors suggesting option of a black color have also surfaced.

Apple Refreshes The MacBook Pro Line-Up With Faster Processors And ‘Thunderbolt’ Port

It was just a few hours ago that we reported about the leaked specs of the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro. Now, Apple has updated its online store with the next generation MacBook Pros.

As rumored, the new MacBook Pros sport a faster Core i5 or Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor from Intel. While the 13MacBook Pro sports an Intel 3000HD graphics card, the 15and the 17MBPs sport an AMD 6490M or a HD6750M graphics card, depending on the configuration you pick.

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The hard disk storage capacity has been bumped across the range with SSDs of varying capacities being optional. Sadly, the number of USB ports remain the same as found on the older MBPs 2, and no they are not USB 3.0 ports. Apple lists the battery life of the new MacBook Pros at 7 hours. The ‘iSight’ camera has been renamed to Facetime HD’ as well.

As reported earlier, the new MacBook Pros sport a Thunderbolt’ I/O port, which is Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak technology.The new Thunderbolt port incorporates a Native Mini DisplayPort and can output videos to DVI or VGA using the suitable adapter. The port can also be used to hook up the MacBook Pro(s) to an HDMI monitor/LCD.

Along with the new MacBook Pros, Apple also released a developer preview of the next version of OS X Lion. Users can have a look at all the new features OS X Lion’ will bring here. OS X Lion’ is expected to be released sometime in summer 2011.

HP Envy 17, dv6 and dv7 Updated To Sport Sandy Bridge Processors

Yesterday, Intel unveiled its Sandy Bridge based processors and today HP has announced a refresh of a few of their laptop at the CES sporting these new processors. The Envy 17, dv6 and dv7 laptops have been updated to sport the new generation of Core processors from Intel. Along with this, the Envy 17 GPU has been upgraded to an AMD Radeon 6850M.

The laptop also sports Intel’s Wireless Display technology along with HP CoolSense cooling.   The Intel Wireless Display technology will allow users to stream HD videos directly to their HDTVs from their laptop.

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The Envy 17 also has the ability to switch between the integrated GPU and the 6850M GPU under different workloads so as to maximize performance and battery life. Other specs of the Envy 17 include a 17.6-inch screen, up to 2TB of storage, a USB 3.0 port and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Readers can find the full specs of Envy 17 here.

The dv6 and d7 laptops have only got a processor bump to the Sandy Bridge processors and nothing else. HP did not mention anything about the pricing of these laptops but looking at the monstrous Envy 17 I can safely say that it’s not going to be cheap.

The dv6 and dv7 laptops will cost $899 and $999 respectively and will hit the shelves on January 9.

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Intel Unveils Its Next Generation Of Core Processors

Intel has finally unveiled its next generation of Core architecture based micro-processors. This new generation of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors from Intel promise to be faster and more power efficient as well. These new CPUs also feature a new integrated graphics core dubbed as processor graphics. They are capable of providing up to 2x the performance boost compared to the GMA4500 IGP from Intel.

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In all, Intel has released 29 brand new CPUs across the Core ix range including the mobile processors. All these new CPUs are manufactured on the 32nm fabrication process thus helping in reducing power consumption. With this refresh, Intel has also improved its Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading technologies. These new CPUs also include new features from Intel like WiDi 2.0, Intel InTru 3D and Quick Sync Video. Readers can read more about these new CPUs here.

The sad part is that these new Core CPU’s from Intel requires an all new LGA-1155 socket based motherboards. Intel could have easily maintained backward compatibility with the older LGA-1156 socket based motherboards. Sadly, the company did not do so.

Ironically, these CPUs have been on sale even before Intel announced them. In fact, many consumers have already got new systems based on these new generation Core processors.

Apple Macbook Pro Line-up Refresh Imminent

At the beginning of this year, all the laptop manufacturers updated their notebook line-up to use the new mobile Intel Core i5 and/or Core i7 processors. Only Apple’s Macbook Pro line-up still uses the older generation Core 2 Duo processors. Many people have been criticizing Apple for taking such a long time to update their Macbook Pro line-up. Apple is known to charge a premium for its products. So why would someone pay a premium for something which uses an older generation processor?

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MacRumors reports that a refresh of the Macbook Pro line-up is imminent. The folks at MacRumors.com got hold of a screenshot from Microcenter which shows the part numbers of the new Macbook Pros. The screenshot also lists the price of the new Macbook Pros. While no release date was mentioned, rumors suggest that the new updated line-up of Macbook Pro will be released on April 13th. The cheapest 15″ Macbook Pro will now cost 1799$, while the top of the line 17″ Macbook Pro will cost 2299$. No other information about the updated Macbook Pro line-up is available as of now.

It will be interesting to see whether the new Macbook Pros will use the Nvidia Optimus technology and/or will featutre a Dx11 compatible graphics card. Sadly no details are available for the 13Macbook Pro.  

Intel To Announce New Core i5/i7 Processors In Q2, 2010

Our sources indicate that Intel the world largest processor manufacturer will be announcing few new processors in the second quarter of this year. The Intel Core i5-655 and Core i7875 processors will be based on the LGA-1156 socket and will feature an unlocked multiplier. The Core i5-655 processor will feature 2 processing cores running at 3.2Ghz each. Its elder sibling the Core i7875 will feature four cores running at 2.93Ghz each. The Core i5-655 processor will have 4Mb of L3 cache, while the Core i7-875 will have 8Mb of L3 cache.intel_core_i7

Both the processors, like their other siblings in the Core i5 and Core i7 line-up, will be based on the 32nm fabrication process. These processor also feature an unlocked multiplier to facilitate overclocking. Thanks to an unlocked multiplier, Overclockers can directly OC their processors without playing around with their computer RAM’s speeds and timings and/or any other settings. Intel is also expected to announce a Core i3-550 processor along with an Intel Pentium E5500 processor in the second quarter. The Pentium E5500 processor will be based on the 45nm fabrication process.

It is expected that Intel Core i7-875 will cost less than 300$. The expected price of Pentium E5500 is around 70$. No information about the pricing of other processors were available though.