Apple Reduces The Prices Of Retina MacBook Pro And MacBook Air

Apple today announced that it is giving its Retina line-up of MacBook Pros a mid-cycle refresh along with a price cut. The cheapest MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the 13-inch rMBP, sees a $200 reduction in price and will now cost $1499. The top-of-the-line 13-inch rMBP sees a $300 reduction in price ($1999 vs. $1799), and will also sport a slightly faster (2.5GHz vs. 2.6GHz) Core i5 processor.

The prices of the 15-inch rMBP remain the same, but both the variants get an upgraded processor. The base 15-inch rMBP gets a 100MHz speed boost to 2.4GHz (Core i7), while the top-of-the-line variant gets a speed bump to 2.7GHz, along with a bump in RAM capacity to 16GB DDR3L from 8GB DDR3L. The prices of updating the SSD storage options for the rMBP have also been decreased considerably.

In addition to all this, Apple also announced a $100 price cut on the base 13-inch MacBook Air model. The price cuts are already in effect at all the Apple retail stores and at the company’s online store.

Certain Apple Stores Will Replace Less Than 30 Days Old iPad 3 With The Fourth-Generation One

Yesterday, Apple surprised everyone by announcing the fourth generation iPad with a much faster A6X SoC (System-on-Chip), a new Lighting port, updated LTE baseband and upgraded FaceTime HD camera. Refreshing a product within six months of its release is not something Apple is known for, and this move has clearly disappointed many existing iPad 3 owners.

If you got an iPad recently, you will certainly be feeling the burnt more. Thankfully, certain Apple stores will be replacing the iPad 3 for the fourth-generation iPad, only if the device is less than 30 days old. CNET reports that this is not a company wide policy, and so not all Apple stores will be replacing the iPad 3 for the new iPad.

Oh! and don’t think Apple will replace your third generation iPad for the new one if you give your for servicing due to some hardware fault. Apple has a big pile of refurbished iDevices, and will promptly replace your iPad with a third-gen iPad only.


Apple Unveils The 13″ MacBook Pro With Retina Display And Updated Internals

Today, Apple unveiled its refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro line-up at its event held in the California Theatre in the United States.

As rumors and leaks had suggested, the 13″ MacBook Pro now Retina display with a whopping resolution of 2560×1600, like its bigger 15″ brother.

The 13″ MBP line-up has been refreshed with Intel’s 3rd generation of Core i5 or i7 processors, along with an SSD replacing the traditional HDD for a major speed boost in day-to-day operations. The new 13″ MacBook Pro is only 0.75-inches thin and weighs only 3.5lbs, making it the lightest MacBook Pro ever. All this, while the battery life still remains at 7-hours.

The base model comes with 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB of flash storage for $1699. Interested buyers can order the new 13″ MBP withRetina Display from the Apple Store right after the event gets over.

New MacBook Pros Sport Intel Ivy Bridge Processor and Thinner Design; MacBook Pro With Retina Display Also Announced

Along with the new MacBook Airs, Apple has also announced a totally new and refreshed MacBook Pro line-up. The new MacBook Pros will be powered by Intel’s Ivy Bridge procesors with the top of the line quad-core i7 chip running at 2.7 and capable of running at 3.7GHz via Turbo Boost. Like the Air, there will be 8GB of RAM running at 1600Mhz and “60% faster graphics”. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro will come with Nvidia’s Kepler GeForce GT650M GPU with 1GB of dedicated memory, while the 13-inch model will presumably use Intel’s Ivy Bridge in-built GPU. The new MacBook Pros also come with an SSD (Up to 786GB) and two USB 3.0 ports.


Along with a spec-bump, Apple has also refreshed the design of the new MacBook Pros. The new MBPs are a mere 0.71-inch thick i.e. 1/4th of the current generation model and weight in only 4.46 pounds.  Other ports on the new MBPs include a thinner MagSafe, Thunderbolt port, SD card reader, headphone jack and surprisingly an HDMI port. Other new features include Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime HD, dual-microphones, and the usual but awesome backlit keyboard and glass trackpad.

Apple also announced a new 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Yes, as rumors had suggested, Apple has managed to fit in a Retina Display on the new 15-inch MBP. The new 15-inch MBP with Retina Display  has a whopping…jaw busting resolution of 2880*1800, with a total pixel count of 5,184,000 pixels and a 220 ppi. This new display also touts of reduced glares, better color reproduction, better viewing angles and higher contrast ratios.

The base 13-inch MacBook Pro will cost $1199 with the top-of-the-line model costing $1499, while the base15-inch model will cost $1799 and and the fully loaded version will set you back by $2199. The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display will set users back by $2199 and will include a quad-core i7 running at 2.3GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and 7 hours of battery life.

Like the new MacBook Airs, all the new and refreshed MacBook Pros including the one with Retina Display start shipping from today itself.

And oh! the new MBPs still have an optical drive.


iPhone 4S Used by a Windows Phone User: Screen

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For an introduction and background to this series, please refer to my first post on the topic: New Series: iPhone 4S Used by a Windows Phone User.

After looking at the setup experience, the first thing I wanted to look at is the much talked about Retina display of the iPhone 4S. I had heard a lot about how fantastic it is, and read a lot about the technical stuff like pixel density on that screen, but hadn’t experienced it outside of using my friends’ phones for a few minutes. The few minutes I spent with my friends’ phones did not impress me much but I attributed it to the fact that I had spent so little time with the display.

So, having used it constantly for a few days, what was the verdict? Frankly, I don’t see what the big deal is. Yes, it is clear and crisp. It is very, very clear and crisp. However, the Super AMOLED screen of my Focus and the ClearBlack AMOLED on my Lumia are both equally clear and crisp. In fact, I love the deeper colors on the base Lumia screen much more than what the iPhone 4S produces. It could be a result of bigger tiles on my Lumia compared to the many folders (with tinier icons) on my iPhone, but in “real world” use, the Lumia comes off as being as clear and crisp as the iPhone and the colors richer/deeper than the iPhone.


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Yes, I could zoom into a specific icon and see how there is virtually no pixelation, but I never zoom to that level with my normal eyesight. Under normal circumstances, I look at the Lumia screen (with the dark theme enabled), and I look at the iPhone 4S with the normal brightness, and I must say, the Lumia screen comes out looking better.

(Please excuse my screenshots – I tried to make sure the brightness levels on both the phones were similar, and also, it looks like screenshot tools on *both* the phones seem to be just average?)

The other area where the Retina display is supposed to do better is reading. The claim — web pages, books, etc. are much better to read on that display compared to the Lumia? Here too, I did not see a tremendous difference.

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Perhaps my expectations were raised really high? Maybe. Perhaps I should have tested it with long periods of reading? Maybe, but I don’t read pages and pages of books on the phone. The most I read is a multi-page web article, some part of books/magazines, and of course emails. I have provided some samples of the same above, and the Retina does not come off as being vastly different from the Lumia.

I would like to state emphatically, the iPhone screen is fantastic. However, in comparison to the Lumia, it does not seem to be dramatically superior. The Lumia holds its own despite “lower specs” across the board. The ClearBlack AMOLED on the Lumia “pops” the colors very well and the text renders quite well too. Oh, and a completely personal takeaway: when I turn on the Lumia, there is an immediate “wow” factor; maybe because of the colors, the brightness, the curved glass screen, or a combination of these and other factors that I can’t really pinpoint. Whatever it is, it makes the Lumia screen feel better than the iPhone screen, to me. Some friends on Twitter said that I need to give the Retina display some time and I will realize the beauty of it. I have seen it is a good screen, but after 4-5 days of extensive use, I really don’t see a huge upside in that screen.

Also, since I promised to talk about size as well, let me say that strictly speaking, the Lumia 800 that I am using now and the iPhone are not too different in size. However, my previous phone, the Samsung Focus, was 4″ diagonally and I really, really like that size. When I started using the Lumia after the Focus, I felt that the Lumia itself was a bit small (it is 3.7″ diagonally) and the iPhone is even smaller. So, compared to my ideal screen size of 4″, the iPhone seems smaller. However, for this experiment, I will not bring it up since the Lumia 800 and the iPhone are comparable in size.

Do you have any feedback on this comparison? Have you seen something I did not? I would love to hear from you!

iOS 4.0.1 May be Released on Monday to Fix Antennae Issue

It has hardly been a week since the Apple iPhone 4 has been launched, and already numerous problems have cropped up with the phone. The biggest problem with the iPhone 4 is that it loses network coverage if you areApple iPhone 4 holding the phone in your hand in a certain way. When the iPhone 4 owners complained about this issue, Steve Jobs told that this problem is occurring because people have been holding the phone in the wrong way.

This is not the first time the iPhone is being criticized for its poor network reception. Now after numerous complaints, Apple has been working hard to fix this matter. The company will be releasing a small software update to fix this network reception issue. The iOS 4.0.1 software fix is expected to be released to the public as early as Monday of the coming week.

The software fix will address an issue in iOS4 related to radio frequency calibration. Apple still has not confirmed this piece of information, so we should take this news with a pinch of salt.


iPhone 4 Retina Display Turns Out Defective

Now this is not exactly what Apple wanted. Apple’s iPhone 4 seriously looks like a huge trouble for Apple and I can already see Steve jobs pulling his hair, of whatever is left I mean.

Gizmodo, yes the same blog with an (un)fortunate history with Apple, has received complaints from early iPhone 4 users about the yellow tint appearing on the screen. Apple wooed viewers worldwide during the WWDC’10 conference iPhone 4’s retina display and its clarity. Heck even the early review by Engadget impressed us. Here’s what early iPhone 4 users are complaining about:


Are you an early iPhone 4 user? Did your iPhone 4’s  screen turn yellow? Are there any other problems with iPhone 4 that you notice? Do let us know via comments.


Apple iPhone 4 Production Halved Due To Shortage of Retina Display

The iPhone 4 has been a runaway success. Apple said that they have received more than 600,000 pre-orders of the iPhone 4. One of the main highlight of the new iPhone is the Retina Display. The Retina Display of the iPhone has aiPhone 4 resolution of 960×640, which is the highest ever found in a mobile phone. Now it looks like there is a shortage of the IPS panel based Retina Display of the handset.

Mr Ashok Kumar, who is an analyst at Rodman Renshaw, said that the production has been halved due to the shortage of the display.

Kumar said Because production will be about half, a lot of demand will be left unsatiated.

Apple had planned to produce around 4 million iPhone 4s per month, but thanks to the shortage of displays, the output has now been halved to 2 million. Apple still has not confirmed the news so we shall take this news with a pinch of salt.


Download iOS4 Golden Master Firmware For iPhone and iPod Touch

Steve Jobs announced the golden master candidate of the iOS4 for developers at the ongoing WWDC 2010. The Golden Master candidate of the iOS4 will be available effective immediately to all the developers. The finalclip_image001 version of the iOS4 will be released sometime soon. Developers can download the golden master candidate of the iOS4 by logging in to their developer account.

Here is the link to download the iOS4 Golden Master firmware. The iOS4 brings many new features with it like multitasking, Folders, integrated Retina Displaysupport, and an updated camera and photos application.

The iOS4 will be available as a free update for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS owners. All iPod touch owners, except the first generation, are also eligible for a free update to the iOS4 update. The iOS4 update for these iDevices will be released on June 21st.

Sadly, Apple did not mention when the iPad will get some iOS4 love.

iPhone 4 Features And Specifications

The Steve Jobs keynote at the WWDC 2010 just got over, and the highly anticipated iPhone 4 has been officiallyannounced. The new iPhone 4 is 28% slimmer than the previous generation iPhone. The device is only 9.3mmiPhone 4 thick, and is arguably the thinnest smartphone on the planet right now. The iPhone 4 screen size at 3.5-inch is same as that of the iPhone 3GS, but packs in 4 times more the resolution.

Apple has used the Retina Displaytechnology on the iPhone 4. The Retina Displayuses an IPS panel for better color rendering, and viewing angles. The pixel density of the Retina Displayis 326 pixel per inch, which is 26 pixels more than what the human eye can differentiate. The demo of the Retina Displaywhich Steve Jobs gave surely looked impressive!

The new iPhone 4 also has a steel band running across the sides of the phone. This steel band is a part of the phone engineering as it acts as a part of the antenna system. The new iPhone 4 duly covers the connectivity field by offering quad band HSDPA/HSUPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth. The same A4 chip used on the iPad powers the iPhone 4.

The A4 chip has been made by Apple themselves, and it is definitely a powerhouse! The iPad redefined the meaning of fastthanks to this A4chip, and we can’t even imagine what wonders it will do under the iPhone 4G’s hood. Apple has also beefed up the battery capacity of the iPhone 4. Apple quotes the standby battery life of the device at 300 hours. The iPhone 4 will also feature dual microphones for noise cancellation.

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The iPhone 4 will also be the first phone ever to sport a three-axis gyroscope. The gyroscope, accelerometer, and the GPS have been tied together to bring 6-axis motion gaming to the iPhone. The camera on the iPhone 4 has also been upgraded. The phone now features a 5MP camera with a LED flash at the back. It is also capable of recording HD videos (720p) at 30fps.

The device will be available in either black or white color, and in 16GB or 32GB storage capacities. The iPhone 4 will be up for pre-orders a week from today. The iPhone 4 16GB version will cost $199, while the 32GB version will set you back by $299. The price of the iPhone 3GS has also been reduced to $99. The device will go on sale from June 24th in the U.S. The iPhone 4 will be available in 88 countries, by the month of September.

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