iFixit has torn apart yet another Apple product to take a peek at the goodies inside. The mid-2011 Air houses an Intel i5/i7 processor, 2/4GB of DDR3 RAM, Thunderbolt, and either a 128 or 256GB SSD. This time around, the solid state storage is not soldered to the motherboard, so it can be user-upgraded. The same cannot be said for the RAM, but 2 gigabytes should be more than enough for most lightweight computing. The Air only received a 4 out of 10 for repairability, so keep the torx in the toolbox unless you really need to pop the notebook open. (more…)
Amazon is giving away the predictive SwiftKey keyboard for free today (normally $3.99) through their very own Android Appstore. SwiftKey uses an intelligent prediction engine to correct mistakes, making it one of the most accurate keyboards available for Android. The vanilla keyboard on Google’s mobile OS can be ducking terrible at times, making alternatives like Swype and SwiftKey almost necessary. (more…)
If you were planning on purchasing the base-model white MacBook, you’ll no longer be able to do so from Apple’s online store. It appears that during Apple’s refreshes of the MacBook Air and Mac Mini computers yesterday, that the company chose to quietly drop the 13″ white polycarbonate MacBook that has been a part of Apple’s lineup of Macs since May 2006.
The white MacBook, which retailed for $999, was the best selling Mac in history, and was the top-selling laptop overall for several months during 2008. It has been reported that Apple will continue to sell the MacBook to educational institutions.
It’s very likely that what was rumored to be an Apple television is actually the upcoming Thunderbolt display. The monitor features a 2560-by-1440 LED-backlit display, a FaceTime HD camera, high-quality audio, three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a Thunderbolt port to make it a “plug-and-play hub for everything you do“. Of course, such dockability won’t come cheap, the display will run a whopping $999 when it is released in “6-8 weeks”.
The MacBook Air has been updated with the lastest Intel CPUs and Thunderbolt. Apple has also decided to reintroduce the lovely backlight keyboard, which was absent from the previous version. The 11″/64GB entry level model starts at $999 and ships with OS X Lion. The 13″ build comes with a 128GB SSD standard, but will run $1299.
Apple has refreshed their lineup of Mac Mini desktops, doing away with the vestigial CD drive in the process. The tiny computer has also received a performance boost, and now come standard with an Intel i5 processor, an AMD Radeon HD GPU advertised to be “2 times faster”, and the zippy Thunderbolt interconnect. Basic model start at $599 and ship with OS X Lion.
Apple has released a 64-bit version of iTunes to compliment the release of OS X Lion. The update allows iTunes to take advantage of 10.7′s full-screen feature and offers additionaly stability and performance improvements. Head on over to Software Update to download.
You can now use iTunes with OS X Lion’s new Full-Screen App capability, which allows you to use iTunes and other apps without distractions. Navigate between all your full-screen apps with a simple gesture.
Microsoft showed interest in officially supporting homebrew development in Windows Phone 7 last year, and has now unleashed an approved ‘jailbreak’ for WP7 devices. Users who want to free their phone from Microsoft’s surprisingly loose clutches will have to shell out 9 bucks for ChevronWP7—which is not a bad deal, all things considered. (more…)
Peter Oppenheimer, Apple CFO, has confirmed today during Cupertino’s third-quarter financial call that OS X 10.7 Lion will ship Wednesday, July 20th. Make sure to upgrade to OS X 10.6.8 to prepare your Mac for the new OS. Lion will be available exclusively from the Mac App Store for $30, and will only run on Intel Core 2 Duo or newer systems.