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A few minutes ago, Google announced the release in the Stable Channel of Google Chrome 11 for Mac, Windows and Linux machines. The new version (labelled 11.0.696.57) has been in development for months in the beta and developer channels, hitting the “stable” status (meaning it’s ready for public consumption and download from Chrome’s official page) today. Google Chrome comes with several bug fixes and performance enhancement, and it contains “some really great improvements including speech input through HTML” — announced by the Google team here. With this feature, you’ll be able, for example, to literally “speak” some words to translate to another language in Google Translate, and have the results available as text in the browser.
You can check for updates in Chrome 10 to download the new Stable version, or start a direct download here.
Last week we warned you to hold off on buying an iMac because constrained supplies indicated an upcoming refresh. And now we have further reports that the new iMac will arrive the week of May 2nd. According to a source known as Mr. X from 9to5 Mac, Apple will officially stop shipping current generation iMacs to resellers this week.
The iMac refresh is believed to incorporate faster processors with Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge platform. It should also sport Apple’s new Thunderbolt connector port, which is said to be 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and about 20 times faster than USB 2.0. However, it will be only the 2nd line of systems to support the new Apple-only standard, which debuted with their MacBook Pro refresh back in February.
Apple also seems to be delaying shipments for current online orders. The orders are delayed with a message saying that they will be shipped on or before May 2nd. Based on Apple’s penchant for launching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, well except for when it comes to iOS devices, it is likely that the refreshed iMac will land on May 4th, which aligns with the May 2nd ship date to suggest the refresh will land next week.
[via 9to5 Mac]
Apple has pushed out an updated Developer Preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
The update’s change log doesn’t give much away, with the only entry giving the impression the update is aimed at allowing developers to download future updates. An update to allow an update? Has Apple been watching Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 debacle?
This update is required to redeem downloads of Mac OS X Lion seed builds from the Mac App Store.
It has been rumored that Apple is hoping to release a Golden Master of Lion to developers sooner rather than later, so we’re guessing this update is paving the way for just that.
Apple today unveiled its new line of MacBook Pro notebooks with next-generation Intel processors Sandy Bridge and the chip giant’s high-speed data-transfer technology ‘Thunderbolt’, which allows users to transfer files at 10 gigabits per second.
The new MacBook Pro 2011 line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation, using the latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors that combine graphics and computing on the same piece of silicon. The company has also changed up its graphics solution, going from the Nvidia GeForce 330M to the AMD Radeon 6750.
Apple’s new MacBook Pro computers will starts at $1,199 for the 13-inch model and $2,499 for the 17-inch. All models include a new FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution of the previous generation for widescreen video calls.
Full press release is as follows:
Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology
CUPERTINO, California-February 24, 2011—Apple today updated the industry-leading MacBook Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HDcamera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.
“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”
Starting at $1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers amazing value and performance in a compact design. The highly portable 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The powerful 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory for high performance gaming, pro video editing and graphics intensive applications.
MacBook Pro is the first computer on the market to include the groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on a notebook computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.
The MacBook Pro now includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution of the previous generation for crisp, widescreen video calls. With Apple’s innovative FaceTime video calling software, the new camera allows high definition video calls between all new MacBook Pro models and supports standard resolution calls with other Intel-based Macs, iPhone 4 and the current generation iPod touch. FaceTime is included with all new MacBook Pro models and is available for other Intel-based Macs from the Mac App Store for 99 cents. The MacBook Pro lineup continues to feature its gorgeous aluminum unibody enclosure, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, LED-backlit widescreen display, illuminated full-size keyboard and 7-hour battery.
As the industry’s greenest notebook lineup, every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting the standard for environmentally friendly notebook design. Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed with recyclable materials.
Every Mac comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music. Snow Leopard builds on more than a decade of innovation and includes multiple features for portable computing such as Multi-Touch navigation, advanced wireless networking, easy file sharing, automated data backup and intelligent power management. The new iLife ’11 features iPhoto with stunning full screen views for browsing, editing and sharing photos; iMovie with powerful easy-to-use tools to transform home videos into fun theatrical trailers; and GarageBand with new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs.
Pricing & Availability
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199; and one with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.
Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.3 GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 750GB, solid state storage up to 512GB, more memory up to 8GB DDR3, antiglare and high-resolution display options and AppleCare Protection Plan. Additional technical specifications and configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at http://www.apple.com/macbookpro.
We will soon be posting review videos for new MacBook pros.
For everyone wanting to get new series of MacBook Pros, the wait is coming to an end. According to the latest reports, new MacBook Pro’s galloping on the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors will be released on Thursday, February 24 giving the much needed speed boost. Apple last updated the MacBook Pros almost one year ago with Intel’s Core i5 and i7processors.
The new models of MacBook Pro are listed as MC720, MC721, MC723, MC724, and MC725. Apple currently offers six standard configurations, two for the 13-inch model, three for the 15-inch model and one for the 17-inch model. The new models are also expected to have a redesigned case that resembles latest MacBook Air and should be thinner, lighter with longer lasting batteries.
We’ve since heard reliable confirmation that this information is accurate and that the expected release date is next Thursday, February 24th. The move would be a bit unusual for Apple to launch new machines on a Thursday. So, if you are about to buy a new MacBook Pro, wait until next week
Apple is almost the last OEM to move to new Intel chips, and given that Sandy Bridge systems just resumed shipments, it’s very unlikely Apple will have MacBook Pros by February 24th. Not the strongest of legs to this rumor, but we’ll keep our eyes on that date anyway.
Specifications and photos of upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge powered MacBook Pro 2011 line has leaked into the wild. The new 13″ MacBook Pro will accompany Light Peak technology, which Apple has named it as Thunderbolt, an HD video camera for FaceTime video calls, et cetera.
Following specs and photos are legitimate, but only for the low end 13″ MacBook Pro model. We still haven’t seen the specs for the mid-range and high-end model.
Specifications 13-inch MacBook Pro 2011
- Core i5 processor dual core 2.3 GHz with 3 Mo of cache
- 4 Go of DDR3 1333 MHz
- Hard Drive 320 GB 5400 rpm
- Glossy 13,33″ display 1280×800
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 Mo of RAM shared with the main memory
- FaceTime HD video camera
- Superdrive 8x
- Thunderbolt port compatible with I/O peripherals and high speed Mini Displayport
- SDXC card reader, one Firewire 800 and two USB 2.0
- Numeric audio out
- Integrated Ethernet
- Backlit keyboard
- Dimensions and weight: 32,5×22,7×2,41 cm; 2.04 kg
Are you trying to install software that requires Admin privileges to install, like FaceTime for Mac? I got a solution for you! Just follow these simple instructions or watch the video and you’ll be on your way!
1. Restart your computer. When you hear the start up sound, press and hold command+S until the screen becomes black and you see white text. This is called Single User Mode and is just like the terminal, but with root privileges.
2. When you are dropped off in the shell, go ahead and run the following commands and press enter after each one:
- /sbin/fsck -y
- /sbin/mount -uw /
- rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
3. Now type “exit” followed by the enter key to finish booting up your computer.
4. You might be prompted to choose a language. Go ahead and choose the language that your computer was in before you did this if this isn’t your computer.
5. The Mac OS X intro video will play. If you’re running Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 and you’ve seen my videos, you’ll have Deja Vu
6. You may want to watch the video to see how to set up the computer, but basically, say you don’t have a Mac, don’t give your Apple ID, don’t register, etc.
7. When your desktop loads, open a new Finder window and go to System -> Library -> Core Services -> Directory Utility
8. In the Directory Utility application, go to the edit menu and click on “Enable Root User”. You may have to enter a password for the root account.
9. Log out of the account you just made, and in the login window, click on the “Other…” account.
10. Type in “root” for the user and the password you just set for it.
11. You’re done! Don’t forget to erase the user you made earlier and change the automatic login setting back to the original setting.
Today Apple sent out a press release to confirm that the Mac App Store will be opening in 90 countries on January 6th. I’m excited to see what apps are available at launch and what the average price range for most apps are going to be. If you have an App for the Mac App Store you would like for me to review, send me an email. The press release is inside if you are interested in reading it.
CUPERTINO, California—December 16, 2010—Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities. “The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.” The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard® users as a free download through Software Update. Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit developer.apple.com/programs/mac.
Are you excited about the Mac App Store?