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New MacBook Pros Next Thursday, February 24th

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, News, Rants & Raves, Rumors

It’s new MacBook Pros next Thursday February 24, according to MacRumors, citing a “reliable” source.

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.

MacBooks were last updated a year ago with Intel Core i5 and i7 chips. The new machines are likely to get Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge processors, which are faster and a lot less power hungry. Rumors that the machines will have cases made of Liquidmetal are unlikely, but they will probably will be lighter, thinner and have higher-resolution screens. A big price drop is predicted too.

Apple’s said to be releasing five new models, which will include two new 13-inch versions, two new 15-inch versions and one new 17-inch version.

2011 MacBook Pro mockup by designer Dario Crisafulli.

Apple’s busy diary for 2011

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, News, Rants & Raves, Tech.

Mac App Store

January
* Mac App Store opens for business * Apple introduces the iPad 2.0 — faster, thinner, new cameras, shipping “by April”. * Apple reports Q1 results — confirm huge Mac sales growth, stellar iPad sales and extremely strong iPhone statistics. * iWork 11 makes App Store debut. * News Corp. ships ‘The Daily’ magazine
February
* Aperture upgraded * First million apps downloaded from Mac App Store, iWork and a variety of free gaming apps see huge success. * iAds spring partners unveiled, though Apple skips discussion of revenue. * iTunes update brings TV show streaming and subscription services. Cable company shares take a dive.
March
* iPhone hits Verizon * White iPhone ships, but supplies deeply constrained * iBookstore update brings the Web to books * iBookstore/iTunes Extra title creation tool revealed, will this be part of future iLife suite?
April
* Apple upgrades MacBook Pro range, some models lose optical drives and gain SSD as standard. “We said this is where mobile computing is going, we still believe this,” says Jobs. * Apple reports Q2 results * iPad 2.0 hits retail for the first time, over a million sold on day one. * Final Cut Studio upgrade is 64-bit and integrates powerful iAd and virtual environment creation features. * iMac update now ships with Magic Trackpad as standard.
May
* iPad 2.0 achieves six million sales in first two months. * Logic Studio upgrade ships, now offers additional features for live performance mixing, including automated level controls for live desk recording.
June
* Steve Jobs keynotes WWDC * iPhone 5 debuts at WWDC * WWDC sees beta release of OS X Lion to developers. * Safari 6 offers improved Flash support — Flash now an optional extra. * OpenJDK Project announces first fully-tested public beta of Java for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard systems. * iOS 5 offers plethora of features, including new mapping and location-sensing tools. Apple focuses its pitch on easy-to-use and understand privacy controls for location and usage information.
July
* iPhone 5, iPad 2.0 reaches new countries * Apple reports Q3 results * Apple desktop products upgraded, now ship with Magic Trackpad as standard. Mac Pro now boasts LightPeak connectivity.
August
* Apple hosts special music event, introduces new products which ship in September (see below). * Apple introduces Android emulator for iPhone, “There’s some good apps on Android, now iPhone users can run them on their iPhone, unless they use Flash,” says Jobs. * Hell freezes over, iTunes app lets Android users purchase music from their favorite music store.
September
* iTunes 11 ships, offers cloud-based music locker service. “We’ve been working on this for a while,” admits Steve Jobs as he introduces the service. * New iPod touch ships, chassis is more like the iPhone 4, capacity increased. * iPod nano replaced by iPhone nano, worn like a watch and equipped with an A4 processor and the capacity for voice calls, this smaller cheaper iPhone is feature-limited but lets you Tweet, Facebook and email on the move. * iPod classic gets speed bump. * Apple TV gains latest (A5?) processor.
October
* Mac OS X ‘Lion’ ships * iOS 5.1 debuts, extends iOS/OS X integration. * iLife 12 appears, equipped with additional ‘cloud’-based features this is the first version of iLife to be made available exclusively via the App Store. * Apple reports Q4 results.
November
* iOS 5.2 upgrade ships
December
* App Store downloads now reach 5 billion * Mac App Store downloads reach 100 million * Apple confirms 5 million iPhone nano sales, cuts price for Christmas market.
[via: computerworld]

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