A Long Update

26 11 2008

So, we’re extremely sorry that we couldn’t get all the updates done in time!

MacBooks

So let’s get back to the start of the MacBook Events, where 3 new products (MacBook Air revised) were released by Apple probably for the holiday season. The biggest change in the MacBooks was the use of the Aluminum Unibody, which essentially means that the casing is machined from one solid block of aluminum which fundamentally makes it stronger and more durable from everyday bumps. 

The laptops have become significantly lighter, and are also more appealing to the user in terms of an LED Backlit display, which provides the “instant-on” which a student or businessman would need in those sticky situations. 

iPhone Software + iTunes + Safari

The long awaited 2.2 has arrived! However, this update was merely a bug fix for most of us in other countries and the availability to see street views has also been added as a feature into Google Maps. A significant update was the downloadable podcasts on the fly feature, which we find excellent as we finally don’t have to rely on iTunes. Could a wireless syncing come in the future? We don’t know, what do you think?

iTunes has also been revised to 8.0.2, adding an update to iPod Nano. It has allowed the earphones with Mics to be used, and the turning off of cover flow while the Nano is rotated which I find a stupid function as you always have to rotate it back before it can be used. And Yes, Infinitech does own a Black 8GB Nano-Chromatic.

Safari has been pounded with security updates and stability updates to all users.

Mystery

What happened to the in-ear headphones Apple?

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What’s The Deal with the Glass Track Pad?

28 10 2008

By Ravenizer

Well we all know how Jobs and Co revealed to us the latest in Apple Innovations, the Glass MultiTouch Trackpad, just the other day during the Apple Special event. But what if the fancy new TrackPad had a higher purpose? Or more precisely, a Mobile Purpose. Yes, I have been giving this a lot of thought recently and I have kind of come to a conclusion about this.

Since the launch of the iPhone, there have been busloads of ex-blackberry people asking the same question. Where is the heptic feedback? For those of us who don’t know what this fancy lingo means, well, basically, it just means that you get a real life tactile feedback off a virtual screen or in the case of the iPhone, keyboard. Since Jobs had actually said that the entire Glass Trackpad is clickable at any point, it will work as an excellent feature to introduce heptic feedback onto the iPhone. What do you guys think?





Apple Event a Success?

15 10 2008

by Ravenizer

Hey guys, its around 2.10 am where I live right now. We will be back with the updates of the Apple event later in the day. However, here is a quick recap on what was announced today and which rumours were proven true.

Firstly, the Brick process. It is indeed true that all the new MacBooks made from Aluminum all start out as a block. They are then anodized and treated and carved. This process however, is not new. It is the exact same procedure that was used to manufacture the MacBook Air.

The next two things announced were mainly the meat of the event. Firstly, Apple has ditched Intel integrated graphics. The new MacBooks all carry the NVDIA 9400 M cards. These perform up to 5 times faster than Intel’s Integrated Graphics.

The MacBook Pro turned out to be just like the spyshots we have been seeing. So are the new MacBooks. But more of this will be covered later. The Old MacBook is still stating though. New MacBook, Old Revised MacBook and New MacBook Pro ship today. All aluminum machines now have option to go SSD.

All new MacBooks have Glass Trackpads with the exception of the ‘Old’ MacBooks and the Air. This tracpad has no buttons, buy instead, is clickable to function as one button. It is multi-touch and supports up to 4-fingers for funtions. No screen is observable under the tracpad though.

The MacBook Air is getting a specification upgrade. I must say I am particularly not too happy with this announcement. The new Airs will have with them a 120GB HDD, and the new NVDIA Chips. Apple has also released a new DisplayConnector port dubbed Mini DisplayConnector. It replaces the micro-DVI port on the Air as well as Display ports on all the new MacBooks. This coupled with the new Graphics card, the Air can now drive a 30 inch display. It could only handle 24 inches before this revision. These new upgraded Airs are available in November. I think this revision came too early. Especially on the account of the NVDIA GPU. However, like still goes on.

Not discussed today were the iPhone OS Software 2.2 as well as further information on Snow Leopard. I have a feeling that Snow Leopard will be released during WWDC ’09. As for the iPhone OS, only time will tell.

So that is all the recap that we have for now on the Strictly Notebook Event. Was the event a success? Well, it felt pretty dry to me. But more on that later. Be sure to check INFINITECH’s homepage later for more updates.





We are nearly there…

13 10 2008

by Ravenizer

 

There’s only gonna be one topic on the lips of the technoscenti in the next 24 hours: Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro. It’s been leaked online, but mystery still surrounds its hidden connector, track-pad and docking skills… read on for all the gossip!

The new MacBook and MacBook Pros have leaked! The latest spy shots show the laptops sporting slick new aluminum cases, as well as side-mounted optical drives and expansion ports down their left side.

It’s these details that have led some to predict that the new laptops will be dockable inside brand new Apple monitors.

What’s more, the MacBook Pro features a mystery connector towards the front of its case.

What could it be? HDMI? eSATA for fast external hard drives? A docking connector for those rumoured monitors?

We’ve also heard rumours that the new portables will come with glass-covered multi-touch trackpads, and even Blu-Ray drives stashed inside.

Also, the much awaited 2.2 Update is expected to be released tomorrow as well.

Whatever surprises are in store, we’ll find out tomorrow when Apple formally unveils the new laptops. Until then, sit tight and let Infinitech do the news hunting for you!





1 MORE DAY.

13 10 2008

by Graphickz

 

Hey all,

We at Infinitech are sworn to get you the latest scoops on Apple rumors and product releases. 1 more day to the launch and the tension is mounting. What is confirmed is that the new notebooks are based on an NVIDIA chipset, which is a huge relief for all you gamers out there. They are also aluminum, and are NOT tapered like the MacBook Air.

As Ravenizer had mentioned, the Macbook Air is probably not going to get an update. I mean, how could Apple update a Notebook so early? People would just stop buying the Mac since it gets outdated way too quicklyt.

What we could also expect in the event, would be the release of the much awaited 2.2 Firmware for the iPhone (and iPod Touch?) With the fantastic new Emoji, and hopefully some improvements to the stability of the OS as well as the inclusion of 3G Radio TUning capabilities, this is the most anticipated FIrmware yet!

1 MORE DAY Ladies and Gentlemen!





MacBook Air : What Happens Now?

12 10 2008

by Ravenizer

 

Okay. So the new MacBooks are like two days away now. But what is really going to happen. Seriously, Apple will not release a new MacBook Air. Come on people. Start thinking realistic here. The MacBook Air was only released recently in Feburary. It’s not Apple convention to update a product line’s hardware in less than a year. Furthermore, it’ll make all those early adopters feel like morons. So what is going to be the fate of the MacBook Air. Let’s discuss this further.

In terms of hardware, I think Apple has struck a fine balance between performance and power consumption. Until either sees huge tecnical advances, the update seems like a distant dream. The new NVDIA chipset sounds promising, but they still take up too much power. And remember, Apple had Intel build a special Core 2 Duo for them. With such a close partnership, I do not see Apple rushing Intel into any more developmental impossibilities just yet. However, I do forsee an update of the line when we finally hit a release date with Montervina.

So owners of the MacBook Air, I see no worries for you guys in this Apple event. Hold on to see some spectacular improvements to the other machines in the line though. What do you think will be launched on the 14th? Leave us your comments.

If you guys wanna read the LiveBlog off Gizmodo, you would be pleased to know that the event happens at 10:00 AM PDT. Here is a list of time conversions to make things easier:

• New York , 1:00 PM (14 Oct)
• London , 6:00 PM (14 Oct)
• Toronto , 1:00 PM (14 Oct)

• Singapore , 1:00 AM (15 Oct)
• Shanghai , 1:00 AM (15 Oct)
• Hong Kong , 1:00 AM (15 Oct)
• Tokyo , 2:00 AM (15 Oct)

• Berlin , 7:00 PM (14 Oct)
• Kabul , 9:00 PM (14 Oct)
• New Delhi , 10:30 PM (14 Oct)





MacBook Chipset

12 10 2008

by Graphickz

 

Hey all,

Just a short update on the MacBook that is going to be released on October 14th. The Macbook will now run on an NVIDIA chipset, based on the MCP 79 platform. Intel still supplies the main processor for the Macbook.

Kept uncharacteristically secret by NVIDIA for most of the year, the MCP79 platform is so far considered a substitute for Intel’s Centrino 2 “Montevina” platform, offering support for the same 1066MHz front side bus, optional DDR3 memory and PCI Express 2.0 interfaces.

By using an NVIDIA chipset, this means that there are now more advantages.

  • Smaller physical size using one chip rather than two
  • DriveCache, which uses Flash storage to speed up boot times
  • Hybrid SLI which switches from discrete to integrated graphics when battery is low
So basically what this means is that the aluminum MacBook will be slimmer, start up time will be faster due to the DriveCache, and even more advanced power saving features over and above Mac OSX.
The Graphics card is also being changed from an integrated Intel unit, to an NVIDIA 9300 and 9400 series, which uses integrated graphic processing units or GPUs. That means, when Apple releases Snow Leopard, NVIDIA chipsets would be able to offload general processing onto the GPUs.
Let’s wait and see.