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Apple unveils new MacBook Air lineup with all-day battery life, 802.11ac Wi-Fi! Apple unveils new MacBook Air lineup with all-day battery life, 802.11ac Wi-Fi!(0)

Apple's new MacBook Air lineup features Intel's latest Haswell ultra-low voltage processors, providing up to 9 hours of battery life with the 11-inch model, and 12 hours with the 13-inch version.

"True, all-day battery life," is how Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller portrayed the new MacBook Air models.


The new notebooks include 802.11ac for ultra-fast Wi-Fi connectivity. And the flash memory in the new MacBook Airs is said to be up to 45 percent faster than its predecessors.

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Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt with 4K resolution support, 20Gpbs speeds coming in 2014! Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt with 4K resolution support, 20Gpbs speeds coming in 2014!(0)

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Intel on Monday announced the next-generation of Thunderbolt transfer technology, which promises to bring data transfer speeds up to 20-gigabits per second, a doubling over existing Thunderbolt hardware.

According to Intel, the upgraded Thunderbolt interface will be able to hit the 20Gbps transmit speeds over two channels, meaning adopters could see a theoretical doubling in performance from current Thunderbolt systems, reports Engadget. The high-speed tech, code-named Falcon Ridge, allows for simultaneous 4K video file transfer and display over two I/O channels. Read More

Rumor: Intel could land 10% of Apple’s ‘A7′ chip orders! Rumor: Intel could land 10% of Apple’s ‘A7′ chip orders!(0)

As Intel gets into the chip contracting business, the company could obtain as much as 10 percent of Apple's next-generation mobile chip orders, insiders believe.

"Institutional investors" cited by DigiTimes on Tuesday believe Intel could be making a play to get a slice of Apple's business for its so-called "A7" chip, expected to power the company's next-generation iPhone. Apple has reportedly been looking to move its chip production contracts away from rival Samsung, which currently handles all of the company's current A-series chips. Read More

Apple and Intel Have Reportedly Discussed Deal for Production of Future iPhone and iPad Chips! Apple and Intel Have Reportedly Discussed Deal for Production of Future iPhone and iPad Chips!(0)

Reuters reports that Intel's move into contract manufacturing of chips for other companies suggests that Apple could become a future customer with its A-series chips for the iPhone and iPad, potentially reducing its reliance on arch-rival Samsung as a supplier.

A source close to one of the companies says Intel and Apple executives have discussed the issue in the past year but no agreement has been reached. Read More

Intel to Launch Cable TV Service and Set Top Box at CES 2013! Intel to Launch Cable TV Service and Set Top Box at CES 2013!(0)

According to TechCrunch, Intel is planning to launch its own virtual cable TV service and set top box in the near future. The news comes at a time when rumors of Apple's own television service have been becoming more frequent. 

To combat licensing issues, Intel has decided to roll out the service on a city-by-city basis rather than launching nationwide, allowing Intel to negotiate for control of smaller markets with content providers, who have been reluctant to hand over valuable licensing rights. 

A source in the video distribution industry directly familiar with Intel's plans and content dealings tells TechCrunch the semiconductor company is dead serious about getting its chips into the living room. After its effort to convince smart TV manufacturers to use its chips in the initial launch of Google TV failed a few years ago, it's decided to go it alone. The source said that Intel was frustrated with "everyone doing a half-assed Google TV so it's going to do it themselves and do it right." 

The plan is to create a set-top box and subscription TV service that would appeal to people who want streaming TV access but don’t want to entirely cut the cable cord and lose key content like sports. Read More

iOS 6 beta hints Apple Maps could come to Mac OS X! iOS 6 beta hints Apple Maps could come to Mac OS X!(0)

Apple's new Maps in iOS may not be limited to the iPhone and iPad, as new evidence suggests the company could also bring its in-house mapping solution to the Mac.

Developer Cody Cooper discovered a code dump in the new Maps application in Apple's iOS 6 beta. The code, shared with Technically Personal, mentions a set of Intel-based graphics chipsets found in Mac hardware.

Specifically, the software discovered by Cooper disables features like shading on certain Intel graphics chipsets. He said that some older Intel chipsets have poor support for shading, which is why Apple would want to disable that capability for some Macs. No mention of ATI Radeon chipsets was found. Read More

Apple’s 2012 profits forecast to be highest of any public company ever! Apple’s 2012 profits forecast to be highest of any public company ever!(0)

This year, Apple could generate the highest annual net income of any publicly traded company in history, according to one Wall Street analyst.

Brian White with Topeka Capital Markets said in a note to investors Monday that he has heard analysts and market pundits over the last several weeks discuss the point of a $500 billion market cap as a barrier to further price upside at companies in the past. Some on Wall Street have theorized the $500 billion market cap threshold is a "barrier" for stocks. Read More

New Ultrabooks still viewed as ‘too pricey’ next to Apple’s MacBook Air!! New Ultrabooks still viewed as ‘too pricey’ next to Apple’s MacBook Air!!(0)

The latest batch of Windows-based Ultrabook PCs will not undercut Apple's ultraportable MacBook Air enough on price to win away most consumers, according to a new analysis.

Brian J. White of Topeka Capital Markets is at the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan, this week, where he got a closer look at some of the next-generation lineup of computers based on Intel's thin-and-light Ultrabook specification. He didn't come away impressed.

"Our checks thus far indicate that the price points for the new releases will be well over the $699 price threshold that we deem necessary for this new category to be a big success," White wrote in a note to investors. Read More

WWDC: Mac Pro to Finally See Updates Next Week!! WWDC: Mac Pro to Finally See Updates Next Week!!(0)

Shortly after word that Apple had pulled Mac Pro stock from their retail stores, 9to5Mac has been able to track down new retail part numbers for Mac Pro updates that they believe to be due next week.

MD770LL/A – K5BPLUS,BETTER, BTR-USA 

MD771LL/A – K5BPLUS,BEST,BTR-USA 
MD772LL/A – K5BPLUS,ULTIMATE,BTR-USA

Pricing is said to be "similar to current Mac Pro models". The new models come in three configurations: two standard versions and a third with OS X Server.  Read More

Intel Launches Dual-Core and Ultra-Low Voltage Ivy Bridge Processors! Intel Launches Dual-Core and Ultra-Low Voltage Ivy Bridge Processors!(0)

Intel's four new 17-watt Ivy Bridge mobile chips likely to appear in MacBook Air update

The Verge reports that Intel has formally announced its next batch of Ivy Bridge processors, adding 14 new chips including four 17-watt ultra-low voltage processors that could appear in revamped MacBook Air models and several dual-core mobile chips that could be included in updated Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro machines. Engadget has the full details on the new chips, which also include six new desktop processors.

Intel's announcement comes in line with the previously leaked timeline that saw the first batch of quad-core desktop and mobile processors launch in late April, with the second round focused on dual-core and low-voltage chips coming in early June. 

With over 25 new Ivy Bridge chips now available, Apple now appears to have a number of options to upgrade its entire Mac product line. Apple is expected to use Ivy Bridge throughout its Mac lineup with the exception of the Mac Pro, which would take advantage of Sandy Bridge E server chips released in early March should Apple choose to issue an update to that line. 

Apple is expected to introduce a redesigned MacBook Pro at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, and it seems likely that updates to other lines will come either at the same or soon after, as the new Ivy Bridge chips put Apple in a prime position to update its aging Mac lineup.

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