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Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.1 with Thunderbolt Display support

09/12/2011, 05:09 pm

Apple has issued an firmware update for new MacBook Air models that contains enabling support for the as yet unavailable new Thunderbolt Display.

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Apple on pace to sell record 4.5M Macs this quarter

09/12/2011, 02:09 pm

The latest sales figures from the NPD Group show Apple's Mac platform is set to have its best quarter ever, with sales on pace to hit 4.5 million.

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Apple's MacBook Air draws long lines, stock-outs in Hong Kong debut

08/26/2011, 10:08 am

Apple's newly updated MacBook Air lineup debuted this week in Hong Kong, attracting crowds and selling out quickly, ahead of making an anticipated splash in mainland China.

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Apple now earns $5,600 per sq ft, blows past other US retailers

08/24/2011, 05:08 pm

Apple's retail network has brought in $14 billion over the year ending in June, which allowed the company to top rankings of 20 US retail chains in terms of merchandise value sold per square foot of store.

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China surpassed US in Q2 2011 to become the largest PC market

08/23/2011, 03:08 pm

IDC reports that China has surpassed the US in demand for PCs, with the country consuming 18.5 million shipments worth $11.9 billion, compared to domestic shipments of 17.7 million units worth $11.7 billion.

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Apple's struggles to meet 13-inch MacBook Air demand trigger price gouging

08/23/2011, 09:08 am

More than a month after introducing its latest Thunderbolt MacBook Airs, Apple is still unable to meet broader demand for the 13-inch models, which can be seen listed at prices well above MSRP on at least one of the internet's largest ecommerce sites.

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HP's PC sales lead industry but 5.7% operating margins dwarfed by Apple

08/18/2011, 04:08 pm

HP's announcement that it will spin off its PC business stems from the razor-thin operating margins of just 5.7 percent the company has collected from its massive -- but not highly profitable -- computer sales.

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HP kills webOS, spins off PC business to focus on software

08/18/2011, 02:08 pm

Hewlett Packard, the world's largest PC maker, has announced plans to spin off its PC business and scrap its recently acquired webOS smartphone and TouchPad tablet business to focus on software and services.

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Apple ranked top mobile PC vendor with 21.1% share

08/18/2011, 12:08 pm

In the global market for mobile PCs including notebooks and tablets, Apple now ranks first, with a 21.1 percent share of units sold.

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Apple continues growth while PC makers see sharp decline in Europe

08/18/2011, 12:08 am

New PC shipment data for Western Europe reveals that Apple was the only one of the top five vendors to grow in the second quarter as the region's PC shipments declined 19 percent.

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Apple has seen 'significant' slowdown in Mac sales, report claims

08/17/2011, 11:08 am

A new, disputed report from one Wall Street analyst claims Apple's Mac sales have slowed significantly since the fourth week in July, suggesting its back-to-school promotion is not boosting sales as much as expected.

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Intel denies 50% Ultrabook CPU cut to aid matching MacBook Air prices

08/16/2011, 09:08 pm

Sources within the notebook industry allege that Intel has rejected a request from PC makers for a steep 50 percent discount on CPUs designed for its Ultrabook specification, even as manufacturers struggle to compete with Apple's MacBook Air on price.

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Back-to-school Mac, iPad sales strong as non-Apple tablets struggle

08/16/2011, 01:08 pm

Back-to-school sales have been particularly strong for Apple this year, with both the Mac and iPad proving popular, while non-Apple tablets have failed to gain traction with education buyers.

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Intel Capital creates $300M UltraBook fund to drive thin-and-light designs

08/11/2011, 12:08 am

Intel Capital, the strategic investment arm of the world's largest chipmaker, announced on Wednesday a $300 million UltraBook fund to invest in new technologies for its new category of tablet-like notebooks that will challenge Apple's MacBook Air.

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Apple offers buyback program for old iPhone, iPad, Macs

08/09/2011, 07:08 pm

Apple has enhanced its recycling program to add a new "reuse" option that pays owners of existing iPhones, iPads, Mac or PC desktop or notebook computers a fair market value for their old equipment, paid via an Apple Gift Card.

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Apple's Mac lineup seen taking 4.5% of PC sales in 2011, 5.2% in 2015

08/09/2011, 11:08 am

Apple's line of Mac computers are seen making further market share gains in the coming years, growing to 4.5 percent of sales in 2011, and 5.2 percent of new PCs sold in 2015.

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Apple launches low-end 'education only' $999 iMac with Core i3 CPU

08/08/2011, 07:08 am

Apple on Monday launched a new, entry-level 21.5-inch iMac meant specifically for educational institutions, sporting a dual-core 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 processor and a price of just $999.

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Intel issues 'Ultrabook' reference specs with sub-$710 BOMs

08/05/2011, 01:08 am

As notebook makers struggle to produce thin-and-light notebooks that compete with Apple's MacBook Air on price, Intel has sent a reference bill of materials to its partners with costs of $475-$650 for 21mm notebooks and $493-$710 for 18mm models, according to an unconfirmed report.

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'Ultrabook' makers squeezed by Apple's control of metal chassis supply

08/04/2011, 11:08 am

Long known as a master of the supply chain for overseas components, Apple has reportedly out-muscled the competition for yet another crucial element of its products: unibody metal notebook chassis.

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Strong sales of Apple's new Thunderbolt MacBook Airs result in stock-outs

08/01/2011, 03:08 pm

Some locations have reportedly been sold out of Apple's newly updated Thunderbolt MacBook Air models, as consumers have been quick to embrace the refreshed thin-and-light notebook.

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