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Topic: Current Hardware

PC makers losing interest in tablets, hope Ultrabooks will improve margins

12/13/2011, 10:12 am

Traditional PC makers are said to not be paying much attention to the tablet market controlled by Apple and now Amazon, and are instead pinning their hopes on thin-and-light Ultrabooks to improve gross margins.

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Quarterly US Mac sales up 13%, expected to grow in December

12/12/2011, 03:12 pm

The latest domestic sales data from the NPD Group shows the Mac lineup demonstrating 13 percent year over year growth in the first two months of the current quarter, a growth number Wall Street watchers expect Apple will handily exceed when the December quarter is concluded.

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Apple's MacBook Air projected to reach sales of 1.6M per quarter

12/12/2011, 09:12 am

Sales of Apple's ultraportable MacBook Air notebook continue to grow, and are expected to reach an average of 1.6 million units per quarter over the next 12 months.

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Wait time for Apple's 2TB BTO iMacs improves to 2-4 weeks

12/09/2011, 08:12 am

Custom-built iMac desktops with 2-terabyte hard drives now have a shipping estimate of 2 to 4 weeks, suggesting Apple has seen its stock of high-capacity hard drives improve.

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Apple's MacBook Air has 'fortuitous timing' in face of hard drive shortage

12/05/2011, 08:12 am

A global shortage of traditional, spinning hard disk drives has coincidentally come at a time when Apple's flash-based solid-state MacBook Air is one of the company's most popular products.

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2TB hard drive shortage hits Apple's BTO iMacs with 5-7 week wait

12/02/2011, 12:12 pm

Build-to-order iMacs with 2-terabyte hard drives now have an estimated shipping time of 5 to 7 weeks, in what is potentially the first sign of Apple being hit by a lingering global hard drive shortage.

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JP Morgan ups holiday quarter iPhone estimates to 28 million

12/01/2011, 01:12 am

J.P. Morgan bumped up its projections for shipments of Apple's iPhone in the December quarter to 28 million units, revising its revenue estimates for the company accordingly to $38.69 billion.

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Ultrabooks headed for 5-10% price drop in early 2012

11/30/2011, 12:11 am

Prices for laptops in Intel's "Ultrabook" category are expected to fall below $1,000 by the end of this year and may drop as much as 10 percent in the first quarter of 2012 with the help of a $100 marketing subsidy from Intel, according to a new report.

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Acer clinging to netbooks amid pressure from Apple's iPad, MacBook Air

11/28/2011, 10:11 pm

Despite being squeezed on both sides by Apple's iPad and MacBook Air products, Acer says it remains committed to netbooks, especially in emerging markets.

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Intel investigating proprietary dock connector for 2012 ultrabooks

11/26/2011, 12:11 am

Intel is reportedly planning to release a proprietary connector that will work alongside its Thunderbolt technology to allow for advanced docking stations for the chipmakers' ultrabook design specifications.

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Black Friday Macs: up to $101 off MacBook Airs & iMacs, up to $250 off MacBook Pros [ux2]

11/25/2011, 01:11 am

Apple resellers have launched their Black Friday deals, offering savings of up to $101 on Mac Book Airs, $250 of MacBook Pros, $128 on iMacs, $39 on Mac minis and $260 on Mac Pros [updated with price changes].

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Apple's Black Friday deals rolling out internationally [u]

11/24/2011, 07:11 pm

Apple has begun rolling out its one-day Black Friday sale in limited countries around the world, with discounts adding up to roughly 10 percent off select iPad, iPod and Mac models [updated with U.S. pricing].

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Amazon knocks $50 off some Macs: Airs from $953, MacBook Pros from $1,154 [u]

11/24/2011, 07:11 pm

Amazon on Thursday evening launched early Black Friday pricing on three of Apple's most affordable Mac offerings: the 1.60GHz 11" MacBook Air, 2.4GHz dual 13" MacBook Pro, and 2.5GHz 21.5" iMac [updated with price changes].

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Ultrabook makers turn to plastic as Apple controls unibody aluminum supply

11/21/2011, 11:11 am

Apple's continued control unibody aluminum chassis supply has reportedly forced Ultrabook makers, hoping to compete with the MacBook Air, to turn to alternative materials such as plastic.

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Apple reportedly prepped AMD-powered MacBook Air, dropped it at last minute

11/17/2011, 11:11 pm

Apple is said to have developed a MacBook Air running Advanced Micro Devices' Fusion Llano processor last spring, but scrapped it at the last minute because of production issues, according to an unverified report.

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Mac platform reaches 15-year high with 5% worldwide market share

11/16/2011, 09:11 pm

Fueled by strong gains in Asia Pacific during the September quarter, Apple saw its worldwide share of the PC market pass the 5 percent mark for the first time in 15 years, according to a new analysis.

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HP takes aim at Apple's MacBook Air with new $900 Folio13 Ultrabook

11/16/2011, 10:11 am

The latest entry in the thin-and-light Ultrabook lineup is HP's new Folio13, a 13-inch laptop with a 128GB solid-state drive that undercuts Apple's MacBook Air with a starting price of $900.

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Apple plans software fix for Lion battery life issues on older MacBooks

11/15/2011, 04:11 pm

As some users continue to report battery life issues running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on older MacBooks, Apple continues to look into the problem in hopes of finding a solution.

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Apple MacBook orders to remain steady in spite of chassis, HDD stutters

11/15/2011, 01:11 am

Shipments of Apple's MacBook will reportedly remain stable in the fourth quarter despite recent hiccups with chassis and hard drive supplies for the portables.

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MacBook Air now 28% of Apple's notebook shipments

11/14/2011, 08:11 pm

Apple's MacBook Air models now make up 28 percent of the company's notebook shipments, up from just 8 percent in the first half of the year.

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