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Topic: Current Hardware

Apple issues MacBook Pro, wireless base station firmware updates

11/10/2011, 09:11 pm

Apple on Thursday released a pair of firmware updates to address an unexpected shutdown issue with MacBook Pro notebooks and to provide fixes for its AirPort and Time Capsule wireless base stations.

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Acer, Asus slash 'Ultrabook' orders by 40%, struggle against MacBook Air

11/10/2011, 10:11 am

Intel's thin-and-light "Ultrabook" design, inspired in part by the success of Apple's MacBook Air form factor, continues to struggle in the market, prompting PC makers Acer and Asus to reduce orders by 40 percent.

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Apple most desirable PC brand in China as 21% of buyers look to Mac as next purchase

11/09/2011, 10:11 pm

Apple is poised to see substantial growth of its line of Mac computers in China, as a recent survey found that the company is considered the most desirable PC brand in the country with 21 percent of respondents considering a Mac as their next PC purchase.

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Apple notifies faulty MagSafe owners of class-action settlement

11/08/2011, 02:11 pm

Apple has reached a settlement on a class-action lawsuit over T-shaped MagSafe connectors for MacBook and MacBook Pro models that can fray and come apart.

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Worldwide Mac browser share hits 6.9%, iOS takes 62% mobile share

11/01/2011, 12:11 pm

Apple's presence on the Web continues to expand, with browser use of both iOS and Mac OS X seeing growth in October that propelled the company to new heights.

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Forrester: 'It's time to repeal prohibition' on Macs in the enterprise

10/27/2011, 12:10 pm

Mac business users have been shown to be more productive than their PC counterparts, prompting Forrester Research to encourage companies to support Apple hardware in the workplace.

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Apple issues EFI Firmware, iPhoto, QuickTime updates

10/27/2011, 01:10 am

Apple on Wednesday issued EFI Firmware updates for its Thunderbolt-equipped iMac, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air computers, as well as minor updates to QuickTime for Windows and iPhoto.

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Catcher says unibody MacBook case plant will fully reopen next week

10/26/2011, 07:10 am

Apple supplier Catcher Technology said Wednesday that its China plant that builds unibody MacBook cases will fully reopen at the end of October.

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Apple's iPhone 4S, Mac mini & MacBook Air are 'Bluetooth Smart Ready'

10/25/2011, 02:10 pm

Apple's latest products, including the iPhone 4S and updated Mac mini and MacBook Air, are among a group of low-power Bluetooth devices now branded as "Bluetooth Smart Ready."

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Apple issues Apple TV 4.4.2 and MacBook Pro 15" video updates

10/24/2011, 10:10 pm

Apple on Monday issued Apple TV software update 4.4.2 to resolve issues with recent versions of the set-top box's software, as well as Video Update 1.0 for mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pros.

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Apple quietly updates MacBook Pro lineup with faster CPUs, graphics

10/24/2011, 07:10 am

With no mention of the update, Apple on Monday improved its MacBook Pro lineup with slightly faster Intel processors, as well as new graphics processors and larger hard drives in some models.

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Catcher hoping to reopen Chinese MacBook unibody case plant in November

10/21/2011, 01:10 am

After local officials ordered the suspension of operations at a Suzhou, China factory that supplies Apple with chassis for its laptops, Taiwanese manufacturer Catcher Technology will invest $2-3 million with the goal of getting its facility back online in November.

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iPad sales cannibalizing Macs, but record sales offset problem

10/18/2011, 06:10 pm

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook admitted that iPad sales have likely eaten up some sales of Macs, but noted record new levels of Macs sold globally and added that a "materially larger number are buying iPads over [generic] PCs."

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Uni-body casing manufacturer shutdown may affect Mac notebook shipments

10/17/2011, 08:10 pm

A Chinese factory responsible for manufacturing the metal housings for Apple's uni-body laptop lineup has been shutdown due to "strange odors" emanating from the plant, potentially causing a 40% decrease in shipments for November.

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Apple issues fix for flickering issue with 24" Cinema Display and Thunderbolt

09/29/2011, 02:09 am

Apple has released a firmware update for its 24-inch LED Cinema Display that resolves a flickering issue that occurred when connected to the company's newer Thunderbolt-equipped Macs.

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Teardown of Apple's Thunderbolt Display finds same LG panel used in 2009 iMac

09/28/2011, 09:09 am

Apple's newly released Thunderbolt Display sports an LG display with the same model number found in the 27-inch iMac released in 2009, a teardown of the screen has found.

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Intel confirms current Thunderbolt Macs will support optical cables

09/27/2011, 12:09 am

Chipmaker Intel has confirmed that Apple's current lineup of Thunderbolt-equipped Macs will support fiber optic Thunderbolt cables when they arrive next year.

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Apple still looking into lingering issues with 24-in. Cinema Display & Thunderbolt

09/23/2011, 02:09 pm

Issues when connecting a 24-inch Cinema Display to a Thunderbolt port have persisted since the high-speed data and video port debuted early this year, but there is an indication that Apple is aware of the problem and working on a fix.

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LaCie begins shipping first sub-$1000 Thunderbolt hard drives

09/20/2011, 06:09 pm

Storage manufacturer LaCie on Tuesday began shipping the first sub-$1000 external hard drives to take advantage of the high-speed Thunderbolt ports introduced across Apple's Mac product family this year.

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PC makers want cheaper Intel chips to compete with Apple's Air pricing

09/20/2011, 08:09 am

Struggling to compete with the pricing of Apple's MacBook Air lineup, "Ultrabook" PC makers have again asked Intel to reduce the price of its mobile CPUs.

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