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Topic: Current Hardware

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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Apple clarifies Thunderbolt Display will not daisy chain Cinema Display

09/16/2011, 02:09 pm

Apple has posted a support document describing compatibility between recent Macs and multiple Thunderbolt Displays, and also notes that previous DisplayPort screens will not work when attached to the Thunderbolt port of its new display.

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Intel details Thunderbolt technology spec, evolution plans for next year

09/15/2011, 07:09 pm

Intel on Thursday offered more details on its Thunderbolt specifications, detailing features for consumers as well as requirements for PC and peripheral manufacturers in view of expanding adoption of the new technology throughout the electronics industry.

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Back-to-school Mac sales outpace PCs even without white MacBook, free iPod touch

09/15/2011, 12:09 pm

Back-to-school Mac sales once again easily outgrew Windows PCs this year, even though Apple did not offer a free iPod touch and discontinued its education-focused white MacBook this summer.

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Intel's McAfee to add remote wipe, tracking features to MacBook Air-like "ultrabooks"

09/14/2011, 06:09 pm

After acquiring security firm McAfee last year, Intel has announced plans to embed iCloud-like remote lock, wipe and location tracking features in silicon for PC "ultrabook" competitors of Apple's MacBook Air .

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New MacBook Pro firmware supports Thunderbolt Display, Lion Recovery

09/14/2011, 05:09 pm

Apple has issued an firmware update for 2011 MacBook Pro models that contains enabling support for the as yet unavailable new Thunderbolt Display and also adds support for Lion Recovery for reinstalling Mac OS X over the Internet.

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Windows PC makers demonstrate Thunderbolt support for 2012 debut

09/14/2011, 04:09 pm

PC makers Acer and Asustek have joined Apple in announcing support for Intel's Thunderbolt high speed data interconnect, saying they will add the technology to PCs next year.

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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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