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New MacBooks and Other Fun Stuff! October 21, 2009

Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in Apple, Computers.
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Let there be Shinyness!

Whoa. Apple today decided to unleash a whole slew of new stuff. Foremost among them, an updated unibody white plastic MacBook (see above pic). Like the 13″ MacBook Pro, its now carved out of a single hunk of plastic, and is packing the new LED screen, glass multitouch trackpad, slimed down design, and updated specs, starting at 2.26 Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 2 gigs of RAM, 250 GB hard drive, at the same price of $1000. Not bad at all.

apple mac mini late 2009

Next! New Mac Minis. The little Mac has  gotten yet another specs boost (it got one earlier this year as well. You can see our review on the early 2009 Mac Mini here), with now at $600 you get an upgraded 2.26 Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM, and an 160 GB hard drive, and at $700 you get an even faster 2.53 GHZ C2D, 4 GB RAM, and 320 GB hard drive, making the Mac Mini, as it was, the cheapest way to go Mac. (kinda… provided you aren’t gonna spend money, on, you know, screens, mice and keyboards… if you need some of those, well then this next Mac is the way to go). Also announced was a Mini Server Edition, with no disk drive and instead a 1 TB (or 1000 GB) hard drive, meant for small business owners (any teenaged small business owners out there…?)

apple imac late 2009

The new awesome iMac

But the big player, (and big is very much intended here) is the new updated iMacs, at 21.5 inch and a MONSTER 27 inch beast. Notable is the option for Intel’s new i7 chips in a quad core configuration which is awesome (basically you’ll be getting great speed and power for your Mac while not killing your electric bill. Apple uses the same Core i7 chips found in new laptops in the iMacs– helps keep the sleek design and low power usage– and you can check out our post on the HP Envy 15 and Pavilion dv8 laptops from IDF for full details on all the greatness that is Intel’s new Core i7). Also interesting, is that the screens on the new iMacs support video-in. So you can use your lovely, massive LED widescreen display on say, your new MacBook. Specs on these things are beastly – check ’em out here.

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The new “Magic Mouse”

Finally, peripherals. Apple’s got two new ones here – a new mouse, this time dubbed “The Magic Mouse”, which looks like it fell out of Star Trek, and eliminates the trackball for, you guessed it, multitouch gestures. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but it looks pretty cool. Also added was a new, sleek and aluminum Apple Remote, to match the current line of aluminum iMacs and MacBook Pros.

…Phew. That’s everything. Anyone out there buying new Mac stuff now? Sound off below readers!

Apple’s WWDC: All the Exciting New Products and Updates June 9, 2009

Posted by Eli Blumenthal in Apple, Cell Phones.
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So yesterday was Apple’s WWDC conference, and like all major Apple events, quite a show was put on. A whole bunch of new info and products were announced today (here’s a hint on one new product shown off– a NEW iPHONE!). But not only that (the iPhone 3G S to be more specific), Apple also released Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard,” MacBook Updates, and iPhone OS 3.0.

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Apple's WWDC: All the Exciting New Products and Updates June 9, 2009

Posted by Eli Blumenthal in Apple, Cell Phones.
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apple wwdc 2009

So yesterday was Apple’s WWDC conference, and like all major Apple events, quite a show was put on. A whole bunch of new info and products were announced today (here’s a hint on one new product shown off– a NEW iPHONE!). But not only that (the iPhone 3G S to be more specific), Apple also released Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard,” MacBook Updates, and iPhone OS 3.0.

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TeenTechBlog Year End Awards January 1, 2009

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Happy New Year!!!

Yup, 2008 is in the books- and 2009 is already starting to come upon us. So, what better way to finally finish off 2008 then with our picks for the top gadgets of the year! We got our picks from best cell phone to best laptop to best overall gadget- so read on! (more…)

Apple Announces New Macbooks – First Take October 19, 2008

Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in Computers, First Look/Reviews.
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The New (And Shiny) Macbook and Macbook Pro

So, turns out the Apple event on Tuesday released the new editions of their popular Macbook and Macbook Pro lines. Made of a solid brick of aluminum and lined in a glossy black like the larger iMacs, they look really nice (see the above picture). Also new is a glass, multi-touch trackpad, which serves as the click as well, with the entire trackpad being a button. The computers also have a new, more powerful graphics card— Nvida GeForce 9400M (in contrast to the original Intel graphics card) and an environmentally-friendly LED screen. The Macbook also receives a bump in RAM — 2 GB of RAM as the default — and a 160 GB hard drive.

The 13.3 inch Macbook sells for $1300, with the upper model being $1600- and adding a 250 GB hard drive, 2.4 GHz processor (as opposed to the standard 2.0 GHz), and a backlit keyboard.

Available upgrades include up to 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive or 128 GB Flash memory (also know as SSD or Solid State Drive- these are the hard drives in the iPod Touch, Nano and iPhone and are more ideal for the constant travelers who use their laptops while they move- or moving like between classes- because these don’t have any moving parts in them. This option right now is much more expensive- adding another $600- while also giving you much less memory- 128 GB vs 250 GB). Furthermore, Apple announced that at least for now, the original white plastic Macbook will still be available, starting at $1000 instead of $1100.

Both of these Macbooks are available today at Apple stores and Apple’s website.

So, what does this mean for you?

Well, if you’ve been waiting to get a Macbook, these new features may bring you over. Or, the lower price on the old one may also be good for you.

New Macbooks Coming Next Week! October 9, 2008

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The Macbook event invite

Apple just announced today that next week on October 14, they will be releasing new Macbooks! What these Macbooks are exactly remains anyone’s guess, but the strongest of rumors claims that all the Mac notebooks (including the regular Macbook) will be made out of a single piece of aluminum. Some weaker rumors say everything from new trackpads (maybe glass ones with a multi-touch screen underneath, basically an iPhone in a Macbook), to a Mac tablet (see more info on these and other Macbook rumors here).

While we unfortunately won’t be there in person😦, we will, of course, give you all the info once it comes out next week. In the meantime, hold off on that new laptop purchase and feel free to give us your guess/wish on what you think will happen next week at this Apple event in the comments.

Pix and Info from Engadget.com

Apple Store: My Customer Support Experience September 25, 2008

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Apple Store

As frequent readers may know, I happen to have a Macbook, which I think is awesome. Recently however, my faithful Macbook began to experience some keyboard problems, so I had to take it in to get some repairs. Now, as every person whose ever had technical issues knows, tech support is effectively the worst nightmare. So, bracing myself for the worst, I scheduled an appointment online with my local Apple Store to get it checked out. So far, so good. I go, and after a short wait, I met with one of the Geniuses. He was very helpful, and basically said it was covered under warrenty, and that they would fix it, no problem. It was fast, easy, and I didn’t need to ship it anywhere, which alone saves me a couple of weeks on the repair. Overall, great experience, and a great model for customer service.

New Macbooks Coming in October? September 12, 2008

Posted by Eli Blumenthal in Computers, Rumors.
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Macbook touch?

The new iPods are out, and the Xbox 360 got the rumored price cut, so only one item remains from our “Don’t Buy That iPod, Macbook or Xbox 360” post: the new Macbook. Not to worry though. While Apple didn’t put them out in their event on Tuesday, Gizmodo.com is reporting that on October 14, Apple will be hosting a “Let’s Macbook” — a name we think will probably change beforehand🙂 — event where (you guessed it!) they will reveal the updates to the Macbook lineup.

We expect to see changes to each of the 3 Macbook lines: a new steel designs for the Macbook, a new design for the Macbook Pro, and even a specs update to the Macbook Air (the hard drive in the updated 120 GB iPod Classic is the same type as in the Air, so we assume Apple will throw it into the Air as well), along with anything else you think Apple got up its sleeve. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see that Macbook touch pictured at the top (for the record: that is not real but someone’s Photoshop dream).

So what do you think: will you hold off on that Macbook purchase just a tad longer and wait for the refresh, or are you gonna say “This ain’t gonna happen, and I need it for school now!” Let us know in the comments.

Info and pix from Gizmodo.com

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