Next Generation Macbook Pro 13 inch Coming this October?

The 15 inch next generation Macbook Pro was the darling of the WWDC this year for many reasons. However, if you were hoping for for a 13 inch next generation Macbook Pro, then you were left out in the cold to hope for another day. Well there is hope, more than hope really as more and more reports continue to come in claiming another Macbook Pro, more specially, a next generation Macbook Pro 13 inch is due this fall around the October.
Just about 4 days before the release of the 15 inch next generation Macbook Pro, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities released a report that stated Apple would be in fact releasing the next generation Macbook along side the current Macbook Pro line, instead of replacing it. Kuo even went as far to report that an updated Macbook Pro would not be released until at the earliest August of this year due to issues with dissipation of heat throughout the machine. According to to Kuo;

[W]e don’t expect the new 13” MacBook to be available until after August this year, as it has limited space for thermal dissipation and uses a lower-yield retinal display than the 15” version. [Kuo] expects Apple to ramp up production of a 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display in September. That would allow the product to hit stores in early October, in time for the holiday shopping season.
Potentially supporting the idea of a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro being in testing is the discovery of a “MacBookPro10,2” listing in the results database for the battery utility app MiniBatteryLogger. The 15-inch MacBook Pro carries a designation of “MacBookPro10,1”, and while the MacBookPro10,2 designation could presumably have been faked, there are several indications that it may be legitimate. 
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Ping has Officially Ponged, Say Goodbye

Ping, Apples Music Social
Network is being removed.

In response to a question about Apple’s Ping social network at the D10 conference last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “the customer voted and said ‘this isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into’.”


Apple hasn’t done much with Ping since it was released more than a year and a half ago, and Cook’s statement indicated that trend would continue. Now, All Things Digital’s John Paczkowski says that Apple will be discontinuing Ping, rather than letting it wither from neglect.


“And rather than continue to maintain Ping, the company is abandoning it and using its partnerships with Twitter and Facebook to make its various software and service offerings social in a way that consumers actually care about.


Sources close to the company say that Ping, which still exists today in iTunes 10.6.3, will be gone with the software’s next major release, likely scheduled for this fall. And at that point Apple’s social networking offerings will shift to Twitter and new partner Facebook entirely.”


Ping was intended to be a social network for music that would help users discover new music, and let users to follow favorite artists and friends. Ping would also create a custom chart showing music selections based on those followed.


Though Ping gained 1 million users in its first two days of availability, the service never really caught on.

The WWDC in 90 Seconds

Every year Apple host the event known as the WorldWide Developers Conference also known as the WWDC. For each passing year, it seems this event grows tremendously with even casual fans taking notice to the event. For many Apple fanboys and casual followers, the WWDC is like Christmas in June with new products and software to go with the new products.

Many people want to follow the WWDC but doing so can be extremely tough until sites like 9to5mac, Engadget, and Guessing the Apple send the word out because there is no live access to the WWDC. After a few hours Apple does release the Keynote video and it is the whole enchilada coming in at usually 90 minutes to 2 full hours. Most people simply cannot watch the entire keynote. So this is where one of my favorite blogs, Cult of Mac, has stepped in as they have all the key highlights of this years WWDC 2012 in 90 seconds. Enjoy!

Next Generation Macbook Pro is here!

The next generation Macbook Pro.

After years of clamoring, months of screaming, and days of denial, the Macbook Pro we dreamed of is finally here. Not only did Apple prove they havent forgotten about the Mac, they proved to me and many others that the Mac is here to stay with such a solid product with an even more solid OS coming to the product in July. What makes this Macbook Pro so good? Well i’ll list the features/specs of this powerful machine:

  • 15.4″ Retina display at a 2880×1880 resolution, 220 ppi with 5,184,000 pixels, with a display that is built directly into the unibody construction to make the notebook lighter.
  • Quad-core Ivy Bridge processors up to 2.8GHz and turbo boost up to 3.7GHz, up to 16GB of MacBook Air-like non-upgradable 1600MHz RAM, and a maximum of 768GB of next generation flash storage.
  • The new Pro weighs in at 4.46 pounds and is 0.71″ thick, but does not include a MacBook Air-like tapered body. There is no optical drive. 
  • 7 hours of battery life with 30 days of standby time.
  • includes an SD slot, HDMI, and a USB 3.0/2.0 combo port on the right side, and a MagSafe power port, two Thunderbolt ports, another USB 3.0/2.0 port and a headphone jack on the left.
So to recap of what is under the hood of this machine, for the base model with the Retina display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Ivy Bridge i7, 8GB of RAM, a NVidia GeForce GT 650M 1GB graphics card, and 256GB of flash storage. The Next Generation MacBook Pro begins shipping today at a starting price of $2199. 

WWDC 2012 Keynote Update!

Specs fo the new 15 inch Macbook Pro.

So far the presentation has gone as expected for me atleast. The Macbook Air was slightly refreshed with a better processing chip Ivy Bride, however, the Macbook Pro 15 inch has been totally updated and stole the show. The 13-inch MacBook Pro spec upgrade costs $1199, while the 15-inch will sell for $1499. The 15-inch is offered in $1799 and $2199 models with beefier quad-core chips. The outwards design of these upgraded MacBook Pros have stayed the same. If you are wondering about the specs of these models, check out the picture to the right.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Shipping in July!

Sticking to the Mac theme here, Apple announced that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will ship in July and will be available for 19.99, which is $10 dollars cheaper than OS X 10.7 Lion was. The only catch is that Mountain Lion will not ship with the new updated Macs, but if you purchase one from now until the release date, you get Mountain Lion free of charge.

So there you have it, WWDC 2012 is still under way and talking about iOS at the moment. Catch up with you all later. Peace Apple Nation!

Apple’s Back to School Promotion

Remember the days when Apple gave out free printers and iPod touches to those that purchased a Mac during the annual Back to School promotion? Well I remember. Sadly, Apple no longer sees that promotion as necessary because they can now offer 100 dollars in iStore credit instead of 200+ dollars in value merchandise to go with your mac.

Back to School promotion for new iPad and Mac purchases.

Atleast with this year, the iPad is included in the deal with a $50 value for those buying new macs. Those deciding to buy the refurbed iPads are left out in the cold, as to be expected. As for the Mac, everything seems business as usual with the promotion appearing to be very similar to last years promotion. Any Mac that qualifies will receive a $100 iTunes card. As with previous years, the cards should be valid across Apple’s digital stores, including the iTunes Store, iOS App Store, Mac App Store, and iBookstore.

WWDC and Weekend recap of Apple

iOS 6 banner at this years WWDC in San Francisco,
California. 

With the WWDC less than two days away, anticipation has been building and rumors disappearing less and less as the most anticipated Keynote of the year for Apple fans is upon us. For the most part, we know what Apple will announce such as iOS 6, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and updated Macs. Yet dont be surprised if Apple decides to throw a curveball and announce something no one expected. Where would the fun be in that if we knew everything? My guess is not that much. So lets do the rundown of the weekend recap, the last recap before the WWDC:
  • Virgin, Boost Mobile and others are getting the iPhone as a pre paid phone. More options, no contracts, people really want them.
  • Pictures of banners from the WWDC with iOS 6 on them continue to show up. If you want to be a pessimist like most on MacRumors, its fake….yep!! fake……
  • Apple TV is being opened up to 3rd party app developers. Looks like an App Store for Apple TV is coming after all.
  • Last but not least, T-Mobile is working really hard to get on Apples good side as they continue to refarm their Cellular network to 1900 MHz which is compatible with the iPhone. T-Mobile users will have 3G at this years WWDC instead of Edge network. Good job T-Mobile, glad it only took you years to catch up to Cricket, Boost Mobile, Virgin and others. Good job…
Well thats this weekends recap, don’t forget that immediately following the WWDC, Guessing the Apple will bring you full coverage of new products, software updates, and release dates for everything. Don’t forget to follow us on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook for all your Apple news. Peace Apple Nation and Happy WWDC Eve!