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New Apple Macbook Pro RAM is soldered to the motherboard

June 13th, 2012 No comments

The new Retina Macbook Pro announced at WWDC 2012 looks really nice:

  • 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • 512gb SSD (with 768GB option)

However, I think this is a bit sly of them – they’ve soldered the RAM to the motherboard, so you not only can’t use cheaper third-party RAM, but you can’t upgrade the RAM at all.

It stands to reason, when they do similar on the iOS products – the iPhone, iPad and iPod’s all have fixed storage and no way of using SD card’s, USB stick’s or change the battery like on competitors products, but RAM has always been upgradable.

You can see it in this image on the Apple site:

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Creating a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Install DVD

June 11th, 2011 No comments

I assume anyone that cares will be aware of the announcements from this year’s WWDC Keynote (video).

The first of these big announcements was regarding the next version of OS X, Apple’s Operating System for the Mac, code-named Lion (version 10.7). Lion will be available in July, priced at $29.99 and for the first time, only available in the “App Store”.

Shipping the upgrade in the App Store allows Apple to keep the cost down and provides a very easy way of obtaining the update. What is also neat is that as with other App Store applications, you are permitted to purchase it once and install on any number of Mac’s that you own and have linked to your Apple Account.

My instant reactions about ONLY shipping through the App Store (as opposed to offering it through the App Store but also providing the ability to purchase DVD’s from an Apple Store or the Apple Site) were:

What if you want to do a clean installation?

If you are re-installing in the future, do you need to install Snow Leopard and then upgrade to Lion all over again?

What happens if you don’t have an internet connection capable of downloading 4GB? (or have a non-internet connected Mac?)

What if you have a Mac without Snow Leopard and the App Store?

Will you be able to create a DVD some how?

Thankfully, even before it’s released, someone has already published a very easy way of creating a Mac OS X Lion DVD on any Lion compatible Mac running Snow Leopard.

  1. Purchase and download Lion from the Mac App Store.
  2. Right click on “Mac OS X Lion” installer and choose the option to “Show Package Contents.”
  3. Inside the Contents folder that appears you will find a SharedSupport folder and inside the SharedSupport folder you will find the “InstallESD.dmg”. This is the Lion boot disc image.
  4. Copy “InstallESD.dmg” to another folder like the Desktop.
  5. Launch Disk Utility and click the burn button.
  6. Select the copied “InstallESD.dmg” as the image to burn, insert a standard sized 4.7 GB DVD and wait.

I’ve not tried this as I don’t have access to the Lion beta, but it sure looks sane and shows that (assuming nothing changes before the final release) it will be possible. This is good news for me as i’m much more of a clean install than an upgrade guy.

I also assume that if Apple have made this so easy to do that they are ok with it – and after all, you are still genuinely purchasing the update.

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Why Apple Didn’t Introduce a Retina Display in the iPad 2

March 12th, 2011 No comments

I talked in a previous post about the announcement of the iPad 2 (which went on sale yesterday in the US).

A lot of the announced features could have easily been (and were) guessed. One thing that was notably missing from the iPad 2′s specification though was the so called “Retina Display” that was introduced with the iPhone 4.

There is an interesting thread on Quora looking at the reasons this might be the case.

Basically, there are a number of plausible explanations:

  • Cost and availability of the parts
  • Adverse effect on battery life
  • Hardware requirements to drive such a display
  • Lack of competition
  • Hopefully we’ll see a Retina Display in the iPad 3.

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    Apple Announces the iPad 2, iOS 4.3, Photobooth, iMovie and GarageBand

    March 3rd, 2011 No comments

    Yesterday (2nd March 2011), Apple announced the 2nd generation of their groundbreaking tablet device, the iPad 2.

    The first surprise of the day was that Steve Jobs took the stage at the event. Steve is currently on health related leave and although there was rumours of his attendance, he wasn’t expected to be there. His entry was accompanied by cheers and applause.

    As usual, the first order of the day was some updates and statistics:

  • There are now 2,500 books in the iBookstore and since opening, there have been over 100 million downloads.
  • There is a new addition, Random House with 17,000 books
  • There are now over 200 million iTunes accounts
  • $2,000,000,000 has been paid to developers
  • 100 million iPhones have been sold
  • Steve then proceeded to announce the iPad 2 and the following features:

  • New Apple A5 Chip – Dual Core, 2x faster CPU, 9x faster graphics and same low power usage as the current, single core A4 chip
  • Front and rear cameras
  • Gyroscope
  • 33% thinner (13.4mm down to 8.8mm)
  • Black and White versions available
  • Available on AT&T and Verizon (GSM and CDMA)
  • Same 10 hour battery life
  • Same pricing (starting from $499)
  • Available 11th March in the US and 25th March in 25 other countries, including the UK
  • To accompany the new iPad, the following new accessories were announced:

  • HDMI Video Adapter ($39) – this gives a 1080p mirrored video output which supports rotation and works with all applications
  • Smart Covers – these are a new cover which doubles up as a stand. Included are magnets which grasp and auto align, adds minimal weight and thickness, micro-fibre lining cleans screen, wake on open & sleep on close, easy to remove or change and available in polyurethane ($39) or leather ($69).
  • The new wasn’t just about the iPad, Apple also announced the release of iOS 4.3, including:

  • Safari performance improvements – Nitro JavaScript engine
  • iTunes Home Sharing Improvements
  • AirPlay Improvements
  • Preference for iPad switch (mute or rotation selection)
  • Personal Hotspot (iPhone 4)
  • New Photo Booth Software
  • Available 11th March for iPad, iPhone (GSM) and ipod touch (3rd and 4th gen)
  • Alongside the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3, Apple have been working on some new applications both available on the 11th March priced at $4.99 each:

  • iMovie
  • Garageband
  • Sadly, despite the rumours, there was no mention of changes to Mobile Me or any mention of iOS 5.

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