The Black Friday 2013 laptop deals are somewhat similar to those offered last year. In the Windows arena, we have a couple of sub-$200 full-size laptops, a couple of ~$250 netbook-like ultraportables, many good affordable choices under $500, high-performers for $800 or lower, and powerful gaming laptops for about $1,000. However, there’s one significant change this year. It’s a rise of affordable touchscreen laptops, starting at $250, as well as hybrid laptop / tablet systems priced at $500+. Deals on the traditionally more expensive Apple’s MacBook Air / Pro systems are rare as usual, but Best Buy has a couple of great offers. Chromebooks are cheap like always, with some discounted prices on top of their very low regular price tags.
MacBook Air 2013 11″ (MD711LL/A & MD712LL/A), 13″ (MD760LL/A & MD761LL/A) Overview and Review Round-Up
The brand new MacBook Air for the year 2013 is now available in a form of four SKUs: the 11.6-inch MD711LL/A and MD712LL/A, and 13-inch MD760LL/A and MD761LL/A. Let’s take a look at highlights of the whole new lineup of Apple’s popular ultraportables and the main differences between the models, as well as the first benchmark results of computing speed and (shocking) battery life.
This is an overview of Apple’s recently unveiled mid-2012 MacBook Air 13.3″ ultraportable laptops. The company also offers a more compact 11.6″ variant but this post is focused on the two Air 13 models, the lower-end MD231LL/A and better specced MD232LL/A.
Retina laptops have arrived. Some of the MacBook Pro 15 models for 2012 feature the remarkable Retina 15.4″ screens with a resolution of 2880-by-1800, unseen on the laptops to date. With 220 ppi (pixels per inch), it’s not only the highest-res notebook display on the market, but also IPS technology adds more quality to the panel, especially in terms of viewing angles of up to 178 degrees.
The MD101LL/A is the most inexpensive model from the 2012 MacBook Pro refresh. The laptop in question is a 13.3-incher with the 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 2.5GHz processor. Apple’s policy is not to say which exact CPU model is used in their laptops, but judging from the clock speed we assume the chip is actually the i5-3210M with two cores, 3MB of L3 cache, and a maximal TurboBoost frequency of 3.1GHz. The CPU is the lowest-end part in the current Ivy Bridge i5 standard-voltage lineup. The higher-end 2012 MacBook Pro 13 variant is equipped with the 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (i7-3520M).
Apple released today a developer version of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, revealing new features of their upcoming operating system for Mac laptops and desktops.
OS X Mountain Lion brings to Apple’s computers many features found on iOS mobile OS and relies heavily on iCloud cloud service for storing data on iCloud servers and sharing them across different devices.
Retailers and computer makers in the U.S. have started announcing their Cyber Monday laptop deals for 2011, offering great savings on notebooks, netbooks, and tablets this year.
Apple has launched the MacBook Pro late 2011 hardware specifications refresh across the whole line of the Intel “Sandy Bridge” powered laptops. The updates include faster processors, more powerful graphics, and new data storage options.
The new 13-inch models are the lower-end MD313LL/A and higher-end MD314LL/A, featuring 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and 2.8GHz dual-core i7, respectively, instead of the previous 2.3GHz and 2.7GHz chips. Another upgrade on the 13.3-inchers is an increased hard drive capacity from 320GB and 500GB to 500GB and 750GB, respectively.
Apple has released the MacBook Air 2011 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch ultraportable laptops, which now include the Intel “Sandy Bridge” processors, Mac OS X Lion operating system, and a starting price of $999.
Apple today released the MacBook Pro 2011 laptop lineup, including the new 13″, 15″, and 17″ models.
iOS 4.2 is available for download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch now.
The iPad is advertised as “a magical and revolutionary product”. This 1.5-pound half inch thin tablet features a 9.7″ 1024-by-768-pixel multi-touch screen, a 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed processor, 16, 32, or 64GB of flash drive storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a claimed battery life of “up to 10 hours”. Models with 3G mobile broadband connectivity are expected to hit the market later this month.
Yoggie Security Systems today launched the Gatekeeper Pico for Mac and Gatekeeper Card Pro for Mac, the “world’s first miniature hardware internet security devices for MacBooks and Mac desktop computers”.
The devices provide 12 internet security applications on a dedicated hardware. Security functions in the Gatekeeper for Mac products include integrated stateful inspection firewall, Snort intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems, Sourcefire VRT certified Snort rules, Kaspersky anti-virus and anti-spyware, Mailshell anti-spam and anti-phishing, SurfControl Web content filtering, adaptive security policy, multi-layer security agent, Layer-8 security engine, and VPN client (Card version only).
This laptop, advertised as “the world’s thinnest notebook“, features a 13.3-inch LED backlight display, a modified Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a spacious trackpad with multi-touch gesture support, 2GB of memory, an 80GB 1.8-inch hard drive or an optional 64GB solid state drive, 802.11n wireless connection, Bluetooth 2.1 technology, the Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics, a micro-DVI port, and only one USB port. Ethernet LAN port and modem are provided via external USB adapters. The MacBook Air has no built-in optical drive. The system weighs three pounds and starts at $1,799.
“The MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16-inches at its thinnest point, while its maximum height of 0.76-inches is less than the thinnest point on competing notebooks,” the company’s press release says.