Apple get out their new notebooks

16 10 2008

Hi all

Yesterday, Apple announced brand new notebooks to replace some of their current models (well, no longer current). The first was the new Macbook Pro, with new design and a smooth glass multi-touch trackpad. In addition to this, there is a brand new graphics card, the NVidia 9400M plus 9600M GT which provides extra high graphics although you have to switch between the two. The design is new using one solid piece of aluminum as its enclosure, the screen is ultra thin and features a backlit 15″ LCD display given rich colour.  The smooth glass multi-touch trackpad allows you perform multi touch gestures plus the trackpad is the button itself! And the price is of reasonable cost starting from £1,399. 

Next Apple announced a revision to the MacBook Air with better graphics and huge capacity too starting from £1,299. The solid state drive version sports a huge 128Gb capacity bringing it to £1,799. This however will be out in November.

Finally, the MacBook has been a very popular notebook. During its time, it has had minor revisions including hard disk capacities and faster processor speeds, but now it has been given a total redesigned resembling the MacBook Pro only smaller at 13″ LCD display and sporting NVidia 9400M graphics making a faster performance machine at a good price. The lowest model of this type costs £949. However, Apple have a even cheaper white model costing £719 which now contains a Superdrive as standard and a faster processor.

All in all, it is a huge improvement from the last time and certain a good time to buy a portable Mac if you haven’t already bought one!

What do you think of the new Mac notebooks? Let me know!

What technology we have this year!

18 01 2008

Hi all

Sorry for what appears to be a once in a while activity! But I thought it was time to say something!

So what does the title of this blog entry mean? Well if you have been reading the technology news, you will have read about Macworld 2008! The biggest release for Apple was the Macbook Air, the world’s thinnest notebook! Check out the photo below to see how thin and cool this device really is!

Thin huh? It does have few things though to be thin. It doesn’t have an optical drive (which you have to pay £65 for) and has one USB port, not good if you need to connect more than one device…but Apple’s argument is that you will be using the built in wireless technology. Fair enough, but what about those who don’t use wireless???

In addition, check out the prices, an 80Gb HDD version is costs £1,199. And then there is the 60Gb solid state disk version. What’s that? Well in short, it is a flash drive. To get one of those will cost you £2,028! What an odd looking price, but it is expensive because of the flash drive!

As well as this brand new notebook, there were other announcements…

1. iPhone update – the iPhone has finally got an update and includes new features to Maps, and now you can customise the Home Screen! What a great feature…one thing that has not been added is copy/paste! Why, oh why??

2. iPod Touch update – good news for iPod Touch users, you can now get five cool apps to add to your device (why didn’t they think of that earlier??) – you can now send and receive e-mail (although via Wi-fi only), view maps, stocks and weather plus add notes! To update your device, be prepared to pay £12.99!

3. Time Capsule – A wireless router and hard disk! Great when you can backup more than one computer to this device…good!

4. Apple TV – a new version and finally movie rentals are on the cards! Imagine now you can sit at home and rent movies on demand without going out on a wet and stormy night!

What do you think of these announcements? Impressed or disappointed? Give your feedback!