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Apple hybrid port patent tips slimmer MacBooks sharing sockets

Apple hybrid port patent tips slimmer MacBooks sharing sockets

Apple could further slim its MacBook Air and Pro range by combining ports, a new patent application suggests, developing hybrid USB and SD card reader ports that save notebook space without sacrificing connectivity. The newly published patent, simply titled "combined input port", describes a single connector that, thanks to offset pins inside, could work with both a regular USB plug or the contacts on a memory card, depending on which the user required at the time. However, the same arrangement could also be used for combining any other mixture of ports, such as Thunderbolt, Apple points out.

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MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2013)

MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2013)

Apple's value-proposition for the 2013 MacBook Air is simple: the same sleek ultraportable notebook as before, but lasting much longer. A switch to Intel's latest Haswell processor architecture and a slightly larger battery takes runtime up to twelve hours versus the seven hour estimate of its predecessor, while a new type of flash storage promises even quicker boot times, resume, and file access. Is this the MacBook to own? Read on for our full review.

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MacBook Air 11 2013 teardown breaks up baby Haswell

MacBook Air 11 2013 teardown breaks up baby Haswell

It's a rite of passage, the post-launch teardown, and one the 11-inch MacBook Air couldn't escape after its bigger sibling suffered the indignity on Wednesday. iFixit stripped the slimline ultraportable to its component boards in the hunt for something electronically interesting, finding a bigger battery than the old model, as well as new flash storage that's a little less Samsung dominated.

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MacBook Air refreshed with “All-day battery life”

MacBook Air refreshed with “All-day battery life”

This week the folks at Apple have revealed a new generation for the MacBook Air at WWDC 2013 with a 4th Generation Intel core processor (Haswell.) This system works with Haswell ULT, made for notebooks to work with smart low-power states with "up to 30 days" of standby time. While the 5 hours of battery life with the 11-inch machine goes up another 6 hours, the 13-inch MacBook Air used to work with 7 hours of battery life while the new model works with 12 hours of battery life.

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SlashGear live at WWDC 2013: We’re here!

SlashGear live at WWDC 2013: We’re here!

This year's big Apple developers conference has arrived, WWDC 2013, and SlashGear is now on the scene to bring the full top-to-bottom report to you, up close and personal. While the main entry point for Apple's major keynote for this multi-day event will be accessible to you via SlashGear's WWDC 2013 liveblog portal (starting at 10AM PST, June 10th), you'll also want to catch up on Apple news, tips, and rumors leading up to this event.

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WWDC 2013 liveblog reminder: SlashGear will be here at 10AM PST!

WWDC 2013 liveblog reminder: SlashGear will be here at 10AM PST!

Apple's big WWDC 2013 keynote will be starting at 10AM PST tomorrow morning (that's June 10th, if you did not know), and SlashGear will be bringing a liveblog to you straight from inside the Moscone Center. If the banners we've seen tied with the rumors, tips, and suggestions hold true, we'll be seeing an event that will boost the capabilities of Apple's iPhone and iPad ranges while it gives a full hardware upgrade to its laptops across the board. You'll be able to catch is all in our WWDC 2013: SlashGear Live page (linked below) just before the start and through the entirety of the event.

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WWDC 2013 Hardware Expectations: MacBook Air, Retina Pro, Mac Pro refresh

WWDC 2013 Hardware Expectations: MacBook Air, Retina Pro, Mac Pro refresh

Monday will be the day that Apple brings its yearly developers conference to the city of San Francisco once again, with plenty of software updates in the wings: but what about hardware? Here in the week before WWDC 2013, several devices have been tipped or otherwise leaked, with upgrades and refreshes of devices we've seen in the past looking to be the stars of the main event keynote. This will mirror last years' event in which several notebooks were given upgrades and the Mac Pro was given a boost behind the scenes.

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