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$799 MacBook Air tipped for Q3 2012

$799 MacBook Air tipped for Q3 2012

Apple will release a budget MacBook Air in Q3 2012, supply chain insiders claim, pricing the entry-level ultraportable at just $799 and presenting a compelling alternative to Intel's ultrabook drive. Exact specifications for the new budget model haven't been suggested by DigiTimes' sources, though the Cupertino company's target is clear: second-gen ultrabooks running Ivy Bridge processors from names like ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and Sony.

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Apple set for Liquidmetal ‘casing and enclosures’

Apple set for Liquidmetal ‘casing and enclosures’

This week the inventor of the metallic alloys known collectively as Liquidmetal has been interviewed and spoke on how Apple will use the technology in the future. What he's revealed - or what he's confirmed, since it's all certainly been suggested in the past, is that Apple will use Liquidmetal alloys on future "breakthrough" products with casings and enclosures made with the technology. He's also confirmed that Apple is the only company on earth the have exclusive rights to Liquidmetal as a material technology for technology casing enclosures - with perhaps an iPhone 5 or a MacBook Pro 2012 model on the way.

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MacBook Pro 2012 amps up with SSD and battery

MacBook Pro 2012 amps up with SSD and battery

While the common rumor thus far for the new MacBook Pro 2012 models has been that they'll cut down the size to MacBook Air levels, a new tip today says that's simply not the case. What we've got here instead is a new case with no optical drive and the space that was used up by the optical drive being used for a much more gigantic battery and an SSD boot drive to take down costs for the unit substantially - that SSD being just for the OS. This notion was accompanied by the illustration you see below.

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Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

For those looking for a lightweight web-browsing, media consuming, and casual game-playing machine for 2012, the current Ultrabook lineup doesn't always add up against the iPad. Though notebooks and desktop computers have been around for quite a few more years than the iPad, the latter essentially wrote the book on a vertically integrated hardware and software experience with Apple. Netbooks died because they couldn't replace what the laptop did for them for computing power - now the Ultrabook is here with plenty of power that the average person simply does not need. Is the iPad that perfect medium for the post-PC era?

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MacBook Pro 2012 refresh hits this June

MacBook Pro 2012 refresh hits this June

If our readings are correct, the planets are coming together to create a perfect storm of availability in software, hardware, and demand for a MacBook Pro 2012 release this June at WWDC. It's a very simple combination of the Apple OS X Mountain Lion software release, a precedent of notebook hardware being released at WWDC, and the pulling back of supply for the line of computers we're speaking about here that says we're about to see a new MacBook Pro in less than two months from now.

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MacBook Pro 2012 Liquidmetal integration tipped

MacBook Pro 2012 Liquidmetal integration tipped

In a not completely unfounded turn of events here this fine spring morning, we've been tipped by an anonymous Apple fan that they've seen Liquidmetal technology being used in a device much larger than an iPhone. Though such a vague tip and anonymous to boot wouldn't normally be something we'd cover, the possibility that this could be the next big MacBook Pro feature is just too perfect not to consider. With the MacBook Pro 2012 models coming sooner than later and Intel's Ivy Bridge generation of processors revealed today, could we have the whole picture here right in front of us?

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Apple + Valve = OS X Gaming Push

Apple + Valve = OS X Gaming Push

This weekend we're hearing basically every single tech, gaming, and Apple-heavy site flip out over the idea that Tim Cook's visit to Valve means an Apple gaming console is in the mix - I disagree. Several simple factors mean that Apple's next-generation television push isn't going to be a full-fledged television, and several simple factors count Valve out of the physical gaming system game as well. Instead, I contend that Apple will be releasing their next-generation MacBook Pro line with emphasis on graphics and computing power, with Valve's library of OS X-compatible games there to back up their claims.

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Intel VP confirms Retina support in Ivy Bridge

Intel VP confirms Retina support in Ivy Bridge

During the Intel Developer Forum yesterday, the company predicted that pixel-dense displays will become mainstream by 2013 in devices ranging from smartphones to desktop computers. Intel's VP and GM of the PC Client Group Kirk Skaugen also revealed that upcoming Ivy Bridge chips are built for Retina display computers, pretty much confirming rumors that next-gen Macs will indeed feature the high-resolution screen.

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