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Apple Power Nap hits 2011/2012 MacBook Air; Retina MBP “coming soon”

Apple Power Nap hits 2011/2012 MacBook Air; Retina MBP “coming soon”

Apple has released updates for the MacBook Air preparing the ultraportable for the new Power Nap feature of Mountain Lion, with the promise of a MacBook Pro Retina update in the pipeline. The System Management Controller (SMC) updates tweak the mid-2011 and 2012 MacBook Airs to support the new functionality, which allows them to silently power on while not in use and update software, check for new mail, synchronize media and make Time Machine backups, among other things.

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OS X Mountain Lion up-to-date program seeing early evolution pains

OS X Mountain Lion up-to-date program seeing early evolution pains

This morning is the first in which users with Mac computers are able to download Apple's OS X Mountain Lion operating system - and right off the bat there have been a couple of minor incidents you should be aware of. Apple's up-to-date program allows anyone who purchased a new Mac on or after June 11, 2012, to receive a free upgrade to the newest operating system. Early problems have included redemption codes not functioning correctly and users in general not understanding the connection between the redemption codes and the free nature of the upgrade.

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Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch and new iMac tipped for September

Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch and new iMac tipped for September

The month of September may very well be one of some blockbuster releases for Apple, with a brand new iMac and the 13-inch version of the Retina MacBook Pro prepped for release alongside rumored mobile devices galore. This tip comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who speaks with Appleinsider on how two benchmarks as well as predictions linked to previous launch times of Mac products leads him to trust that the two mentioned computers will be popping up very soon. Apple has just this week begun to reduce the shipping time for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display after weeks of it being on the market - time to ramp up sales once again!

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 23, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 23, 2012

This morning it's a time of easing - but perhaps before the storm, if you know what I mean. It appears that you'll be able to order a MacBook Pro with Retina Display with delivery inside two weeks. On the other hand, the Google Nexus 7 is all but sold out across the whole entire earth! The Canon EOS M is up for pre-order and supplies are already racking up short. There's a transparent Nintendo 3DS XL out there somewhere on the planet, but the company isn't budging on sales.

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Retina MacBook and Air units get first software update

Retina MacBook and Air units get first software update

Apple has released a software update for 2012 MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs that fixes some issues with increased CPU power usage. Of course, we're still not entirely clear what is causing the CPU to use more power than it should in some cases (and Apple apparently isn't interested elaborating), but whatever the issue was, it's been fixed. The software update also "improves compatibility with some USB devices" in addition to fixing the CPU power problems.

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Parallels Desktop 7 and Parallels Mobile updated to support Retina Display

Parallels Desktop 7 and Parallels Mobile updated to support Retina Display

Parallels has announced that its Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac and Parallels Mobile software has been updated to support Apple's Retina Display on the latest MacBook Pros and the new iPad. This, of course, allows users to take advantage one of the more impressive features found on new Mac products while running a different operating system. In an effort to build some hype around this latest update, Parallels has released a video of the program running with Retina Display, which you can catch after the jump.

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Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch appears in Geekbench

Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch appears in Geekbench

This afternoon several benchmarks have appeared in the greater archives of Geekbench (a system we also use for computer reviews) which show a brand new Apple MacBook Pro with 13-inch Retina display. This is different from the current model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display we've already reviewed in that, one, of course it has a different size display, and two, that it has a significantly lower score in Geekbench than we got - a total of 7806 compared to our 15-incher's 12970. Of course it's all relative, and the important part is the fact that this device may well exist.

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Nifty MiniDrive offers storage solution for MacBook Pro and Air

Nifty MiniDrive offers storage solution for MacBook Pro and Air

Limited storage on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro can sometimes be a pain in the neck when you really need more to work with, which is why the new Nifty MiniDrive has been introduced as a new semi-permanent backup storage solution. Taking advantage of the MacBook’s SD card slots, it should be a great alternative to carrying around extra bulky pieces of hardware and having pieces sticking out of the side of your laptop.

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