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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 10, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Are you curious about what made waves in the tech world today? Well then you've come to the right place. Here's something to whet your electronics news appetite - T-Mobile breaks 1 million iPhone mark on EDGE. And in other Apple news, Macbook Pro 15-inch stock low, Ivy Bridge refresh shipping soon. And now turning to Apple's rival, Microsoft is reportedly working on Kinect for Windows Phone 8. We'll see how that works out...

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Is Apple really in half of US homes?

Is Apple really in half of US homes?

With Apple rocketing in the phone, computing and tablet segments, exactly how many pieces of shiny Cupertino hardware are actually in use is a good question: according to new research (and some perhaps shaky extrapolation) half of American homes have at least one Apple device. The average US home has 1.6 Apple devices, according to a survey by CNBC and Hart Research Associates, with 9-percent owning five or more. However, it's worth noting that just 836 people were questioned.

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Mountain Lion Retina graphics tip high-res MacBooks incoming

Mountain Lion Retina graphics tip high-res MacBooks incoming

There were reports in Feburary that Apple were working HiDPI support into OS X Lion, which would allow resolution independence and sharper graphics on high resolution displays. More evidence has emerged today that Apple may be bringing Retina Displays to MacBooks in the future, with high resolution art for some UI elements being discovered in the latest Mountain Lion developer preview.

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Stop crying about the iPad naming conventions

Stop crying about the iPad naming conventions

The 3rd generation iPad does not have a new name, but neither does the new MacBook Pro, the Apple TV, or the iMac - go home and cry about it. So called "experts" have been weighing in so heavily over the past 24 hours over the "mistake" made by those responsible for naming the newest iPad that you'd think they were stock owners in the company, all of this saying only one thing to your humble narrator: they're mad that they can't pigeonhole the product as easily as they could before. What I'm contending here is that not only does it make perfect sense that Apple cut out the numbering system from the newest model iPad in this generation, they should have done it right from the start.

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Apple slim keyboard tech could make Air-thick MacBook Pro

Apple slim keyboard tech could make Air-thick MacBook Pro

Apple has developed an ultra-slim keyboard design that would allow future MacBook Pro notebooks and others to be even thinner, delivering a layout both tactile enough to suit typists and compact enough for Apple's own design ambitions. Described in a patent application for a "Single Support Lever Keyboard Mechanism" the keyboard is "a thin profile peripheral input device that is both efficient and aesthetically pleasing" Apple writes, as well as opening up new aesthetic possibilities, such as keycaps made from silicone, wood, stone, glass or even polished meteorite.

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Mountain Lion ditches older Macs

Mountain Lion ditches older Macs

Apple Mountain Lion will force many Mac models into legacy status, with no support for the upcoming OS X refresh for numerous pre-2007 MacBooks, MacBook Pros and desktops. The minimum hardware requirements of Mountain Lion - which we previewed comprehensively yesterday - apparently count out multiple models using integrated Intel GPUs, so TUAW's developer source says. That means, if you have a pre-unibody MacBook or the original MacBook Air, there's no Mountain Lion for you.

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Tim Cook “can’t live without” his Apple TV

Tim Cook “can’t live without” his Apple TV

Apple represented themselves with Tim Cook speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference this week, he speaking of the Apple TV saying that he simply cannot imagine life without it. In addition, Cook addressed the fact that he'd previously called the Apple TV a "hobby" saying that yes, it is a hobby, but that Apple doesn't do hobbies - saying that it's only considered a hobby because it's part of such a small market compared to the Mac and iOS markets. Mobile and desktop still reign supreme, ladies and gentlemen.

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incase Shepard Fairey collection revealed

incase Shepard Fairey collection revealed

The folks at one of the most recognizable case companies in the world, incase, have teamed up with one of the most highly visible artists on the planet, Shepard Fairey, to bring a collection of bags and cases that'll set your heart on fire. Four different families of designs, one each of the popular designs "Yen Pattern Red," "Yen Pattern Black," "Lotus Ornament," and "Obey Elephant" have been revealed in a variety of packagings. MacBook Sleeves, iPhone cases, and backpacks, oh my!

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