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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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WWDC 2013 software wrap-up: iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks lead the way

WWDC 2013 software wrap-up: iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks lead the way

This year's WWDC keynote revealed both the next generation in Apple's mobile operating system and their change of name re-track of their desktop-based OS X. With iOS 7, Jony Ive's look and feel are rather apparent with a top-to-bottom adjustment to the operating system along with some pointed connections to the desktop side of things. Apple's update to OS X, on the other hand, sees a slightly less drastic adjustment happening: and no, that's not OS X Sea Lion, it's more of a wave sort of situation.

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Apple WWDC 2013 hardware wrap-up: MacBook Air, AirPort Extreme, Mac Pro

Apple WWDC 2013 hardware wrap-up: MacBook Air, AirPort Extreme, Mac Pro

In Apple's 2013 developers conference main keynote, the company showed a select few bits and pieces in the hardware realm. While no new mobile devices were unleashed, the desktop environment was given a bit of a bump with a MacBook Air refresh as well as a total re-thinking of the way the Mac Pro exists: 1/8th the size of its predecessor.

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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: what you WON’T be seeing

WWDC 2013: what you WON’T be seeing

Starting Monday, Apple's 2013 iteration of their developers convention WWDC begins in San Francisco - and there's a lot you'll not be seeing. It's not that there'll be a lot of information under the skin and behind closed doors, that's not what this is all about. Instead, it's all about what's still in the wings at Apple, what's not quite ready to be released, and what will never, ever be released, especially not next week.

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MacBook Pro Retina reboot tipped with slimmer design and 1080p camera

MacBook Pro Retina reboot tipped with slimmer design and 1080p camera

It's probably a good bet that we'll see MacBook refreshes at WWDC this year, including an update to Intel Haswell chips in all of the machines. However, it's rumored that we'll also see a slimmer MacBook Pro Retina model, as well as a better FaceTime camera, possibly boosting it up to full 1080p.

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MacBook refresh incoming at WWDC as new SKUs leak

MacBook refresh incoming at WWDC as new SKUs leak

At last year's opening keynote during WWDC 2012, Apple introduced a refreshed line of Macs, so it would make sense for the company to do the same this year, and it seems that's exactly what's going to happen. According to a set of leaked SKUs, Apple has plans to refresh at least one of its MacBook lines with new models.

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MacBook Air stock shortage adds weight to WWDC range-refresh rumors

MacBook Air stock shortage adds weight to WWDC range-refresh rumors

Whispers of a full MacBook refresh at Apple's WWDC 2013 this June look increasingly possible, with stocks of the 13-inch MacBook Air already tightening ahead of what's believed to be an Intel Haswell-based upgrade. Apple was tipped to be updating its notebook line-up to Intel's 4th-gen Core processors by analysts back in April, and now stock checks across US retailers would seemingly confirm that the last of the existing models are being mopped up.

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Dear Apple: Where Is My Mac Pro?

Dear Apple: Where Is My Mac Pro?

As I sat here today thinking about what I should write for my latest column here on SlashGear, I was distracted. I didn’t look at the latest news, like I usually do, and I wasn’t particularly interested in anything in particular. My mind was entirely dominated by one thought: the computer I was about to write the column on.

As I write this, I’m working on a Mac Pro that I bought several years ago. At the time, the computer was state-of-the-art and capable of handling all kinds of tasks. For me, it was a perfect solution: it offered me the flexibility to run three monitors, had the power to handle some video editing, and was running OS X – an operating system, I believe, is superior to Windows.

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Is Apple Losing Its Hardware Design Cred?

Is Apple Losing Its Hardware Design Cred?

When you think of Apple, what’s the first thing you think of? For the company’s fans, it’s undoubtedly Steve Jobs, Macs, the iPhone, and iPad. For the company’s haters, it’s typically issues they have with its control over its products, high prices, and its fans, who think their favorite company is superior to all others.

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