News Roundup

A quick news roundup to end the week:

  • Apple are planning a major design overhaul of the MacBook Pro.  Like the new MacBook Air, it will feature a featherweight unibody enclosure, SSD drive, no optical drive, instant on display and download-only software options;
  • An iPad 3 Mini may see the light of day later this year, according to one report;
  • iPad 3 rumours have been going around a lot of late.  It’s now believed the quad-core rumour has died a death, and there will be a dual-core CPU onboard instead.
  • Purported part leaks have been doing the rounds too, including rear chassis and retina display

iPad 2 (L) and iPad 3 (R) chassis

Purported iPad 3 outer shell

Purported Retina Display and control board for iPad 3

  • Pictures of the iPad 3 magnets have been shown too, but these are too boring to feature here!
  • The aperture for the iPad 3 camera lens is larger.  The cameras are believed to be of better resolution, and other than the (2048×1536) retina display, the other main difference is Siri integration, and faster GPU.
  • Apple are holding a media event in the first week of March, which is believed to be the launch of the iPad 3.  It will be held at the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, probably on Thursday 1 March.
  • The white polycarbonate MacBook has become an “end of life” item at Apple, and resellers have been told that once they’re gone, they’re gone.
  • A new EFI firmware update has been made available, allowing 2010 MacBook Pro, iMac and MacBook Air users to do a Lion Internet Recovery.
  • Apple is now worth more than Microsoft and Google combined.
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