Fire Sale on End of Life 'Books, Pros of SD Card Support, 13" MacBook Pro an Editor's Choice, and More
This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News
All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
News & Opinion
- Fire Sale Prices on Previous Generation Mac Notebooks
- Mac Prices Bargains to Some, Too High for Others
- iFixit 13" Macbook Pro Teardown
- Updated MacBook Pro Lineup Points to Future Changes
- The Case of the Missing ExpressCard Slot
- Bring the ExpressCard Slot Back to the 15" MacBook Pro
- MacBook Pro SD Slot Not Just for Digital Camera Cards
- New MacBook Pro Can Boot from SD Card
- SanDisk Surprised by MacBook Pro SD Card Support
- Apple's MacBook Flop - Fixed!
- 13" MacBook Pro vs. MacBook White
- 13" MacBook Pros Provide New Options for Schools
- New MacBook Pros Demystified
- Apple Takes a New Netbook Position
- Apple to Ship 10" Netbook This Year
- Apple Paving the Way for an All-new 'MacBook'?
- New MacBook Pro Highlights the Performance of 1394b
Products & Services
- Virgin Mobile USA Introduces 3G Broadband2Go
- Eye-Fi SD Cards Updated with RAW Uploads, Computer Transfers
- OWC Announces Memory Upgrades Up to 4 GB for May 2009 MacBook White
News & Opinion
AppleInsider staff reports that while Apple retail stores this week have been waiting on the first shipments of new Mac notebooks announced Monday, the company has quietly introduced end-of-life pricing on previous generation models to help its shops clear remaining inventory.
- previous-generation 13-inch MacBooks - $100 to $300
- previous-generation MacBook Airs - $400 to $800
- previous-generation MacBook Pros - $400 to $500
I'll note that since the new 13" MacBook Pro has a list price $100 less than the foregoing 13" MacBook, the "discount" there is not much of a bargain, although if digital audio support is important to you, the 13" Unibody MacBook has it while the 13" MacBook Pro doesn't - otherwise the Pro unit is a superior value.
Editor's note: Check out the deals in Low End Mac's price trackers for:
ZD Net's Sam Diaz says:
"Lauren would have felt so uncool at yesterday's Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote speech. You remember Lauren, right? She was the gal in the Microsoft commercial who actually wanted to buy a Mac but had to walk out of Apple store when she discovered there was no 17-inch laptop there for under $1,000.
"Sure, the 17-inch Macs are a better bargain this week than they were last week - a more powerful machine that's $300 cheaper. But no, Lauren, it's still not under $1,000. The 17-inch is down to $2,499....
"Mac owners have had a taste of something better in computing and understand that there's a premium price that must be paid to get that something better - and they're willing to pay. Sure, you could probably pick up two Windows machines (17-inch machines, at that) for the same $1,199 - but there's an old saying about getting what you pay for (cough cough . . . Windows.)"
iFixIt CEO Kyle Wiens says that they've completed their teardown of the 13" MacBook Pro and discovered some Interesting tidbits:
- The SD card slot is rather unimaginative, and half the card hangs outside the computer. Apparently, Apple couldn't free up enough space for a slot that would make the card completely captive.
- Fortunately, Apple did free up space to include a single FireWire 800 port.
- The battery is easily user-upgradeable. All you need is a small Phillips screwdriver to open the case, and a tri-wing screwdriver to remove the battery.
- The battery is definitely heavier (360 grams compared to 302g for the old one). However, its capacity is 60 Watt-hours, compared to the lighter battery's 45 W-h.
- Apple's claim for battery life in now 7 hours, compared to the MacBook's 5 hours.
- The new battery is not interchangeable at all with the older MacBook Unibody. The connectors, size, and shape are different, preventing easy DIY battery rigging.
- The mid wall dividing the MacBook Pro is now attached to the top case. In the previous model, it was held in by four Phillips screws - just goes to show that Apple is trying to help out its DIY customers.
- Aside from a couple of visual cues found outside, a casual user would not be able to discern if this was a MacBook Unibody or MacBook Pro.
- Most screw layouts and brackets are identical to the old MacBook Unibody.
- Despite now being a "Pro, " the machine makes do with only a single audio jack. The jack supports both analog and digital audio-out, as well as analog audio-in. If you need digital audio-in, this is not the machine for you.
Wiens also notes that iFixIt have just released a full set of MacBook Unibody repair guides. The design is similar enough that the guides can also be used to repair a MacBook Pro 13" Unibody.
"Armed with a longer battery life, a new SD Card reader, faster processors, and support for up to 8 GB of RAM, the new line of MacBook Pros are taking Apple's notebook experience to the next level. And by the way, they're cheaper too. In fact, Apple has added a 13-inch model to the family, summoning cheers of joy throughout the throngs of former 12-inch Powerbook users clamoring for a smaller professional grade notebook. But what else does this new lineup mean for Apple?"
Macworld's Peter Cohen notes that Apple new/refreshed MacBook Pro 13" and 15" models each get a SD Card Slot, but in the case of the 15-inch, this resulted in elimination of the ExpressCard/34 expansion slot that had been in every 15-inch MacBook Pro since its inception, leading to howls of protest from certain classes of MacBook Pro users who depended on that interface, even though an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot is still offered on the 17" MacBook Pro.
Blogger Scott Rose is not happy about Apple's displacing the ExpressCard slot with a SD Media Card reader slot in the mid-2009 revision 15" MacBook Pro, which he declaims affects all 15" MacBook Pro owners in a negative manner [emphasis his], calling the move "the equivalent of bulldozing an entire wing off your house and giving you a little pup tent to sleep in instead," and fuming that the 15" MacBook Pro is supposed to be a professional machine, not a consumer machine."
Macworld's Aulia Masna says:
"French site Hardmac discovered a newly-published Apple Knowledge Base article which noted that the new MacBook Pros can boot off Secure Digital cards, as well as answering other questions regarding the just-released models' SD card slot.
"Is this a further sign of Apple moving away from optical discs or is it just providing a convenient way for MacBook Pro owners to deal with situations that might require support or maintenance in the absence of an Install DVD?"
Hardmac's Moose reports:
"According to a kbase note just published by Apple:
"Can I install Mac OS X on an SD storage device and use it as a startup volume?
"Yes. Change the default partition table to GUID using Disk Utility, and format the card to use the Mac OS Extended file format to do so.
"Wow, that might come in handy as an emergency boot solution...."
FastCompany's David Lidsky reports that even Eric Bone, a retail VP at SanDisk, was blindsided when Apple added an SD Card slot to its refreshed line of MacBook Pro laptops on Monday, since Apple's style has been to forgo expansion card slots of any sort, much less one based on a format that it doesn't control.
Bone is cited suggesting that the SD Card format especially well suites the thin unibody form factor and also notes that SD Cards are now in pretty much every kind of portable hardware. Whatever Apple's motivation, it's great news for SanDisk, which has been laboring mightily to communicate that SD cards are for more than just moving images off your camera to your computer.
Bone tells Lidsky that SanDisk doesn't plan to release any new cards explicitly targeting MacBook Pro users, since unlike with netbooks limited storage. it's not really an issue than with a laptop's 160 GB and up hard drives.
ZD Net's Robin Harris says:
"6 months ago I asked: Apple's new MacBooks: flop or fiasco? Apple answered 'flop' by backpedalling on pricing, the unibody and FireWire - in record time!
"The big loser? Microsoft's successful ads focused on price. Maybe that's a card you don't want to play."
Electricpig's Renato Sormani says:
"One of the biggest announcements from Apple to come out of WWDC was that the 13-inch aluminium MacBook was leaving its amateur status behind and joining the Pro family. That left just the plastic, white 13-inch notebook to fly the MacBook flag. But is there really that much between the two notebooks?"
ZD Net's Christopher Dawson says he's an advocate of using netbooks in schools, noting that cheap, easy Internet access with basic productivity and communications software is more than enough for the average student and 95% of what he or she might need to do, but he observes that the new 13.3" MacBook Pros announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference provide a nice option for the other 5% of school applications that can benefit from faster hardware and Apple's multimedia software ecosystem.
CNET's Dan Ackerman says:
"Amid all the buzz about Apple's new iPhone 3G S, MacBook fans were also treated to an impressive set of component upgrades and price drops across Apple's laptop lines. With select systems changing names, others changing specs, or sometimes both, it can be a little confusing to get a clear picture of the current MacBook family. To that end, we've rounded up the key spec, price, and feature changes in one handy spot."
PCMag's Mark Hachman reports that Apple offered a new explanation Monday for why it isn't playing in the netbook market - and potentially why it could - citing a comment by Apple's director of portables Todd Benjamin that a MacBook can author a DVD, author a photo book, "anything you want to do," while netbooks typically lack certain features and are designed mainly for content consumption. Macs, on the other hand, are oriented to author content and "make amazing things," which netbooks are not engineered or equipped to do.
The Bloomberg news service's Taipei bureau says Apple will ship a touch-screen netbook with a 10" screen by the end of this year, according to Daiwa Securities Group analyst Calvin Huang.
APCMag's David Flynn thinks that having now promoted the erstwhile 13.3 inch unibody MacBook to MacBook Pro status, Apple could be laying the foundation to reframe the MacBook brand around an all-new device like a netbook or e-book pad, referencing a steady steam of scuttlebutt from the Far East that devices such as this are already in the works.
PR: Apple's decision to include 1394b in its newest MacBook Pro computers emphasizes the superior performance of FireWire 800 and its popularity among users worldwide, the 1394 Trade Association said today.
At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco June 8, Apple introduced the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with 1394b to applause and cheers from attendees when Apple VP of Product Marketing Phil Schiller introduced the new computers, saying, "Doesn't every MacBook Pro deserve FireWire 800?"
Along with FireWire800, the MacBook Pro also includes a built-in battery, like the 17-inch and new 15-inch MacBook Pro. According to Apple, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the company's 'fastest' ever, and has the same display as the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 60 percent increase in color gamut, sports a back-lit keyboard and SD card slot, offers up to seven hours of battery life, up to 8 GB RAM, and up to a 500GB hard drive. The new version is available now.
For months, Apple customers and users have made clear their support for 1394 through petitions, web logs, and general commentary directed at the company.
"FireWire has proved itself to be extremely popular, and Apple has responded with a terrific new MacBook Pro with 1394b," said James Snider, executive director, 1394 Trade Association. "1394b delivers 800 Megabit/second speed, excellent read/write performance, networking capabilities over distances of 100 meters over CAT-5 and fiber, and improved overall network efficiency compared with 1394a and with all versions of USB. We are delighted to see that Apple's users and supporters of FireWire have been rewarded with this new product announcement."
The 1394 Trade Association is a worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of the IEEE 1394 (FireWire) standard. The 1394TA recently celebrated its 14th year of promoting 1394 and its one billionth 1394 port shipped. FireWire is used today in mass-market computer, entertainment, and professional products, and in a wide range of specialty applications such as music, defense, aerospace, industrial, and robotics products. For more information, visit www.1394ta.org
PC Mag's Cisco Cheng reports:
"After all the whining, the bickering, and the constant remarks about how Windows-based laptops have this and that and cost so much less, Apple, a company known to abide by its own rules, is finally letting down its guard. The lovable MacBook Pro 13-inch (now with the 'Pro' moniker) has brought back the FireWire port, lowers its price, and for the first time in the company's history, adds the elusive SecureDigital (SD) slot. Now, we're not ignoring the bigger and now non-removable battery, which scored an admirable 4 hours 44 minutes in our battery tests, but the other improvements are signs that Apple is finally paying attention to its suggestion boxes. Indeed, it's a great time to be shopping for a new Apple laptop, especially this one, which earns our Editors' Choice."
A new Apple Knowledge Base article says:
"MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009), MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009), and MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009) computers feature an SD (Secure Digital) card slot that enables these computers to read and write data to SD media inserted in the slot. Learn more about the SD Card slot."
Register Hardware's Tony Smith comments that Intel's Atom initiative may have proved successful so far, but the chip giant has done itself no favours by releasing two versions of the chip - currently available in two families: 'Silverthorne' and 'Diamondville' - one for handheld internet tablets (MIDs), the second for netbooks and, in a dual-core form, for desktops. However, confusing the issue, you can buy netbooks based on Silverthorne chips, sold as Intel's Atom Z series, and further muddying the waters, Intel recently revealed more detail about 'Pine Trail', its next-gen netbook-centric Atom CPU and chipset combo series, which Smith says bears a remarkable resemblance to 'Moorestown', Intel's follow up to the Atom platform for MIDs.
Products & Services
PR: Virgin Mobile USA has announced the launch of Broadband2Go, a 3G nationwide wireless Internet service without an annual contract, monthly subscription or activation fee. With Broadband2Go, Virgin Mobile USA extends the popularity of prepaid cell phone service, which the company transformed, to online access.
Operating on the Sprint Nationwide Network and developed in conjunction with Novatel Wireless, the MC760 Broadband2Go device carries the distinction of being the world's smallest EV-DO Rev. A modem. It will be available exclusively at Best Buy Mobile starting in late June for $149.99, and is the first prepaid broadband product Best Buy Mobile is offering.
"Forget the long-term contracts, monthly bills, or desperately seeking a local coffee shop for Wi-Fi. Prepaid mobile broadband is ideal for students, families on the go, freelancers, anyone who needs wireless Internet access . . . and wants to pay only when they use it," said Bob Stohrer, CMO, Virgin Mobile USA. "We've already demonstrated the benefit of no annual contracts and the ability to tailor spending to individual needs. Broadband2Go is another way to give consumers value, flexibility and convenience."
"As the exclusive retailer, we are extremely excited to bring this nationwide no-contract mobile broadband solution to our customers for the first time," said Best Buy Mobile President Shawn Score. "We believe this product will dramatically alter the marketplace and significantly change the way consumers spend their money connecting to the Internet. For Best Buy Mobile, it aligns perfectly with our goal of providing value and choice to our customers who are looking to get more out of their mobile life." Virgin Mobile USA's partnership with Best Buy Mobile will also make the new Broadband2Go available at airport kiosks later this summer.
Like Virgin Mobile USA's mobile phone service, activation is simple and megabytes can be added as often as needed with credit/debit cards or Virgin Mobile Top-Up cards. Top-Up cards can be used to purchase data usage from 100MB to 1 gigabyte on the pay-as-you-go model. A new Broadband2Go-branded Top-Up card for $20, which customers may use to purchase 250MB good for 30 days, translating roughly into 12 hours of web browsing. Other data plans are available at $10, $40 and $60, and any VMU Top-Up card can be used.
Designed to be extremely durable and compact, the Broadband2Go device combines a variety of innovative features into its tiny form factor including an integrated microSD™ slot allowing for the seamless storage and transport of up to 16GB of files, photos or videos on a hot-swappable, removable SD storage card [sold separately]. At just over two inches long and weighing less than an ounce, the device is designed to work with any laptop, tablet PC or desktop running Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems and equipped with a Type-A USB port. The MC760 features an internal, advanced dual band diversity antenna, as well as an optional external antenna for enhanced performance on the fringe areas of networks and in highly mobile environments.
"We're delighted to work with Virgin Mobile USA to deliver mobile broadband solutions that provide industry leading performance and unprecedented functionality for our customers," said Peter Leparulo, chairman and CEO, Novatel Wireless. "The MC760 combines powerful performance and high capacity removable memory storage with a sleek form factor to provide the ultimate connectivity solution for users on the go."
Virgin Mobile USA's Broadband2Go requires no activation fee and there are no roaming charges. Customers have a real-time usage meter to monitor and check "Remaining Megabytes of Use" at any time. From the Broadband2Go My Account page, customers are provided with approximate estimates for how many hours of web-browsing, video-viewing and number of emails each plan will generally handle.
According to market research firm Infonetics(1), sales of mobile broadband cards topped $4.1 billion worldwide in 2008, and IDC reports that represents approximately 7.1 million U.S. subscribers. Growth from 2007 to 2008 was 60%, and IDC also says the 3G mobile broadband market is expected to grow to $10.4 billion in 2012.
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PR: Eye-Fi has updated its line of Secure Digital (SD) Wi-Fi cards - now supported by 13" and 15" MacBook Pros - with the Eye-Fi Pro, which adds support for RAW format image files. The new Pro version sells for $149, has 4 GB capacity, and can also use ad hoc networking, a computer-to-computer Wi-Fi transfer method supported by Mac OS X and other PC operating systems.
Streamline your workflow. Enjoy the freedom of Ad Hoc connection capabilities and RAW uploads, plus the best of Eye-Fi Explore, including geotagging, HotSpot Access, selective transfer, and Wi-Fi photo and video uploads to your computer and to one of over 25 online websites.
Compare Eye-Fi cards:
- jpeg photo uploads
- online sharing
- video uploads
- geo- tagging
- raw photo uploads
- hotspot access
- ad hoc transfers
- 4GB memory capacity that stores photos and videos just like your existing SDHC card.
- The freedom to upload anywhere. You can choose to upload through Wi-Fi networks, HotSpots, or to set up an Ad Hoc connection to send photos and videos to your laptop anywhere your camera takes you.
- RAW power. Wirelessly upload RAW photos to any folder on your computer to streamline your workflow.
- Share only the best. With the Selective Transfer option, you control what uploads from your camera. Simply use the 'lock' or 'protect' function on your camera to transfer only the selected photos and videos.
- Automatic geotagging. Took a great trip to France, but don't remember where half the photos were taken? With the Eye-Fi Pro's lifetime automatic Geotagging service, photos and videos are automatically marked with location information, which makes it a breeze to organize your memories now and find those photos later - without any extra effort!
- Works in hundreds of cameras.
- Convenience at the tip of your fingers. You can choose any folder on your computer, (or iPhoto for Mac users) and can change to a different folder anytime.
- Choose where you want to share. Send your photos and videos to one of over 25 popular sharing, printing, blogging and networking websites. Click here for a complete list that includes Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, SmugMug, Kodak Gallery, Evernote and more.
- Stay in the loop. Get notified when your photos and videos are uploaded online by text message, email or Twitter.
- Get started in just minutes. Just set it up, pop it into your SD compatible camera, and enjoy seeing your photos fly into your computer.
PR: Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the availability of DDR2 800MHz OWC Memory Upgrades up to 4GB for Apple's new May 2009 MacBook White. OWC Memory Upgrades offer MacBook White users the advantages of an upgrade option not available from the factory and cost savings of up to 49% on the same size upgrade, plus a Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty and Money Back Guarantee.
OWC Memory Upgrades Up to 4GB for May 2009 MacBook White:
- OWC 2GB DDR2 800MHz Memory Module - $30.99 Add to existing 1GB factory chip for 3 GB total memory . . . this upgrade not available as a factory option.
- OWC 4GB (2 x 2GB matched memory modules) DDR2 800MHz Memory Kit - $60.99, 39% lower cost than factory 4GB upgrade.
Additional money savings are available for customers who take advantage of OWC's memory trade-in rebate program, which offers $5.00 Cash Back per 1.0 GB Apple Factory Standard memory module. With the rebate, OWC's 4GB Memory Kit for the May 2009 White MacBook 13" is a full 49% lower cost than the same size factory installed upgrade. OWC Memory Upgrades are also available immediately for existing Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pro models in both kits and modules up to 8GB starting at $37.99.
OWC Hard Drive Upgrades Offer Greater Savings & Options Over Factory OWC also offers White MacBook 13" owners internal 5400RPM hard drive upgrade options at savings up to 50.5% compared to same size factory installed options as well as faster and higher capacity upgrades not offered by the factory. OWC hard drive upgrade prices start at $74.99 for a 320GB 5400RPM drive while a 500GB 7200RPM upgrade priced at $157.99 is available for the ultimate MacBook performance storage configuration. White MacBook owners selecting an OWC internal hard drive upgrade can either send the factory stock 160GB hard drive to OWC for a cash back rebate of $17.50 or keep the factory drive and install it into an OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro FireWire/USB 2.0 or Mercury Express USB 2.0 enclosure for additional external storage capacity.
OWC's independent memory benchmarks testing on a wide variety of Mac computers consistently demonstrates that having more memory provides higher real-world performance. OWC memory performance gains are even more apparent when using memory intensive applications, such as audio/video, photo, 3D modeling, gaming and other applications, where OWC memory upgrades offer the best performance for the investment.
The full OWC Memory line, as well as a compatibility guide which directs customers to the correct upgrades for each specific Apple model, can be found online at: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/apple/memory/
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- 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/120 HD, $1,199
- 1.8 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/64 GB SSD, $1,299
- 1.86 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/128 GB SSD, $1,449
- 2.0 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/160/SD, $999
- 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,099
- 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,349
- 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/128 GB SSD/SD, $1,449
- 15" 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro, 2 GB/200/SD, $1,249
- 15" 2.5 GHz MacBook Pro, 4 GB/250/SD, $1,499
- 15" 2.53 GHz MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, $1,443
- 15" 2.53 GHz MacBook Pro, 4 GB/128 GB SSD/SD, $1,443
- 15" 2.8 GHz MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, $1,699
- 15" 2.8 GHz MacBook Pro, 4 GB/200/SD, $1,799
- 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $1,049.99
- 2.0 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,049.99
- 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,249.99
- 15" 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,959.99
- 15" 2.53 GHz MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, $1,849.99
- 15" 2.53 GHz MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, $2,199.99
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- 12" iBook G3/600 MHz, 128/15/CD-ROM, $249.99
- 12" iBook G3/700 MHz, 128/20/Combo, $329.99
- 12" iBook G3/800 MHz, 256/30/Combo, $399.99
- 15" 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD, $899.99
- 15" 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD, $979.99
- 15" 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro, 512/100/SD, $1,099.99
- 15" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 1 GB/100/SD, $1,179.99
- 2.0 GHz MacBook, white, 1 GB/60/SD, $629
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- 2.0 GHz MacBook, white, 1 GB/100/SD, $679
- 2.0 GHz MacBook, white 2 GB/160/SD, $769
- 2.0 GHz MacBook, black, 1 GB/100/SD, $749
- 2.0 GHz MacBook, black, 1 GB/250/SD, $769
- 2.0 GHz MacBook, black, 2 GB/250/SD, $769
- 15" MacBook Pro, 2.16 GHz 2GB/100/SD, scratched, no FW, $749
- 15" MacBook Pro, 2.0 GHz 2GB/80/SD, mark on LCD, $799
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- 15" MacBook Pro, 2.16 GHz 2GB/100/SD, $999
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