'Missing' MacBook Pro Ports, FireWire Back but ExpressCard Gone, Say No to Glossy Displays, and More
This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News
All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
June 2009 MacBooks
- MacBook Pro and the 'Missing' Ports
- FireWire Is Back!
- FireWire Is Back, ExpressCard Is Wack
- 13" & 15" MacBook Pros Afflicted with Slower SATA?
- Why Did Apple Limit the SATA Bus to 1.5 Gbits/s in New MacBook Pros?
- New MacBook Pro Limited to 1.5 Gbits/s SATA: Confirmed
News & Opinion
- University Claims Glossy Computer Screens Are a Health Hazard
- 'I Won't Buy a Mac with Glossy Screen'
- 5 Things Still Missing from Apple Notebooks
- Multi-Touch Coming to Older MacBooks? Not So Fast
- Is Safari as Fast as Apple Claims?
- Camping with Your Mac and iPhone
- The MacBook Hinge Affair: Something in the Air
- Faster SD Cards Could Reach Devices Next Year
- 2009 MacBook Pro Analyzed
- Macworld Benchmarks New MacBook Pro Laptops
- New 15" MacBook Pro Faster and Cheaper
- Dell Adamo 13 vs. MacBook Air
- Western Digital Announces SiliconDrive III SSDs
- Goldtouch Go! Travel Keyboard
- Goldtouch Go! Travel Notebook Stand
- Deskology Desk Accessories Designed to Match Your Mac
- Kingston First to Market with 128 GB USB Flash Drive
- OWC Announces Memory Upgrades Up to 8 GB for New MacBook Pros
- Lacoste X Apple Laptop and Messenger Bag
June 2009 MacBooks
SchwarzTech's Eric Schwarz says that Apple surprised everyone at the WWDC with its revised MacBook Pros offered at lower prices, and with a bit of irony he observes that some users are less smitten than others with a few of the changes announced.
Eric notes that there are those who slavishly and uncritically go along with every design and marketing decision Apple makes, pointing out that If the latter cohort was in the majority, we'd probably have seen FireWire disappear from the Mac lineup, rather than being restored by popular demand on the new 13" MacBook Pro, while on the balance if the foot-draggers in the Apple user community completely held sway, we would most likely still be using Macs with round serial ports, ADB, and SCSI.
I would add probably even floppy drives. There is a balance to be struck....
Editor's note: A former Low End Mac writer, Schwarz makes the point is that nobody has lost anything! Need a 15" MacBook Pro with an ExpressCard slot? Every version except for the latest has it. Want a matte display? Buy a 15" MacBook Pro pre-unibody, when that was the norm. Need to be able to swap out the battery? Buy a pre-2009 MacBook Pro.
The flaw comes from thinking that older Macs are somehow obsolete when a new model is released. Nothing could be further from the truth! dk
Technologizer's Harry McCracken says:
"Of all the news that came out of Monday's Apple WWDC keynote, one tidbit that didn't get much attention is worthy of note: Apple's refresh of its 13-inch laptop brought back the FireWire port that had been removed when the first 13-inch unibody MacBook shipped last October . . . It's a truly surprising development. Apple has historically been aggressive about erring on the side of removing technologies from its computers early . . . In fact, I thought that other Macs would begin to lose their FireWire. I was wrong."
GizMag's Tim Hanlon says:
"As someone who had a lot to say about the missing FireWire 400 ports from the last generation of [aluminum] MacBooks, I'm glad to see the return of the FireWire port to the new 13" MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, it seems like a case of one step forward, one step back for the MacBook Pro range, with only the 17" model being equipped with the ExpressCard/34 slot that many users have come to rely on."
The Register's Chris Mellor says Apple may have switched to a slower SATA interface with some new MacBook Pros, and notes that the alleged SATA "degrade" shouldn't affect hard disk drive MacBook users, but may well affect users with high performance Flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs).
Hardmac's linathael and Lionel say that Many hypotheses have been expressed to understand why the MacBook Pro SATA bandwidth has been reduced by half, but they do not find any of them valuable. It might also be a bug or a deliberate choice made by Apple to save power and extend battery life. So, with the new MBP, the SATA bandwidth is limited to 130 MB/s according to several tests. In other words, it does not make sense to invest in a ultra-fast SSD delivering 200 MB/s or more in read/write speed on the 13" and 15" MBP.
Hardmac's linathael and Lionel report that they just received a 15" 3.06 GHz MacBook Pro and performed some experiments to further investigate the issue associated with the limited 1.5 Gbits/s SATA port. They have confirmed that despite both SSDs tested on it support 3 Gbps SATA II format, they are limited to 1.5 Gbps by the computer.
News & Opinion
The Queensland University of Technology at Brisbane, Australia, has posted a web page containing health and safety considerations for Apple Macintosh "glass"/high gloss monitor screens, warning that glossy displays could cause the operator to adopt awkward postures when viewing the monitor screen and using related equipment that may in turn lead to an injury.
Editor's note: Mention of high-gloss monitors and laptops running Windows is completely missing from this page. Based on my experience with an Acer notebook, PC laptops tend to have worse glare issues than Macs. dk
Blogger MacMatte says Apple must offer the matte screen for iMacs and all MacBook (including Air and Pro) models - and contends this is an issue that won't die down with the passing of time.
MacMatte argues that glare from glossy screens causes eye strain for many people, and matte screens solve this eye health issue, which he says has to do with the physiology of the human eye, some people being prone to eyestrain when starring for hours at reflective surfaces, although others are not bothered.
Editor's note: TechRestore offers a mail-in matte screen retrofit for 13" ($169) and 15" ($199.99) MacBook Pros that is not just a spray-on anti-glare finish but completely replaces the glossy LCD screen with a matte finish, non-glossy screen along with a matching black bezel that surrounds the screen and is covered by a 1-year TechRestore warranty. cm
- no matte screen option (other than the optional $50 anti-glare coating add-on for the 17" MacBook Pro)
- no Blu-ray drive
- no mobile broadband support
- no HDMI output without a third-party adapter
- no touchscreen/tablet option.
That said, CNET has bestowed the coveted Editors' Choice award on the new 13" and 15" MacBook Pros.
TUAW's Chris Rawson notes that while MacLife and Gizmodo have both reported that Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" will add multitouch gestures to all older MacBooks and MacBook Pros, this is incorrect. If you have a MacBook Pro manufactured before early 2008 or any plastic MacBook, Snow Leopard or not, multitouch isn't coming your way. Apple's information on Snow Leopard's enhancements reads, "All Mac notebooks with Multi-Touch trackpads now support three- and four-finger gestures, " which raises the question as to what is the difference between a multitouch trackpad and a regular one, and which models have it?
TG Daily's Wolfgang Gruener says:
"If you followed the Apple-dominated tech headlines over the past week, then you know that Apple's Safari browser is the fastest web browser you can use at this time. That is, of course, if you believe Apple and its claims about its 'incredible' browser. But is it really the fastest? We ran the software and its rivals through several benchmarks to find out.
"The tests reveal that based on results provided by the most common benchmarks, Safari is the fastest browser among the top four today, but subjectively the difference can feel subtle."
The Apple Core's Jason D. O'Grady says:
"After having just returned from the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee I wanted to share a few tips about what to bring if you plan to bring your Mac (and iPhone for that matter) on a camping trip."
EDN's Brian Dipert reports:
"Friday afternoon was a perfect example. Having perused numerous Internet-based complaints regarding Apple customer service personnel refusing to repair defective MacBook Air bezel hinges, I admittedly walked into the Reno, NV store girded for a fight . . . [but] As it turns out, I'll be getting an entire replacement display assembly, since the hinge design doesn't allow for standalone repair . . . my representative also implied, in a roundabout way, that Apple was accepting systems for repair even if they were out of warranty (to within a reasonable timeframe)...."
IDG News Service's Agam Shah reports:
"Secure Digital memory cards based on the new SDXC (extended capacity) specification could be out as early as next year with a capacity of 64 GB, with 2 TB available at some future point, said Kevin Schader, director of communications at the SDA...."
AnandTech's Anand Lal Shimpi has posted one of his thoughtful, analytical, and prolix profiles of the new MacBook Pro line. If you're considering the purchase of one of these machines, or are just interested in them, this review is a must-read.
Anand is particularly impressed with the new models' battery life with their new (or carryover in the case of the 17" unit) larger non-swappable batteries.
Macworld's James Galbraith reports that just a few minutes into the WWDC keynote address, the reality became clear that he would end up spending a week in the Macworld Lab testing new Macs with six new MacBook Pros to through benchmark tests.
Computerworld's Ken Mingis reports that while in the the past, Apple's M.O. has been to add features, bump up processor speeds, and boost RAM and hard drives in its new hardware, usually while holding the line on prices, with the MacBook Pro revisions announced at the WWDC last week time it manages to add power and features and cut the bottom line as well with price drops ranging from 6.3% to as much as 28% across the MacBook Pro line.
"Dell has had a long history of ultraportables, but when Apple released the MacBook Air in early 2008, it underscored a wide gap in terms of design: while Latitudes have always been functional, they've rarely been alluring to home (or simply design-centric) users in the way the Air was. The Adamo 13 is Dell's attempt to rectify this with an ultra-slim profile and attention to quality. But is it a case of improving on what's come before or just a Latitude in better packaging? Our full Adamo 13 review hopes to settle this question once and for all."
PR: WD has announced that it has begun shipping its new SiliconDrive III SSD product family based on technology from its March 2009 acquisition of SiliconSystems. The company's new SiliconDrive III products feature faster read/write speeds and increased capacities, and offer mechanical scalability, making them a perfect storage solution for embedded system and data streaming applications such as multimedia content delivery systems and data center media appliances.
- High performance, high reliability, high endurance
- True drop-in hard drive replacement
- Mechanical scalability with no performance compromises
SiliconDrive III SSDs include 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) and Parallel ATA (PATA) and 1.8" Micro SATA products featuring native SATA 3.0 gigabits per second (Gbps) or ATA-7 interfaces with target read speeds up to 100 megabytes per second (MBps) and write speeds to 80 MBps in capacities up to 120 gigabytes (GB).
SiliconDrive III is the first example of how WD plans to productize solid state technology developed by SiliconSystems. The launch of SiliconDrive III will also enable WD to leverage its global sales and distribution channels to accelerate the adoption of SSD technology beyond SiliconSystems traditional embedded systems OEM customer base into data streaming applications such as multimedia content delivery systems and data center media appliances, said Michael Hajeck, senior vice president and general manager of WD's solid state storage business unit. SiliconDrive III is an ideal solution for OEMs that require increased performance, capacity, reliability and data throughput in their applications.
SiliconDrive III has been designed and optimized for high performance and high reliability in demanding 24 x 7 applications in the embedded systems, media appliance and data streaming markets. Performance and reliability is achieved through the integration of the company's patented and patent-pending advanced storage technologies in every SiliconDrive III product. The company's patented and patent-pending PowerArmor, SiSMART and SolidStor technologies address critical OEM design considerations such as the elimination of drive corruption due to power anomalies, the ability to monitor a SiliconDrive's useable life in real-time and integrated advanced storage technologies that ensure data integrity and SSD life for multiyear product deployments.
- SiliconDrive III 2.5" SATA Drive - 30 GB to 120 GB
- SiliconDrive III 2.5" PATA Drive - 30 GB to 120 GB
- SiliconDrive III 1.8" Micro SATA Drive - 100/80 MB/s
Link: SiliconDrive III SSDs
PR: At a mere 1 lb., the Go! Travel Keyboard allows road warriors and mobile professionals to safely work wherever their jobs take them, and, enjoy all the benefits of the standard Goldtouch when away from their office workstations.
With keys approximately the size of those found on 14" notebooks, the Go! Travel Keyboard can accommodate large fingers and offers similar key feel and travel distance as found on the standard Goldtouch. Other "mini" or "compact" keyboard have key travel that is too short or hard, and causes significant pain from bottoming out.
The compactness of the Go! Travel Keyboard makes better use of limited space environments, and allows for external mice to be placed even closer to the keyboard, reducing shoulder pain and increasing comfort. Remove protective covers and slide them into the lower groove of each side of the keyboard, adjust your keyboard and place your keyboard on top of your notebook key for an instant office on the go!(rubber backing prevents keyboard from slipping off notebook)
Adding to the historical durability and ruggedness of the standard Goldtouch, the Go! Comes with two protective covers that support the Go! during use while reducing exposure to impacts that could lead to key loss when traveling.
The Goldtouch Go! Productivity through Prevention- Everywhere You Work!
Features And Benefits:
- Adjustability: 0° to 30° adjustment for ulnar deviation (wrist splay) in the horizontal plan, combined with 0° to 30° adjustment for wrist pronation (vertical tenting)
- Soft key touch, low activation force and full key travel distance provides keying comfort and reduces risk from "bottoming out" when keying.
- Compact size allows for use in limited space environments, and reduces shoulder abduction when reaching for mice and other peripherals.
- Ease of use and intuitive design allow new users to adjust the keyboard to a comfortable typing position without additional accessories or attachments.
- Compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Mac
- Activation Key Force: 40g-45g average
- Travel Distance: 3.2mm, +/- .5mm
- Weight: 1 lb.
- Dimensions: 13.25" x 6" x 1" (at highest point)
PR: New for 2009, the Goldtouch Go! Travel Notebook Stand is a sleek, lightweight, and effective way for road warriors and mobile professionals to avoid neck injury from improper notebook monitor height.
Road warriors and conference room executives now have a safer way to work with the new Goldtouch Go! Travel Notebook Stand! Made from aluminum for strength and high aesthetic appeal, the Go! Travel Notebook Stand offers five settings for proper notebook monitor height adjustment.
For ease of use and portability, it also collapses compactly into its own neoprene cover, which can be used as a mousing pad to reduce contact stress on the work surface.
Available in multiple colors, the Go! Travel Notebook Stand can accommodate notebooks up to 17".
- Blue - $59
- Graphite - $59
PR: Deskology has relaunched with the DeskSet, a set of high-end simple and functional desk accessories designed for use alongside Mac computers.
The DeskSet designed to compliment your Mac computer right down to the finish. These carefully crafted accessories will add a level of substance to your desk space that no other desk accessory can. The DeskSet has been designed with simplicity and functionality in mind. The DeskSet consists of an inbox tray, pencil cup, doodad cup and business card holder and sells for $189; all pieces are also available separately.
All pieces are constructed of 3/16" thick anodized aluminum material with a matte anodized finish. Laser-etched cork is used on the underside to reduce sliding and provide contrast to the aluminum material.
The DeskSet includes the following items:
- Inbox | fits letter/A4 paper
- Pencil Cup | 3" x 3" base by 4" tall
- Doodad Cup | 4" x 4" base by 2" tall
- Biz Card Holder | fits standard size cards - free
Shipping is automatically applied to all orders that are within the USA. Products are expected to ship late-June.
As part of their relaunch, free shipping is being offered for a limited time with products expected to ship in 2-3 weeks.
Deskology is a small Seattle-based company specializing in creating simple and functional accessories for the desk space.
PR: Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced the release of the DataTraveler 200 (DT200), the world's first 128 GB USB Flash drive. The large capacity along with password protection gives users the flexibility to carry critical data with them at all times in a very small form factor.
"The new DT200's robust storage capability lets consumers store complete libraries of music, photos and videos. It is also a great tool for business users who carry around large databases or files," said Andrew Ewing, USB business manager, Kingston. "The password protection helps safeguard data and requires no admin rights, making the DT200 a terrific solution for the home or office."
The Kingston DataTraveler 200 features a capless design to protect the USB connector when not in use and is enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost. It is available in 32-, 64- and 128 GB capacities. The 128 GB drive is build-to-order only. Customers who wish to purchase it can place an order through normal channels (e.g., e-tailers or resellers).
The DT200 is backed by a five-year warranty and 24/7 tech support. For more information, visit www.kingston.com.
DataTraveler 200 Product Features and Specifications:
- Capacities*: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
- Dimensions: 2.77" x 0.49" x 0.89" (70.39mm x 12.52mm x 22.78mm)
- Operating Temperature: 32¼ F to 140¼ F (0¼ C to 60¼ C)
- Storage Temperature: -4¼ F to 185¼ F (-20¼ C to 85¼ C)
- Simple: just plug into a USB port
- Practical: durable, capless design
- Guaranteed: five-year warranty
- Safeguarded: includes Password Traveler security software for Windows
- Enhanced: for Windows ReadyBoost on Vista-based systems**
* Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more information, please consult Kingston's Flash Memory Guide at Kingston.com/Flash_Memory_Guide.
** Although DT200 is enhanced for ReadyBoost, Password Traveler will not operate properly if ReadyBoost cache is enabled on the drive. However, you may enable ReadyBoost cache on a separate drive.
- Mac OS X v.10.3.x +
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Windows 2000
- Linux v.2.6.x +
Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB Flash Drives
- DT200/32 GB DataTraveler 200 32 GB Blue & Black $120.00
- DT200/64 GB DataTraveler 200 64 GB Yellow & Black $ 213.00
- DT200/128 GB DataTraveler 200 128 GB Black $546.00
For more information, visit kingston.com or call 800-337-8410.
Link: DataTraveler 200
PR: Other World Computing (OWC) has announced OWC DDR3 1066 MHz Memory Upgrades up to 8 GB for the new 13", 15", and 17" MacBook Pro models that were announced Monday, June 8th at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). OWC Memory Upgrades offer new MacBook Pro model owners savings of up to 42% and upgrade options not available from factory, plus OWC's Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty and Money Back Guarantee.
Pricing for OWC Memory Upgrades for Apple MacBook Pro laptop models:
- OWC 2 GB DDR3 1066 MHz Memory Module - $37.99
Add to the existing 1 GB factory chip in MacBook Pro 2.26 GHz model for 3 GB of total memory. This upgrade is only available from OWC, not available as a factory option.
- OWC 4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz Memory Kit (2 X 2 GB matched memory modules)
32% lower cost than factory 4 GB upgrade for MacBook Pro 13" 2.26 GHz model.
- OWC 4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz Memory Module - $329.99
Replace an existing 2 GB Factory Module to have 6 GB of total memory. This upgrade is only available from OWC, not available as a factory option.
- OWC 6 GB DDR3 1066 MHz Memory Kit (2 GB + 4 GB Spec Matched Kit) -
This upgrade kit is only available from OWC, not available as a factory option.
- OWC 8 GB DDR3 1066 MHz Memory Kit (2 X 4 GB matched memory
modules) - $637.99
Up to 42% lower cost than factory upgrade for 8 GB of Memory installed
Additional Savings with OWC Cash Back Rebate
Unlike factory memory upgrade options, when you add memory from OWC, you retain the factory installed base memory modules. You can choose to simply keep these modules (possibly for use in another Mac), or opt to send them in to OWC for additional cost benefit with trade-in rebates available of up to $38 for a 2 x 2 GB set.
Higher Speed 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive Upgrades for New MacBook Pro Models
OWC also offers 7200 RPM internal hard drive upgrades at a savings of up to 25%. Upgrade prices start at $74.99 for a 250 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. The most popular model, the OWC 500 GB 7200 RPM internal hard drive, is priced at $149.99, up to $50 less than the same size factory installed upgrade. In addition, Solid State Drive (SSD) upgrades up to 160 MB are available priced starting at $347.99. MacBook Pro new model owners upgrading to an OWC internal hard drive can either send their original MacBook Pro hard drive to OWC for a cash back rebate of up to $50 or have the option of keeping the factory drive and/or installing it into an OWC enclosure, such as the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro FireWire/USB 2.0 or the OWC Mercury Express USB 2.0 from $19.99 for additional external storage.
OWC memory upgrades are available from 16 MB to 32 GB for nearly every current and past Apple notebook and desktop computer manufactured during the past twenty years, including Mac Pro Xeon, iMac, PowerMac, Xserve, iBook, and PowerBook computers. By maintaining an active state-of-the-art test lab, OWC ensures its memory upgrades offer the highest product quality and reliability and backs them with a Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty and Money Back Guarantee.
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 for the correct upgrades for each specific Apple model, can be found online.
PR: Lacoste Leather Goods Have Created a Special Apple Product Friendly, Messenger Bag
Inside bag with Apple specific sleeve and compartments
Messenger/Laptop Bag Dimensions: 16" X 5' 12"
- €70.00 VAT included
- €58.53 VAT excl.
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- 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 G3/500 MHz, 128/10/CD-ROM, $169.99
- 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
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- 2.0 GHz MacBook, white, 1 GB/100/SD, $679
- 2.0 GHz MacBook, white 2 GB/160/SD, $769
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- 15" MacBook Pro, 2.16 GHz 2 GB/100/SD, scratched, no FW, $749
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- 15" MacBook Pro, 2.16 GHz 2 GB/100/SD, $999
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