Apple updates Macbook Air with better innards and not much else

At the recently concluded WWDC 2012, Apple unveiled the MacBook Air 2012. Looks exactly like the last MacBook Air but with a slight bump on specs making it a tad faster. See below for the list of updates if you think it’s worth an upgrade. Although a lot of people were expecting the same Retina Display on the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air is left with its old TN LCD display. It did gets a bit faster though with the following upgrades: Faster processor. 3rd generation Intel Core i5 / Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor Faster graphics. The new Intel chip means it will also have the latest graphics. Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers up to 60% speed improvement over the last version. Bigger RAM. Default RAM is now 4GB and can also be upgraded to 8GB. Bigger storage. You can now choose up to 512GB SSD storage. USB 3.0 ports. If you’re dealing with USB 3.0 devices now, the new MBA has two USB 3.0 ports and also the old Thunderbolt port. Previous MBA only supports USB 2.0. The new MacBook Air also has the new MagSafe 2 connector for its AC adapter. Not a big deal really unless you’re planning to use your old power adapter as a spare. With all the changes, I wished they could’ve crammed an SD card reader on the 11-inch. As common to new Apple products, prices of the new MacBook Air remains the same. Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7 11-inch MacBook Air $999 $1199 13-inch MacBook Air $1099 $1499 So is it time to ditch your old Air and get this one? I would still say no unless you’re wanting more power from your old one or you just want those faster USB 3.0 ports. But if it’s the first time for you to get a MacBook Air, definitely go for this newer model. Related posts: Apple refreshes the MacBook Air, adds 11.6-inch model MacBook Air 11.6 Review New MacBook Air now available at Power...

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Power Mac Center opens at The Podium, 15% off on items

Power Mac Center, a premium authorized Apple Reseller, opens its 14th store at The Podium, Ortigas Center today. The store officially opens at 2PM at the 2nd Floor of The Podium and as a treat, customers will be given 15% discounts on their purchases (except MacBook Air, iPad and iPhone) for the first three days. That’s until they close on Sunday, June 10. The first 20 customers will also be given a gift bag each from PMC and gets a chance to win a raffle price. First buyers of MacBook Air, iPad, iPod, or iPhone on this store today will also get prizes such as accessories from Sennheiser, WD and Belkin. There you have it. If you’re planning on buying an Apple product or accessory, do visit Power Mac Center at The Podium to avail of their treats. Related posts: Power Mac Center’s iPad 2 Deals New MacBook Air now available at Power MAC Center Power Mac Center becomes first Apple Authorized Training Center in the country Apple’s 12 days of Christmas gives you free stuff for your iOS...

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Apple reveals “The New iPad”, more powerful and with better graphics

Mar 08, 12 Apple reveals “The New iPad”, more powerful and with better graphics

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Apple finally revealed their latest iPad which they simply call “The New iPad”, and just like with the iPhone 4S, this new iPad features only minor upgrades from the iPad 2. No revolutionary design nor stellar features. Still the same look although with souped-up specs. But should you rush to get one? Check out what the new iPad can give you and see if it’s worth upgrading your iPad 2 for. Retina display Apple’s Retina display is really gorgeous and seeing it on a bigger display is just breathtaking. It sports a 2048 x 1536 display resolution for a generous 264 pixels per inch density. It also has a newer IPS panel which Apple claims to give 44 percent greater saturation than their previous IPS display. A5X processor with quad-core graphics To power that gorgeous Retina Display, the new iPad has an A5X processor which has a quad-core graphics module. How fast is this exactly? According to Apple, it offers four times the performance as the Tegra 3 found on Asus’ Transformer Prime and some upcoming quad-core Android devices. iSight camera The new iPad now has the iSight camera. A 5-megapixel side-iluminated sensor, with 5-element lens and an infrared filter which was also found in the iPhone 4S. One thing’s for sure, you won’t be ashamed with the quality of photos you take with this new iPad. It can now also do 1080p video recording by the way. Voice dictation Also supported is voice dictation. It’s not exactly Siri but it will free up your hand as you compose your mail or jot down notes. A speech-to-text function if you will and it can handle multiple major languages. 4G LTE You’ll also get 4G LTE support here if you opt for the non-WiFi-only version. For the Philippines, you can take advantage of the up to 21Mbps HSPA+ networks with this device and it will also be ready for LTE when local telcos start rolling them out. Oh you can also use it as a...

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Apple Store down, new iPad may be available on March 16

The Apple Store has been down for hours before the great iPad launch event which is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. You know what this means? Just like last year after the launch of the iPad 2, we’ll most probably see the pre-order and pricing of the new iPad after the event which I know you must be excited about if you’re still up reading this. There’s also a report coming from 9 to 5 Mac’s Apple store source that the new iPad will be available in US stores next Friday, March 16. Sounds realistic if we again consider the iPad 2 which became available the following Friday after it was launched. Whether you’re going to get the new iPad via online or wait for it to reach store shelves, expect a lot of competition from eager fans awaiting this product. It’s odd really considering that people are already expecting the next iPad to just be a minor upgrade from the iPad 2. Related posts: No related...

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Apple to hold 1-day sale on Jan. 6 to celebrate Year of the Dragon

Ok listen up folks. This Friday, January 6, Apple online stores in Asia will be having a one-day sale where you can get amazing deals on Apple products and accessories being sold in their online store. Dubbed as “Red Friday”, customers in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines will have an exclusive pass to this 1-day online sale to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. We don’t know the extent of the sale but expect discounts on products, accessories as well as some Apple Store exclusives. We don’t have the page yet for the PH store but check out the Apple store exclusives for Hong Kong, it will most likely be the same. ‘Nuff said! Mark your calendars, January 6, Friday. UPDATE: Well it seems like we got some false information here from a usually reliable source. PH is not included in the sale because HK and SG already have their Apple Stores updated with special pricing. On the lighter side, discounts ain’t that big anyway. [9to5Mac] Related posts: No related...

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PTB’s Top Gadget of 2011

Dec 31, 11 PTB’s Top Gadget of 2011

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Before the year ends, I would like to take time to write about what I think the Gadget of the Year for 2011 is. Here are my guidelines for coming up with this year’s top gadget: It should be officially available in our local market this year. No gray market stuff. It’s something that a lot of people can really use. Being innovative is not really a requirement but it’s a plus It should make an impact in its field, not really in terms of market share but on how people adapt to it and companies react to it… an influencer if you will. Now you might have ideas out there but essentially, I think only a few gadgets would fit my guideline. So allow me to present to you… Pinoy Tech Blog’s Gadget of the Year for 2011. (Drumroll….) It’s none other than the Apple iPad 2. Before you say. “What a boring choice”… or “It’s just the slimmer version of the iPad 1”… or “It’s so last year”, allow me to point out a couple of key things about the Apple iPad 2. Still the top tablet Yes the tablet is not new, and it doesn’t deviate much from the original iPad but right now, it’s safe to say that the iPad is still the top tablet in the market. That’s what made the iPad 2 special. When the original iPad was launched last year, nobody could beat it. More than a year has passed, a lot of lets has surfaced… a lot from Android actually plus RIM’s own PlayBook and the defunct HP TouchPad. However, iPad is still the hottest selling tablet out there so that made the iPad 2 impressive, it provided a l continuity to Apple’s tablet device despite not having the bells and whistles of other tablets. It shaped how consumers think Allow me to explain. Before, it’s just laptops and desktops. When the first iPad came, a lot of people still think that it’s too...

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Apple’s 12 days of Christmas gives you free stuff for your iOS device

If Android has free apps from GetJar for the holidays, Apple is also giving away something free from the App Store for 12 days starting on December 26 until January 6. What’s up for grabs? We don’t know and Apple is not telling beforehand. The best way to be updated is to download their 12 Days of Christmas app and check daily. There will be free apps, music, TV shows, and movies each day. Each of their offers will only be available for free for 24 hours so do check daily. You can download the freebies straight from the app or manually get them from the App Store via your iTunes. For the first day, Apple is giving out video and audio tracks from ColdPlay. Not your cup of tea? Tune in tomorrow to see what’s on tap.  UPDATE: It seems that this promo is not available in our region folks. Only those in UK, Canada and some parts of Europe can avail of this. Sorry about that. Now move on. Related posts: Apple’s iPod sales drop in third quarter Adobe Flash Video will soon be available to iPhones and iPads Apple’s iOS4 finally got jailbroken… the easy way Untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 now available, but not for the iPad 2 Apples sues Samsung over copied design Apple accounts to 53% of e-mobile device market share in Southeast...

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Apple accounts to 53% of e-mobile device market share in Southeast Asia

If you’re talking about smartphones, tablets and portable media players, Apple reigns supreme in Southeast Asia in terms of market share. According to a report by Effective Measures, Apple’s market share for mobile devices is at 53.1% for the Southeast Asia e-mobile population during the month ending October 2011. The report shows that 11.8 million internet users in Southeast Asia use Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and this accounts to the greatest market share in Thailand and Singapore with the iPad contributing to 32% of that share. In Singapore, the iPhone has the highest usage among the Apple devices but in other SEA countries, the iPad is the top Apple device. In the Philippines, 69.2% uses Apple mobile devices and 43.7% of that goes to the iPad. Apple SEA Market Share – Month Ending October 2011 Source: Effective Measure SEA Countries Apple Share (%) of e-Mobile Users per Country Top Apple Device and (%) Share of e-Mobile Population per Country Thailand 79.6% iPad – 47.9% Singapore 75.8% iPhone – 37.5% Philippines 69.2% iPad – 43.7% Malaysia 57.1% iPad – 34.6% Vietnam 33.7% iPad – 17.1% Indonesia 10.06% iPad – 10.0% Also in the report is the ranking of top manufacturers of mobile devices where Apples goes 1 and 2 for the iPhone and iPad respectively. A distant third goes to RIM’s BlackBerry devices followed again by Apple for its iPod Touch. Top Manufacturers of Mobile Devices in SEA – Month Ending October 2011 Source: Effective Measure Rank Manufacturer Type of Mobile Device Device Share (%) of e-Mobile Users 1.       Apple iPad 32.0% 2.       Apple iPhone 19.1% 3.       RIM BlackBerry 6.9% 4.       Apple iPod Touch 1.9% 5.       Nokia Smartphone 2.8% 6.       Samsung Galaxy Tablet 1.4% 7.       Samsung Galaxy Smartphone 1.2% Note: Information generated for this document is based on Effective Measure’s mobile data on SEA’s online population in the month ending October 2011. The SEA countries measured: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Related posts: Apple’s iOS4 finally got jailbroken… the...

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iPhone 4S hits the gray market for Php48,500

There’s no word yet on when Globe will be bringing out Apple’s iPhone 4S but if you can’t wait for it, Widget City is already selling the 16GB version for Php48,500. It’s quite a markup but what do you expect? It’s a hot commodity and it’s unlocked! What we don’t know is if they already have it on hand or if they’re getting their stocks from Apple Singapore who’s already accepting pre-orders by the way. If it’s from Singapore then there’s a 1-2 weeks lead time so expect their units to be available in November. They are selling the iPhone 4S starting at SGD948 so that’s about Php33k. If you really want the phone, call Widget City (09175423438) and see if the units are already available. Who knows? They might have a contact in Hong Kong where we first saw the unlocked grey units of the iPhone 4S. But if you can wait, pre-order in Singapore and have it shipped to a friend over there. Or see if you can enter your local shipping address. UPDATE: We just confirmed that the units are already on stock (black/white) and they came from HK and unlocked. Related posts: No iPhone 5? No problem. iPhone 4S saves the...

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away, we pay tribute

It’s a sad day for the computing world. Co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, passed away at the age of 56 surrounded by his family. We saw it coming with the leaked photos of his condition when he stepped down as CEO of the company but who knew it will be this soon? I’m not really an Apple fan but I’m still deeply saddened with the passing of one of the greatest visionaries and innovators the modern computing world has ever seen. I believe that without his creative genius, his competitors won’t be up to their toes and the gadgets and things that we use today would be less awesome. The first computer I used was the boxy Macintosh when I was a kid. I enjoyed it immensely that when we got our very own computer (ironically an IBM), I know I will be hooked using it. Although I don’t really enjoy using a Mac, I appreciate how Apple changed the landscape of modern computing. I would consider the Apple left behind by Steve Jobs a leader in the industry with everybody else riding the bandwagon of success of its products. Yeah, today fanboys and haters alike mourn for the loss of Steve Jobs. May the guy with the black turtleneck rest in peace. He will be missed. Related posts: Steve Jobs steps down, Tim Cook replaces him as...

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