Analysts Say 3G iPhone at WWDC and MacBook Refresh

Citi analysts Richard Gardner and Yeechang Lee are predicting that the 3G iPhone will be announced at the WWDC keynote in San Francisco. I do believe this to be true but I have to clarify something that no one has been able to get right. Steve Jobs has NEVER said that there would be a 3G iPhone this year. When announcing the iPhone in the UK he did answer a question saying that they may see a 3G iPhone this year but only if they could get the battery life that they wanted out of the phone… Ahh, it feels good to clear that up, especially since huge names like Engadget and Gizmodo have been getting this wrong.

The analysts are also predicting a refresh in the MacBook line, which sounds very promising since the leak a little while ago when the images of products showed up on a .Mac web page. They are also predicting that the iPods will have some changes, not much explained here but I would guess they mean pricing, which I don’t think will happen.

Shawn Wu an American Technology Research analyst says that the current iPhone 2.5G iPhone will see a “minor casing change” and a drop in price somewhere between $299 and $349. I do think the price change is a possibility but I don’t really know what he means by “minor casing change,” what could Apple do? change the material they use to frame the glass screen? Other than that I don’t really see anything they could change.

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Aluminium MacBook With Multi-Touch and New MacBook Pro Design at WWDC

A reader of MacRumors came across a .Mac web page yesterday that contained images for Apple products. Two of the products on this web page aren’t shipping yet. A new Aluminium MacBook with Multi-Touch and a new MacBook Pro that looks super thin and has an iMac-like screen.

Usually this would just be dismissed as a Apple fan mock up but the web page did list a valid iTunes store account and password.

MacRumors didn’t like to the page because of the account information but did post screenshots of it.

The pages also included information for iTunes 8, a 32GB iPhone, and a WWDC launch date (June 10th).

The fact that this is a live site makes me find it very hard to believe but at the same time, the design work is very well done and looks very similar to designs that Apple uses on their site as well. So take this with a grain of salt if you’d like but it has been quite a while since we’ve seen any updates to the notebook designs and the upgrades mentioned are exactly what the rumors of design changes have been for months now. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this is exactly what we saw.


Apple Releases New MacBooks and MacBook Pros

Apple continued its latest release schedule today (of releasing something every Tuesday) with upgrades to the MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup.

Unfortunately the MacBook did not get the addition of the multi-touch trackpad although the MacBook Pro did. This choice was most likely to give consumers some reason to buy the MacBook Air at its high price.

The MacBook now has the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor with options from 2.1GHz to 2.4GHz. The MacBook’s available hard drives range from 120GB to 250GB.

The MacBook Pro now has the latest Nvidia graphics card now featuring up to 512MB of video memory, the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 2.6GHz, and hard drives up to 300GB in capacity.

If you would like to pick up one of these new laptops you can get the new MacBook here, or the new MacBook Pro here.

Apple Updates MacBook [Update]

The Store is still down but the homepage has changed.

Nothing very interesting here at all.

They upped the amount of memory in the standard configuration from 512MB to 1GB and in the low end configuration went from a 60GB HDD to a 80GB HDD.

They also removed the 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo option on the low end and now 2.0GHz and 2.16GHz are the only processor options.

You can also get a 200GB 4200RPM hard drive as an option now.

The new MacBooks will be available immediately. If anything else new comes out when the store is back I’ll let you all know.

Update: Apple Store is back up with MacBooks available


Apple Store Down [Update]

The Apple store is down right now and this may bring some new laptops to the Apple lineup as mentioned by Mac Rumors: Five New MacBook Configurations for Tues, May 15th?.I hope this is true because I think that a ultra-portable MacBook or a MacBook with a graphics card on the lower end.

I’ll let you know when it goes back up and what has changed.

Update: New MacBook configurations

Update: Apple Store is back up and the MacBooks are available

Another Exploding battery, Macbook This time

This scares me because I have a MacBook. I do always shut it down at night time and almost never have it in sleep mode. I don’t leave it plugged in while I’m not around but this still scares me.

The user (mattyb) on the MacTalk forums said that the notebooks battery life seemed to be less than it has been in the past. mattyb said that the notebook was in sleep mode and charging while on a bookshelf

“My girlfriend said she heard it hissing like a steam valve, then smoke started pouring out of it and a couple of seconds later, a very large flash fire started.”

check out the MacTalk forums for the whole story and more pictures.

Matte Screen MacBook

I have a MacBook and I actually love the glossy screen but I do know that a lot of people out there hate the glossy screen and prefer a matte screen. One MacBook owner hated the glossy screen so much that he decided to put a new screen into his MacBook from a Sony notebook.The MacBook looks pretty good and it gets me in the mood to do some modification myself, I won’t do any because I don’t want to kill any of my computers, but I do want to.

MacRumors Forum [via UneasySilence]

802.11n in Core Duo MacBook

Hard Mac has put an 802.11n Mac Pro card in a Core Duo MacBook. The task involves removing several screws and the keyboard from you MacBook but it does work. Its amazing that the MacPro and the MacBooks are using if not the same, then extremely similar Airport cards.

I’m actually considering this because I am in the market for a new Router and the Airport Extreme looks very appealing to me, but I don’t have 802.11n in my notebook now I can hack myself 802.11n and get the greater throughput of N.

Check out there little step by step guide here.