Real MBP Specs

Yesterday I Predicted The New MBP’s Specs For The 13”. Today Apple Updated The Lines.
My Predictions:
13” Base Model:
Intel Core i3
Nvidia 330M Graphics
Thunderbolt
3 x USB 2.0 Ports
SSD Drive for the OS.
2.3GHz (turbo boost 2.6GHz)
No CD Drive
Cheaper
320GB HD
Higher Res Screen.

The Real Specs:
Intel Core i5 (close)
Intel HD Graphics (wrong)
Thunderbolt (right)
3 x USB 2.0 Ports – 17 inch (close)
No SSD Drive For The OS (wrong)
2.3GHz (right)
CD Drive (wrong)
Cheaper (right)
320GB Hard Drive (right)
Higher Res Screen (right)

My Score:

Right : 5/10
Close : 2/10
Wrong : 3/10

That Is Quite Good I Think.

What Did You Get?

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MacBook Pro 2011 Specs

The new MacBook Pro’s are probably going to be announced tomorrow, so today I am going to guess the specs:

13” Base Model:
Intel Core i3
Nvidia 330M Graphics
Thunderbolt
3 x USB 2.0 Ports
SSD Drive for the OS.
2.3GHz (turbo boost 2.6GHz)
No CD Drive
Cheaper
320GB HD
Higher Res Screen.

These are my predictions for the base model 13”. I will report back tomorrow if Apple release the new MacBook Pro’s and see whether, I got it right.
What Do You Think?
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Greenpois0n RC5 Released iOS 4.2.1

After weeks of talks, wait, and rumors, the Chronic Dev Team finally came through with the release of their GreenPois0n untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1.

Up until now, there was no other solution but use a beta version of RedSn0w, which let’s be honest, wasn’t very stable. I don’t know if this release will be better than RedSn0w as there isn’t much information about this version of GreenPois0n so far.

All we know is that it works with the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone running iOS 4.2.1. Even better, unlike RedSn0w, you won’t need to have your 42b3 SHSH blobs saved in order for GreenPois0n to work. One thing is for sure, this version of GreenPois0n will not hacktivate your iPhone. So far, only a Mac version is available.

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iOS 4.3b3 released to developers

As previously rumored, Apple today issued a third beta version of iOS 4.3 to developers. The release comes nearly two weeks after the previous seed.

Today’s seed carries the rumored build number of 8F5166b, compared to the previous 8F5153d build. As with the previous builds, versions are available for the iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS, and third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, with a separate version for the second-generation Apple TV also available.

While we’ve yet to hear details on changes from the previous build, earlier builds have included such new features as personal Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, enhanced support for AirPlay video streaming, and a software toggle to set the functionality of the iPad’s side switch.

Apple has also been rumored to be building support for recurring subscription billing for App Store content into iOS 4.3, although we’ve yet to see signs of it in the developer builds. The recurring subscription billing is expected to play a key role in distribution of The Daily, an iPad-focused news publication set for introduction at a media event tomorrow.

Update: Earlier today, App Advice noted that iOS 4.3 betas now allow users to cancel downloading apps and delete them mid-download. The feature would prove useful for users who accidentally begin downloading a large application and wish to cancel the process.
The feature is quite simple to use. All you have to do is enter the icon arrangement mode (“Wiggle mode”) as you normally do to delete an app. This time however, you’ll notice the “x” appear over the currently downloading app as well. Just hit it, confirm, and iOS will proceed to interrupt the download and delete the app.

The feature is present in earlier iOS 4.3 betas than the one released today, but was first brought to our attention this morning.

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Bad Intel Chipsets Heading For iMac 2011

Intel said Monday that it has identified and corrected a design error in the chipset that supports its latest Sandy Bridge Core processors, potentially impacting the roll-out schedule of several mainstream desktop designs like Apple’s next-generation iMacs.

“As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a silicon fix,” the company said in a statement. “In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives.”

The world’s largest chipmaker said it has since halted shipments of the affected support chip from its factories and has begun manufacturing a corrected version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. It added that the Sandy Bridge microprocessors themselves are unaffected by the flaw, nor are any other products from its portfolio.

More specifically, Intel said systems potentially impacted by the error are second generation Core i5 and Core i7 quad core based desktop systems. The first generation of those chips can be found inside Apple’s current high-end, 27-inch iMac. Therefore, unless Apple chooses to radically alter its approach to the iMac going forward, recent history would suggest the second generation chipset in question will play some role in future models.

Systems from Apple’s competitors with the affected supporting chips have only been shipping since January 9th, according to intel, and the company believes that relatively few consumers are impacted by this issue.

“For computer makers and other Intel customers that have bought potentially affected chipsets or systems, Intel will work with its OEM partners to accept the return of the affected chipsets, and plans to support modifications or replacements needed on motherboards or systems,” the company said in its statement.

Intel added that it anticipates delivering the correct version of the chipset to customers in late February, but does not expect “full volume recovery” until April, meaning it’s unlikely that any iMacs featuring the chipset will hit the market for at least another two months. Coincidently, AppleInsider this week began receiving unverified reports that Apple plans to drawn down inventory of existing iMacs over the next 60 days.

For the first quarter of 2011, Intel said it expects the chip design error to reduce revenue by approximately $300 million as the company discontinues production of the current version of the chipset and begins manufacturing the new version. While full-year revenue is not expected to be materially affected by the issue, Intel also said it will cost the company approximately another $700 million to repair and replace affected materials and systems in the market.

“Since this issue affected some of the chipset units shipped and produced in the fourth quarter of 2010, the company will take a charge against cost of goods sold, which is expected to reduce the fourth quarter gross margin percentage by approximately 4 percentage points from the previously reported 67.5 percent,” Intel said. “The company will also take a charge in the first quarter of 2011 which will lower the previously communicated gross margin percentage by 2 percentage points and the full-year gross margin percentage by one percentage point.”

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Voice Commands All Round

Coming Soon – System-wide Voice Control for (Jailbroken) iPhones

This is one of those tweaks that makes me want to jailbreak my iPhone again pronto. It’s from chpwn, who has already provided the jailbreak community with some great jailbreak tweaks / apps like Infinidock, Infinifolders, ProSwitcher, and lots more.

It’s called VoiceActivator and here’s what it does:

Custom Voice Control commands! VoiceActivator is a new tweak by chpwn (http://chpwn.com/) to let you take full control of the Voice Control feature of your iPhone or iPod touch. Launch apps, open URLs, use Activator actions: it’s all here, in one tweak.

So you can open web pages, launch apps, and best of all is likely those Activator actions.

The iPhone has had Voice Control for some time of course, without any need to jailbreak – but it is lame and does very little, working only with the iPod and Phone apps. What VoiceActivator offers is much more like what a proper voice control app should be.

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iWork ’11 Screenshot

Check Out This ScreenShot.

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