Apple announces the iPad Air, Mavericks OS X, and more
We may not be the biggest Applefans, but we still think it’s important to keep up with the competition. Apple’s San Francisco event ended earlier today with the announcement of two new iPads, two new Macs, and Mavericks OS X.
Remember how people were complaining that the year 2000 wasn't really the year 2000 and that 2001 was really the year 2000? Like that debacle, with us never publishing episode 150 of the No BS Podcast, you can similarly consider Episode 201 to be the real 200th episode if you feel inclined.
Our friends at iFixIt felt compelled to offer new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro owners a consolation prize in the form of high resolution kitten wallpaper. What for? Well, based on iFixIt's teardown analysis of Apple's newest notebook, owners of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro could use an adorable kitten to calm their nerves if they ever find themselves in the position of having to perform a do-it-yourself (DIY) repair job.
Dell's ultrathin, ultraportable, or ultra-whatever-you-want-call-it (just don't call it an Ultrabook) XPS 14z is now available for sale in several configurations starting at $1,000. Dell's pitching this as "the world's thinnest, fully featured laptop with a built-in DVD player" and it figures to give Apple's MacBook Pro a run for its money in both form and function (as well as price).
With the introduction of the XPS 14z notebook, it's almost as if Dell took off its white glove, slapped Apple in the face with it, and said "How do you like them Apples?" The XPS 14z is thinner than a MacBook Pro at less than an inch thick (0.9 inches high), it has an optical drive (making it the thinnest 14-inch laptop to feature an ODD, according to Dell), and it's cheaper than a MacBook Pro to boot.
Dell today announced the launch of its Sandy bridge-powered XPS 15z ultra-thin laptop. Touting the now defunct Adamo’s spiritual successor as the thinnest 15-inch PC in the world, the company announced that the XPS 15z is the “first in a series of new thin, ultra-powerful laptops from Dell this year.” Let’s hope that the new series does not share the same fate as the Adamo. And on that optimistic note, let’s just hit the jump and see what the specs have to say.
Just as we approach the tail-end of Intel's Sandy Bridge snafu, now we're hearing about trouble brewing in Cupertino. It's too early to say if there's a defect in the new MacBook Pro models, but a growing list of complaints from users experiencing hard freezes is growing cause for concern. A support thread on Apple's forums already spans dozens of pages.
Apple recently overhauled its MacBook Air range. All the new models in its ultrathin notebook range only feature solid-state storage, providing them with obvious speed advantages over previous models, but severely restricting their built-in storage capacity – 13.3-incher with 256GB storage (maximum) costs $1600.
Even though many votaries of the cult of Apple might even find the Air’s storage plenteous, but a media junkie will not have any trouble expending the built-in Flash storage. Of course, you can always opt for a portable HDD.
Dell’s Adamo is one sexy notebook, featuring an impressively thin form factor that allows its users to bring it with them just about where they want. But, along with all that good news we’ve got some bad to report – the battery isn’t replaceable by the user.
Following in the footsteps left by Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro, the un-removable battery can only be replaced if sent to Dell. There’s no word yet on just how much this procedure will cost as of yet.
Unfortunate news, to be true, but we can’t say that it completely surprises us. You don’t get a notebook this thin without losing some of the usual advantages.
Professional Photographer Rob Galbraith undertook the task of figuring out which notebook has the best screen for others of his trade, and according to his research the Dell Mini 9 finished the rigorous testing with the highest marks.
While Lenovo’s W700 did come up near the top of the list thanks to its built-in pantone calibrator, the Dell Mini 9 took the top spot. That’s right, a $300 notebook has a display with better “overall huge accuracy” than the $2000 MacBook Pro, which apparently sports a display that is “one or two steps below a good desktop.”