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iMac 2011 are fast!

New iMacs are pretty fast! Macworld have done a benchmark on the new iMac 2011 it is faster than all previous iMacs and are almost as fast as Mac Pro 2010. It is just a wonder that you can have such a powerful machine and a 27 inch screen pack together in such a neat package!

Currently there are still no benchmark for SSD Drive yet, I will be very interested to know how much better it will score, as we all know Macbook Air is so much faster just because of SSD. Stay Tuned!


What we will see in iMac 2011? [Prediction]

It is almost time of the year for Apple to refresh their iMac line. So what will we see in the iMac 2011 line?

Some prediction by me:

  • Sandy Bridge CPU for all iMacs
  • i5 for iMac 21.5 inch, i7 default for 27″
  • 8gb ram default for 27 inch iMac
  • 1TB HDD for 21.5inch and 2TB HDD for 27″ iMac as default
  • Better Graphics, might even be nVidia
  • Higher resolution of screen
  • HD FaceTime Camera
  • Thunderbolt for all iMac

Anything else that I have missed out? I really hope SSD to be in 27″ as default, but I highly doubt so.


Mac OS Lion love SSD [Video]

Lion And SSD

Apple had great success with the new Apple MacBook Air mainly due to the introduction of SSD drive which makes computer fast even if it is given slower processor. And because of the success, Mac OSX Lion will have TRIM support for SSD which will make SSD Drive write faster!

TRIM and SSD

What is actually TRIM? TRIM is actually replacing the data you have written before that has marked as delete. Meaning SSD Drive don’t need to “Delete” the bits before writing on it. Sounds complicated? Don’t worry, check out the video below, Linus did a very easy to understand video demo of TRIM on SSD:


Macbook Pro 2011 comes with Sandy Bridge, FaceTime HD and ThunderBolt

After much wait, Macbook Pro 2011 finally launched! Although we don’t see Liquid Metal Case, nor SSD standard set, but it is a pretty good upgrades. Let’s go into details:

  • All Macbook Pros even the 13inch is getting minimum i5, the rest will get i7
  • All Macbook Pros have 4 GB of RAM, very sufficient for current computing
  • Harddisk range from 320GB to 750GB 5400RPM
  • As usual, 13″ MBP will only have 1 Graphics Card which is the Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15″ and 17″ gets another better graphics card from AMD Radeon HD 6490M to 6750M

  • All Macbook Pros will be having FaceTime HD which support Video up to 720p

  • All Macbook Pros will get 1 Thunderbolt Port supports up to 10Gbps
  • MacBook Pro line starts from USD$1199 just $200 more than MacBook Air

Thunderbolt Port – The ALL-IN-ONE Wonder Port!

Overall the refresh didn’t have alot of “WOW” factor other than Thunderbolt which is quite incredible. Not only Thunderbolt is very fast, it support data transfer up to 10Gbps, it also can be daisy chain to support up to 6 devices. It can be connect to Raid arrays, video capture solutions, USB and FireWire peripherals, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini Display Port display Plugs which can be connected to HDMI, VGA displays! In short Thunderbolt is a ALL-IN-ONE Wonder Port!


Macbook Pro 2011 Specification Leaked!

Fscklog posted a image of what we think might be the Macbook Pro 2011 13 Inch Model Specification! Seems like it will be a usual refresh with some new technology as predicted in our previous blog post! Below are the details:

  • 2.3 GHZ Sandy Bridge Dual Core Intel Core i5 Processor with 3MB L3 Cache
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 320GB Hard disk (disappointed that is no SSD, but it should be available as an add on option)
  • 13.3-inch LED backlit display with a 1280×800 pixel resolution.
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB RAM
  • FaceTime HD Camera
  • 8X Superdrive
  • Thunderbolt (Which we suspect should be Light Peak Technology which Apple has been working on for quite some time)
  • SDXC SD Card Slot which seems to be able to support up to 2TB of Storage

We have gotten some of the main upgrades correct in our previous Macbook Pro 2011 Predication, but we didn’t expect Light Peak or Thunderbolt to be out so soon and the new SDXC SD Card slot which supports card storage up to 2TB. This 2 were out of our exceptions, but I’m pretty disappointed we ain’t getting any SSD as a standard package for the 13 inch model. Although we have no idea if 15 or 17 inch MBP will be getting SSD as its standard setup.

We have seen in Macbook Air that SSD really boost the notebook performance even from a low powered processor in the MBA. Really hope it will be included.

Although we can’t be sure that Thunderbolt is Light Peak, but it seems to be as seen in the picture above. Light Peak are a high speed IO technology which can transfer data at a very high speed of 1-10Gbps! Very cool technology but I’m sure it will take some time to gain popularity.

Another interesting technology is FaceTime HD which means that Macbook Pro users can now FaceTime at HD quality to fellow iPhone and iPod Touch and the future iPad 2.

Stay Tuned with us for more Macbook Pro 2011 details!


What we might get in Macbook Pro 2011

What can we see in the up and coming Macbook Pro 2011 refresh?

  • Processor Upgrades – Sandy Bridge is on the way to Macbook Pro 2011, definitely will be seeing it when it refreshes.
  • Liquid Metal Body – Apple has been using Macbook Pro’s Aluminum Full Body for about 3 years, and they have been trying to test out Liquid Metal technology, and have used it to produce the Metal Piece Pin comes with your iPhone which is use to push out your SIM Card out from iPhone.
  • Better Battery Life – What else is more important than having good battery life? Everyone wants their laptop’s battery life to be as good as iPad. It is rumored that Macbook Pro 2011’s Battery life will increase by 2 hours, which will be 12 hours!
  • Better WiFi Coverage – As Aluminum is actually blocking some percentage of the Wifi signal, having a liquid metal body will strengthen Wifi Signal
  • Better FaceTime Camera – Apple hasn’t been updating their iSight camera, and because of FaceTime on iPhone, iPod Touch and soon to be iPad, Macbook Pro 2011 might be the first to get their first FaceTime Camera upgrade with larger megapixel, who knows we might get HD quality FaceTime Camera
  • SSD Option – Apple might slowly phase out Optical Drive, and might replace them with SSD drive as an additional HDD. It is not new that people actually remove their optical drive on their MBP and replace with a SSD, so Apple might take that idea up just like Mac Mini Server which they removed Optical Drive for a extra Harddisk
  • Better heat control – This is actually my wishlist, Apple’s Macbook Pro are really too HOT to be on your lap, although Apple’s reply is MBP is not a laptop but a notebook. But at times, you really need to put them on your lap. So I hope Apple can have better heat controls
  • Cheaper Macbook Pro – It is rumored heavily that Macbook Pro 2011’s price point will drop by 100-200 dollars. Who don’t wish to pay less for more?

That rounds up my prediction for Macbook Pro refresh for 2011 which it rumored to be on March! What do you think? Leave us a comment or tweet to us @usingapple