We were expecting a MacBook Air-like device. It turns out Dell’s new product, dubbed “Thinnest 15-inch PC on the planet” isn’t thinner than the 15-inch MacBook Pro I gave up a year ago for an Air. That’s the same one that came out with the Unibody manufacturing process in October 2008. Dell’s 15-inch XPS 15z is .97 inches thick compared to the MacBook Pro’s .95 inches (it looks like my initial prediction was correct). It does weigh in at slightly less than the MacBook Pro (which is due for an update soon as well). Engadget has a comparison gallery:
The Wall Street Journal has evidence that suggests Dell will mount another potshot ad at the MacBook Air’s domination of it’s market-space sometime this week. With the XPS 15z announcement, Dell’s newest “ultra-thin”, stylish notebook – they attempted to tease the world with the tagline: “The game is about to change”. The 15-inch computer will probably feature the aluminum unibody construction that Apple pioneered with the MackBook Air.
What is being referred to as “Apple Store 2.0” by Apple employees has officially launched in Australia – they’re a little over half a day ahead the United States. Paper signs and information cards on Apple’s wood tables are now a thing of the past; they have been replaced with interactive iPad 2s. These specially equipped iPads provide an intuitive and easily-accessable description of the product beside it. Furthermore, the iPads feature a button to call an Apple representative for assistance – I know what I’ll spend all of my time doing! As of now, that’s all the information that’s
There was some speculation before the iPhone 4 was announced was that the new iPhone model would be available in both 32GB and 64GB capacities – but alas, Apple stuck with the same on 16GB and 32GB versions as before. According to the sources of former Engadget reporter, Chris Ziegler, we could see a higher capacity model after all.
We’ve received word from customers in the South Pacific that Snow Leopard boxes are running short, the inventory is drying up and Apple resellers are literally unable to get their hands on stock of Snow Leopard boxes. Even Apple’s website is showing a week’s wait in both Australia and New Zealand. These types of delays, which have always been temporary in the past, are usually an indication that the supply is changing and the boxes are no longer being made.
Apple’s patent team has been on a roll in the past couple of weeks. The latest patent application describes a “privacy mode” on displays for their mobile devices that can steer display light beams in various directions – allowing only the person directly in front of the display to see its content. Patenty Apple explains: The new privacy option mode only allows those directly in front of the display to view its content. Anyone on the periphery would simply see a blank display. A number of professions may find this feature very appealing. The patent also vaguely points to this technology
MIC Gadget came out with a breaking story about an explosion at Foxconn’s Chengdu manufacturing plant that happened earlier today. This facility is where iPad 2s are produced. The publication explained that the explosion occurred inside of an “operating room”: We are not sure actually what cause the explosion and how many casualties had resulted. At the scene, there are currently more than 10 fire engines, ambulances and 10 police cars had arrived on the scene. The factory has been sealed off by the police – reporters aren’t allowed to come near the plant due to a possible secondary explosion. Additional reports claim that sixteen men