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Unreleased 13-inch MacBook Pro benchmarks appear

The Retina display-powered MacBook Pro is out in 15-inch, but what of the smaller 13-inch model? Well, it appears that unverified benchmarks of an unreleased MacBook Pro model running an unreleased build of Mountain Lion ended up in the logs of benchmarking tool, Geekbench.

 

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The new non-Retina 13-inch MBP has the model identifier "MacBookPro9,2", while the 5-inch non-Retina model is "MacBookPro9,1" and the corresponding Retina model is "MacBookPro10,1". Of course, the machine name for the MacBookPro10,2 could have been faked, but the information listed on the Geekbench result is pretty consistent with what would be expected from a new 13-inch MBP.

 

The unreleased machine is, according to the Geekbench results, running a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7-3520M, and runs Built 12A2056 of OS X Mountain Lion. We should hear more of a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in the coming months once we get closer to its launch.

Apple publishes FAQ on Retina display for MacBook Pros

We reported on the Retina Display-powered MacBook Pros from Apple, where some have been experiencing screen ghosting issues, as well as the resolution of the screen itself not running at the advertised 2880x1800. But now Apple have published a FAQ on the matter, dealing with questions regarding the rMRP's.

 

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Within the FAQ, Apple mentions a fix for some programs that aren't running in the high-resolution mode, tips for working with multiple displays, and they address concerns over Boot Camp and other multi-boot environments. It will be a while until more program support the 2880x1800 res, so until then there will be situations where some programs look weird, or have odd artifacts.

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Some of Apple's new Retina-powered MacBook Pros may be experiencing screen ghosting

Apple's new Retina-powered MacBook Pros may be experiencing screen ghosting, according to some comments from Apple's community forums, YouTube, and long-time Mac pros (not the system, but users).

 

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Lloyd Chambers, whose Mac Performance Guide website for pro photographers and "performance addicts" has shown a photo of the ghosting problem. Chambers wrote on his website:

 

A latest image 'burns in' to the desktop when a window is left on screen. This has now happened repeatedly. The problem occurs in as little as 20 minutes; close the window and the desktop is left with a latent image; a ghost image of whatever text or graphic was in the window left on screen.

 

Whereas, on Apple's support site, user "Aut0maticdan" writes:

 

Hey, those of you having this issue, I'd love to know what part of the screen your burn-in occurs.

 

I was messing with it last night and the mark goes from the bottom to about an inch above the bottom of the screen. Its about two inches wide above the F8, F9, F10 keys. ... I didn't notice it until I changed my desktop background to be a solid color, but its also noticeable in apps like Aperture.

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Retina display-powered MacBook Pro doesn't actually run at 2880x1800... say what?!

Apple's latest MacBook Pro may feature that gorgeous 2880x1800 resolution with it being dubbed 'Retina display', but it seems that the notebook doesn't run that high resolution by default. The new Retina MacBook Pro (or rMBP) uses the screens extra pixels to display a higher level of detail on a canvas representing the previous 1440x900 resolution.

 

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The result of this? All windows and user interface elements all appear to have the same relative size as the rMBP's predecessor with the 15-inch 1440x900 display, but with 400-percent more detail. If owners of the new rMBP wish to use a high resolution, then you can go to System Preferences and select a different resolution, all the way up to 1920x1200.

 

Those who want even more screen real estate, ranging up to the eye-busting 2880x1800 will have to use a workaround that is, wait for it, not authorized by Apple. Macworld reports that in order to get to the 2880x1800 resolution, you'll need to use either a third-party app like the paid SwitchResX, or one of a number of free options suhc as Change Resolution.

 

Personally, I think Apple should note this to their users, as it is probably the selling point of the entire Retina-powered MacBook Pro.

Retina display-powered MacBook Pro can run three external displays... simultaneously

If the latest refresh of Apple's MacBook Pro weren't tasty enough with their Retina display running 2880x1800, then the news of the notebook being capable of driving three external displays simultaneously should excite you.

 

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Other World Computing posted the above picture on their blog showing off a Retina display-powered MBP hooked up to two iMacs, serving as Thunderbolt displays, with a third monitor plugged in through HDMI. This gives us four screens, with a total of 15,680,000 pixels.

 

OWC Mike seemed impressed with the results and performance of the MacBook Pro, saying:

 

Moving images and media didn't create any lag and we were able to play video on all four displays simultaneously.

 

Now that is impressive.

Acer announce Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks, released in Canada

Acer have jumped out today, late in the week, to announce their thin and light Timeline Ultra M5 Series of Ultrabooks. Measuring in at just 0.81-inches thick, they're quite slim and light. Also sporting up to 8 hours of battery life, a single charge can give you an entire days use from the Ultrabook.

 

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Acer also has their Green Instant On, which as you can imagine is an 'instant-on' tech which can throw the Ultrabook back into action within 6 seconds from a deep sleep, or just 2 seconds from normal sleep mode. Acer's new Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks also feature Intel's third-generation Core processors, as well as NVIDIA's latest discrete GPUs, optical drives, and an option of either a 14- or 15.6-inch display.

 

The new Ultrabooks feature either a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive for super-fast access to your files and transfer speed, with all models sporting a DVD drive as well. Two USB 3.0 ports are found on the Ultrabooks, and filling out the GPU side of things we'll find an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M or 640M LTE dedicated GPUs for your GPU-accelerated, or gaming needs. Fans of backlit keyboards will feel at home since Acer's latest offerings sport the beautiful backlit keyboards, as well as the professionally-tuned Dolby Home Theater v4 and premium speakers that will deliver some great audio for your music, games or movies.

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ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A packs an Ivy Bridge chip, just $1,149 for the Core i5 variant

ASUS' latest get-it-while-it's-hot Zenbook Prime has hit the servers of Amazon, where you can grab one while they're in stock for just $1,149. What does $1,149 get you? Well, you'll get an Intel Ivy Bridge-based Core i5 processor, 13.3-inch 1080p IPS display, and an SSD by default.

 

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Of course, if you've got the green, you can get something faster. Optional upgrades are pushed up to a Core i7 variant, 256GB solid-state drive, and the same 1080p IPS display. This configuration will set you back $1599.99.

 

Not bad considering that ASUS' Zenbook Prime is a seriously slick piece of kit. I think we're going to see ASUS really smash Ultrabooks into a fine market for the company, after all, ASUS virtually single-handedly created the Netbook market with their Eee range of products. Zenbook Prime, one day you will be mine, my precious...

HP taking orders for Trinity-powered Sleekbook

A device that is not quite an Ultrabook is now on sale. Yes, we're talking about HP's Sleekbook line which is basically an Ultrabook sans the Intel processor. The latest Sleekbook offering from HP comes touting a new AMD Trinity APU and HP is now taking orders for the device on their website.

 

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Surprisingly, HP is not offering any sort of configuration options for the new Envy Sleekbook 6. It comes sporting a dual-core AMD A6-4455M APU, integrated Radeon HD 7500G graphics, 4GB of DDR3 system memory, and a 500GB 5,400-RPM mechanical hard drive. All of that fits inside a machine that is less than 5 pounds and 0.78" thick.

 

Connections available include dual USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The system can purportedly run for up to nine hours on its 60 watt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery. If you want a bit more power of customization options, however, you should spend the extra $100 and go to the Intel-based model which can be configured with a discrete GPU and 32GB SSD.

RumorTT: 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display-powered model to hit in October

Apple are set to release a Retina Display-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro in October of this year, according to an insider, reports Apple Insider. Apple are expected to ramp up the production of the 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro powered by their high-res Retina Display in September.

 

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI has said that Apple has the "highest hopes" for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Retina Display. The 13-inch model wasn't unveiled at the WWDC because of low yields and greater assembly difficulty, says Kuo.

 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will also be sans optical drive, and will rely solely on solid-state flash memory storage. We should expect the screen to sport a resolution of 2560x1600, and be thinner than the 15-inch model, at 18mm. The 13-inch model will also not sport discrete NVIDIA Kepler graphics, and will rely on just the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics.

LeakedTT: More details on Dell Latitude 10 tablet

New leaked slides have arrived for Dell's Windows 8-based tablet, Latitude 10, as reported by Neowin. The new slide reveals that the Latitude 10 is destined for the enterprise market. The new leak is a bit of information on Dell's plans for enterprise-oriented Ultrabooks, as well as a solution of ports on Ultrabooks.

 

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The slides offer a glimpse into the possible time that the Latitude 10 will launch, where we should see the new tablet hitting in Q4 of this year, around the time of the release of Windows 8. The Latitude 10 will sport a 10.1-inch, 1366x768 capacitive multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass, as well as support for an optional Wacom stylus.

 

The juicy details are an Intel dual-core Atom Clover Trail-based processor running at a minimum of 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage, four USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and HDMI. Business customers should be happy, as it wil include enterprise-centric security controls, as well as the option to purchase a model with an integrated fingerprint reader, or smart card reader. It will also feature the ability to take a removable two-cell or four-cell battery.

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