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News for Monday, 2 March 2009

Special Event on March 24th?

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 02/03/2009 20:45:35 CET - Category: Apple
A new rumor indicates that Apple might organize a special event on March 24th. it might be for something else than the iMac or Mac mini. So, new Mac Pro? Beta public for Snow Leopard? New iPhone, New Apple TV? We let you speculate on our forum.

Details about Forthcoming iMac and Mac mini

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 02/03/2009 20:42:47 CET - Category: Apple
We successfully collected information about the new models to be released tomorrow:
The new iMac models and their corresponding references:
- MB417: Entry level model
- MB418: "Mass market" model
- MB419: high-end model
- MB420: ultimate model
The entry level model should come with a 20" display, while the three other models will feature a 24" panel.
For the Mac mini, the references are the following:
- MB463: entry-level model
- MB464 high-end model
All models should be available almost immediately following their announcement and you could even already find them in the APR near you

New iMac and Mac mini Tomorrow!?

By linathael - 02/03/2009 20:35:55 CET - Category: Apple
According to one of our most reliable source, Apple will release new imac and Mac mini tomorrow.
More details as soon as they come.

Details about the Ecologic Bonus for any Purchase of a Mac

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 02/03/2009 09:53:41 CET - Category: Apple
As we reported last week, one can get up to 150 € cashback when purchasing a new Mac (MacBook or iMac) to replace their aging computer. Hereafter are the details
- you have to bring back a computer (still working or not, it does not matter)
- The offer starts today and will end on April 11th, and can not be cumulated with any other education or business offer.
- HEreafter are the details of the cashback depending on the model purchased (TTC meaning all taxes included, while HT is without taxes)

So, to be eligible to the highest cashback you will need to purchase the high-end models for each category. To be mentioned, all references are clearly indicated in order to make the offer compatible with any new release of iMac or MacBook within the defined period. So, it seems that this offer is only localized for Apple Franc,e however we would be happy to hear from similar campaign to boost Mac sales in other countries. Please let us know.
If you do not have any computer to be recycled in order to be eligible for this campaign, you can always purchase a new Mac from the Refurb Store where on can find interesting deals especially for MacBooks.

A new testing protocol for battery replacement

By jwa. Original by Lionel - 02/03/2009 08:25:27 CET - Category: Laptop
A number of you, who have Intel portables, have had to have your batteries exchanged at least once since buying them. Up till now, the decision by an Apple Authorised Service Provider whether to make the change under warranty depended on a number of factors: the first being the warranty, but also the goodwill of the technician.
Apple has dedcided to put in place a simple, reproducible procedure via a program which will judge the quality of the battery.

The software can be installed on a hard drive or a USB thumb drive, and launches in EFI mode. It proceeds to test the battery and give its result in a graphical form. As long as the battery is in the green zone, it is considered good. The yellow zone corresponds to a battery close to the end of its normal life and the red is when there is a problem. In this last case, a return number is giving, allowing the exchange to proceed under warranty.
Whether or not this puts to rest the randomness in this process, this software will certainly tighten the exchange rules, which is certainly Apple's goal.
Of course, only Apple Authorised Service Providers will officially have access to this software.

Another new controller for SSD disks

By crispin. Original by Lionel - 02/03/2009 07:59:03 CET - Category: Hard Drive - Source: Hardware.fr
Whereas the computing industry is wallowing around the rocky bottom, the market of SSD disks continues to advance at forced march pace and a day does not pass without something new to advertise.
The latest is rather important. SIS, a chipmaker announced two new controllers for SSDs. They are able to support SLC or MLC memory. They will be two versions, the 815 able to control the memory on 4 channels, however more interesting is the 820 which will support 8 channels, guarantees high performances since the data can be obtained by addressing 8 chips at the same time.

Good news, this controller will also support a chip of external DRAM which will be used as a cache, which is extremely important to ensure of good performances at the time of the writing of files.
The economic crisis seems to play the part of a catalyst on this market making it very competing. At this rate, it should become affordable to the general public within a few months.

Safari 4 Gives Apple a Boost

By jwa. Original by Lionel - 02/03/2009 07:55:46 CET - Category: Apple - Source: Dailytech
According to the latest reports from Net Application, the arrival of the Safari 4 beta has sent the browser to above a 10% market share in the United Stated for the first time. This figure, obtained in the last few days of February, will have to be confirmed during March in order to know if the infatuation with the new beta is real or if it is only due to curiosity, as was the case with the first beta for the PC.
Of equal note, the Mac market share has stopped rising for the first time in a long while, going from 10.04% in January to 9.71%.
It is certainly past due for the iMac to be updated, which could perhaps even arrive tomorrow. The inventory of these machines seem lower than ever.
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