New MacBook Airs to be announced with OS X Lion Release

On June 14th, I blogged about my predictions of Apple for June 15th. Unfortunately, none of these were correct. No new MacBook Airs and the Mac Mini update never happened.

Today I want to give my thoughts on how the MacBook Air update might relate to OS X Lion.

As I mentioned in my June 14th prediction post ( http://bit.ly/kkKVYv ) , most of Apple’s promotional videos for the new operating system they announced, OS X Lion , are showed on MacBook Airs. This could be a coincidence or maybe this is just Apple’s, specifically Jobs’ , favourite computer but this is a huge hint that we know a new MacBook Air might be in relation to the time OS X is available.

Now, I can’t even give you a date of when that is because, well, Apple hasn’t told us that either. One thing leads to another and my final prediction is that OS X Lion will be released the middle of July (July 20th) and with it will come a new MacBook Air. Checkout the blog post I linked above to see what my predictions of of the new MacBook Air and what makes it different from the current model.

If I continue to do this on my blog I might go a little crazy. There are so many Apple rumors every day, I’d never be able to keep up with them all. Also, I like to only give 100% real information on this blog. The reason for these last few posts is because I am really interested in Apple updates and I cannot wait for this new software and new computer to become available. If you like keeping up in Apple related rumors, check out Mac Rumors http://www.macrumors.com/

For the Mac Mini, Mac Pro, and anything else you want to consider, anything is possible. We have found visible patterns in what Apple does and when they update so a new Mac Pro and new Mac Mini is very possible.

I could go at this all day but I thought I’d just give you an update on my thoughts. Let’s see what happens. Leave a comment below giving us your thoughts on Apple and all the rumors you’ve been hearing.

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Time For New Hardware? My Apple Predictions for June 15th 2011

I wanted to quickly give my thoughts and predictions on Apple and what I think might be released or announced tomorrow, June 15th 2011.

Firstly, Apple’s MacBook Air. There is a lot of talk about this and I think it is about time for an upgrade. Here is what I’d like to see in the 3rd generation MacBook Air:

– Higher resolution display
– larger SSD (512gb +)
– backlit keyboard
– upgraded processor (i3, i5)
– option to upgrade to 6GB or 8GB of RAM
– one or two Thunderbolt ports.

I don’t think all of this is a reasonable guess but it is all possible. You never know what to expect with Apple.

One thing to note about the MacBook Air that makes me think they will update before OS X Lion is, in all of Apple’s demo videos of OS X Lion they use not just any MacBook but the MacBook Air. I think the MacBook Air is one of Apple’s favourite computers and the way the future of Macintosh computing might be.

 

It is said to be exactly one year since the last time the Mac Mini was updated. My thoughts for the Mac Mini are quite similar. More RAM, Thunderbolt, better processor (i3 or i5) etc.

I can’t wait to see what Apple announces. I think tomorrow will be an Apple lover’s lucky day.


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Explosion at Foxconn – Apple partner

It was around 6-7pm when there was an explosion at the the A5 Foxconn factory, a manufacturing plant opened in 1988 which includes 15 factories. This 3 square kilometer area is said to be “Foxconn City” or “iPod City” due to the fact that they are a partner of Apple and manufacture a lot of Apple parts and products. Foxconn makes consumer electronics for a number of different well-known companies. Acer, Apple, Amazon, Intel, Nintendo, and Sony, are just a few.

Two people confirmed dead while another 16 were injured in this battle against large explosions and black smoke. A Chinese company relayed that there were more then 10 fire engines, ambulances, and 10 police cars on seen.

In past news, this company has been known for having over 10 apparent suicides committed from it. One of which, a man jumped from a building to his death last year.

Foxconn has already struggled to meet demand for the hot-selling iPad 2 just a few weeks ago, what might have been the affect of the tsunami which was going on in the same continent at the time. The shortage experienced was of both labour and materials at it’s plant in Chengdu – the same location where today’s explosion occurred.

What problems will this create for us? Will there be a second shortage of Apple products?

Below is a link to short video caught by a local of the building at Foxconn. Credit to sohu.com

http://tv.sohu.com/20110520/n308129987.shtml

 


 

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Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202

I purchased the Behringer U-Control UCA202 to use my mixer as a USB source so that I could keep my 1/8″ plug for a separate voice input. For example, If I was talking to someone on Skype and using the mixer as an input, then they would end up hearing themselves so now I am using the FX Send on the Behringer Mixer along with this USB interface to stop feedback problems.
Here are some specs and details from the Behringer website:

Ultra-Low Latency 2 In/2 Out USB/Audio Interface with Digital Output
-Ultra-flexible audio interface connects your instruments, mixer, etc. with your computer for recording and playback
-High-resolution 48 kHz converters for high-end audio quality
-Works with your PC or Mac computer—no setup or drivers required. Free audio recording and editing software downloadable at www.behringer.com
-Stereo Headphone output with dedicated Level control lets you monitor both input and output
-Additional S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion
-Powered via USB—no external power supply needed

Currently, I am not using all of the features this U-Control offers but for the parts that I have used, it is working very well.

Just plug into a powered USB port and you have a secondary input / output for your computer. You can use this interface for inputting from a mixing console, a guitar or other interment, 1/8″ (non-phantom powered) microphone, your optical stereo speakers, and much more. The possibilities are endless. For only $40, this Audio interface can come in handy for any audio producers.

For more information you can checkout the Behringer website.

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iPad 2 – What you need to know

Today, March 2nd 2011, Steve Jobs revealed the lighter, thinner, and faster iPad 2 in person at the Apple Conference in San Francisco. Apple is a growing company and with the news about Jobs, Everyone, including many stock holders were all scared and curious about who might be presenting Apple’s newest product.

Below are some major differences & similarities between the first and second generation iPad

In addition to these changes, the iPad 2 is only 8.5mm thick (that’s thinner then the iPhone 4) compared to the 1st generation which was 13mm thick

The iPad 2 is the same price as the older models originally were. With these new features and upgrades, you couldn’t expect much of a price drop. The iPad 1st generation is still available on the Apple website for about $80 cheaper then it was yesterday.

Are you going to purchase the iPad 2, what are your thoughts? Did Apple impress you with the new features or, did they miss something important. Leave you replies in the comment section below.


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Canadian Bandwidth Caps – #1

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are about to impose usage-based billing on YOU.

This means we’re looking at a future where ISPs will charge per byte, the way they do with smart phones. If we allow this to happen Canadians will have no choice but to pay MUCH more for less Internet. Big Telecom companies are obviously trying to gouge consumers, control the Internet market, and ensure that consumers continue to subscribe to their television services.
These Big Telecom companies are forcing small competing ISPs to adopt the same pricing scheme, so that we have no choice but to pay these punitive fees.

Continued @ http://openmedia.ca/meter

In order to tell the government parties who aren’t already fighting against this new “national bandwidth” downgrade how much we care, we’d appreciate if you sign the petition below.
More information about this will be available on this blog throughout the month.


Thank you to all who participate in this ‘petition’ and are supporting the canadians as we fight this “life changing” event. :)

http://openmedia.ca/

Eric Andrews

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