According to believable sources, Apple is planning to bring the new MacBook Pros into the market in a couple of weeks from now, which will mean the second generation MacBook will be out in the first week of March. Apple has already put the units into production and the shipments are getting ready for the first week of March. Apple had initially thought of launching the new MacBooks in the second week of February, but a delay from Intel’s side with regards to the delivery of Sandy Bridge processors eventually delayed Apple’s production and release date too.
Now that the flaw in the processors has been rectified and the production started, one can expect that Apple would want to launch the new McBook Pro on the 1st of march which would be a Wednesday. As we know, Apple likes launching their products on Wednesdays.
While every other company has been busy launching their new smartphones and tablets, Intel, the largest producers of chips, has shown a preview of its tablet inteface MeeGo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. MeeGo is a Linux based system which like Android, iOS, WebOS and Windows is a phone based OS. The MeeGo project was in the making for quite sometime now and both Nokia and Intel were involved in the development of this user interface. But now, Nokia is not involved with the mobile phone OS any more as it has now partnered with Microsoft and even abandoned its own phone OS Symbian and Intel did express its disappointment about the withdrawal at the MWC.
Apparently MeeGo is the only user interface that will enable dynamic panels on a mobile phone. We’ll have to wait and see how a new OS can fare amidst such fierce competition in the market.
Apple MacBook Air which runs on a Core 2 Duo processor is set for a revamp on its processor’s front. According to reports, Apple is going to use the Sandy Bridge Intel processors in its next MacBook Air models. Intel has resolved its issues with the Sandy Bridge chips which apparently were causing problems to SATA drives (hard disks and DVD drives) due to a defect in the component named Cougar of the chipsets. Now that the issue has been resolved, Intel is planning to start shipping the chipsets which should get all the companies back on track with regards to their production.
Apple MacBook Air which was updated in October last year would add a lot more to its processor speed if it were to make use of the Sandy Bridge chipsets. What the MacBook Air possesses in its looks, it lacks in its performance and the addition of the new Intel chipset should solve this problem now.
Dell has a previewed a non-working prototype of a Windows 7 tablet. This tablet which is called the Windows 7 Business Tablet (have you observed, the name of Dell’s name does not feature here) measures 10 inches and it is aimed at providing greater mobility. Dell although, has not mentioned any specs or price of the tablet except that the tablet would run on an Intel processor. The Windows 7 Business Tablet would be launched sometime this year according to Dell.
According to Steven Lalla, the vice-president of Dell’s commercial group, the new tablet based on Windows offers more choice now for managing their IT. Dell has also stated that businesses who prefer Androids over Windows can also get their wish on the same hardware. Now that all the Androids are running on ARM architecture which is the same as used in iPad, this new tablet from Dell is sure to offer interesting choices to businesses.
After successfully showcasing their search engine prowess on stage to media outlets, Google may be gearing up for one more public announcement for Google TV. In an interview to the Wall Street Journal, Intel CEO, Paul Otellini has stated that the new Google TV system could begin shipping as early as this month.
Intel has previously been a supplier of chips to the Apple TV and according to Otellini, the new venture from Google is powerful and should mark a significant paradigm shift in the television segment. Comparing the latest venture with Apple TV, Otellini said,
“I also believe there are probably households that one will appeal to and the other won’t. My mom might use an Apple TV because it’s really simplistic. My son is probably going to go buy a Google TV, simply because it’s cool. He wants to be able to do his Facebook chat and talk to his friends saying, “Hey, are you watching the game?” in real time. You cannot do that on Apple TV.”
Google has partnered with Intel, Sony and Logitech in the launch of the new TV venture that Eric Schmidt noted would launch “in the fall“. Samsung too is learned to be working on a partnership with Google to bring Android OS to its television sets.
Thanks to the acceleration malfunction reported on Toyota, the US Congress has succeeded in pushing forward for a legislation that will make it mandatory for car manufacturers to equip their cars with a data event recorder – more commonly known as black box.
According to a report on the New York Times, Intel is working on an event recorder that will take note of basic telemetry like whether the seat belts were on, location using GPS, speed, etc. Also, Intel has expressed intent to incorporate video recording into the black box so that the last 30 seconds would be recorded. Intel says that this could come handy during accidents not just for police investigations, but also for insurance companies to make better judgement on the compensation.
The Intel black box for cars is likely to be more sophisticated than those used today on aircrafts. However, the company says that the company is focusing on reducing costs in order to retain the affordability of cars.