New MacBook Airs may include high-speed 400MBps flash memory

The next generation MacBook Air may get a flash memory boost according to a report from Macotakara. The new NAND flash memory could replace the Blade X-Gale SSDs in the current generation MacBook Air models. This Toggle DDR 2.0 technology boasts of 400 MBps transfer rates and 19-nm processing. As a result, read times could reach 261 MBps and write times could be bumped up to 209 MBps. These small memory chips may be soldered on the MacBook Air’s base circuitry.

The new and improved MacBook Air models are expected to arrive soon after the debut of Mac OS X Lion. The Gold Master version of Lion was seeded to developers last week and should be publicly available in the upcoming weeks.

Will Apple release new iMacs on Tuesday, May 3??

This is interesting, according to AppleInsider  Apple will release new iMac models next Tuesday, May 3. Citing “people familiar with the matter” who have “continually provided accurate information,” AppleInsider states that the next iMacs will sport second-generation Intel Core i5/i7 chips and a Thunderbolt port. It could not be confirmed at this time if the new iMacs will feature changes to the display sizes.

AI also states that its sources said the early morning hours of May 3 at Apple Retail stores will be a “visual night” which means that the new iMacs should be on sale the day they are announced. “Visual night” is the term when Apple retail employees stay through the night and change merchandising and display planograms in the store in order to prepare a new product for sale. In this case, the older iMacs will be removed and replaced by the newly announced models.

Will Apple update the iMac and Mac Pro soon?

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We have long been speculating when Apple would update their iMac and Mac Pro, now it seems as it an update might happen in the near future. Sources are reporting that Apple is currently notifying sales channels of shortage in the stock for their iMacs, and the Mac Pro seems to be out of stock according to several websites.

According to AppleInsider, a source says that Apple is informing some distributors not to expect future shipments of the 21.5″ 3.06 GHz iMac, indicating that the model may no longer be in production, this could be an indication that Apple will include a dual-core Intel Core i5 model in addition to the existing quad-core i5 and i7 configurations.

One MacRumors reader has pointed out that Apple’s somewhat-hidden Reserve and Pick Up program is currently showing the company’s Mac Pro models as “Unavailable” for reservation at his local retail store in Canada, possibly hinting at an imminent update.

A quick check of the reservation systems for a handful of Apple retail stores around the United States shows a similar story, with some stores showing complete unavailability of Mac Pro reservations while others continue to offer either the base Quad-Core model or the 8-core model but not both.

We are all very exited for this news and hope Apple really does release an update in the near future, we will keep you updated as news seeps out.

Macbook Pro with Core i7 runs boiling hot…

Many Mac owners have long complained that their beloved machines run extremely hot. New tests conducted by PC Authority have found that people are right to complain, they tested a Core i7 Macbook Pro and found it to climb over 100 degrees celsius.

PC Authority tested a Core i7 620M based 17” Macbook pro, running several different benchmarking tests. After initial tests they concluded that the Mac scored lower in some tasks such as rendering in Photoshop than expected. Since they knew that the processing power should make running programs such as Photoshop a breeze, they began wondering if the problem was heat based, so “they propped the machine on its side and repeated the test. Performance improved.”

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Having booted into Windows via Boot Camp, PC Authority, ran several tests, and games to identify the temperature level of the Mac, initially they reached temperatures of up to 84ºC stating that the bottom casing was “almost too hot to touch.” When running Cinebench 11.5, PC Authority recorded temperatures up to 90ºC and eventually broke 100 during a second test of Cinebench 11.5.

While we haven’t tried the tests described above, we can confirm that while running Final Cut Express, and Pro, the Mac does sometime climb way up in the 90’s and sometimes during rendering even reaches 100 degrees. Since many users expected this to be a problem from previous models, such as the Core Duo 15” Macbook Pro, which has been known to have heat issues in the past, many were surprised to see this problem continue on the newer machines such as the i7.

If you’ve got one of the 17″ i7 MacBook Pros, we would be interested in hearing whether your Macbook Pro runs so hot you can fry an egg on it.