3G MacBook Pro prototype shows alternate history of mobile Mac

It appears that at one time Apple was exploring 3G-capable MacBook Pros. eBay seller Abhw752579 has listed a prototype 2007 Santa Rosa MacBook Pro with an integrated 3G antenna built in to the LCD screen. The eBay seller is not the original owner or the machine, but bought it from someone on Craigslist who was selling the laptop “for parts.” However, upon disassembling the MacBook Pro, Abhw752579 discovered it contained a red motherboard, which typically signifies an Apple prototype model. Of course the other feature that should have immediately tipped off Abhw752579 that something was out of the ordinary with this particular MacBook Pro was the huge 3G data antenna hanging off the laptop’s screen.

As you can see from the image above, the 3G antenna is extendable, and Abhw752579 notes that its underside is marked with “Tyco Proto / #006” in ink. In addition to the 3G antenna, there’s also a standard size SIM card slot located underneath the memory cover on the bottom of the MacBook Pro. Abhw752579 was able to get the prototype powered on and discovered that OS X did pick up the 3G antenna, but there was of course no data signal.

Users have been hoping for a while now that Apple will add 3G connectivity to their laptop line and this prototype confirms Apple has at least explored the option. However, after seeing how ugly a MacBook Pro looks with an antenna hanging off of it, I’m glad Apple never brought the laptop to market. Then again, 2007 was a long time ago (in tech terms) and if Apple can build a concealed 3G antenna into an iPad, they can easily fit the same antenna into the existing form factor of today’s MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros.

BootCamp updated for 2011 MacBook Pros

Apple has released Boot Camp 3.2 Update for MacBook Pro (early 2011). This update fixes issues with unexpected shutdowns as well as problems with Japanese and Korean keyboards.

Of course, it’s recommended for all users. You’ll find it via Software Update if you’ve got the proper machine, or just download it here.

OWC adds 16 GB of RAM to the 2011 MacBook Pros

OWC RAM

If you just bought a new MacBook Pro, but still feel like it is a “little” too slow for your taste, and you still have US$1,600 rattling around in your change purse, OWC have just the thing for you – a pair of 8 GB SODIMMs.

A 16 GB memory upgrade is just what you need to give your shiny new MacBook the oomph it really needs. Even though Apple says the new machines have an 8 GB upper memory limit, OWC says its testing confirms the MacBooks can use 16 GB of RAM.

Larry O’Connor, founder and CEO of Other World Computing said, “Our initial confirmed results, using the same ‘diglloydMedium’ CS5 testing parameters employed by macperformanceguide.com, reveals a nearly 50% performance improvement with 16 GB of RAM installed vs. the factory maximum of 8 GB. This upgrade truly lets owners of the latest MacBook Pro models unleash the power of their machine with performance approaching that only previously available in Apple desktop and tower models.”

Those with slightly shallower pockets can go for the 12 GB upgrade, a mere $879.99.

Apple online store reporting 3-5 days shipping on MacBook Pros!

If you were hoping to get your hands on a MacBook Pro then you will currently have to wait 3-5 business days, could this mean that Apple will release an update in the near future?

You can no longer get your hands on a MacBook Pro from the Apple online store until after the refresh expected to be on Thursday this week.  Apple’s got a 3-5 day wait on new MacBook Pros which puts them right about on schedule.

It will be interesting to see if Apple releases the update this thursday, or if their supplies are just running low.

Will Apple release new Macbook Pro’s Thursday Feb 24th

It has been a while since we last saw a MacBook Pro update, however as we have reported in the past week, the rumors of an update have intensified. The previous MacBook Pros were released almost one year ago with Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors.

Since the news of the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors was released it has been expected that Apple would update the MacBook Pro line, since the processors are expected to be a significant improvement over last year’s processors.

MacBook Pro stock has been dwindling internationally and this morning two Italian sites reported that the new machines are said to be making their way to resellers towards the end of the month with a released date of this Thursday or Friday.

According to 9to5mac.com Best Buy has released the following part numbers and prices:

MC724LL/A-SKU# 9755395 – $1499 – 13 inch
MC700LL/A-SKU# 9755322 – $1199 – 13 inch
MC725LL/A-SKU# 1535918 – $2499 – 17 inch
MC723LL/A-SKU# 1535845 – $2199 – 15 inch
MC721LL/A-SKU# 1535836 – $1799 – 15 inch

Apple to update MacBook Pro in the near future?

Loads of rumors are floating around the web speculating whether Apple will update their MacBook Pro line anytime soon. According to a report by macrumors.com Amazon is increased estimated shipping time for several Macs from a few days to 1-2 months, other sources are confirming that Best Buy is also running low on MacBook Pro stock.

A new version of the MacBook Pro will almost certainly incorporate Intel’s Sandy Bridge microarchitecture, perhaps even an introduction of the SSD in the higher priced machines. Furthermore we are hoping the MBP might shed some weight and get a reduced size. While other rumors are stating that Apple might choose to get rid of the Optical Drive, we certainly hope they wont as some of us still use these on a regular basis.