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Apple will likely discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro this year according to KGI Securities research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The report presumes Apple’s MacBook Pro refresh, which is expected within the next few months, will feature a single MacBook Pro line which is a hybrid of the current Air and Pro ranges. The 17″ MacBook Pro will be dropped due to poor sales figures and a desire to streamline the product line-up, according to the report.…

Apple has today seeded the third build of OS X Moutain Lion to developers registered with the Mac Developer Program. As of yet, it is unknown what changes have been made in the latest version but Apple has offered a number of known issues with the current build: – On systems with FileVault enabled, canceling the restart to the Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 Installer may leave your system unable to present a password dialog…

During Intel’s Developer Forum 2012, Intel Vice President Kirk Skaugen mentioned that their upcoming Ivy Bridge processors are “Retina display capable if [their] OEMs choose to deliver on that.” Skaugen also noted that their new processors will be able to power a resolution of 2560 by 1600, four times that of the current 13 inch MacBook Pro lineup. Ever since HiDPI graphics were found within OS X Mountain Lion, multiple sources have claimed that Apple is…

Many of Apple’s authorized resellers have been reporting that the current-model 15″ MacBook is out of stock or unavailable to order this week, quoting supply issues due to a presumed imminent product refresh. Retailers that include Best Buy and MacConnection are out of stock of both the 2.2GHz and 2.4Ghz models. Apple often cuts back on stock availability immediately prior to releasing a MacBook update, and has been a reliable indicator of an impending new…

The MacBook Pro is imminently due for an update, with a recent rumor suggesting a sooner-than-expected April 23 launch date. Official specs have not been announced, but benchmarking performed by CPU World indicates that the MacBook Pro should feature also significantly improved performance thanks to new Ivy Bridge processors. CPU World tested the Core i7-3820QM chip which is a 2.7 GHz processor, and a presumed natural replacement for the Sandy Bridge i7-2860QM chip that powers…

What is Flashback? “Flashback” is a trojan horse aimed at Mac OS X users that made headlines this week after infecting some 600,000 Mac users worldwide. The Flashback malware is the biggest Mac security threat to date, and many experts have noted that it heralds the end of Mac users perceived invulnerability to PC-style viral attacks. Flashback is not a new virus, and first appeared late last year when it duped users by looking like…

Apple’s desktop iMac is set for a summer refresh, with a new Ivy-Bridge powered range coming this June according to a new report from DigiTimes. The report notes that Apple’s new iMac’s will feature Core i5 and i7 processors as well as anti-glare screens. The current class of iMacs were updated with Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt ports and Radeon graphics in May of 2011. A report earlier this week suggested that the iMac would be…

According to How To Arena, Apple is planning to refresh its line of iMacs by June or July of this year. These all-in-one desktops will reportedly be powered by Intel’s highly anticipated Ivy Bridge i5 and i7 processors. The latest line of iMacs launched on May 3 of last year, two months before OS X Lion made its debut. It brought Intel Sandy Bridge processors along with a high definition FaceTime camera. These same features…

According to a new report from Digitimes, the next-generation 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros are due to commence mass production in April, with volumes ramping up thereafter for an expected summer 2012 release. The report suggests that while the 15″ MacBook Pro is due to start production this month, the 13″ model is not due to begin production until June – despite Apple ordering much higher volumes of the smaller laptop. Previous reports have indicated…

The popular desktop virtualization software, Parallels Desktop, is on sale for 65% off during the company’s spring break sale. The price will rise by 5% throughout the day so make sure you buy your copy early! This sale will run through March 31 and will be available for 25% off through the end of the day Saturday. While you’re there, make sure to enter Parallels Desktop’s iPad 2 giveaway. Parallels Desktop is currently my favorite desktop virtualization software because of its…

According to a new report from DigiTimes, new slimline versions of the 13 and 15-inch Macbook Pro are currently in production and on-target for March shipments. The report indicates that the Macbook Pro will lose its optical drive in the next refresh, allowing for an overall reduction in weight and thickness. The MacBook Pro will no longer have an optical drive enabling thinner designs, the sources indicated. Despite the slim profile, the new devices will…

The incredibly popular iOS game ‘Cut the Rope’ has made its way to the Mac App Store. Released earlier today by developer ZeptoLab, the award winning game sports new high resolution artwork and innovative game mechanics optimized for most OS X machines. Instead of tapping or swiping as you would with the iPhone and iPad versions of the game, ‘Cut the Rope’ for Mac offers adjusted gameplay that allows for clicking or clicking-and-dragging. The game…

Apple engineers are hard at work attempting to bring AirPlay Mirroring and iMessage support to future versions of OS X Lion, according to 9to5Mac. AirPlay Mirroring, which is currently available for iPhone and iPad users running iOS 5, allows users to wirelessly broadcast cotent through an Apple TV. Since AirPlay mirrors everything on screen, not just video content, the option is also useful for presentations or slideshows. Besides mirroring, rumor has it that iChat will…