Mac News and Rumors for April 15th


Today, we have huge news in the world of Mac, as Adobe Creative Suite CS5 will be released within the next 30 days.  In addition, Apple released details of its new line of MacBook Pros, which offer amazing performance thanks to Intel i5 and i7 processors.

Adobe Announces Creative Suite 5

On Monday, Adobe announced its latest version of Creative Suite, which will include Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, Premiere Pro CS5, Dreamweaver CS5, and Flash Professional CS5.  One of the most impressive new features of Photoshop CS5 is a content-aware fill.  Adobe will ship the new Creative Suite in the next 30 days.

Palm is for Sale

Bloomberg is reporting that Palm is up for sale and working with several partners to find a buyer.  Palm’s stock price has seen its target cut dramatically, but received a boost late last week because of the rumored buyout.

Google Creating Android-Based iPad Device

There was a report in the New York Times that Google is going to launch its own Android-OS based device into the field as others such as Nokia, Microsoft, and HP have done.  After apparently holding back to see what Apple would do with the iPad, competitors have been hard at work developing their own iPad-like devices.

Apple Releases Updated MacBook Pros with Core i5 and i7 Processors

Apple released updates to its MacBook Pro line, offering improvements in performance thanks to Intel i5 and i7 processors.  The new 13” MacBook Pro carries a 10-hour battery, while the new 15” and 17” models are said to last between eight and nine hours.  Apple has also released a new high-resolution display for the 15” MacBook Pro, offering a standard 1440×900 glossy screen or the option to go to a 1680×1050 glossy for $100.  The pricing is also different, with the lowest end 15” MacBook Pro being raised $100, while the high-end 15” and 17” models saw $100 and $200 price cuts, respectively.

The 2.66 GHz Core i7 processor is available for the 17” MacBook Pro as a $200 upgrade.  All models offer up to 512 GB of solid-state storage or 500 GB of regular hard drive storage.  The MacBook Pro line was last updated in June 2009 and a revision came pretty expectedly.  Apple’s online stores around the world went down for maintenance earlier this week, which nearly confirmed the speculation that the line’s refresh was coming.

Also included are graphics processors inside the notebooks.  The 13” MacBook Pro will have the NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics processor that has 48 processing cores, three times more than the previous generation.  The 15” and 17” MacBook Pro models will sport the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with either 256 MB or 512 MB of memory, which offers up a bit more horsepower than before.

The new MacBook Pro line also offers an enhanced multi-touch trackpad that supports inertial scrolling.  This feature is already present in familiar forms on Apple’s iPhone OS devices.  In the United States and Canada, the new MacBook Pro line is showing a two to four-day shipping window for standard 13” models; the 15” and 17” models are showing 24-hour availability.


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