Each new gadget brings speculation about what older device it will replace—full-featured laptops supplant desktops, while ever-smarter phones relieve you from carrying a laptop on occasion. But don’t overlook the partnerships that can result.
Apple is preparing a new lineup of thinner MacBook laptops running on more powerful chips made by Intel, Bloomberg news reported, quoting inside sources.
The MacBook Pro machines, to be unveiled at Apple’s annual developers conference starting June 11, also will feature high- definition screens like those on the iPhone and iPad, as well as flash memory to cut startup times and extend battery life, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public.
When Apple CEO Tim Cook dissed the whole idea of hybrid mobile computers, he may have been showing his hand.
Cook said during a financial earnings conference call this week that consumers simply won’t be interested in buying or using a machine that is a hybrid of a laptop and a tablet.
On April 11 in Beijing, Lenovo held its fiscal 2012 pep rally with the title “Wow! Begins Now”. At the ceremony, Lenovo’s president and CEO Yang Yuanqing revealed their objective in the coming fiscal year, “Our goal is to be No.1 in global PC market. It’s the first time we’ve ever been so close to the top.”
April 1 was the first day of Lenovo’s fiscal 2012. According to a April 11 Gartner report, in the first season of 2012, HP’s shipments were 15,305,413 with a 17.2% share.
Meanwhile, Lenovo’s market share was 13.1%, only 4 percentage points from that of HP. Gartner’s report showed that Lenovo experienced the strongest growth among the top five vendors, as its shipments increased 28.1 percent in the first quarter of 2012. Lenovo has been enjoying healthy growth in the professional market, while the company successfully expanded into the consumer space.
SYDNEY, Australia, March 13, 2012 – Dell’s highly anticipated, award-winning* XPS 13 laptop – widely acclaimed for its superb craftsmanship, thoughtful design and durability – is now available for customers in Australia. The system was first revealed in January and early buzz about the unit – which features uncompromising performance, extended battery life and Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect Technology[i] – has been overwhelmingly positive.“
The XPS 13 demands attention, crossing the realm between work and play, packing powerful technology into a small, portable package and delivering enterprise-friendly protection and security. It’s the ultimate mobile device,” said Deborah Harrigan, general manager for Dell’s Consumer, Small and Medium Business for Australia and New Zealand.
Underscoring its business-ready features, Sam Burd, Global Vice President of Dell’s Consumer, Small and Medium Business product group said, “The uncompromising XPS 13 offers professionals the power to connect, collaborate and innovate with unique features and services – like Dell ProSupport, Trusted Platform Module and Configuration Services[i] – that satisfy the needs of enterprise IT departments.”
Weighing 1.36 kilograms[ii], the XPS 13 Ultrabook™ cleverly fits leading-edge craftsmanship, high performance computing, and thoughtful design into what is the one of the most compact 13-inch products in its class. With its stunning razor-thin bezel, the XPS 13 maintains a footprint similar to an 11-inch product and features bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass for exceptional durability; a unique, cool-to-the-touch carbon fibre base; and full-size, backlit keyboard for utmost productivity.
A CES 2012 standout, the XPS 13 is one of the first systems with Intel® Smart Connect Technology[i], which keeps content consistently updated. A solid state drive and Intel® Rapid Start Technology allow the XPS 13 to boot in seconds providing almost instant access, saving time and battery life.
Business-friendly features for the XPS 13 include:Dell ProSupport™[vi] is available for Dell business customers and provides end users and IT professionals with remote and on-site technical support for hardware and software needs.Trusted Platform Module (TPM) offers user and machine security with BitLocker Data Encryption for network-based client computing.
Configuration Services include customising BIOS settings, loading an image, and applying asset tags prior to shipping, streamlining the process of deploying XPS 13 systems to employees wherever they may be located while ensuring consistency throughout the IT environment. [ii]
Pricing and availability:
Starting from AU$1199 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD hard drive[viii] and 4GB memory[ix], the XPS 13 is available now in Australia via www.Dell.com.au and at Dell Experience Centres in Bondi Junction and Parramatta.
The XPS 13 with an Intel Core i7 processor, 128GB SSD hard drive[viii] and 4GB memory[ix] will also be available in Australia at JB Hi Fi stores from Wednesday March 14 from AU$1499.