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May 2009 Archives
Apple today quietly updated the specifications of the entry-level white polycarbonate MacBook portable. Apple maintained the $999 price but bumped the specifications to a 2.13GHz processor (up from 2.0GHz), a 160GB hard drive (up from $120GB), and 2GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM (up from 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM).
Apple has announced the 2009 Back-To-School promotion. Qualified students, faculty, and staff can get a free iPod when they purchase a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro. A total savings of $719 can be achieved by combining a qualifying Mac, iPod, printer, and software.
When Apple redesigned Office for Mac 2008, it had to drop Analysis ToolPak (ATP) because Visual Basic was removed from Office 2008. As a result, Excel 2008 doesn't have data analysis out of the box. Microsoft and AnalystSoft have collaborated to release StatPlus:mac LE, a free download that will provide data analysis options in Excel 2008.
Apple's MacBook portables have taken three top spots in the June 2009 issue of Consumer Reports. Apple Macintosh laptops ranked highest across the 13-inch, 14-to 16-inch and 17- to 18-inch categories as Apple readily beat out PC vendors who sell Windows based systems. Interestingly the systems that Microsoft has featured in their recent television ads came nowhere close to Apple systems in the ratings.