Apple upgraded its MacBook Pro line last week with faster processors, a FaceTime HD camera and a new data port called Thunderbolt. I have been testing a 13-inch version, which makes a two-generation processor leap from a Core 2 Duo to a second-generation Core i7, for the Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section, with the full review after the jump.
Tech news from around the web:
- RIM is considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps, according to BGR. The company is looking at using a Java virtual machine that would allow the forthcoming PlayBook and other QNX devices to run just about any application built for the Android platform.
In the latest Personal Technology section of Business Life, we look at ultra-thin but powerful laptops:
“Sony’s Vaio line of Windows-based laptops has always managed to combine elegant design with equal measures of fun and business functionality, and the new Z Series VPCZ114GX/S is no exception.
Not much was expected from a Macworld without Steve Jobs, but it was instructive nonetheless to ponder today how an Apple no longer fronted by the tech world’s arch showman might look.
Stand-in Phil Schiller did a passable job – though nearly an hour of software demos (new versions of iLife and iWork) made this feel more like the sort of event Microsoft would throw (and probably will later this week, when Steve Ballmer kicks off the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas).