Apple upgrading MacBook Pro, iMac early 2011?

“In addition to iPad, Apple is set to launch upgraded MacBook Pro and iMac models in the first half of 2011, according to sources from upstream component makers,” reports DigiTimes.

“The sources noted that Apple plans to launch at least four upgraded MacBook Pros as well as an iMac that features a new panel size and a price point for the mainstream market.”

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iBand plays Christmas songs on iPads, iPhones.

The Georgia-based North Point Community Church’s iBand, made up of ten professional musicians using five iPads and five iPhones performed in front of the church’s 12,000 person congregation on December 5th.

The iBand performed Christmas classics including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Carol of the Bells” using apps like Pocket Organ and SoundGrid.

“The iBand rehearsed for only a few hours on the Wednesday before the Sunday service,” reports the Toronto Star.

‘“If we’d only we’d been able to practise a few more times, we could have hit a few more notes,’ jokes [Reid] Greven.”

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Apple updates iTunes to address crashing.

Today, Apple released iTunes 10.1.1, which addresses some bugs that could cause the application to crash.

The update:

-Addresses an issue where some music videos may not play on Macs equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 9400 or 9600 graphics.
-Resolves an issue where iTunes may unexpectedly quit when deleting a playlist that has the iTunes Sidebar showing.
-Fixes a problem where iTunes may unexpectedly quit when connecting an iPod to a Mac equipped with a PowerPC processor.
-Addresses an issue where some music videos may not sync to an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

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Secure your iPad with a locking case.

For anyone interested in protecting their Apple iPad from potential theft, Mac Locks is now offering what it calls the world’s first locking iPad case.

The iPad Security Case is a hard plastic case with a security slot that can be left on for everyday protection. The case is complemented by a strong steel cable which locks on to the case and can be tethered to a fixed object like a table.

The case by itself goes for $39.95 and case/cable combination is $64.95.

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Imagination Tech buys Caustic Graphics. iPhone with 3D display coming soon?

Imagination Technologies is the company that produces the video chips for the Apple iPhone.

Minyanville reports that Imagination Tech recently purchased Caustic Graphics, a company known for producing interactive cinema-quality 3D graphics, for $27 million.

The iPhone already offers the best visual display of any smartphone.

Imagination Tech’s purchase could be an indication that a 3D display on the iPhone will be Apple’s next leap forward in smartphone technology.

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