Download Messages Beta for the Macbook (an OS X Mountain Lion preview)

Apple announced OS X Mountain Lion and some of its new features. Among these features is a new Messages app that is much like Messages on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The public beta version of the Messages app can be downloaded now and can be run exclusively on Mac OS X Lion.

Apple announced the coming release of OS X Mountain Lion, with new features that integrates it more fully with iOS and iCloud.

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iPad 3 Could Be Announced in February 2012

A February intro and a March 2012 release. Such is the rumor picked up by Cnet  from a Japanese Apple blog.

According to the Cnet report, the possible iPad 3 release could have come earlier except that Apple’s factories in China are tied up with the celebration of the Lunar New Year.

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Macbook Air, Pro with Ivy Bridge and “Retina” Display Coming Soon

Not only are coming Macbooks expected to get significant performance boosts from CPU and SSD upgrades, higher resolution screens with “Retina” display are also expected to make its debut to Apple notebooks.

The 15-inch Macbook Pro and the rumored 15-inch Macbook Air are prime candidates to get ultra-high resolution Retina display from Apple. Image from Apple website.

Websites such as Macrumors are citing Digitimes as the source of reports that Apple supply chain partners “would double the resolution of the Macbook Pro to 2880×1800 pixels.” Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch have been boasting of Retina displays that “pack four times the number of pixels into the same size screen” as previous models. The rumored iPad 3 could also get a boost to its screen resolution.

What are the possibilities of seeing Ivy Bridge Macbook Pros and Macbook Airs with Retina displays?

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