Here is a laptop sleeve that looks like a foreign language newspaper, which is designed to stop people stealing the MacBook as they will think it is only a newspaper. Measuring 37.7cm x 27.5 cm x 3.4 cm, the sleeve is currently available in five models. The Newspaper MacBook Sleeve retails for around $86 a pop. [Mitemite]
Twelve South has recently announced the BookArc, which is a metal stand designed to hold any Apple MacBook, from MacBook Air to the 17-inch MacBook Pro. The stand is designed to free up desk space by allowing the MacBook to operate in a vertical position. The BookArc is currently available at the Apple Store and retails for $49.99. A BookArc “six-pack” geared towards design studios and Mac-based offices is being offered at a bundled discount price of $249.99. [Twelve South]
Apple has launched two firmware updates to fix issues with Bluetooth and MacBook Pro hard drive noise. The Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0.1 fixes bugs and improves compatibility with the Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse and Apple Wireless Keyboard. The update is available for all Macs with Broadcom Bluetooth chipsets including all unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and all other Macs introduced in 2009.
Meanwhile, the Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0 fixes the widely reported issue with hard drive noise. This issue only affects MacBook Pros with 7200 RPM hard drives introduced in June 2009 or later. Both of these updates are available through Software Update, or they can also be downloaded on Apple’s support downloads page. [tuaw]
Word has it that the upcoming Apple Tablet will come in two versions, one with a webcam and the other version designed for education. The tablet looks like a giant iPhone with a home button and a 10-inch touchscreen display. It also has the same glossy plastic back as the iPhone. The upcoming Apple tablet will retail for between $700 to $900. Stay tuned for more updates. [Gizmodo]
Apple Insider has reported that the 10-inch Apple Tablet will be officially released in 2010. Sadly, there is no info on pricing at this time. The highly anticipated Apple Tablet will offer a 10-inch multi-touch display, 3G, and will possibly include a contract with the mobile phone carrier Verizon Wireless. [AppleInsider]
According to rumors, Apple will release its touchscreen tablet in October for $800. The tablet may run a full version of OS X. If the report is true, it looks like the Apple tablet will have a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display with parts supplied by Foxconn, Wintek, and Dynapack. Sadly, there is no official confirmation from Apple. Stay tuned for more updates. [Neowin]