Refurbished versions of Apple’s newest products are now being sold in the company’s online store, including the 11-inch and 13-inch Macbook Airs. The new Macbook Air models were introduced in June this year and Apple is already offering them at a discount. On Monday, Apple’s late 2013 27-inch iMac appeared in the refurbished store, bringing the price of several models down by more than $200.
New York-based RESCUECOM’s 2013 Q3 Computer Reliability Report (which includes tablets) was released November 20, in which Apple finished second behind Samsung. What’s different with this survey is the margin between the top two’s respective reliability scores; Samsung’s metric of 694 is nearly three times that of Apple, which finished barely ahead of the runner-up pack, scoring 259 to Lenovo’s 250, Asus’ 212, Toshiba’s 69, HP’s 66, Dell’s 50 and Acer rounding out the top eight with a dismal 16 reliability score.
Aspyr loves you so much…I don’t know what else they can do to approve it. This week, they announced that BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 1 is now available on the Mac. And if you don’t have Macintosh to play it on, they’ve got that covered, too. Through their GameAgent service, they’ll be giving away a 27″ iMac loaded with Aspyr games such as BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Civilization V: Gold Edition, and more.
Earlier today, we shared Target’s Black Friday deals on Apple products. If you don’t think they were good enough, take a look at the Black Friday deals being offered by Best Buy and Walmart. Both retailers are using attractive discounts on various Apple products—including iPads, Macs, iPhones, etc.—to make sure you hit their stores on (or before) November 29th.
Apple demoed its heavily redesigned Mac Pro at the October media event, where they announced the new system is going to go on sale in December starting at $2,999. Now, Apple is promoting the Mac Pro by sending journalists promotional posters with glossy, high quality images of the computer. On the page next to the images, Apple describes the Mac Pro and talks about what went into creating the device.
With Apple’s iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s already out around the world, Apple is now turning its attention towards the iPad and Mac lineups. During today’s media event, Apple demoed the redesigned Mac Pro it introduced during the company’s WWDC event in June. The new Mac Pro starts at $2,999 and is running a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor with 12GB DRAM, Dual FirePro D300 and 2GB VRAM each.
It seems Apple has a lot going on in its product pipeline, and with the clamor over the new iPads, it’s easy to forget about the Mac products. Apple announced today they’ll be holding a media event on October 22nd where the Cupertino company is likely to unleash the next generation iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. Mac users, however, will happy to hear a new rumor has now surfaced that points towards MacBooks and Mac Pro desktops.
In line with rumors from earlier this month, an Apple October 22nd media event has been announced. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, and will begin at 10:00am Pacific Time/ 1:00pm Eastern Time. Apple is expected to introduce a new line-up of iPads, including the second generation iPad mini as well as the fifth generation iPad. The company is also expected to demo OS X Mavericks and the redesigned Mac Pro.
According to quarterly PC sales reports released by Gartner and IDC last Wednesday, Apple was the only PC maker among the U.S. market top five vendors to suffer a year-over-year sales decline during the “back-to-school” quarter. However, I don’t think it’s time to start writing the Mac’s obituary quite yet. There are several logical reasons to deduce that the summer Mac sales slump is just a temporary hiccup rather than the beginning of a death spiral for the Mac.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is working on launching a low-cost iMac in 2014. Kuo believes this is because Apple sold fewer iMacs than expected, even after the company redesigned the product late last year by bumping up the specs of the device, including new Haswell processors, 802.11ac W-Fi, and GeForce 700-series graphics. Still, customers may have been deterred by the high price tag on the device, prompting the company to lower the price and introduce a budget iMac.
As the public release for OS X Mavericks draws closer, Apple is still adding new features. Late last month, Apple updated the iMac with fourth generation Intel quad-core processors, new graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options. Now, the company is reportedly going to add the Power Nap feature that was first introduced during the company’s “Back to the Mac” event last year when they introduced OS X Mountain Lion.
Apple introduced new iMac models earlier this week, and now appears to have made more changes to the Mac line. According to 9to5Mac, Apple has quietly raised the price of Mac mini models in Australia and Brazil, likely because of currency changes across markets. Australia hasn’t seen a massive increase, though it is enough that customers might complain.