My immediate initial impression upon viewing publicity photos and animations previewing Apple’s forthcoming replacement for its long-in-the-tooth (and then some) Mac Pro desktop models was that this would be what the Mac Pro Cube could have evolved into had it survived. The simple, elemental shape, amazingly compact dimensions, and “thermal core” design for efficient, convection aided, vertical stack cooling all hark back to the general concept pioneered by the Cube 13 years ago.
As WWDC 2013 continues, Apple has introduced a new line of the Mac Pro with Haswell processors. The new Mac Pro appears to be about half the size of the current generation of the Mac Pro and moves away from a tower shape. Instead, Apple appears to be moving towards a more roundish and slicker design. The Mac Pro now also allows users to lift off the top of the Mac and access all of the I/O underneath. This will allow for easier customization of the device and give users more control over their Macs.
After months in beta, Apple has finally released the OS X 10.8.4 update for Mountain Lion. The OS X update is available now for download via the Mac App Store, and brings major improvements throughout Mountain Lion, including Wi-Fi connectivity and Microsoft Exchange compatibility, Safari bug fixes, a fix for an issue that prevented users from making FaceTime calls to non-U.S. numbers, and other enhancements.
PhotoFast’s recently announced Lightning Mount and Ultra Dock 2 accessories exist to make life easier for the Apple-toting gadget lover. The Lightning Mount helps you get some extra mileage out of those older 30-pin accessories, while the Ultra Dock 2 gives you a solution for cutting down on the cord confusion that comes with charging multiple iDevices.
The Sapphire HD 7950 is equipped with 3GB of GDDR5, and features dual Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACE) that deliver up to 2.87 TFLOPS of single precision compute power. The Sapphire HD 7950 also provides hardware support for Open GL 4.2 and Open CL 1.2, as well as AMD HD3D technology and APP acceleration.
Apple originally expected the new iMac 27″ would be widely available by the end of December, but it appears shipment has been pushed into January 2013. Whereas customers who pre-ordered the 27″ iMac on Nov 30th will receive their products within the original estimation of “3-4 weeks,” any customers currently shopping for the 27″ iMac will have to wait until next year.
The engineers at iFixit got their hands on Apple’s new 21.5″ iMac, and performed a full analysis of the unit’s internal components to determine it’s repairability versus previous iMacs. And you just know things aren’t going to go well when they start out talking about adhesives.
Within a few hours after Apple opened iMac orders, online benchmark tests surfaced showing the performance increase the new iMacs have over previous generation iMacs. Mostly thanks to the latest processor from Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture, the 21.5″ models managed outperform older models by 25%.
The new 21.5″ and 27″ iMac models are now for sale at Apple’s online store. The the all-in-one desktop now offers a thinner profile, powerful processors, and the option to include the brand new Fusion Drive. All of the new iMac units will come standard with Nvidia GeForce graphics cards. The 21.5″ iMac model starts at $1,299, and the 27″ model starts at $1,799.
Apple has announced that the newly introduced 21.5″ iMacs will be available November 30th. The entry level model of the iMac will feature a powerful 2.7GHz quadcore Core i5 processor (with an option for a 2.9Ghz i7 processor), paired with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard-drive at a retail price of $1,299.
Claimed in the patent application is a processing device comprising an ionic wind generator configured to generate a flow of ionized air along a path and a deflection field generator located proximate the path of the flow. Translation: a presumably silent means of cooling down internal components in electronic devices.
Bloomberg is reporting that Apple may be moving away from utilizing Intel chips on their Mac product line. According to the report, Apple is investing money into a new project that will allow them to create new, custom processors for desktops and laptops similar to the A-series chip currently found in many iOS devices.