Late Wednesday, the company released a firmware update to address an issue with the Power Nap feature in the 2013 Mac Pro. The Mac Pro SMC Update 2.0 now allows a 2013 Mac Pro to go into Power Nap mode without utilizing the fan for every update.
Apple is celebrating Thirty Years of Mac in a number of countries around the world, taking its 30th anniversary Mac homepage to other countries around the world. Late Friday, a Japanese blog Kodawarisan noticed that Apple had taken the Thirty Years of Mac homepage and mini-site and translated it into Japanese.
The shipping estimates of the revolutionary Mac Pro have continuously slipped since its launch last year, and the delivery estimates were pushed back to February hours after the computer went on sale. This slipped to March a few weeks ago, and now it seems the woes will continue as Apple has pushed back the Mac Pro shipping times to April for all available configurations.
Apple has released a support document addressing AirPlay Mirroring issues with the late 2013 Macbook and Mac Pro that run on slower Wi-Fi networks such as 802.11 b or g networks. In the document, Apple suggests users who experience frozen images on their television sets when mirroring a device via AirPlay should turn off Bluetooth.
My first Mac was a Mac mini, but the first one I ever used was the translucent, candy-colored iMac that was available in nearly every elementary and junior high school in New York City. As a matter of fact, the first computer I ever touched was a Mac, and I’ve never gone back. The fact that Apple made Macs available in schools helped me decide whether I was going to be a Mac or PC user, and I guess my choice is obvious.
While we’ve seen Apple upgrade almost its entire Mac line-up with Intel’s latest processor offering, there’s still one product in Apple’s product portfolio that’s waiting for a refresh. Yes, the Mac mini desktop computer has yet to receive the Haswell blessing from Apple, but a Belgian retailer—Computerstore.be—has posted a placeholder listing for Mac minis equipped with i5 and i7 chipsets.
Last year, Apple unveiled the Mac Pro. After its eventual launch, Apple quickly ran of out of stock, with shipment dates pushed back to as late as February. If you’re patiently waiting for Apple to replenish its stock and improve the shipping estimates for the pro-level Macintosh, bad news awaits; the shipping time for the Mac Pro has moved back to March for all configurations at various Apple stores worldwide.
The Mac Pro has a number of powerful features, including the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory. On Friday, a teardown by Other World Computing (OWC) confirmed the new Mac Pro has a removable CPU, something that makes the Mac Pro very attractive to developers and programmers who like to custom build their devices.
Tomorrow is a special day for Apple, as the company will launch its redesigned Mac Pro. The Mac Pro was introduced during WWDC in June, noting then that the new Pro would be arriving sometime in the fall. As the months progressed, we learned Apple would be manufacturing the new Pros right here in the United States (Austin, Texas as a matter of fact). Now, we’ve learned Apple will start selling the new Mac Pro starting tomorrow, with starting prices at $2,999.
MacRumors has reported a list of pricing estimates they believe to be the upgrade pricing Apple will release with the new Mac Pro. MacRumor’s prices are based off of reports from business customers of Apple, which have likely received the pricing already. Apple has yet to announce its official prices but we will see those with the official release later this month.
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.