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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has just announced new iMacs with faster processors, enhanced graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage. Similar to the new MacBook Airs launched this summer, the new iMacs are also packed with Intel Haswell processors, making them much faster than previous models.
iDentity is a simple splash of color for your iMac. This isn’t a skin as you’d apply to your iPhone, iPad, or your MacBook, though. I’ve seen skins made for the 24″ and 27″ iMacs, but those can be a lot of trouble to apply and remove. The iDentity is a simple aluminum plate that’s held in place with magnets.
We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about Apple’s upcoming ventures: the iPhone 5S, a low-cost iPhone, the next generation iPad (iPad 5), and Haswell powered iMacs and Retina Macbook Pros. A new report from KGI Securities suggests these devices will be launched in late September, but will face delays similar to last year’s iPhone 5.
As part of its annual sales tradition, this year’s Apple Back to School promo has been officially launched. If you’re a qualified customer—namely a college student, a student accepted to a college, a parent buying for a college student or a faculty or staff member from any grade level—you are entitled to a $100 iTunes gift card if you purchase a new Mac.