The boys over at ZDNet are reporting that they’ve been hearing whispers that Apple is set to debut an overhaul to the Mac Pro professional desktop line, packing in a six-core Intel Core i7-980x processor, as soon as this coming Tuesday, March 16th. They’re saying it should have a 3.33GHz 6 core/12 thread processor (that goes to up 3.6 GHz with TurboBoost,) 32nm architecture, and Socket LGA1366 130W TDP. In a nutshell, throw this chip into a Mac Pro with some updated internals, and you have one hell of a machine.
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Quick note to iPhone and iPad developers out there, earlier today Apple released iPhone OS 3.2 Beta 4 SDK. This is build 10M2144, and comes two weeks after beta 3 was released. It’s a 2.5GB download, which can be yours immediately.
If you’re looking for something with a SCOTTEVEST flair, but made with denim, take notice of what WTFJean has going on. They make jeans with specially-fitted pockets, lined with microfiber, meant to house your iPhone or iPod touch. In addition, they even have pockets meant to hold on to USB sticks, which we guess the pockets on your regular jeans are no good for? Oh, also, while they’re available in both male and female versions, if you’re a dide, it goes you some frontal padding for protection. Huh.
Anyhow, these will be on sale on May 2nd for $80.
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The iPad news that a lot of you’ve been waiting for is finally here, as we now have a firm launch and pre-order start date for the Apple tablet. The iPad will be shipping from Apple for online orders, and also available at retail Apple Stores and “select Authorized Retailers” on April 3rd, which technically falls short of the “late March” timeframe. As for pre-ordering to make sure you can get one on day one, that starts on March 12. You can pre-order both the Wi-Fi-only and 3G models of the iPad online, or you can head to an Apple Store to reserve an iPad for pickup on Saturday April 3rd.
By the way, both models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.
We’ve think that it’s a travesty that the only Apple product to sport an HDMI port has been the Apple TV, especially when you consider that the Mac mini is pretty much the best Mac to have connected as a permanent part of your home theater setup. Well, it looks like that could possibly be changing with the next Mac mini refresh, is AppleInsider sources are to be believed. They’re saying that there are prototype HDMI-based Mac minis floating through the normal channels within the company, and one or more of them are based on the NVIDIA MCP89 chipset, which would mean that the mini would stay on the Core 2 Duo architecture rather than moving on to the newer Core i3, i5, i7 processors if that doesn’t change. Of course, this is all rumor for now and there’s no release date or any other official info on the HDMI mini, so take this all with a grain of salt.
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Okay, so an hour ago we warned you that Apple would be giving away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the purchaser of the ten billionth iTunes download, and if you didn’t act upon being put on notice, you’re too late. That’s right, Apple has officially surpassed the 10 billion song milestone with the iTunes Store, which is just unreal. Nice work, guys.
Edit: Alongside the announcement above, Apple also released a list of the the top 20 all-time best-selling iTunes songs, which has to be seen to be believed.
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If you have any songs you’d like to purchase from iTunes, you may want to care that task sometime today. Why? Simple. Apple is gonna giveaway a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the purchaser of the ten billionth iTunes track, and based on Apple’s ticker, that’s going to happen sometime today. Hit the link below for full details of the giveaway (or head straight to the iTunes store,) and good luck!
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Hey, all you iPhone and potential iPad developers out there, you may want to hit up that Apple Developer Portal, seeing as they’ve just released beta 3 of the iPhone 3.2 OS SDK. We are hearing that one key addition is an easy way to update current iPhone apps to “include the necessary files to support” iPad right out of the gate. Fancy.
Apple recently changed directions just a bit with the iPhone commercials, which now feature voices of people in different roles talking about the apps they use during certain experiences. Case in point, the latest ad, titled ‘Family Travel.’ It’s got a mom talking about using various apps to check flight status, check in right on the iPHone 3GS, watch movies, and even turn off the lights at home, remotely. Good approach, wouldn’t you say?
Just a quick update as it pertains to downloading iTunes and App Store content on your iPhone. If you are connected via cell connection (meaning, you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi,) you can now download content that’s up to 20MB in size over the air. Previously, the downloads were capped to apps that were 10MB or less, and iTunes content 12MB or less. With the iPad looming on the horizon, it looks like Apple is pre-emptively preparing for apps that are larger in file size that users would want to download to their tablets while connected to 3G. The changes have taken effect so far in in the US, Germany, and Canada.
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