Apple has announced the new iMac with Retina display at its iPad event yesterday morning. It sports 14.7 million pixels, giving it a resolution of 5120 x 2880—that’s 5K for those keeping count. It has 7x more pixels than your 1080p HDTV, and even 67% more pixels than the new 4K displays out there.
The new Retina iMac starts with a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, 4 USB 3.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a standard 1TB Fusion Drive. It also includes 8GB RAM, which is disappointingly low but easily upgraded, and AMD a Radeon R9 graphics chip.
The new iMac with Retina display ships today and starts at $2499 as configured above.
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While Microsoft was busy introducing Windows 10 to the world, Apple released the first OS X Yosemite golden master candidate. Developers and beta testers were seeded with the update today through the Mac App Store, and the golden master designation means that the company is confident that this could be the exact same version that it ships to the general public when Yosemite is released later this fall, barring any last-minute bugs (hence the word “candidate.”) OS X Yosemite was originally introduced back in June during the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, where it was shown to have a radical redesign from the current OS X Mavericks, along with much tighter optional integration with iOS 8.
It’s rumored that Apple will ship OS X 10.10 Yosemite next month, alongside an update to the Mac lineup that would include the first iMac with Retina display at 5K resolution.
Today, Microsoft officially announced the next version of Windows: Windows 10. If you’re confused, you’re not alone. The currently-available version of Windows is 8.1, which means that Microsoft has inexplicably decided to forego version 9 altogether. Rumors that the next version would be called Windows TH, Windows One, or Windows 9 have now been dashed—Windows 10 is the future of Microsoft’s desktop operating system. It’s also still technically the 9th release of Windows.
At an unveiling event earlier today, the company called Windows 10 the “most comprehensive platform ever,” as it will run on all displays, from 4-inches and up. That means Windows 10 will run on phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, servers, and high definition television screens. “Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time," said Microsoft's Terry Myerson. "Windows 10 will run on the broadest types of devices ever."
Optimists will say that Microsoft is listening to all of the negative backlash that was met with the release of Windows 8, taking in that feedback, and reverting a bunch of changes to give customers what they want. Others will point out that Windows 10 looks like a mashup of the beloved Windows 7 and the polarizing Windows 8, with a bunch of Mac OS X features (like Expose and Mission Control) thrown in, and is an obvious step backwards. We see both sides of the argument, but it’s also very early to tell, as Windows 10 won’t ship until late 2015.
According to reports from several outlets, Apple is set to finally bring its iMac desktop line into the future with the introduction of a Retina display with a 5K resolution. for the 27-inch model. The company is said to be in the late testing stage for the iMac with Retina display, which would put it on track to launch in the next couple of months. The smart money says that it’ll launch alongside OS X Yosemite, with other updates that include faster processors, improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Thunderbolt 2 ports. We expect that the Retina display would be a premium feature, with non-Retina models also being available with updated internals as well.
As far as OS X Yosemite goes, Apple has been testing a couple of Ultra High Definition resolutions, included 4096 x 2034 and 6400 x 3600 pixels. Additionally, the company is readying 4K-compatible versions of its video editing apps, Final Cut Pro and iMovie. If true, expect news on all of this to come directly from Apple next month.
While Apple is still quoting 4-6 week delivery times for new Mac Pro orders, those who need one sooner should know that Amazon has both stock configurations ready to ship immediately. The quad-core 3.7GHz Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D300 cards and 12GB RAM is $2,994, while the six-core 3.5GHz Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D500 cards and 16GB RAM is $3,994. You can find them here:
If you want more RAM, it's cheaper to buy it yourself from a place like OWC anyway (video tutorial after the jump.) Additionally, Amazon doesn't charge sales tax in most places, so at those high prices, you're saving a pretty penny. Overnight shipping on the Mac Pros is available as well.
The new Mac Pro is advertised by Apple to support up to 64GB of RAM. That's a staggering amount in our books, but some power users have balked at the limit, wishing for the option to stuff their Mac Pro with even more RAM. Well, it turns out that the limit was likely due to higher capacity DIMMs not being available--but Transcend has changed that. The company has released 32GB RAM modules that are compatible with the new Mac Pro, which supports four sticks. That'll bring your RAM to 128GB.
"The new Mac Pro 2013 is advertised to support up to 64GB of memory, and we understand that pro users running applications that place high demands on RAM have a need to meet and most likely exceed this threshold," said Transcend's Director of Research and Development Angus Wu. "For this reason, we have developed and fully tested higher density modules to give users the option of raising their Mac Pro system memory to the advertised 64GB right up to 128GB."
Transcend guarantees 100% compatibility with the 2013 Mac Pro, alongside a lifetime warranty. If you want the 64GB kit, that costs $980, while the 128GB RAM kit goes for a whopping $2480.
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Power. The Apple Mac Pro (late 2013) is the newest Mac on the block, and it's also the most powerful computer ever made by Apple. It deserves to be, too, as the Mac Pro lost that title as Apple let that product line slip into virtual irrelevancy. After all, the previous Mac Pro spent the last four-or-so years at a technical standstill. It didn't have any Thunderbolt ports, no USB 3.0, no PCIe flash storage...heck, it didn't even have an 802.11n Wi-Fi option. For all intents and purposes, Apple had allowed the Mac Pro, the one machine that was aimed at meeting the needs of the most demanding customers, to become a dinosaur.
That is, until the release of the newly-redesigned Mac Pro (late 2013) model. With its smooth metallic cylindrical shape that looks like it was plucked off of an alien spaceship, smaller and lighter profile, and top-of-the-line specs that include PCIe SSD storage, dual workstation-class GPUs as standard, the newest Intel Xeon processors (up to 12 cores!), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a bunch of I/O ports which include Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0, this thing is a beast. It's modern--no, futuristic.
For all of you professional video editors, photographers, graphic artists, 3D animators, audio engineers and the like, we're betting that Apple has piqued your interest. After all, this is a Mac which can drive up to three 4K displays simultaneously. That's a lot of power. Wondering if it should be your next purchase? It's expensive, starting at $2,999 (and climbing up to $9,559 depending on how you configure it,) so we're here to help you in your decision making. Follow along as we bring you our full Mac Pro (late 2013) review, after the jump.
We give you a look at the newly designed Apple Mac Pro in this episode! Apple has rebuilt the Mac Pro from the ground up to be a multimedia powerhouse, optimized for tasks like video editing, audio work, 3D modeling, and other such pro tasks. Here are the specs on the Gear Live Mac Pro featured in this episode:
- 3.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Six-Core
- 64GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
- 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
- Dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs (2 x 3GB)
- Six Thunderbolt 2 Ports
- Four USB 3.0 Ports, One HDMI 1.4 Port
- Supports up to Three 4K Displays
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Unique Compact Cylinder Design
- Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Apple has these on backorder for about 8 weeks, but if you order a Mac Pro from B&H Photo, you should be able to get one shipped out much sooner, if not immediately.
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Apple's new, redesigned Mac Pro launched in late December, and has been in short supply ever since. In fact, a few days ago shipments were pushed back to March. In other words, if you order a new Mac Pro today from Apple, you'll be waiting at least five weeks before it will be shipped to you--if by March they mean "early March." I needed one of the new models, and didn't want to wait, so instead I checked one of my other favorite tech stores on the planet: B&H Photo. Sure enough, they had the Mac Pro in stock! The other benefit of B&H Photo is that the order would be tax-free, unlike Apple, saving me about $400. I used some of that savings towards overnight shipping, and was able to order a Mac Pro right away, pay about 10% less than I would have paid to Apple, and received it the following day rather than having to wait a couple of months for it.
If you want to get your hands on the new Mac Pro without waiting, be sure to check it out at B&H Photo!
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Apple has revealed more details about the new Intel Xeon-powered Mac Pro at today's Apple iPad event. The new, small cylinder relies solely on PCIe flash that sees 1.2/GB/s reads and 1.0GB/s writes, with six Thunderbolt 2 ports and AMD FirePro graphics with up to 12GB of GDDR VRAM. The Mac Pro can support up to three 4K displays over Thunderbolt plus an additional over HDMI (it supports HDMI 1.4.) Four USB 3.0 ports, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and a motion sensor round out the main features. It starts at $2999 for a 3.7GHz Quad-core Xeon, 12GB RAM, and launches in December.