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.
Today apple released an updated version of it's iMac desktop computer, bringing powerful new features like Intel's Haswell chipset and 801.11ac Wi-Fi into the mix. The 21.5-inch model ships with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and includes the new Iris Pro integrated graphics chip. If you bump up to the higher-end 21.5-incher, or opt for the entry level 27-inch iMac, you get a quad-core 3.4GHz processor, and the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 700 graphics card, which packs in 2x the video RAM and performs 40% faster than the last-generation model. The top-of-the-line iMac boasts a 3.5GHz quad-core Core i7 processor with GeForce GTX 780M graphics with up to 4GB of video RAM. Not bad at all.
As already stated, all the new iMacs ship with 802.11ac graphics, which will pair up nicely with the recent update to the Apple AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations. The new iMac comes with 8GB RAM as standard with a 1TB hard drive. You can configure both, adding up to 32GB RAM, and a 3TB Fusion Drive or a dedicated SSD. Two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 connections round things out.
Lenovo is dividing its internal operations to separately handle its mid and low-range products and the high-end products associated with the ThinkPad. This news comes from an internal email we were made aware of by Sina Tech, which states that in April the Lenovo Business Group will handle mid-range laptops, desktops, tablets and smart TVs, while the Think Business Group will handle high-end consumer products and produce enterprise machines. It was noted in the email by Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing, that Think is more suited to compete with Apple in the high-end market. Digitimes also reports on rumors suggesting Lenovo plans to arrange an in-house position for its notebook production within three to five years.
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Finally, the all new redesigned iMac goes on sale this Friday, November 30th. Check out Apple's press release with spec and prices after the jump.
iMac Available on November 30
CUPERTINO, California―November 27, 2012―Apple® today announced the all-new iMac® will be available on Friday, November 30. Featuring a stunning design, brilliant display with reduced reflection, faster processors and an innovative new storage option called Fusion Drive, the new iMac is the most advanced desktop Apple has ever made. The 21.5-inch iMac will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 27-inch iMac will be available for order through the Apple Online Store and will begin shipping in December.
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If you're hoping to pick up one of the super-thin new iMacs and plan on upgrading the RAM in it yourself, you'll want to make sure you pick up the 27-inch model. Why? Well, the 21.5-inch version doesn't have an easy-access memory panel to allow you to get to the RAM. Take a look:
The 21.5-inch iMac comes with 8GB of memory and can be configured online with 16GB. On the 27-inch iMac, 8GB of memory comes standard, and you can upgrade to 16GB or 32GB. Configure and buy your iMac at the Apple Online Store and it will arrive with the memory already installed. Or add more memory to the 27-inch model yourself by popping open the easy-to-access memory panel on the back.
So if you're in the market for the smaller machine, you'll want to make sure you buy the version that has all the RAM that you'll need.
Be sure to check out all the news from today's iPad mini event!
During this morning's iPad mini event, Apple unveiled the brand new, redesigned iMac. The new model is super-thin, just 5mm thin at the edges, constructed using something called "friction stir welding" to fuse together the aluminum pieces. The display is laminated to the glass, similar to what you find on iOS devices. You get the same screen sizes, with the iMac coming in at 21.5-inch 1080p and 27-inch 2,560 x 1,400 models. Apple also announced a new Apple Fusion drive option, which is basically a hybrid drive that OS X manages for you. The OS and apps live on the flash storage portion, and all your documents and other apps get loaded onto the HDD portion. As you use and launch them, things get moved to the faster SSD portion on the fly.
The 21.5-inch model will ship in November for $1,299 with a 2.7GHz Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and with a 1TB hard drive. The 27-inch model starts at $1,799 for a 2.9GHz Core i5, and that one won't ship until December.
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Apple has just updated its most inexpensive Mac, the Mac mini. The updated model announced at today's iPad mini event sees spec bumps across the board. The new model sports Intel Ivy Bridge processors, either in dual-core or quad-core flavors, along with a Thunderbolt port, USB 3.0, OS X Mountain Lion pre-installed, AMD Radeon HD discreet graphics, and Bluetooth 4.0. Remember, despite being a desktop Mac, the Mac mini does not include a SuperDrive, so you'll have to count on the Mac App Store and downloads for installing apps. The Mac mini starts at $599 and comes with a dual-core 2.5GHz processor, 500GB storage, and 4GB RAM. For $200 more you get a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a 1TB hard drive. Lastly, there's also a server version that ships with Mountain Lion Server for $999, and that one packs a quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 2TB storage and 4GB RAM. You can purchase the new Mac mini now from the Apple Store.
Apple also released the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display today at its iPad mini event.
Many expected Apple to release an updated iMac during the WWDC 2012 keynote, but the company decided to focus squarely on its Mac notebooks instead as it pertained to hardware. It's now been 427 days since the iMac last saw a refresh, and DigiTimes is reporting that we'll see the new models ship in October. Of course, no one but Apple and its manufacturing partners know all the details, but we've got our fingers crossed that we'll see a Retina display model on store shelves by the time Halloween rolls around. At the very least, expect Ivy Bridge architecture with Mountain Lion as the shipping OS.
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Apple is rumored to be mulling whether to continue investing in its Mac Pro line of workstations beyond 2011 with executives at the company reportedly agreeing that "Mac Pro's days ... [are] inevitably numbered."
Sales of its workstations have dropped off to the point that continuing to make them is "no longer a particularly profitable operation" for Apple, while improvements to the company's consumer line of Mac products has decreased the performance gap with the professional-targeted Mac Pro line, according to a report by Apple Insider.
In fact, Apple management has been "in limbo" over whether to invest further in its Mac Pro products since this past May, the Apple watcher reported Monday, citing "sources familiar with the matter."
Apple does have a Mac Pro revision in the works, according to Apple Insider, but it's unclear whether those new workstations will "see the light of day." The company would likely build any new Mac Pros around Intel's powerful new Sandy Bridge-class desktop chips coming out soon, but it's another fertile partnership with Intel—the; development of the high-speed, dual-protocol Thunderbolt I/O technology that's now part of several of Apple's Mac products—that; could "ultimately allow other, more popular members of the Mac product family to assume the vast majority of the roles that once required the Mac Pro's flexibility and architecture."
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