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Apple announces new, redesigned iMac

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

iMac Late 2012

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 releases new Mac mini with quad-core processors, USB 3.0

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

Mac mini late-2012 Core i5

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.


Apple expected to update iMac line in October, possible Retina display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors

iMac refresh

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 thinking of discontinuing the Mac Pro

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors

Apple Mac Pro

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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Apple releases new Mac mini with Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridge, drops SuperDrive

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

Mac mini mid-2011 Sandy Bridge

If you're looking for an inexpensive Mac, the Mac mini is your answer, and Apple just released an updated model today alongside the release of OS X Lion. The new model sports Intel Sandy Bridge processors, either in the Core i5 or i7 flavor, along with a Thunderbolt port, Lion pre-installed, AMD Radeon HD discreet graphics, and Bluetooth 4.0. One thing that disappears from the Mac mini, though, is the SuperDrive. Instead, you'll have to rely on things like the Mac App Store for installing apps, and this shouldn't be too big a deal. The Mac mini starts at $599, and there's also a server version that ships with Lion Server for $999, and that one packs a Core i7 processor. You can purchase the new Mac mini now from the Apple Store.

Apple also released a refreshed MacBook Air today as well.


Deal of the Day: $100 off the Dell Inspiron One 2305 all-in-one desktop PC

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Displays, Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

dell inspiron one 2305 promo code

Dell is offering $100 off the Inspiron One 2305 all-in-one desktop PC, and that's good enough to make that our . The Inspiron One 2305 boats dual-core AMD processor, ATI HD4270 graphics, and is upgradeable to a multi-touch display, quad-core processors, and dedicated graphics. Using the coupon, you save $100 on all models. Shipping is free with this deal as well, so you end up saving even more:

Dell Inspiron One 2305 for $499

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Apple set to launch Sandy Bridge Mac Pro and Mac mini this fall

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors

Mac Pro sandy bridge

It wouldn't be a weekend without a brand-new Apple rumor to feast upon. And today's no exception: According to Cnet's Brian Tong, unidentified sources have told him that Apple's going to launch an upgraded Mac Pro and Mac mini this fall.

Details on the configurations are scant, save for the two obvious upgrades that Apple would want to put in a refreshed system line: Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs and Thunderbolt connections. The timeline for the systems is a little nebulous as well—the systems could appear in late July or early August, though Tong claims that an August launch is the more likely scenario. Expect the refreshed systems to feature Mac's latest operating system iteration, OS X Lion.

Tong's source is allegedly the same individual that correctly predicted an early May refresh of Apple's iMac line—lo and behold, new iMacs sporting Intel's quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt support hit stores on May 3.

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Deal of the Day: Alienware Aurora microATX Core i5/i7 gaming desktop for $1099

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alienware aurora promo code

Our  today brings you the Alienware Aurora microATX for $1099. This beast of a machine is built from the ground up to be a killer gaming rig, packed with the latest Sandy Bridge processors. The dual-core Core i5 and i7 chipset scream alongside the built-in 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTS450 graphics card and 4 GB RAM. Shipping is even free to boot:

Alienware Aurora microATX for $1099

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Deal of the Day: Save $300 on Dell Vostro 230 desktop PC

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The Deal of the Day today features a significant discount on the Dell Vostro 230 desktop PC series. You end up saving $300 on a Vostro 230 mini tower or slim tower that is configured to be over $699. Included in the price is a 23-inch Dell monitor, and shipping is free! Just be sure to use coupon code RBGFF90MV391F9 during checkout:

Save $300 on Dell Vostro 230 desktop PC

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2011) review

iMac 27-inch review

The Apple iMac 27-inch (Thunderbolt) ($1,999 list) is the newest top-of-the-line iMac, and it adds second-generation Intel Core i processors (aka, Sandy Bridge) to Apple's class-leading all in one Mac desktops, along with Thunderbolt ports first seen on the new MacBook Pro laptops. It has that huge, beautiful high-resolution screen, killer (if aging) design, and it is fast, fast, fast. Your "Mac OS or die" art director already wants one. Still, it's not enough to unseat the HP TouchSmart 610-1065qd as our high-end all in one desktop Editor's Choice, given that the latter offers quad-core power, a touch-screen display, and an innovative screen reclining feature, all for about $200 less. That said, read on for our full review of the 2011 27-inch iMac with Thunderbolt.

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