It would appear that Apple has gotten on the Black Friday bandwagon along with other online sites. The company is offering its Macbook at 11% off for only $974.00, 22% on Mac Pro closeouts for $1,849.00, as well as other models. If you are all about the tunes, you can receive 9% off on the iPod shuffle at $71.99, 10 % on the iPod touch for $269.99, an iPod nano is $134.99 after 10% off, and an iPod classic for $224.99, a 10% savings. There are also some accessories available at discounts with free shipping. All prices listed are after store discount and mail in rebate and are valid today only.
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If you are pushing a Mac Pro, time to fire up Software Update, as Apple has just pushed out the Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.1. What’s it do? Straight from the horse’s mouth:
The SMC Firmware Update adjusts fan behavior in Mac Pro. The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder and will launch automatically. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the process.
So there you have it - fan behavior upgrade. Not too exciting, but still important.
A few days ago, Apple announced that the Mac Pro would now become available with dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon Clovertown processors, each running at 3.0 GHz. We have received reports from readers who ordered the octo-core Macs that they have received shipping notifications. So why aren’t we more excited? Well, the price difference between the 3.0 GHz quad-core Mac Pro and the 3.0 GHz 8-core Mac Pro is $700. However, move that $700 elsewhere, say, to extra RAM, and you walk away with a quad-core Mac with 4-6GB of RAM. To us, that is just a much better deal all around - you know, what with there being a severe lack of programs that can take advantage of four cores, let alone eight.
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Alright, so we got ourselves some new RAM to throw into a Mac Pro, and the first thing that struck us was just how huge these sticks od DDR2-667 PC-5300 sticks of RAM actually are. I mean, they’re monstrous. So what do we do? Put do a quick size comparison with the current king of large in the gadget world - Microsoft’s Zune. What do you know? The RAM even beat the Zune when it came to thickness…so you know that’s some thick RAM. Check out an alternate size comparison shot after the break.
Apple has just released three new advertisements to complement their already expansive and controversial lineup of Mac ads. With competition fierce in the computer market, especially now that Apple is utilizing the same hardware as PC manufacturers, any edge can prove vital for the Cupertino-based company. The three clips, entitled “Accident”, “Angel/Devil”, and “Trust Mac”, continue the same trends established in previous ads by elevating Mac features and playing down PC’s.
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