Could the new Mac Pro be available as early as December 16th?

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Date: Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 09:45
Category: Apple, Desktop Mac, Holiday, Mac Desktop, Mac Pro

macpro_background2That’s what a German retailer wants you to believe.¬†German retailer Conrad Electronic has begun taking pre-orders for the two stock configurations of the new Mac Pro, citing availability on Monday, December 16. Where they are getting this date is a bit of a mystery since Apple generally doesn’t give its resellers that much advanced notice. So far Apple is still pointing at the vague availability of “mid December” which was announced as part of their Mavericks release event in October. (more…)

Rumor: Apple to update iMac, Mac Pro desktops for fall, add USB 3.0, improved FireWire

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Date: Monday, July 19th, 2010, 03:12
Category: iMac, Mac Desktop, Rumor

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Amidst the cacophony of the iPhone 4 press conference, French website Hardmac reported Friday that Apple aims to update its iMac and Mac Pro desktops in time for its back to school sales period. The report cited one of the site’s “better sources” in relaying the information.

“On this occasion, Apple should inaugurate two great innovations, the arrival of USB 3.0 and a faster FireWire interface, 1600 or 3200,” they wrote. “Thus, FireWire will not be forgotten. Note that Apple is also interested in LightPeak technology, but they do not expect to use it or set it up before one year.”

Finally, the report also said that the new hardware will not support Blu-ray discs. That news should come as no surprise to those who have heard Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs’ assessment of the format. Jobs was recently alleged to have said that the physical medium’s days are dying, and will give way to digital download services like iTunes.

The USB 3.0 specification was in Apple’s hands over a year ago. The new standard will be ten times faster than the current Hi-Speed USB standard (USB 2.0), and also more power-efficient, leading to lower active and idle power requirements. Like its predecessor, USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.

Rumors of a new Mac Pro have persisted for all of 2009, with Apple expected to adopt Intel’s Gulftown processor, the 32nm Core i7-980X with six cores. The chips have 12MB of L3 cache. Apple usually doubles the processors in its high-end professional workstations, so it’s possible the new Mac Pro system could have a total of 12 cores and 24 threads.

The last major refresh to the Mac Pro equipped it with its Nehalem Xeon processors, with a high-end eight-core Mac Pro offering two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 chips. Last year, Apple quietly upgraded that to a potential maximum 2.93GHz eight-core system.

Last October, Apple updated its iMac desktop line, redesigning the hardware with a new edge-to-edge glass design and seamless all-aluminum enclosure. The LED-backlit iMacs come in screen sizes of 21.5″ and 27″.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

The Missing Sync for iPhone 2.0 for Mac Released

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2009, 02:03
Category: iPhone, Mac Desktop, Software

Mark/Space, Inc. has updated it’s popular iPhone syncing software to version 2.0. The Missing Sync for iPhone 2.0 for Mac adds synchronization of:
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  • Notes
  • Files
  • Tasks

…between your Mac and iPhone or iPod touch with 2.1 Software Update. Something even lacking in iPhone software 3.0 coming this summer, Missing Sync is able to transfer To-dos back and forth from iCal, and it can sync all your items via wi-fi!
Other functions Missing Sync allows you to do:

  • Transfer contacts and more from a previous smartphone to the iPhone.
  • Backup text messages to Mac and extract data like contacts into AddressBook.
  • Copy your call history to your Mac where you can store, search and sort them.

The Mark/Space website states that version 2.0 for Windows is coming soon!

MacHeist 3 App Bundle Announced

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Date: Tuesday, March 24th, 2009, 22:20
Category: Mac Desktop, Software

MacHeist, the purveyors of free software, clever puzzles, and low-priced, charity-giving software bundles has done it again! Having just wrapped the latest installment of the game-based software giveaway, the generous folks at MacHeist have put together a new bundle of 14 programs for $39.00 (currently a $558 value)!
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The currently unlocked applications are as follows:

  • iSale – for list eBay auctions
  • Picturesque – photo touchup software
  • SousChef – a recipe database
  • World Of Goo – a fun, Lemmings-like game
  • PhoneView – an app that allows you to manage some of your iPhone’s data without jailbreaking
  • LittleSnapper – an iPhoto like image organizer with online service integration
  • Acorn – simple photo editor
  • Kinemac – 3D animation software
  • Big Bang Board Games (if you act early)

If enough bundles are sold, WireTap Studio, BoinxTV, Espresso, and The Hit List will be added to the bundle. Not only that, but the first 25,000 buyers also get Big Bang Board Games for the Mac. The site gives 25% of each sale to charities such as the AIDS Research Alliance and World Wildlife Fund (more info on their web site). If you have any interest in even two of the bundled applications, it practically pays for itself, so there are two good reasons to check it out.

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Moshi iLynx Review

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2009, 23:48
Category: Accessory, Firewire, Gadget, iMac, Mac Desktop, Peripheral, Review

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By David Klein
Moshi’s latest product, the iLynx, immediately caught my eye at January’s Macworld convention in San Francisco. When I saw Moshi’s booth I ran over to see what they had coming in the near future. My first question was: “What is that and when can I buy it?!” (Yes, I love cool looking products.) The Moshi employee told me it was a USB and Firewire hub. Somehow, they took a relatively dull concept and made it surprisingly sexy. Moshi demonstrated expertise in this style of design again.
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iFixIt Offers New Mac Mini First Look Guide, Guide to Adding Second Internal Hard Drive and 1 TB Upgrade Kit

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2009, 08:45
Category: Mac Desktop

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Computer outfitter iFixIt has released a slew of new items in the wake of Apple’s recent Mac mini refresh. First, the company’s First Look guide has been rewritten to include the following highlights:

  • Both the hard drive and RAM are easily upgradeable once you remove the upper case.
  • The processor is now soldered to the logic board. Those people who had grown accustomed to upgrading mini processors will be greatly disappointed by this.
  • As usual for the mini, a putty knife is required to disassemble it.
  • The SuperDrive used in the new Mac mini is finally SATA, as in the new iMacs and MacBooks.
  • If you install 2GB RAM in a $599 low-end mini, it recognizes and uses 256 MB of video memory.
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    Mac Pro with Room to Grow

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    Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2006, 00:01
    Category: Mac Desktop

    macpro-150.jpgWhen the G5 tower was unveiled at the final Macworld Expo held in New York, I loved the look of it. The brushed metal, the purposeful grilles, the integrated lifting hoops. The machine looked sleek and professional but it was BIG, about 5/4 size. The entire case seemed to be designed around fans and air flow.
    Well, there is no Macworld Expo scheduled this summer, so the Intel Mac Pro was unveiled at WWDC. The leaked banner photo gave no clue about the new pro machine, because in profile it looks just like the one it replaces. What does Intel Xeon mean for the Mac desktop workhorse? Well, it is still a 64 bit computer, something the other Intel Macs don’t offer. Otherwise, you have the basic drop in price and increase in performance that seems to be part of the transition to Intel. So, is it just a new processor in the same old box?
    Not really. The thing I like about the new machine is that the BIG enclosure has a lot of internal space freed up by the lower thermal loads imposed by the new processors. Now there is real expansion space inside the box. Two optical drive bays and a modular approach for accommodating up to four internal hard drives. Now the box justifies its size and looks even more purposeful. The G5 tower did not sell very well because it did not offer enough performance for the price. This new workstation does.
    There are no G5 Power Macs left in the pipeline either. The transition is complete. I think that one of the Intel Macs is ripe for a refresh. The PowerMac Pro notebooks were the first out of the gate with Core Duo “Yonah” processors, but the consumer MacBooks that followed are such a tremendous value that the Pro notebooks would benefit from the latest “Merom” Core 2 Duo chips from Intel. The entire lineup could represent the best value Apple has ever delivered, across the board, top to bottom, stem to stern.

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    Dude – You're Getting a MacDell……

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    Date: Thursday, June 16th, 2005, 11:56
    Category: Mac Desktop, News

    According to Fortune Magazine, Dell CEO Michael Dell wants to sell Dell systems loaded with Mac OS X.

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    Mac Mini Unboxing

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    Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2005, 11:46
    Category: Hardware, Mac Desktop

    Mac mini unboxingI just received my Mac Mini this morning and took some pictures of the unboxing.

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    Apple Cuts Heads

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    Date: Wednesday, January 5th, 2005, 08:21
    Category: Hardware, Mac Desktop

    Apple quietly cut the price of its LCD monitors. If there is a headless iMac, the 20 incher is still pricey at $999. I think the monitor of choice for a $499 Mac may end up being the Plasma Display that is already hanging on the wall in the media room!