Rumor: Apple to offer iPad Air for Personal Pickup come November 1st

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Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, 10:37
Category: iPad, retail, Rumor

Come Friday, you should be able to snag an iPad Air from an Apple Store retail location.

Per 9to5Mac and MacRumors, Apple will offer Personal Pickup for the iPad Air beginning on the November 1st launch date according to anonymous sources. When the Apple Online Store goes live on November 1st at midnight Pacific Time (3 AM EST), customers will be able to order iPad Airs to be shipped to their addresses…


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With Personal Pickup, the new tablets will be able to be reserved for pickup at their local Apple Retail Store. There’s also been some unconfirmed chatter inside Apple retail that Apple has considered putting the iPad mini with Retina display up for pre-order on November 1st, but plans certainly will change due to the device’s supply constraints. Apple has so-far said that the iPad mini with Retina display will become available later in November.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

iFixit completes teardowns of late-2013 MacBook Pro notebooks, finds significant changes

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Date: Friday, October 25th, 2013, 10:56
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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The new late-2013 MacBook Pro teardown is complete.

And iFixit found some pretty nifty stuff in there.

Per AppleInsider and iFixit, the company has completed full teardowns of the 13-inch version of Apple’s latest Retina MacBook Pro lineup as well as the 15-inch version. The 13-inch version apparently benefited the most from Haswell’s focus on power efficiency, reducing the number of fans in the clamshell casing from two to one, according to iFixit. The reduction is likely one of the primary reasons Apple was able to shrink the smaller notebook’s vertical cross-section to match its larger sibling’s 0.71 inch thin profile.

Both the 13- and 15-inch variants sport a new, streamlined heatsink which combines the thermal pads for the CPU and GPU. Previously, each chip – in models with discrete GPUs — had its own thermal pad, and the two were connected to the fans via heat pipes.

The repair site also noted that the headphone jack is now soldered directly onto the logic board, rather than connected via a ribbon cable or wire. Since the headphone jack is one of the few parts in the laptops that is subjected to repeated wear and tension, it makes replacing the port expensive.

In addition to the structural changes, both units feature faster PCIe-based storage, which comes in the form of a replaceable daughtercard. The laptops’ other elements, including the display construction and battery placement, remain largely the same.

If you’ve gotten your hands on the new notebook or have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Apple releases MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) Software Update 1.0

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Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 10:09
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software

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This might come in handy.

On Tuesday, Apple releases its MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) Software Update 1.0 firmware update. The new firmware, a 4.97 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Addresses an issue with the Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese OS X Software License Agreement by installing a readable copy in your Documentation folder.

The new firmware requires a late-2013 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro running OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

Apple introduces Retina iPad mini, aims for November release date

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Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 00:31
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, News

Now THIS is the thing you’ve been hankering for.

Per Macworld, Apple announced a new iPad mini with Retina display at its press event on Tuesday, the company also lowering prices for the original iPad mini, giving its smaller tablet much-anticipated upgrades to its screen, processor, cameras, and more.

As hoped and expected—the new iPad mini with Retina display ups the screen resolution to Retina quality, going from 1024 by 768 pixels to 2048 by 1536 pixels at the same 7.9-inch (diagonal) screen size. This change raises the iPad mini’s pixel density from 163 pixels per inch to 326 pixels per inch—a density almost identical to that of the iPhone 5s.


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The new mini gets some upgrades on the inside, as well. Whereas the original mini used the same dual-core A5 processor, at the same clock speed, as the two-and-a-half-year-old iPad 2, the new mini line bumps its horsepower significantly by using Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor, similar to the one in the iPhone 5s. During Tuesday’s media event, Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said that the new processor makes the Retina iPad mini up to four times as fast as its predecessor for processor-intensive tasks, and up to eight times faster for graphics-intensive tasks. Like the new full-size iPad, the iPad mini with Retina display also features Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor, which can monitor the device’s various motion sensors (accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope) without having to wake the main processor.

The new mini also gains upgraded wireless capabilities thanks to dual Wi-Fi antennas and support for MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology. Apple says this change allows the new iPad mini to communicate at up to twice the bandwidth: 300 MBps (megabytes per second). The cellular-equipped versions of the new iPad mini also include expanded LTE capabilities, allowing them to work on more LTE networks around the world.

Apple has also upgraded the iPad mini’s cameras slightly. Though the resolution of those cameras hasn’t changed (5 megapixels for the rear camera, 1.2 megapixels for the front FaceTime HD camera), the company says the new iPad mini gains larger pixels and improved backside illumination sensors in order to take better low-light photos. In addition, the improved image-signal processing of the A7 processor should provide better overall camera performance.

Apple says the new iPad mini with Retina display offers the same 10-hour battery life as the original iPad mini. However, it appears that accomplishing this feat while adding the additional power drain of a Retina display required Apple to increase—ever so slightly—the size and weight of the new iPad mini. The new version is exactly the same height (200mm) and width (134.7mm) as the original, but it’s a tiny big thicker (7.5mm compared to 7.2mm) and a little bit heavier: 331 grams versus 308 grams for the Wi-Fi model, and 341 grams versus 312 grams for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version.

The iPad mini with Retina display will be available in silver/white or Space Gray/black “later in November,” according to Apple. The Wi-Fi versions will retail for US$399 for 16GB, US$499 for 32GB, US$599 for 64GB, and US$699 for 128GB—a first in that capacity for the iPad mini. Cellular versions add US$130 to each: US$529, US$629, US$729, and US$829, respectively.

By all accounts, the original iPad mini has been a big hit for Apple, even though other small tablets, such as the latest Nexus 7, have debuted with better specs or lower prices. The new iPad mini line should blunt some of that spec-sheet-based criticism.

Along with the new iPad mini units, the company is keeping the original iPad mini around—in a single configuration—as a lower-price option. Specifically, the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini is now priced at US$299, rather than its original price of US$329, with the Wi-Fi + Cellular version at US$429. The cellular version is available for the U.S. networks of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

Apple did make one minor change to the original iPad mini: It’s now available in Space Gray or Silver, rather than the original black or white. It is available now.

Both iPad mini versions (Retina and non-Retina) ship with iOS 7 installed, and—as with all devices running iOS 7—allow you to download Apple’s iLife and iWork suites for iOS free of charge.

Finally, Apple announced new cases for its new Retina iPad mini. The new iPad mini Smart Cover, made of polyurethane, will sell for US$39. A new leather iPad Smart Case will cost US$69.

As always, let us know what you make of this and if Apple delivered what you wanted or if improvements could be made.

Apple releases iPhoto 9.5 update

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Date: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 23:45
Category: News, Software

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Pretty much everything got an update today, iPhoto being part of that “everything”.

On Tuesday, Apple released its iPhoto 9.5 update. The update, a 1.15 gigabyte download from the Mac App Store, adds the following fixes and changes:
– 64-bit support.

– The Places feature now uses Apple maps to display photo locations.

– Adds support for iCloud Photo Sharing, including the ability to post videos to shared photo streams and the ability to have multiple subscribers contribute to a shared stream.

– Adds support for iOS 7 camera filters applied to photos imported from iOS devices.

– Includes a new, streamlined interface for printing.

– Replaces the Create menu with an updated Share menu providing access to all sharing options, including print products such as books, cards and calendars.

– Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly when sharing an edited photo from a MacBook Pro with Retina display.

– Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to show incorrect file type and size information for imported TIFF and PSD files.

– Comment sheet now appears correctly when sharing multiple photos to a new or existing photo stream.

– Fixes an issue that caused photos with specific color profiles to display incorrectly on iOS devices after being shared via iCloud.

– Captions instead of version names are now synced between iPhoto and Facebook for newly-created albums.

– Privacy settings can now be managed when sharing photos from iPhoto to a Facebook Timeline.

– Videos up to three minutes long can now be shared to Flickr.

– Addresses an issue that could cause photos synced to iPhoto from Flickr to appear rotated incorrectly.

– Fixes an issue that could cause photos synced to iPhoto from Facebook or Flickr to be duplicated and reposted.

– URLs in the photo comments field can now be clicked to open the corresponding links.

– Improves reliability when working with custom locations in the Places feature.

– Improves reliability when copying and pasting photos to a new event.

– When a single photo is selected in an album, clicking the Trash button in the contextual menu now removes the photo from the album rather than from the library.

– Includes stability and performance improvements.

iPhoto 9.4.3 retails for US$14.99 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.9 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the update and noticed any changes, please let us know.

Apple sends out press invitations to iPad media event for Tuesday, October 22nd

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:14
Category: iPad, News

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The invitations went out yesterday.

Per AppleInsider, members of the press have been sent invitations to a special Apple product unveiling event scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 22, where the company is expected to show off its latest iPad models.

The invitation reveals that the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.

The invitation features the top of the Apple logo, focusing on its “stem.” In the background, multiple stem shapes are scattered about in a variety of colors. The invitation teases: “We still have a lot to cover.”

Word of Apple’s Oct. 22 event first leaked to the media last week. Apple, as usual, waited until exactly one week before its event to send out official invitations.

Though the invitation doesn’t explicitly mention the iPad, it’s expected that Apple will introduce two new versions of its tablet lineup next week.

The fifth-generation full-size iPad is expected to see an overhauled design making it look more like the iPad mini. It’s likely to have thinner side bezels and a slimmer profile, allowing the device to be more portable and lightweight while retaining its 9.7-inch screen.

As for the popular iPad mini, Apple is expected to overhaul the screen to be a high-resolution Retina display, matching the pixel count found on the traditional iPad but packing those pixels into a tinier 7.9-inch display.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Rumor: Apple to introduce all-new 12-inch MacBook, iPad with higher resolution in 2014

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Date: Monday, October 14th, 2013, 05:49
Category: iPad, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Rumor

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It’s the rumor mill that keeps things interesting, especially when it comes down to new hardware.

Per AppleInsider, Apple has an all-new-design 12-inch MacBook with a high-resolution display, and a new 9.7-inch sixth-generation iPad with an even higher pixel count than the current Retina display, both in the works for 2014, according to well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, revealed on Saturday that Apple has a number of major new products in the works for next year. Most notably, the new 12-inch MacBook will feature what he said is an “ultra-slim clamshell form factor.”

He expects this new model to offer a marriage between the portability of the 11-inch MacBook Air and the greater productivity offered by the 13-inch model. The display is said to be on par with Apple’s high-resolution MacBook Pro Retina display.

According to Kuo, the new MacBook is expected to “redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air.”

Despite speculation that Apple could introduce a notebook powered by its custom A-series chips found in the iPhone and iPad, Kuo does not expect that the new 12-inch MacBook will run on an A-series chip. Instead, he has predicted that the new MacBook will feature a traditional Intel CPU.

The analyst also revealed that Apple is working on a new sixth-generation iPad with a higher pixel-per-inch count than the existing 9.7-inch iPad with Retina display. Contrary to recent rumors, he doesn’t expect Apple to launch a 12-inch iPad next year.

The sixth-generation iPad is expected to launch in late 2014, and will pack in as much as 40 percent more pixels than the current iPad’s Retina display.

Kuo has a strong track record of accurately revealing Apple’s future product plans. He was the first to reveal that Apple would retire its 17-inch MacBook Pro, he correctly forecast Apple’s entire fall 2012 product lineup, and his predictions for Apple’s 2013 launch schedule made in January have thus far proven accurate.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

QuarkXPress updated to 10.0.0.1

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Date: Monday, September 16th, 2013, 06:19
Category: News, Software

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The new QuarkXPress has arrived.

And it is a hefty update.

Late Friday, software developer Quark released version 10.0.0.1 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 293.5 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following changes:
– Xenon Graphics Engine The new state-of-the-art Xenon Graphics Engine takes full advantage of your computer’s processing power, rendering rich PDFs, Photoshop and TIFF images giving you maximum performance at the most appropriate resolution.

– HiDPI and Retina Display Support With a pixel density so high that the human eye can’t distinguish individual pixels, every element of QuarkXPress 10 has been optimized to take full advantage of high-resolution Retina displays.

– Modern and Optimized UI From the new full-screen view to auto-hiding dockable palettes, QuarkXPress 10 has been redesigned inside and out.

– PDF Pass-Through Transparency Avoid flattening and create smaller, more nimble, device-independent PDFs. QuarkXPress objects can interact with placed PDFs and maintain the transparency throughout your workflow.
QR Code Creator Generate vector Quick Response (QR) codes directly within QuarkXPress and style and color them the way you want. Supports text QR codes such as URLs and SMS as well as vCards.

– Import Pictures and Hyperlinks from MS Word Take MS Word docs with embedded or linked pictures and place them directly into your QuarkXPress layout. Hyperlinks are automatically honored and added to the Hyperlinks Palette.

– East Asian Typography Features in Every Edition Maintain total control over Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean layouts.

– Export to ePUB Convert your QuarkXPress layouts into standardized eBooks for the Amazon Kindle, iBooks, Sony Reader, NOOK, and more.

– Design for App Studio App Studio is the leading cloud-based HTML5 solution that turns print into interactive award-winning tablet and smartphone experiences. Now you can design interactive app content directly within QuarkXPress, then publish it to your own branded apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android, and other mobile devices.

Other Enhancements:
– Layer Enhancements Make layers an integral part of your design with support for layers on master pages. Paste also now remembers layers and if those layers don’t exist in the target layout, QuarkXPress will create new layers automatically. Use the new palette preference to turn this feature on or off.

– Print Preview Ensure your output settings are correct before printing with new thumbnail page previews in the print dialog.

– Key Item Space/Align Key Item Space/Align makes it easy to align and space objects relative to a key item. Select your key item first and everything else will be relative to it.

– Highlight Missing Fonts It’s now effortless to find text that uses a missing font in a layout. You can even change the highlight color in the preferences.

– Improved IME support Correct entered text without having to retype the phonetic again by easily choosing different characters from the candidate list. Send text to Japanese, Korean, Chinese and 3rd party IMEs.

– Full-Screen Color Browsing Utilize the full size of your screen to add and edit colors in QuarkXPress.

– Browse rich Pantones in multiple views to choose the one that’s just right for your design.

Plus:
– OS X file extensions now added to QuarkXPress files.

– Flip shapes horizontally and vertically.

– Easily join, extend, and close open Béziér paths.

– Apply Style Sheets after creation.

– Support for Portuguese Reformed hyphenation and spellcheck.

– Layout tab reordering.

– Set default tool preferences from existing objects.

– View persistent Unicode values in the Glyphs Palette.

– Set separate trim view pasteboard color for App Studio.

QuarkXPress 10.0.0.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 later to install and retails for US$849.00 for the full version.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Rumor: Apple to debut thinner next-gen iPad, iPad mini with Retina display in 2013

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Date: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013, 06:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, Rumor

The upcoming iPad could be thinner for the full iPad and feature a Retina display for the mini version.

Per Bloomberg, Apple will launch a Retina iPad mini and a slimmed down full-size iPad by the end of 2013.

The publication cites sources familiar with Apple’s plans as saying the company will not only debut a redesigned 9.7-inch iPad in the fourth quarter, but is also looking to release a hotly anticipated iPad mini with Retina display before the year is out. It is unclear if the models will launch simultaneously.

One source stated the next-generation iPad will take its design cues from the current iPad mini, including a thinner side bezel and rounded corners. There have been a number of supposed parts leaks, as well as analyst predictions, regarding Apple’s next iPad, most of which point to a redesigned exterior and enhanced innards.

As for the next-gen iPad mini, Monday’s report was light on specifics, only mentioning that the tablet would include a high-resolution Retina display. Similar rumors have been present since June with few, if any, true specifics to be had here.

Stay tuned for details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments.

Best Buy rolls in free Apple TV with purchase of 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, offer good until Saturday

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Date: Friday, August 2nd, 2013, 07:45
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail

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It’s a nifty offer and it’ll run until tomorrow.

Per AppleInsider, retailer Best Buy on Thursday kicked off a promotion that has the company bundling a free third-generation Apple TV with a purchase of select 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina display

While not heavily advertised on Best Buy’s website, the free Apple TV deal is currently available for two MacBook Pro with Retina display models, both high-end 15-inch versions of Apple’s notebook.

The least expensive option is the Retina MacBook Pro with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD for US$1,999. The second version has 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for US$2,599. As reflected in the pricing, Best Buy is having a sale on the laptops, which extends takes another US$100 off select non-Retina MacBook Pro models.

In addition to the normal sale pricing, college students can also sign up for a US$100 savings with their current school email address. The discount extends to desktops like the iMac as well as a number of other computers and accessories.

The latest Best Buy promotion comes less than a week after the big box retailer slashed MacBook Pro with Retina display prices by US$200 as part of its “Hot July Black Friday Sale.”

If you’ve taken advantage of this deal and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.