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As expected, Apple today unveiled a refresh of its 27-inch iMac, even though it may not appear at first glance that anything has changed with regards to its outward appearance. Although one change that has been made which is definitely visible – if you select a $500 option – is a new nano-texture matte glass covering for the display, which cuts down on reflections. The big story, however, is under the hood where Apple has upgraded to Intel’s 10th generation Comet Lake-H processors across the board. Customers will have a choice of a 6-core/12-thread 3.1GHz Core i5, 8-core/16-thread 3.8GHz Core i7, or a built-to-order 10-core/20-thread 3.6GHz Core i9. Going along with the... Read more...
Later today, Apple is widely reported to announce that it will be shifting its future Macs from Intel x86 architecture to Arm. This wouldn't be the first time that the folks in Cupertino have made a seismic shift in processors used for its computers, but the stakes are even higher this time around as these machines will be using Apple-designed hardware. Famed Apple leaker, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, is reporting that the first Macs to be powered by its own Arm-based processors will be a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and an all-new 24-inch iMac. Apple wouldn't be leaving Intel behind if there wasn't some big upside in store for it (and its customers). In this case, Apple will have even more control... Read more...
The iPhone 12 family isn’t the only major product line on Apple’s docket for launching during the second half of 2020. According to a new report, Apple has three critical products that will be redesigned and released for consumers including an all-new iMac. DigiTimes is reporting that Apple will launch an all-new 23-inch iMac later this year. It should be noted that the current iMac family is available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch sizes, so it would seemingly make sense for the 23-inch model to replace the former given that less than 2 inches separates them. New iMac incoming at WWDC. iPad Pro design language, with Pro Display like bezels. T2 chip, AMD Navi GPU, and no more fusion... Read more...
Curved glass and folding form factors are gaining a bit of traction as panel makers figure out ways to break from the mold of traditional, straight panel designs. This creates opportunities for hardware makers to explore new form factors. We've seen this from Samsung with the Galaxy Fold, and if a new patent application comes to fruition, Apple will try something brand new with its iMac all-in-one systems. Apple filed the patent application in question (20200026327) on May 1, 2019, and it was published last Thursday. It describes a "glass housing" with a display area up top, an input area on the bottom (basically a keyboard), and a "curved surface between the upper portion and lower portion"... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple refreshed its iPad mini family and introduced an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Air model. Today, it’s time for Apple turn to its attention to its oft-neglected iMac family, which hasn’t seen an update in nearly 700 days. With today’s update, Apple is bringing some significant processor and GPU upgrades to the 21.5-inch and 27-inch variants of the iMac. Given nearly two years between upgrades, you shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that Apple has fitted its base 21.5-inch iMac ($1,299) with an 8th generation 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 processor, which are backed with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Graphics are handled by an AMD Radeon Pro 555X.... Read more...
A class-action lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California accuses Apple of using literally dirty design tactics with its iMac and MacBook computer systems. More specifically, the lawsuit alleges that some iMac and MacBook owners report "consistent problems with dark smudges on their screens" and other problems stemming from a lack of any dust filters. Image Source: Hagens Berman "The computer intakes air to cool its components, but with no filter, dust gets trapped inside. This affects the screen and logic board of the computer, leading to dust stuck behind the screen and gummed up motherboards, causing the computer to run slow and/or overheat," Hagens Berman,... Read more...
Apple is often frowned upon in the tech world for many reasons, one of the major reasons being its famously closed ecosystem. Apple has often gone out of its way to ensure the use of approved accessories and software as well as ensuring if your device needs repair, you have to come to an Apple authorized service center. Apple's policy means you can’t simply order parts and fix your Apple gear, in many instances, as you would if you were using a Windows machine or Android smartphone. Apple famously did this with iOS 11.3 when it bricked iPhones with third-party screen repairs. Apple is now using proprietary software that will end any chance of independently repairing a new MacBook Pro or... Read more...
Historically speaking, all-in-one systems have not been known for their upgradeability. That has changed somewhat in recent years, with newer AIOs sporting swappable components, at least on the enthusiast end of the spectrum. The same is true of Apple's latest 21.5-inch iMac with a Retina 4K display. A teardown shows that users can access (and upgrade) both the CPU and RAM.The feasibility of upgrading these components is another matter entirely. Unlike some AIO systems that make things easy with a rear panel that pops right off, Apple glues its iMac shut. Getting inside is not unlike opening an iPad or iPhone device—there is some prying to be done. Things are a little bit easier once you know... Read more...
It does not matter where your allegiance lies in the Mac versus PC (as in, Windows PC) debate, one thing most people can agree on is that Apple's all-in-one iMac computers are nice looking systems. However, looks will only get you so far. The iMac is need of an upgrade, and word on the web is that it's getting one in the second half of the year. Additionally, rumor has it Apple will also release a server-grade iMac by the end of the year. Citing sources from Apple's supply chain in Taiwan, Digitimes says the new server-grade iMac will feature Intel's Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor paired with 16GB to 64GB of ECC (error correction code) RAM, which is a type of system memory used in mission critical... Read more...
Apple this week has done two uncharacteristic things for the company: it is apologizing for missteps in its product design/rollout and it is actually pre-announcing upcoming products. Some of those products are at least a year away from release. What’s going on in Cupertino these days? To the first point, Apple is finally admitting to what we have all known for years: the current generation Mac Pro was a mistake. After launching the professional-grade machine in 2013, Apple has done little to upgrade the system, leaving long-time Apple fans upset and without many options with regards to improving performance. However, the main reason for Apple’s failure to upgrade the machine was that it ran... Read more...
Steve Jobs, may he rest in peace, once likened the desktop PC to a truck in a world full of cars. In his opinion, the PC was on its way out in favor of alternate form factors, in particular the iPad. This was part of his infamous post-PC era dialogue and if he was still in charge of Apple, we might be looking at a very different product lineup right now. But it is Tim Cook that is in charge, and in case anyone is wondering, desktops are still very much a part of Apple's future."Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we're committed to desktops. If there's any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry... Read more...
Owners of certain iMac systems who previously paid to have the system's display hinge replaced or repaired are receiving refunds from Apple. A leaked internal document that's being distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers contains the details, which at this time have not been made officially public. It remains to be seen if that will change.The design flaw affects some 27-inch iMac systems that shipped between December 2012 and July 2014. Owners of affected systems are unable adjust the display to an upright position. Any attempts to do so are met with the display falling forward angling towards the desk. Other than having it repaired, the only recourse to correcting the limp display... Read more...
It’s no secret that Apple’s computing lineup has simply been neglected over the years. Apple’s key MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and even Mac Pro lines have gone for years with minimal or no updates at all, and sales have suffered as a result. However, Apple is holding an event later this week in which it is widely expected to showcase new MacBook Pros and perhaps even new iMacs. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been pretty accurate with regards to iPhone channel leaks over the years, has given some insight into what he expects to see with this week’s Mac updates. The most exciting updates are likely to be reserved for the MacBook Pro family, which is currently available in both... Read more...
Apple fans may find themselves overwhelmed with new product offerings this fall. Rumor has it Apple is getting ready to release a new smartphone (iPhone 6S) with Force Touch, new iPad models (including the iPad Pro for business users), possibly an Apple TV, and new software (iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and watchOS 2), but that's not all. Now there's talk of a 21.5-inch iMac system with a 4K display.Citing "reliable sources," the folks at 9to5Mac feel they have it on good authority that Apple's planning to announce a new version of its 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K Ultra HD (4096x2304) display by the end of October. The unveiling will take place alongside OS X El Capitan, with shipments expected in November... Read more...
Digging into software code doesn't carry the same excitement and dangers Nicholas Cage faces in his National Treasure movies, but it does lead to cool discoveries nonetheless. And if you dive into the code for the latest beta release of Apple's forthcoming OS X El Capitan operating system, you'll uncover references to a couple of new products.The first is a new 4K version of the 21.5-inch iMac. Apple's current generation 21.5-inch iMac sports an LED-backlit Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display with Intel HD Graphics 5000, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, or an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. There's also a 27-inch iMac with a 2560x1440 resolution IPS panel and GeForce GT 755M graphics,... Read more...
Despite what Apple execs would have you believe with their flowery language, Apple products aren’t perfect. This is especially the case of the Apple faithful that have 27-inch iMacs that were manufactured between December 2012 and September 2013 and include a 3TB HDD. According to Apple, it “has determined that a very small number of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail under certain conditions.” Owners that have already registered their systems with Apple using a valid email address will automatically be contacted to arrange for a HDD replacement. If you haven’t registered with Apple, you can simply enter your serial number on the replacement program website (see the link below)... Read more...
Just this past Tuesday, Apple updated two if its high-end PC product lines: the 15-inch MacBook Pro and the 27-inch 5K Retina iMac. The developments surrounding the 5K iMac were perhaps the most interesting, as Apple lopped off $500 off the price of entry for the base model, taking it to a respectable $1,999 (with slightly reduced specs). The ranging-topping model saw its price fall by $200 to $2,299. Now just mere days after Apple made its big price cuts, Best Buy is coming along with an additional price cut of its own. The range-topping model that we mentioned has be reduced to just $2,099 over on Best Buy’s website, making it just $100 more than a base model. That price will get you a 27-inch... Read more...
The early reports were off by a day, but Apple has indeed refreshed its 15-inch MacBook Pro and iMac Retina lineups. You won’t find any external changes to tip you off to the changes that lurk beneath either product line, but they are still quite notable. As previously reported, the 15-inch MacBook Pro has gained a Force Touch trackpad that debuted with the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The Force Touch trackpad features what Apple calls a Taptic Engine which provides haptic feedback for the user when “clicking” on its surface. But that’s not all, Apple has also upgraded the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s storage system by including flash storage that is 2.5 times faster than last year’s model.... Read more...
Apple typically holds out for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to trot out new or refreshed systems. However, there's a rumor going around that Apple may decide to introduce updated 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac systems ahead of WWDC, which would presumably indicate a bigger announcement is imminent. News of the impending announcement originates from a French language website citing sources that apparently been reliable in the past. The sources say than an announcement could come as early as this Wednesday, though details about the hardware changes in the new models are a little more difficult to come by.It's probably a safe guess that both the 15-inch MacBook... Read more...
Swedish hacker Emil Kvarnhammar is reporting that an unpublished OS X API — he dubs it a "backdoor" — can be used by nefarious types to gain root access through local users without Administrator status on Mac computers that have not yet been migrated to the 10.10.3 iteration of OS X, which was released just two days ago. "The admin framework in Apple OS X contains a hidden backdoor API to root privileges [that] can be exploited to escalate privileges to root from any user account in the system," Kvarnhammar says in an advisory. "The intention was probably to serve the System Preferences app and systemsetup command-line tool, but any user process can use the same functionality. This is a local... Read more...
Is this an April Fools joke, a simple error on its part, or a massive, high-profile leak from one of Apple’s largest suppliers? We may never know, but LG Display last week issued a press release announcing its next generation of high-resolution 8K display panels. While the arrival of 8K displays is headline-grabbing in its own right, what makes this reveal so intriguing is the fact that LG managed to slip this peculiar sentence into its press release: “Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year.”LG's 8K scale (Source: LG)8K scaling courtesy Wikipedia (Source: Wikimedia Commons) For starters, Apple hasn’t announced anything... Read more...
One of the disadvantages to buying an Apple system is that it generally means less upgradeability and flexibility than a system from a traditional PC OEM. Over the last few years, Apple has introduced features and adopted standards that made upgrading or using third-party hardware progressively more difficult. Now, with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the company has taken another step down the path towards total vendor lock-in and effectively disabled support for third-party SSDs. We say "effectively" because while third-party SSDs will still work, they'll no longer perform the TRIM garbage collection command. Being able to perform TRIM and clean the SSD when its sitting idle is vital to keeping the drive... Read more...
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