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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Swedish hacker Emil Kvarnhammar is reporting that an unpublished OS X API — he dubs it a "backdoor" — can be used by nefarious types to gain root access through local users without Administrator status on Mac computers that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...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Andrew, Dave and Marco discuss the early leaked Google Nexus 9 / Tegra K1 "Dual Denver" benchmarks, Apple's latest iPad and iMac 5K announcements, the Lenovo Erazer X510 gaming PC, Hands on with Windows 10, and more... Show Notes: 01:30 - Leaked Nexus 9 Benchmark Results Show Denver-Based 64-Bit Tegra K1 Performing Very Well 10:26 - Lenovo Erazer x510 Gaming PC Review 15:16 - Apple Joins 5K Revolution, Introduces 14.7 Million Pixel iMac 24:32 - Apple iPad Air 2 And iPad mini 3, Just What You Expected: Slimmer, Faster, A8X And iOS8 31:01 - Windows 10 Hands-On: Everything You Need To Know 40:08 - HotHardware's Halloween Spook-Tacular... Read more...
Apple made a splash during its press event earlier in the week by introducing a new 27-inch iMac model with a 5K "Retina" display. That's not a typo -- at a time when PC sales are still trending in the wrong direction, Apple decided the best way to spark renewed interest into its line of all-in-one systems was by skipping over 4K with a more pixelicious 5K panel. Resolution aside, is the refreshed iMac any easier to tear into than previous models? In a word, no. However, there are some upsides to the iMac's overall design that DIY repair folk (and upgraders) will appreciate. The folks at iFixIt got their mitts on the new AIO and gave it the teardown treatment, noting that it's still incredibly... Read more...
Now that Apple's gone and released its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets to the public, what's next? It takes some bouncing around the web to gather up all the rumors and leaked information, but it appears that Apple will launch at least a new iPad model during a planned (but as-yet unannounced) press event next month. Word around the web is that Apple is planning the event for October 16, 2014, at the Cupertino company's Town Hall Auditorium, which is on its corporate campus. It's said to be a bit more laid back and casual than the iPhone 6 launch event was. New iPad models are expected to take center stage, along with a new 27-inch iMac system boasting a 5K resolution Retina display. That's... Read more...
Previously, Apple’s least expensive Intel Haswell-based iMac was the 21.5-inch version with a quad-core Intel Core i5 (2.7GHz) that started at $1,299, but the Cupertino company has bumped the bottom line down a bit with a new model that costs $1,099. Apple tends not to skimp on specs with its pricey machines, but the company surely had to make some sacrifices on hardware to push that price down. So what were the concessions? Simply compared to the aforementioned $1,299 iMac, the $1,099 version has a dual-core Core i5 clocked at 1.4GHz instead a quad-core chip at 2.7GHz. It has half the storage (500GB versus 1TB), and it has Intel HD Graphics 5000 instead of Intel Iris Pro Graphics (or discrete... Read more...
Apple may be smitten with mobile products like its iPad and fancy new iPhones, but it hasn't completely turned its back on systems. Just the opposite, the Cupertino company today announced that it updated its iMac line with Intel's 4th Generation Core processors (Haswell), new graphics, the latest Wi-Fi technology, and faster PCI-E flash storage options. "iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage."... Read more...
Apple says that some of the AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics cards used in 27-inch iMac systems with 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors could fail, causing the display to appear distorted, white. or blue with vertical lines, or turn to black. Systems outfitted with a potentially affected GPU were sold between May 2011 and October 2012. There's now a replacement program in place, so if you own an iMac with Radeon HD 6970M graphics that's exhibiting any of the above mentioned symptoms, you can have it evaluated at an Apple Retail Store or contact the company's Technical Support for local service options. "If the iMac (27-inch) meets these requirements, Apple... Read more...
Let's start with the good news. If you want to configure your 21.5-inch or 27-inch iMac with a solid state drive at the time of purchase, there's now an option to do that on Apple's website. Depending on which baseline configuration you choose, you can swap out the mechanical hard drive for an SSD that ranges in size from 128GB to 768GB. Groovy, right? Sure, until you gawk at the upgrade fee. On a 21.5-inch iMac, upgrading from a 1TB hard drive (5400 RPM) to a 256GB SSD costs an additional $300, or you can select a 512GB SSD for $600. Those would have been decent prices a year or so ago, but not today. You have the same options on the 27-inch iMac, which comes standard with a faster 7200 RPM... Read more...
If you've been waiting to score a deal on an Apple iMac system, now is your chance, provided you're not opposed to buying a refurbished model. Apple just filled its store with a handful of refurbished iMac models that are marked down anywhere from 15 percent to 20 percent, which translates into savings of up to $400 off the normal selling price. All three discounted models are 27-inch iMac systems. The biggest savings is for an Intel Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core system that's listed at $1,599, or $400 off its normal selling price. That system comes with 4GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, 8X DVD burner, and AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics. It also has a FaceTime HD webcam, two Thunderbolt ports, a FireWire... Read more...
It has been over six years since Apple introduced the iPhone. Millions of apps have been written for the platform in that time, with collective downloads into the billions. Apple's App Store is a thriving marketplace with a huge amount of software available on virtually any topic you can think of. But not Microsoft Office. There are plenty of third-party applications that handle Word and Excel files, but no apps from Microsoft itself. Office documents can be viewed through the SkyDrive application, but there's no editing capability. There's a version of Office for iOS supposedly in the works, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw cold water on the idea when asked about upcoming events for the... Read more...
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