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Apple's been known to be fickle when it comes to relationships with its hardware partners, and the latest evidence of that might be found in a job posting. The Cupertino company is in search of a Hardware Systems Electrical Engineer, one that has experience in either AMD or NVIDIA GPUs, it doesn't matter which. Or does it? NVIDIA currently supplies the GPUs for Apple's newest generation all-in-one (AIO) iMac systems, and we haven't heard any chatter that suggests either side is unhappy with that relationship. It isn't necessarily odd that Apple is seeking an electrical engineer who might only have experience with AMD GPUs and not with NVIDIA, but it does open the door to speculation, if even... Read more...
Apple introduced its new iMac models in October, and although the 21.5-inch version is now available, the 27-inch version’s ship date keeps getting pushed back. You can still preorder it from Apple, but the initial ship date of sometime in December is no longer happening. Instead, the website says that the models will be available to ship in January. Because Apple is being vague, we can’t tell if that’s January 1st or January 31st. Thankfully, this development probably doesn’t affect customers’ holiday gift-giving plans too much, as the previous estimated ship date would have been just after Christmas anyway. (Side note: If you were planning to give one of these... Read more...
Perhaps it was the iFixIt teardown a few days ago that showed some new iMacs are stamped with “Assembled in the U.S.A.” that prompted the announcement, but in any case, Apple CEO Tim Cook told both Bloomberg and NBC’s Brian Williams that Apple is moving some of its manufacturing operations back to the good U.S. of A with a $100 million investment. Cook apparently won’t reveal specifically which product line (or lines) Apple will manufacture stateside yet, but it will be Mac-related. If we had to guess, it will likely include at least the aforementioned iMacs. Some Apple components are already made in the U.S., including the iPhone’s A5 processor and display glass.... Read more...
The nimble fingered folks at iFixIt got their mitts on one of Apple's refreshed iMac models, so naturally the first thing they did was put it on the operating table for a full dissection. Before cracking the 21.5-inch iMac open, however, they discovered an interesting tidbit. On the back, sitting below the FCC stamp and various other certifications, it says that this particular model was "Assembled in USA." Apple isn't moving its manufacturing operations to the U.S. entirely, because if the company did that, you can bet there would be plenty of fanfare and ballyhooing coming from Cupertino. But the real reason we know this is because there are new iMacs in the wild that still say "Made in China,"... Read more...
Remember those super skinny iMac models Apple introduced in late October? Apple at the time said it would begin shipping its new iMacs in December, but the 21.5-inch model will actually be available to purchase starting November 30, 2012, the Cupertino company announced today. The 27-inch iMac is still scheduled to ship next month. "Redesigned from the inside out, the new iMac packs high performance technology into an aluminum and glass enclosure that measures just 5 mm thin at its edge and features a re-engineered display that reduces reflection by 75 percent," Apple explains. "The new iMac includes 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, a 1TB hard drive, third generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors... Read more...
For those of you who missed it, Apple earlier today introduced a brand new version of its iMac all-in-one (AIO) desktop with an exceptionally skinny profile and upgraded components throughout. Despite the ultra-thin profile of the new iMac systems, the hardware Apple crammed inside makes them up to 60 percent faster than last year's models, and some of the credit for that belongs to NVIDIA. Both the new 21.5-inch (1920x1080) and 27-inch (2560x1440) iMacs sport NVIDIA GeForce GPUs built around the graphics chip maker's Kepler architecture. It represents another bid of confidence in NVIDIA, which is quick to note that its Kepler GPUs also power Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display model.... Read more...
Apple brought its A-game to its much anticipated press event this afternoon, the one in which the world waited anxiously for confirmation of an iPad Mini device, but before unveiling the smaller sized tablet, the Cupertino outfit detailed a completely new iMac. The new generation iMac makes the previous version look downright chunky by comparison, with an edge that now measures a scant 5mm. Upgrades abound in the new iMac. Available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch form factors, the iMac starts at $1,299 and features third generation quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processor options, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M (21.5-inc), GT650M (21.5-inch) 660M (27-inch), and GTX 675M (27-inch) GPU options, 8GB of DDR3-1600... Read more...
Apple's mobile products tend to dominate the headlines, but lest anyone forget, the Cupertino company also still sells iMac all-in-one (AIO) desktop systems, and they're about to be refreshed. Reportedly, Apple's new iMacs will sport higher resolution displays and cross over Intel's Ivy Bridge platform. Does that mean we should start throwing around the 'R' word? Unfortunately, there's no word yet on whether the new iMacs will feature Apple's highly touted Retina Display technology, which is a fancy marketing term to describe any screen resolution high enough to where you make out individual pixels with the naked eye from a normal viewing distance. Currently, the iPhone 4/4S, iPod touch (4th... Read more...
Those hoping for a Mac Pro and/or an iMac refresh were no doubt eagerly anticipating the big announcements at WWDC, and those same hopeful faces were certainly downcast after it was over, because despite the many new Apple products unveiled at the show (which we covered here, here, here, and yes, even here), there was no mention of either. A big difference between a lot of iPhone users and Mac Pro users is that the latter typically need those beastly machines for work, so an update to the line means better productivity, not just a new gadget to play with. Tim Cook onstage at WWDC (Image credit: Wired.com) Understandably, those users were a little put off, and it didn’t get any better when... Read more...
A new iMac Touch model could be in the works over at Apple. Maybe. That's the speculation after the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that describes a desktop system with virtual control on a touchscreen. It's far too early to tell if that's what Apple is up to, but with so many all-in-one (AIO) PCs now supporting touchscreen input, it makes sense that Apple would add one of its own. Of course, Apple never seems to do anything without adding a twist, and this is no exception. According to Patently Apple, the patent application has to do with a new hybrid knob/slider control that would replace traditional knob controls (see illustration below). Source:... Read more...
Lost in the shuffle of Ultrabooks, tablet PCs, and everything else that dominated the headlines in 2011 is the all-in-one (AIO) PC market. We've seen several new AIO models emerge over the past 12 months or so, and who knows, maybe in another year or two these things will replace traditional desktop towers in the mainstream market. That would be good news for Apple, whose iMac systems lead the pack in terms of market share. According to figures provided by DisplaySearch, iMacs accounted for nearly a third -- 32.9 percent if you want to split hairs -- of AIO shipments in the third quarter, Bloomberg reports. Barely visible in Apple's rear-view mirror is Lenovo, which took up the No. 2 spot with... Read more...
If you're trying to configure an iMac system to arrive in time for the holiday season, you'll have to cap your storage at 1TB. Next day shipping is available on iMacs with a 1TB mechanical hard drive, 256GB solid state drive, or 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD from the Apple Store, but if you choose one of the 2TB HDD options, you'll have to wait 5-7 weeks for it to ship. That would put the arrival date at anywhere from the middle to end of January. Such a long lead time isn't par for course when ordering an iMac, but apparently even Apple can't escape the ripple effects of recent flooding in Thailand. The overseas floods ravaged the hard drive industry, ultimately resulting in a shortage of HDDs, higher... Read more...
Apple isn't making a big deal about a new $999 iMac model from its Higher Education store, perhaps because the discounted rig is a bit feature stripped. Another reason could be that it only applies to bulk orders. Whatever the reason, Apple's secret is out, and we have the 411 on what's included with this sub-$1,000 iMac. It's a 21.5-inch iMac equipped with an Intel Core i3 dual-core processor clocked at 3.1GHz running the show. Other features include: 2GB DDR3-1333 memory 250GB hard drive (7200RPM) AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card with 256MB of GDDR5 memory FaceTime HD camera Built-in speakers Mini DisplayPort Firewire; four USB 2.0 ports; SDXC card slot 8X DVD burner 802.11n Wi-Fi The price... Read more...
After discovering that some of the 1TB hard drives used in some iMac systems could fail under certain conditions, Apple has started a replacement program. The replacement program affects 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems that were sold between May 2011 and July 2011. For users who are affected by this recall, Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace the drive without cost to the user. Apple is in the process of contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration process. If you think your system might be included in this replacement program, you can visit Apple's drive replacement program Web page to find out more and see if your... Read more...
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