New Retina MacBook Pros!

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At 0.71 inches thin,the new MacBook Pro is 1/4 thinner than the current/old MacBook Pro and it is just 4.46 pounds. It has a Retina Display with the 15″ model having a resolution of 2880 x 1800 and a 220 ppi. There is reduced glare with the new screen and higher contrast ratios. It can be configured up to 2.7 GHz quad-core i7s and up to 16GB of RAM. As far as battery life is concerned it has 30 days of standby time and 7 hours battery life. Gone is the optical drive and it now has these ports SD card slot, HDMI port, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt and MagSafe adapter. With dual microphones and stereo speakers it will be great for audio.

The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, shipping today!

Apple Online Store Down Ahead of WWDC

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The Apple Online Store has been taken down ahead of the WWDC 2012 event which is now just hours away. This normally happens before Apple events and when it is back online it will likely feature many new Macs and lots of new artwork for iOS 6 and Mountain Lion.

What can we can expect at WWDC 2012?

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iOS 6

     This is a certain. Apple have put up banners at the Moscone West centre, where the event will be held showing the iOS 6 app icon. What is iOS 6 going to include? Well Apple is going to focus on updating its stock applications which will come as a welcome and needed change. Hopefully it looks different slightly as a new and fresh design is also wanted by many and widgets of some sort would be great. Apple will get rid of Google Maps and have their own version which will include 3D maps, Siri should come for iPad and Facebook integration, just like Twitter.

OS X Mountain Lion

Again Apple have put up banners to let us know that they will be showing Mountain Lion at WWDC. This latest update to the Operating System for Macs tries to incorporate many iOS features and apps into the desktop and laptop software. What we’ve already seen from Mountain Lion is Notifications Center, Notes Application, Reminders application, Messages – a replacement for iChat and like the iOS app, Share sheets, not taken from iOS but it essentially allows you to share everything, everywhere. The last app taken from iOS is Game Center but also Twitter gets integration into Mac OS X just like it has in iOS. Gatekeeper allows you to control your security on your Mac more. AirPlay mirroring allows you to, if you have an Apple TV, stream you Mac screen to your TV wirelessly and of course everything application is synced perfectly with iCloud to allow you to have a seamless experience between your Mac and your iOS device. Also Safari 6 will make an appearance.

New Macbook Pros

New Macbook Pros are extremely likely. We are expecting thinner, lighter Macbook Pros which have a Retina Display, 3 USB 3.0 ports, no optical drive and no ethernet port.

There will be no 17″ model and courtesy of 9to5mac.com these will probably be the specs:

  • 13.3 inch: 2.5GHz dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
  • 13.3 inch: 2.9GHz dual core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive
  • 15.4 inch: 2.3GHz quad core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
  • 15.4 inch: 2.6GHz quad core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive (BTO upgrades to 2.7GHz quad core and 1TB HD will be available)

New iMacs

Probably nothing special, just a routine upgrade with better specs for the price, maybe a Retina Display.

New Mac Pros

An update to the Mac Pro has been coming since it has not been updated for two years. The time between updates for the Mac Pro is getting longer which may suggest that Apple are slowly phasing out the Mac Pro, but not yet. Three new models of the Mac Pro will be released, two normal, one a server configuration.

  • Normal configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
  • Normal configuration: 2.4GHz 12-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
  • Server configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, Two 1TB hard drives

What we’re not gonna see:

“New” iPhone / iPhone 5

There have been many rumours flying around recently about the iPhone 5, primarily about the design of phone. WWDC has been traditionally where Apple unveil its next generation iPhone but that tradition was broken last year when they released the iPhone 4S in Autumn last year and that seems like the date for the next iPhone. Check out this video below to see what maybe the iPhone 5:

This could just be a mockup made by etradesupply to get some attention but it does tie in with an earlier image leaked of the supposed iPhone 5 back panel from 9to5mac.com.

iPad Mini

We don’t even know if Apple is going to release this even though they probably have 7″ iPads in the top offices.

Apple Television Set

The elusive Apple Television Set has had no confirmation apart from Steve Jobs saying that they were working on one. Now is not the time for Apple to unveil this beast. Great concept below though:

New iPods

An update to the iPod range usually occurs in September or October, around the time of the iPhone release. Maybe Apple has swapped over the release dates of the iPhone and the iPods but it is unlikely. They are not in dire need of an update so Apple will not supply one at the moment.

Final Cut Pro X Release

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Final Cut Pro X, the future of Final Cut, a hybrid of iMovie and Final Cut Pro has been released to the public for a sum of $299.99(£179.99). A decent price for the software and considering that it is Apple. What Final Cut Pro X does is it takes the hardcore editing effects and takes Final Cut Pro and puts an iMovie overlay on it. It also has some new features for the editors among you.

It is 1.33 GB and loads very fast(first time anyway). It is a good upgrade to the previous Final Cut Pro and is more friendly to people who are new to Final Cut Pro, for example, me. You can get it here at the Mac App Store.

Time Capsule upgraded to 3TB

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Apple has released an upgrade to its Time Capsule. The only upgrade is the knocking out of the 1TB model and it being replaced with a higher priced 3TB version. The Time Capsule automatically, wirelessly, uses ‘Time Machine’ on you Mac(but does also work with PC) and backs up all your files so if the terrible(dieing of computer, stolen, etc) then all you files have been backed up so as the Aussies would say ‘No Dramas’ apart from the lost Mac/PC.

Now we all know that Apple’s prices aren’t exactly cheap but thats because the quality of their products and just everything is amazing but when it comes to this Time Capsule you have to pay an extra $200 or £150 for an extra 2TB. To clarify the 2TB model is $299 (£249) and the 3TB model is $499(£399).

 

Apple Back-To-School offer.

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Apple has changed its ‘Get a free iPod Touch offer’ (when you buy a Mac for college)which it has run for the past 3 years to a ‘Get a free $100 Mac App Store Back to School card’. This is a price difference from giving away $249 of iPod Touchness to $100 of Mac Appsness. This shows that Apple is confident that people(especially students) are buying the Mac without the need of a big incentive.

Apple are saying that you get a $100 to spend at the Mac App Store but you can spend it at any of Apple’s online content stores (Mac App Store, iOS App Store, iBookstore and iTunes Store. For the U.K it will be £65.

The discounts which you get on Macs are $100 off a MacBook, $200 off a MacBook Pro, $50 off a MacBook Air and $100 off an iMac. The offer is available for students, parents of students, teachers and staff.

Click on image to head over to the offer.

New MacBook Airs?

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Apple might be building 400,000 new MacBook Airs this month. This information comes from a reliable source and 55% will be the 11″ with 45% being the 13.3″ made. The 11″ is proving to be selling more. The new MacBook Airs will just be updated to Intel’s 32-nanometer Sandy Bridge processors, making them faster. Apple will likely just slip this in without us noticing.

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