While the old Mac Pro limped along, receiving half-hearted updates (and wasn’t even available for sale in some countries), Tim Cook promised that Apple was “working on something really great” for pros. We expected to see something new and unusual, but the extent to which Apple has reinvented its high-end desktop is astonishing.
With a tweet today, Product Red revealed that Apple has raised even more money to fund the ongoing battle against AIDS, bringing the iPad maker's total contributions up to $70 million. That's a $5 million improvement on the $65 million U2 frontman Bono announced in September of last year.
Just now decided that you want one of the new Mac Pros? The extended shipping times that have plagued the unit since launch haven't gone anyway; indeed, if anything, they're remaining about the same. Apple's website had listed the units as shipping in "April" since February, but now the Cupertino company has bumped that up to a vaguer "five to six weeks," suggesting that such long waits may remain a fact of life for the near future.
A couple of weeks ago we reported that new modules from Transcend can improve the memory capacity of the new Mac Pros by up to 128 GB of RAM, which is double Apple's stated maximum of 64 GB. At the time, we didn't have a price, but Transcend later revealed that such power would cost you around $2,500. Alternative models are now available, reports MacRumors, but they'll still cost a similar amount of cash.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
If you spend any time working in the command line, particularly using SSH to log into remote computers, then you may be wondering how you can easily find the IP address of the current machine you're on. While you certainly could just look up the IP address in the System Preferences Network pane, looking this information up in the Terminal looks cooler and is quite a bit faster. Continue reading and we'll show you how it's done.
Windows 7 remains one of the most popular operating systems for Apple's rival Microsoft, but apparently the folks in Cupertino want nothing to do with it. According to new support documents (via MacRumors), Apple's Boot Camp for the new Mac Pro no longer supports installations of the 2009 platform. If you want to run Windows on your sleek 2013 Mac Pro, in other words, you're going to install Windows 8.
The new Mac Pro has apparently been a huge success -- to the point that some customers still haven't received units that they ordered way back in January and December. As you might recall, Apple said at the time that orders wouldn't ship until February, and that's a problem since we only have a few hours left in the month.
It's easy to write off 2013 as a year without any real design innovations. The first great smartwatch is going to have to wait till next year — sorry, Samsung and Pebble — and we didn't get a new Apple product that wasn't a riff on a previous one. And Google didn't make any headway with Glass.
But it wasn't a lost year by any stretch. We might not look back on 2013 as the watershed year that 2007 was, but even without a big bang, there were a number of advancements that made us look, touch and think just a little different.
This week's stories are about resurrection of old names, how one company pivoted in the face of the iPhone's awesome-sauce, the unveiling of some new amazingness we've all been waiting for plus the newest games of the week and a few apps that might just keep you sane these last few weeks of the year. That and more as always, just step right inside.