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Excited about the new Mac Pro? Apple certainly hopes so, and to stoke the flames of hype they've started showing a snazzy new advertisement trailer in cinemas. (Jokes are already surfacing that people found it more entertaining than Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic.) It's good stuff, and now that Apple's posted it to its YouTube account, you can watch it for yourself.
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By all accounts, it appears that Ashton Kutcher's star turn as Steve Jobs only managed to scrape together a little over half of its $12 million budget during opening weekend, where estimates put the indie movie in seventh place. It probably didn't help that reviews were mixed, but feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comments if you ventured out to the theater to see for yourself… and maybe you even caught our first news item of the weekend as well…?
Fear not, speed-hungry pro users: Those Geekbench scores for the new Mac Pro's CPU earlier this summer apparently don't tell the whole tale, with a second round of tests showing more impressive results.
Much of the attention circling the new MacBook Air has focused on Intel's new Haswell processors and the considerable improvements to battery life they provide, but it's possible that the most impressive improvement is the PCIe-based flash storage in each unit. Indeed, it may be even more impressive that we originally thought, and that means great things for the new Mac Pros that will be housing them as well. According to a report by Anandtech released this morning, read/write speeds are approaching 800 mb/s on the new 13" MacBook Air.
Like last year, Apple started this year's WWDC keynote with a clever video. But this time it wasn't a cheap shot at Android or a silly swipe at Samsung. It was a peek into Apple's design philosophy, a beautifully crafted response to anyone who has been questioning its commitment to innovation:
"If everyone is busy making everything, how can anyone perfect anything? We start to confuse convenience with joy, abundance with choice. Designing something requires focus. The first thing we ask is, what do we want people to feel? Delight. Surprise. Love. Connection. Then we begin to craft around our intention. It takes time ... there are a thousand no's for every yes. We simplify. We perfect. We start over. Until every thing we touch enhances each life it touches. Only then do we sign our work: Designed by Apple in California."
It was barely a minute, but it stuck with me throughout the two hours of pomp and circumstance that followed. Apple hasn't been dragging its heels or taking its eye off the ball. On the contrary, it's more focused than it's ever been.
Today's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech was packed with new reveals, not the least of which was the sleek new Mac Pro. What we know about its specs so far is impressive, but perhaps more striking is that it's able to fit pro-level computing into a shiny, cylindrical case 1/8 the size of the bulkier 2012 version. Apple had a few models on display at the show (unplugged and encased in translucent cylinders, sadly), giving us the chance to take a few shots for you to check out.
Apple has announced the new Mac Pro, and it's a beauty--apparently both above the hood and below it. After hearing the awed response from the crowd after he unveiled the new, sleek design, Phil Schiller joked, “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!”
Remember the days when Apple used to tell us to "Think Different"? Apparently they're taking that notion to heart again for the new Mac Pros expected to appear at WWDC next week. As reported by MacRumors, Mac Pro project manager Douglas Brooks informed RedUser.net forum member Andrew Baird to expect "something really different" with the new units.