Happy Movember, mustache lovers. While we can't promise you that any of this week's hot hot deals are facial hair related, we can promise that this is a great time to be buying refurbs -- but then when isn't it a good time? And without any further ado, the deals.
As a Mac Pro owner, it's sometimes hard not to feel like Apple has just forgotten its professional desktop user-base all together. Sure, there was a new Mac Pro this year -- but it was hardly a step above the 2010 model. While we wait to see if Apple will revitalize the product line, at least NVIDIA is offering something new.
This isn’t the update we were hoping for. In fact, the mid-2012 Mac Pro is barely updated at all. As the last generation of Mac Pro was released in August 2010, we’ve waited almost two years for this refresh, yet its stats have barely moved and innovative technologies introduced in other Macs have failed to make it to Apple’s premium computer.
According to Appleinsider, Apple may be planning on nixing an optical drive in its next round of updates for the iMac and Mac Pro. Apple has clearly been heading towards a cross platform rule of no optical drive inclusion, with the MacBook Air, Apple TV, and MacBook Pro with Retina as the pioneer devices to lack the dying disc reader.
When reviewing internal configuration data in Apple's new OS, Mountain Lion, files made reference to unreleased iMac's and Mac Pro's, possibly not containing an optical drive. Boot Camp Assistant holds internally a configuration list file that names by initial and its Apple designated architectural version ID, the Mac models that are able to support a boot disc or a USB flash drive that can install windows to a Boot Camp partition.
Apple may have gone notebook crazy at the WWDC 2012 keynote on Monday, but Mac desktop lovers were not amused by the company’s half-hearted Mac Pro refresh -- and judging from the comments of executives in Cupertino, the next generation of desktops may not arrive until 2013.
It didn’t merit even a casual mention during the WWDC 2012 keynote on Monday, but when Apple’s online store opened this afternoon, the virtual shelves were also stocked with three new models of Mac Pro as well.
The Apple Store just went down, and many pundits believe that when it reopens later today, the virtual shelves will be chock full of new Macs. Just ahead of WWDC 2012, a few specs have leaked out on exactly what we might expect.
Sigh… the rumor mill apparently knows no boundaries, and therefore it keeps churning up every Apple product imaginable for an update at next week’s WWDC 2012. iPod shuffle? Check. Retina Display MacBook Pro? Check. New iMac, MacBook Air or Mac Pro? Check, check, check. At this point it’s easier to name the Apple products that won’t get refreshed next week -- or you can simply cozy up to our daily recap for this fine Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
It might be easy to forget that Apple still makes Macs. The only model that's been updated since the launch of the iPhone 4S is the MacBook Pro, and we've seen two iPad models since the Mac Pro's last refresh--but that's about to change. According to the rumors, Apple seems poised to revamp its entire line of computers (or most of it, anyway) when Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors, a more efficient, turbo-charged enhancement to the Sandy Bridge chips currently powering Apple's family of Macs (except the Xeon-based Mac Pro), release at the end of the month.
Well, that quiet little sneak, Mountain Lion certainly got people riled up once it showed itself out in the open. It comes in on its quiet cat feet, then suddenly it's on you. Well, we're not complaining. We kinda like turning down the volume once in a while, so we can focus on the heat. And do we have a week's worth of hot for y'all. Of course, with cats.