Few of us can actually claim to know what Apple will do this year, especially with the curveballs that the company continues to keep throwing. (Who could have seen that fourth-gen iPad coming so soon?) But one analyst believes they have cracked Cupertino's code.
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At WWDC 2012, the Mac Pro received a derisory refresh: a speed bump to the processors, but no new graphics hardware, no Thunderbolt, and no USB 3.0. “The only high-end thing about it is the price,” wrote Andy Hertzfeld, who helped design the original Mac.
In 2009, Tim Cook said that Apple would “participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution.” Is the pro market still one of them?
If you're the super-protective type of person, this week is all about catering to your needs. We've got iPhone 5 cases by the score and there are tons and tons of protective options that will cradle your baby like it was a baby. Get the droppies, regularly? Not so much of a problem with cases like these and they're crazy good prices.
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.