The 2011 Christmas holiday will be just a memory in a few days’ time, and our thoughts then turn to the new year and what 2012 might bring. For those of us covering the Apple beat, those ruminations include the first full year without Steve Jobs and what kind of new wonderment the team left in his wake might bring us -- some of which might still have involved his magic touch.
It was a big week for app updates and for iPad apps to migrate down to the iPhone (the reverse of the usual direction). There were also rumors, as there always are, and there was Google, stealing someone else's idea (as usual).
Can it really be 15 months since the Mac Pro was last updated? The familiar hulking frame is even more long in the tooth, having been largely unchanged since the Power Mac G5 was introduced in the summer of 2003 -- several lifetimes in computer years. While Apple remains mum on the prospect of a new Mac Pro, there’s some evidence to support that refreshed hardware is still on the boards in Cupertino.
Happy Halloween to MacLife.com readers! We don’t have any particularly spooky things featured in this edition of the daily recap (unless you’re a Mac Pro fan), but there are plenty of treats in store for you with Plex 2.0 now in the App Store and some iOS 5 technology reportedly making the leap to OS X Lion one day soon. Here’s what’s making news for this final day of the month, better known as October 31, 2011.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get from readers is whether or not it's the right time to purchase a new Mac. With the frequency that Apple updates its products (at least once a year, roughly), it can be a tough decision. I recall buying a last generation MacBook Pro two months before the unibody design upgrade and seriously kicking myself for not waiting two more months. Then again, back then I didn't know about Mac Rumors' Buyer's Guide.
If it seems like you might have just read something about a new Thunderbolt PCI Express expansion chassis coming from Magma, that’s probably because we just mentioned it earlier this week. Now Magma has slipped out the official word, with a three-slot ExpressBox 3T soon available for preorder.
Oh, Mac Pro… poor little neglected Mac Pro. All of your other family members have gotten the Intel bump this year with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports, and yet you remain frozen in time, no longer the fastest Mac of them all. While we (im)patiently wait for a new version of you, here are a few things we’d like to see in your next incarnation.
If you like your Apple rumors vague and unsubstantiated, we’ve got a real doozy for you this fine Monday. A Japanese Mac-centric tech blog has suggested that as early as the end of this year, the Mac lineup may be quite different from what it is today, suggesting that they could even take another name entirely.
While the rumor mills never sleep and constantly churn out new Apple stories, especially as we get closer and closer to release dates, there comes a time when the same story shows up everywhere and becomes conventional wisdom. Are we at that point with the iPhone 5? It kinda feels like it, so here's some news about your soon-to-be favorite new handset and more in the hottest Apple stories we've touched this week.
Further stirring the recent rumors that Apple is holding new hardware refreshes until after OS X Lion launches in July, a new report claims that “all new next-gen” Mac Pros and Mac minis are coming by the end of July or the first week of August, packing Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports.