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.
In a WWDC keynote address packed with new MacBooks and previews of both OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6, Apple had little time to talk about a refresh to its $99 AirPort Express, which is now available for sale.
On the heels of a Siri-powered introduction and Apple CEO Tim Cook showing off a moving video of developers around the world, senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller hits the stage to talk about new hardware -- specifically the MacBook line.
Whenever a new product is imminent from Apple, the first thing most die-hards do is rush to the online store to check for the familiar yellow sticky note. On Tuesday night, however, the online store went down briefly and the yellow sticky was MIA.
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.
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.
Once again, the rumor mill has gotten the better of Apple. As widely reported in the last week, Cupertino has released a refresh of their iMac line on Tuesday, complete with quad-core Intel Sandy Bridge processors, beefed-up AMD Radeon HD graphics and the new Thunderbolt I/O.
Never mind the fact that Apple has yet to start selling a white iPhone 4 -- a part leak from China seems to indicate that it isn’t stopping the company from possibly offering the next iPad in white as well.