Persistent rumors over the last few months have suggested that we'll see a Retina MacBook Air at the media event on Thursday, October 16, but one report claims that we shouldn't get our hopes up. According to sources, Apple has no plans to unveil the device at the event.
"It's been way too long," read the invitations Apple sent out this morning for its upcoming media event, and the invitations themselves confirm some rumors we've heard over the last few days. As expected, Apple's next big event will take place at the company's Town Hall auditorium on its Cupertino campus on October 16, and it'll start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time.
We've heard a lot about the new iPhones and the upcoming iWatch over the last couple of weeks, but today it's time for the iMac to shine. Specifically, Apple reportedly plans to release a 27-inch Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880, and it's possible that we'll see it as early as a media event next month.
If you've been holding out for an iMac with Retina display, you might not have to wait much longer. Only a week ago we learned that code hidden in a recent beta for OS X Mavericks suggested that new models were on the way, and now Macbidouille has found code in the Yosemite developer preview suggesting that the new units will support Retina resolutions.
One of the big questions surrounding Apple's rumored transition to larger iPhones centers on what Apple plans to do with the device's screen resolution, and now 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman claims that Apple is testing a 1704×960 display for the units. (The current resolution for the iPhone 5s is 1136x640.) With those new specs, the new rumored 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones should be able to give us better images than what we're familiar with from Retina displays.
Reports that surfaced today indicate that Apple Stores are receiving shipments of updated MacBook Air models that are expected to be available for sale tomorrow, both online and in stores. However, before you go double-checking your credit limit for a potentially huge purchase, note that the reports peg this as a very minor refresh — one primarily concerned with bumping the processors up to Intel’s latest Haswell chips.
As of right now, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the only model available without the spiffy new Retina displays found on many Apple devices. But according to a new report from DigiTimes, it's the last non-Retina model we'll see for Apple's high-end laptop. Apple plans to phase out the unit in favor of its thinner Retina models.
Fresh off the roller coaster ride that was the launch of the iPhone 5s, it looks as though Apple might have some more supply woes in store for the near future. During today's quarterly earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked if he thought the company could meet the demand for iPad minis with Retina display this holiday season, and he sounded far from optimistic.
The iPod touch used to lag behind the current iPhone in specs, and the fourth-generation iPod touch was the worst: introduced in 2010, it got a white version and a lower price in 2011, and it’s still for sale—but the totally redesigned fifth-gen iPod touch blows it out of the water. It’s got the same extra-tall 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5, the same Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, the same scratch-resistant sapphire cover on its iSight camera, and an equally gorgeous aluminum unibody, complete with shiny chamfer.
When you dream of computers, do you dream of high-resolution displays? What about 5.1 million pixels on a screen that is almost comparable to the resolution of the human eye? A screen where the picture is as detailed and sharp as the scenery outside your window? Whether or not you’ve got the cash for it, you can’t deny that the MacBook Pro with Retina display is one of the most impressive notebooks ever built. But unlike the iPad’s vast library of Retina-ready apps, the Retina Mac apps are lagging a bit behind. More often than not, owners of the new MacBook Pro have to adjust the dimensions for apps that haven’t been updated. Developers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to convert, however, and they’re starting to do what’s necessary to make their applications shine on Apple’s new vivid display.