The rumor mill seemed certain that Apple was going to release OS X Lion (along with new MacBook Air models) on Thursday, July 14 that many people felt disappointment, anger or outright betrayal -- despite the fact the company never confirmed the rumor in the first place.
It’s widely believed that Apple will push out a refreshed MacBook Air this month, bringing Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt and possibly high-speed flash memory to the slim laptop with OS X Lion preinstalled. But the company may have one more surprise in store, with the return of the backlit keyboard.
Apple finally unleashed the real potential of Thunderbolt on Wednesday with their own $49 cable as well as RAID storage from Promise, and users have already been putting the technology through its paces to come up with some early anecdotes.
Thunderbolt is finally here! On the heels of a small software update Monday night, Apple has started selling their own $49 cable as well as Promise Pegasus R4 and R6 RAID systems available in capacities ranging from 4TB all the way up to 12TB.
There’s no doubt that Apple’s latest MacBook Air is a hot item with consumers, and rumors have recently pointed to a refresh coming down the pipeline any day now. A new report claims that inventory is constrained at major retailers, which is usually a good sign that a new model is on the way.
If you believe the word on the street, Apple has a new Mac Pro and Mac mini just chilling by the pool on the Cupertino campus, waiting to be unleashed shortly after Mac OS X Lion gets uncaged in July. That got us thinking: What would we like to see from a new Mac mini, anyway?
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.
Recent Mac owners who rushed to get the latest and greatest computers with Thunderbolt on board have likely been disappointed to discover there’s nothing available yet to plug into them -- but that’s all about to change, as a video out of Japan reveals a new Blackmagic box in use with two of the ports.
Inventory channel checks are often used to determine when new hardware might be on the way from Apple, with constrained supplies often a sign that a refresh is imminent. According to a new report, both the Mac Pro and Mac mini Server now fit that bill, which could indicate new stuff a-comin’.
Brand-new iMacs always provoke the same response -- awe mixed with more than a little bit of gadget lust -- and the latest installment of Apple’s flagship desktop is no exception. On the outside, the 2011 iMacs look exactly the same as their predecessors: brilliant, glossy, edge-to-edge screens; that lovely 16:9 aspect ratio (just like an HDTV); and Apple’s signature brushed aluminum. But it’s what’s on the inside that truly sets the latest iMac apart.