Expect to wait 5-7 Weeks for an iMac with 2 TB Hard Drive!

If you were hoping to grab an  iMac before Christmas then you may be out of luck, as noted by AppleInsider, shipping estimates for build-to-order iMac models equipped with 2 TB hard drives has increased to an unfriendly  5-7 weeks suggesting that hard drive shortages caused by massive flooding in Thailand over the past several months may be catching up with Apple.

What’s interesting is the fact that the Mac Pro models configured with 2 TB drives do not show the same delays, they are still shipping in just 3-5 business days. The 2 TB drive on the iMac is the only drive affected, the drive  is available as a build-to-order option on the high-end 21.5-inch iMac and on both base models of the 27-inch iMac.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the potential impact of the Thailand flooding on Apple’s business during the company’s October earnings conference call. Cook noted that there would undoubtedly be an industry-wide shortage of hard disk drives that would primarily affect Apple in its Mac business, but that there had yet to be a full assessment of the impact or an estimated timeline for recovery. He also declined to offer any specific information on the expected impact to Apple, noting only that any such impact was figured into the company’s blockbuster revenue guidance of $37 billion for the holiday quarter.

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New 27-inch iMacs Can Drive Two External Displays Simultaneously

The new iMacs are here, and they are fantastic, but one thing that’s worth making a note of is that the new 27-inch iMacs have dual Thunderbolt ports… which means that you can now attach two external displays to your top-end desktop.

Buy a pair of Apple’s official 27-inch LED Cinematic Displays and you’ve got 81 inches of desktop to play with. That’s a huge perk, given that the previous solution to driving multiple displays on your Mac either resulted in lag (though wireless solutions) or didn’t support 3D (through USB adapters).

The iMac line just got a heck of a lot more appealing not just to video professionals, but to gamers. And here I am rocking a 27-inch iMac with only one Mini DisplayPort like some sort of sucker.

The new iMac does 450 Mb/s WiFi

Wow, we knew that the latest iMac family had loads of  overlooked enhancement, and this is no exception, the Imac sports  souped up WiFi capable of hitting 450 Mbps speeds over wireless networks. Hardmac spotted a reference to this capability in the iMac’s system information. Apple first brought rhe 450Mbps WiFi features in the 2011 MacBook Pro family, but they haven’t been actively advertising it.

Apple changed their Airport card and also installed 3 antennas (instead of 2 before), something indispensable to be able simultaneously to use 3 channels of 150 Mbits/s.

According to 9to5mac.com  to take advantage of the 450Mbps data transfer you need a compatible base station (either the current-generation Airport Extreme or Time Capsule). Make sure to connect to the base station using the 802.11n mode on the five gigahertz band GHz, with the simultaneous dual-band mode turned on.

Apple updates Boot Camp for Thunderbolt iMacs

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With new iMacs comes new software. Apple has released a Boot Camp update for Thunderbolt iMacs. The small update (the download is just 638 KB) can be found via Software Update or Apple’s website and offers a specific fix. According to Apple, the update

“…addresses issues with Japanese and Korean keyboards on early 2011 iMac.”

If you’ve been having struggling with this issue, on the iMac you can’t possibly have received yet, here’s the update for you.

APPLE UPDATES iMAC WITH THUNDERBOLT

As we predicted earlier Apple has refreshed its iMac all-in-one desktop line with upgraded CPUs and a few other new features. The key upgrades for the iMac refresh are the new quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and theThunderbolt I/O port . The iMac has also seen an upgrade to its GPUs, which are now three times faster than the previous model.

The iMac comes in two 21.5-inch and two 27-inch models, as detailed below:

iMac 21.5″

  • Price: Starting at US$1,199
  • CPU: 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 4GB (2 x 2 GB)
  • HDD: 500 GB or 1 TB hard drive
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6750M or AMD Radeon HD 6770M
  • Other: Single Thunderbolt port, FaceTime HD camera, aluminum and glass design, IPS LED-backlit high resolution display, Mini DisplayPort, One FireWire 800 port, Four USB 2.0 ports, SDXC card slot, Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive, Audio in/out, Gigabit Ethernet, IR receiver, 802.11 a/b/g n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and an Apple wireless keyboard with a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

iMac 27″

  • Price: Starting at $1,699
  • CPU: 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 4GB (2 x 2 GB)
  • HDD: 1 TB hard drive
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6770M or AMD Radeon HD 6970M
  • Other: Two Thunderbolt ports, FaceTime HD camera, aluminum and glass design, IPS LED-backlit high resolution display,Mini DisplayPort, One FireWire 800 port, Four USB 2.0 ports, SDXC card slot, Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive, Audio in/out, Gigabit Ethernet, IR receiver, 802.11 a/b/g n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and an Apple wireless keyboard with a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

The new iMacs are available now on Apple’s online store.

Will Apple release new iMacs on Tuesday, May 3??

This is interesting, according to AppleInsider  Apple will release new iMac models next Tuesday, May 3. Citing “people familiar with the matter” who have “continually provided accurate information,” AppleInsider states that the next iMacs will sport second-generation Intel Core i5/i7 chips and a Thunderbolt port. It could not be confirmed at this time if the new iMacs will feature changes to the display sizes.

AI also states that its sources said the early morning hours of May 3 at Apple Retail stores will be a “visual night” which means that the new iMacs should be on sale the day they are announced. “Visual night” is the term when Apple retail employees stay through the night and change merchandising and display planograms in the store in order to prepare a new product for sale. In this case, the older iMacs will be removed and replaced by the newly announced models.

Kanex XD Lets You Use Your Console & Blu-ray Player With Your iMac

This will be interesting for the gamers among you, if you own a 27-inch iMac or 27-inch Apple LCD Cinema Display, then you can connect your console to the screen. The Kanex XD enables you to take any device with a HDMI connection – such as your PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Blu-ray player – and hook it up to your iMac or Cinema Display via the Mini DisplayPort connector.

It’s perfect for casual gaming at your desk or catching a Blu-ray in your lunch hour, and it’s a great way to make the most out of your expensive Apple display. It looks great. Its small, sleek and sophisticated aluminum design will look right at home the moment you place the XD next to your Apple iMac or Cinema Display..

Setup is completely effortless: take your XD out of the box and plug it into the power outlet, then connect the HDMI cable from your source to one end and the Mini DisplayPort cable from your iMac to the other. All cables are supplied with the XD, so you won’t need anything extra to get you going.

If you’re stuck in a small office or apartment and you don’t really have room for both a TV and a big Apple display, using the XD to turn your existing Apple equipment into a TV works incredibly well.

Mac OS X Lion Adds Recovery Partition Support

The new Apple Mac OS X Lion adds several new and cool features to the OS, one of the most interesting features is the support for a recovery partition as part of the OS installation. Apple is making the tools and resources available to you that will allow you to perform disk repair and recoveries on your MacBook/MacBook Pro while on the road or on your desktop Mac at home. The utilities will be readily available and therefore you won’t have to go hunting for that always elusive DVD or USB stick.

This is because the new partition labeled Recovery HD acts just like the DVDs and USB sticks that Apple has traditionally shipped with its computers.

You simply press and hold the Option key after starting your Mac. You are eventually presented with a list of the available boot partitions. You use the arrow keys to select the boot drive and press Return. The system will then boot from the selected disk. In this instance you would choose the Recovery HD disk to access the Mac OS X Lion recovery partition.

It looks like Apple is going to have another blockbuster OS release later this year. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until Lion hits store shelves (virtual or otherwise).

Apple updates Boot Camp!

Yesterday released several new updates, one of the updates pushed down the Software Update pipeline was a new Boot Camp and MacBook EFI update.

The new Boot Camp update is available for both 32 Bit and 64 Bit Windows installs and provides support for the ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, the Apple USB Ethernet adapter and the MacBook Air SuperDrive, alongside a gaggle of other bug fixes.

Additionally, there’s a new EFI Firmware update for the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0 reportedly resolves an issues where an attached external display may occasionally and incorrectly show a purple tinge.

If you have installed the updates and have noticed any changes in performance then leave us a comment below.

Apple releases Snow Leopard Graphics Update for Mac.

Tuesday afternoon Apple released a graphics update for Snow Leopard, the update is said to improve performance and reliability of popular titles like StarCraft II and Portal. Many might remember that Valve said in June that they were “working with Apple to improve the performance of games running in Mac OS X.” Furthermore they added that improved drivers from Apple would have the greatest impact on performance.

According to Apple, the software update contains performance and stability fixes for graphics applications, including fixes that:

– address frame rate issues occurring in Portal and Team Fortress 2 on certain Macs
– resolve an issue that could cause aperture 3 or StarCraft II to unexpectedly quit or become unresponsive.
– addresses framerate issues on the titles Portal and Team Fortress 2

The update also resolves an image corruption issue that may occur when disconnecting and reconnecting external displays while the system is running.

The 69.2MB update is available from the company’s support site, or via Software Update. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.4.