Yesterday many news sites were speculating that Apple would release new Mac Pros and MacBook Airs, now however it seems as if these speculations might have been wrong, 9to5Mac.com has obtained some new information which states that the part numbers for new Mac Pros are not yet available. Instead, these part numbers are actually for an upgraded white MacBook and new Mac mini line.
Apple’s new white MacBook likely with Thunderbolt ports and faster processors:
MC914LL/A – J59, BEST – USA
In addition, Apple is about to launch a new Mac mini line with both a standard model and a server model. It appears that there is a third model as well – probably with a faster processor – but this model is most likely a built-to-order option through the Apple online store:
MC936LL/A – J40, ULTIMATE – USA – Mac mini Server
MC815LL/A – J40I, BETTER – USA – Mac mini standard configuration
MC816LL/A – J40, BEST – USA Faster Mac mini (likely BTO)
The MacBook Air part numbers were correct and they are still coming very soon. We are still expecting new Mac Pros later this month after the release of Mac OS X Lion or at the latest early next month.
As reported earlier Apple was scheduled to open the Mac App Store today January 6th, it seems as if they kept their promise, just moments ago Apple released the Mac OS X 10.6.6 which includes the Mac App Store, all that’s needed is Snow Leopard and an iTunes account.
You’ll have to download the software update Mac OS X v10.6.6 to install the App StoreAccording to Apple all of the below mentioned additions will make your life easier!
“Discover Mac apps: Browse featured apps, top charts, and categories, or search for something specific. Read detailed app descriptions and user reviews, and flip through screen shots.
Buy and install: Easily purchase apps with your iTunes account. Apps install in one step and are quickly available from the Dock.
App updates: The Mac App Store keeps track of all your purchased apps and notifies you when free updates are available.”
Thus begins our Mac App Store coverage. Stay tuned to TUAW all day for in-depth analysis and exploration.
A few days ago Apple announced that they would discontinue the Xserve, however an interesting tidbit that didn’t get much coverage was the fact that Apple has added a new standard configuration to its Mac Pro lineup.
The new “Server” configuration offers an entry-level 2.8 GHz quad-core processor with 8 GB of RAM, two 1 TB hard drives, and Mac OS X Server for $2999.
The specs on the Mac Pro Server configuration can be boosted with a full range of build-to-order options, including processor options up to dual 2.93 GHz six-core Westmere chips, up to 32 GB of RAM, additional hard drives, a second optical drive, RAID card, Fibre Channel PCI Express card, and Xsan storage area network software.
While Apple’s “non-server” Mac Pro options could (and still can) be configured with Mac OS X Server, the new Server configuration offers an optimized starting point for building a machine to focus on server tasks rather than act as a workstation.
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.
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Apple has refreshed its Mac Pro, giving the desktop workhorse up to 12 processing cores for a top speed of 3.33GHz, boosting performance by up to 50 percent. The refresh also provides users the option of four 512GB solid state drives.
“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50 percent, and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want.”
Along with new quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors, the unit also includes a new L3 cache design enabling the chips to share up to 12MB. Also, the device sports an integrated memory controller for speedier memory transfers and Hyper-Threading with 24 virtual cores. Like the iMac refresh, the new Mac Pros include the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1Gb of memory.
Also available are two MiniDisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port. The connections permit LED Cinema Displays to connect without needing another graphics card and supporting the DVI-based Cinema Display’s 2560×1600 resolution.
The new quad-core 2.8GHz Mac Pro has a suggested price of $2,499, while the eight-core 2.4GHz Mac Pro lists for $3,499. The machines are available in August.
If you haven’t seen this video, then it is definitely worth taking the two minutes out of your busy schedule.
The video which was put together by Gary Katz of Mac M.D. Inc. Gary used photos of Apple machines in his own collection, highlighting the major design changes that have taken place over the past 30 years.