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"It's been way too long."
We’ve spent the past week speculating, but it’s finally time to learn the truth – or, well, it will be on October 16th. Apple has just sent out invitations to the rumored October 16th Special Event. For puzzle solvers among us will want to pay extra special attention to the tagline, “It’s been way too long.” In the past, Apple’s invitations have offered hints towards the content of the special event. Or, of course, it could just be Apple poking fun at the fact that their iPhone 6 / iWatch event happened not a month ago. Either one.
Apple is expected to use this event to unveil their new iPad lineup, launch OS X Yosemite, and announce updated Mac models – including, perhaps, an all new iMac with a Retina Display. Apple is holding this special event in an auditorium on campus in Cupertino, signifying this will be a significantly smaller event than that massive September event.
Source: Nilay Patel
A minor refresh
The current iMac models have been around for quite some time now, so of course, that means it’s time to get rid of them. According to the same folks who originally (correctly) reported that the MacBook Airs would be getting some updated models last year, Apple is preparing to launch updated iMac models this upcoming week – likely Tuesday, given Apple’s predictability.
While we don’t have specifics as to what the new iMacs will contain, we’d be willing to bet all things shiny and glittery in our possession that the new iMacs will be just like the new MacBook Airs before them – minor spec boosts with the same overall design. The current iMac’s design was only introduced in October 2012, after all, and it remains just as stunning – and impressively slim – as it did back then.
So that said, get ready for more of the same with a slightly faster processor, more memory, perhaps some boosted storage options, and maybe – just maybe – even a price drop, if Apple’s to follow the example set by their recent MacBook Air launch. That said, that decidedly non Retina display is getting pretty long in the tooth, don’t you think?
A surprise update
In a surprise move, Apple hs today updated their popular line of iMac computers. The new iMac retains the familiar iMac design of the previous generation, which was launched late last year alongside the iPad 4 and the iPad mini, but inside features entirely new components.
Most notably, the new iMac benefits from Intel’s newest Haswell processors (the same architecture used in yesterday’s new Surface Pro lineup), which offers considerably improved performance with lower power consumption. The new iMacs also include faster, next-generation 802.11ac wi-fi, faster PCIe based flash storage, 8GB of RAM standard, 1TB traditional HDD standard.
Apple announced the new iMacs with a statement from Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.”
The new iMac comes in both 21-inch and 27-inch display sizes, each in multiple configurations. the new iMac is available today at Apple.com, available to ship immediately. On top of the standard configurations, Apple offers several online exclusive built to order options with faster hard drives, more storage, more RAM, a faster processor, and more, though shipping times for these models is considerably slower than that of the standard configurations.
Starts at $1,529 while supplies last
Those in the know have always recognized that the refurb section of Apple’s online Apple Store has always been a jackpot for those looking to save a couple of pennies (or Benjamins) on a recent generation Apple product. The problem is, some products take their sweet time to arrive, and availability is often unstable and limited when they do. Take the current generation 27-inch iMac, which Apple has just today put up for sale on their refurb store for an easier-to-swallow price of $1,529. For those not keeping track, that’s $270 off the current price of a new 27-inch iMac.
Apple’s official refurb products are thoroughly tested for defects and have had their enclosures replaced, meaning that the only thing that has actually ever been “used” about these is the internals, which are guaranteed to work as expected. Unfortunately Apple doesn’t sell refurb products at their brick and mortar locations, so if you’re looking to penny pinch you’ll need to shop online – but it’s well worth the wait in shipping times to save such a large sum of money.
The doom and gloom stories turn out not to be true
There have been rumors flying around the net recently that Apple’s new redesigned iMac would miss the holiday rush and end up delayed until early 2013, missing its announced “late November” release date. We were skeptical about the rumors, and it turns out for good reason – Apple has just announced that the new iMac will go on sale this Friday, November 30th.
In the official announcement, Apple said:
The 21.5-inch iMac will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 27-inch iMac will be available for order through the Apple Online Store and will begin shipping in December.
The new iMac features a new, ultra-slim profile, beefier internals, and a vastly improved display.
Taking a look at the rumors
Stop the press – the blogosphere is afire reporting that Apple’s ultra-super-thin next generation iMac has been delayed until 2013 at the earliest. Conspiracy theorists abound claim that this is just the latest in a series of major missteps for Apple, all of which somehow magically begun after Steve Jobs passed away late last year. The iPad mini is a bust, people say – the iPad 4 screwed over early adopters, people yell – iTunes 11 was so buggy they had to delay that too, cries shout out in the night. And now the iMac is “delayed”. Poor Tim Cook, can he do anything right?
Now, I have no inside sources telling me one way or the other regarding the new iMac – this is entirely speculation on my part. However let’s all calm down and remember that the media loves a good witch hunt. There’s nothing better for some of these guys than taking the big and mighty and making them seem small and feeble. The larger they are, the harder they fall – and Apple is as large as they come.
Of course, Steve Jobs ran a tight ship. It would be ridiculous to say otherwise. But the man was just that – a man – and he wasn’t perfect. In regards to product delays, perhaps some of you might remember the delay of Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” back in 2007, which was then one of Apple’s most pivotal products. They took some extra time to get it right, just like they’re doing with iTunes 11 – and iTunes 11 isn’t nearly as important to Apple as OS X was in 2007.
Then there’s the case of the iPad mini being a “bust”. Let’s ignore the insane sales figures for a second, or that this was the biggest launch of an iPad ever. Let’s agree with all the critics and say this is a poor product, and it’ll never make it in the long run. A smaller, sleeker product with a higher price tag that didn’t make it… does that sound like anything Steve Jobs’s Apple ever put out?
Does nobody remember the PowerMac G4 Cube? One of the most exciting product launches of its time, the PowerMac G4 Cube was met with some pretty stellar reviews, only to fail in the marketplace for the same exact reasons that the iPad mini would fail if the critics are right. I guess nobody’s perfect.
How about Apple screwing over the early adopters of the Retina iPad in regard to the iPad 3’s short lifecycle? Surely, Steve Jobs would have never done something as silly as that, right? Except for the fact that he did. The year was 2007, the product was the original iPhone. After merely months on the store shelves, Apple cut the $499 iPhone to just $299, and increased the minimum storage capacity to boot. Did early adopters feel bitter, and entitled? Sure did. But that was Steve Jobs’s Apple, not Tim Cook’s, so nobody did so much as bat an eyelash in the long run.
I think the media is so hyped up about the demise of Apple that they’re totally willing to accept that Apple is going to miss a such a critical product launch right before Christmas. Of course I don’t think the iMac is quite as big of a seller as say the iPad or the iPod touch when it comes to gift giving, but it can do nothing but help Apple in the long run. Something just smells fishy to me about this story. Maybe we’re all getting a little excited, and that excitement is getting to us.
Or maybe the iMac has just been delayed due to production issues, something beyond Apple’s control. Who knows?
Today wasn’t all about the iPad – not by a long shot. Today Apple also introduced significant upgrades to two of their most popular computers, each with a beautiful (and, in typical Apple fashion, outrageously thin) all new design.
First up is the iMac. If it was thin before, it’s now practically anorexic – the new iMac is 40% thinner than the iMac it replaces and is significantly lighter as well. The new iMac comes with a powerful 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 chip, which is upgradable to either a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 or a 3.2 GHz Intel Core i7. The new iMac also comes with what Apple is calling a “lamented” display, which they claim is significantly less reflective as well as gives the illusion that text is popping right out on top of the screen, rather than underneath the glass. It comes with 8GB of RAM, 1TB HDD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card standard. Apple also announced a new software solution for invisibly combining an SSD drive and a traditional hard drive, offering unprecedented storage while still retaining most of the speed of a SSD. It comes in a 21.5″ model at $1299 and a 27″ model at $1799.
Next, Apple of course released the rumored Retina MacBook Pro 13″. Think the old Retina MacBook Pro 15″, size it down, and there you go. It’s got a 2560 x 1060 native resolution at 227 PPI and runs at either a simulated 1680 x 1050 or 1440 x 900. Inside is a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, which is upgradable to either a 2.3 GHz or a 2.5 GHz Core i7. 8GB of RAM is standard, as is a 128 GB SSD – though you can bump the SSD up to 256 GB. Pricing starts at $1699, as expected.
Apple also gave the Mac mini a much deserved spec bump. It’s now got a 2.5 GHz Core i5 standard, which can be upped to a 2.3 GHz quad-core Core i7 – a quad core being a first for the Mac mini. It’s also got a 500GB or a 1TB HDD, an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics card (yes, integrated), 4GB of RAM (upgradable to 8GB or 16GB) and a thunderbolt port. Pricing remains at $599 or $799.
Both the iMac and the Retina MacBook Pro 13″, as well as the Mac mini, are now available to order and are shipping soon.
The new iPad mini is coming tomorrow. That, at this point, is a cold hard fact. What we’re not so certain about however is what we can realistically expect to see at the event tomorrow. There are a whole bunch of oft-quoted rumors, some of which are clearly bologna, and some of which we’re pretty certain about. In this post, we’re only concerned with those rumors that are not only likely, but also nearly certain.
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