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Your supercomputer is on its way

Mac Pro Build-To-Order orders start shipping


Let’s be honest here – if you’re in the market for a new, beautiful, but undoubtably expensive Mac Pro, you were probably tempted by the even more expensive build to order options. Don’t worry, don’t worry – there’s no shame in admitting it – I browsed through that order page as well. If so, you’ll be happy to know that your build-to-order Mac Pro has likely either already shipped or about to ship.

Mass reports have indicated that Apple has begun shipping the first batch of build-to-order units, some of which are slated to arrive as soon as today. Those who were first out the gate in ordering a standard model have likely been playing with theirs for a couple of days now, but hey, a little patience may have been worth it for that supercomputer you’re about to have arrive on your doorstep. Just make sure that you’re actually there when UPS arrives at your doorstep, okay?

Source: MacRumors

One expensive trash can

New Mac Pro goes on sale tomorrow for $3000

2013_mac_proIf you’re any sort of desk-bound professional, you’ve been eying the new Mac Pro just waiting for the release date. Tomorrow, the wait will finally be over and you will be able to pick up one of the most powerful workstations that’s come to market yet. Such power doesn’t come cheap but we’ll get to that in a moment.

The new Mac Pro will be shipping with a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 quad-core CPU, two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, 12GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD in its base configuration. The total cost? $3000 for this base model. Anyone who’s interested will be able to pick these systems up on Apple’s website, of course, and through their retail stores.

Source: Business Wire
Via: Engadget

A couple more months of waiting

Apple announces new Mac Pro desktop availability in December


Apple was expected to release their new Mac Pro desktops today, however looks like we have a couple of months longer left to wait – while discussing the new desktop, Apple confirmed that the new Mac Pro will begin shipping in December.

Phil Schiller confirmed again that the Mac Pro was designed and will be manufactured right here in the United States, bringing production of a mainstream Mac computer back to the United States for the first time in decades.

Apple also confirmed some new specifications on the Mac Pro, and confirmed that it’s both faster, quieter, and more energy efficient than today’s Mac Pro lineup. In fact, the new Mac Pro is about as quiet sitting at peak operations as the Mac mini – a significantly less powerful, smaller computer.

It's about time

Apple finally updates the Mac Pro

newmacproThe Mac Pro hasn’t been updated since 2010 and it was showing its age until WWDC today. What you see above is the back of the new Mac Pro.

The new Mac Pro has been vastly redesigned from the old Mac Pro – which has used the same styling since the G5 tower – in fact, it’s no longer a rectangle, but instead a cylinder. You read that right, the new Mac Pro is a cylinder. It’s a very unusual design however it does make for a much smaller form factor.

The new Mac Pro comes with a 12-core, 256-bit Intel Xeon processor and does away with mechanical hard drives altogether. The new Mac Pro will also ship with two AMD FirePro GPUs that can drive a 4k display. It also features four USB ports and six Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Pricing was not announced at this time.

Image credit: Patrick Monroe (patster21 on Twitter)

Patience, they say, is a virtue

Jim Dalrymple confirms: no iPhone 5S at WWDC


It’s time to put away our lofty dreams and hopes and be realistic: many a rumor had implied that WWDC ’13 would be the home of the iPhone 5S unveiling, just like how Apple announced the iPhone 3G/3GS/4, but it is not meant to be – after deliberation from within Apple, Jim Dalrymple, who is essentially the premiere Apple blogger, has “confirmed” that we will not be seeing the iPhone 5S at WWDC this year. Instead, the iPhone 5S will see a separate developer event at some point after WWDC – though Jim doesn’t explicitly give any dates, we’d say that an August/September launch is in line with expectations. Apple had previously used this timeframe for all iPod launches back when the iPod was the big name around the block. This lines up with what we figured months ago now.

Instead, what we’re looking at is a possible launch for an updated Mac product/products. The Mac Pro seems like a logical fit here – Tim Cook had previously confirmed that the Mac Pro will be seeing an update at some point in 2013, and this is a developer event – and the Mac Pro is a developer’s machine of choice.

Jim also confirms that we will be getting a good look at both iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 at WWDC, which everybody has known for some time anyways. iOS 7 will be the big player, according to Jim, with a redesign to the operating system of the likes not seen since iOS’s inception, though he’s adamant that iOS 7 will be more of an evolution in design rather than a revolution. We’ll see lots of new, but it’ll function just as it always has. No word if OS X 10.9 will see any of these massive design changes, however.

Source: The Loop

The stars are aligning at long last

Apple to announce Mac Pro replacement this month?

apple_mac_pro_xeon266ghz_12_core.html_600041_g3Poor Apple Pro users. Apple had once been the king of the professional (and prosumer) space, offering faster desktops than the competition at a price that was largely validated by the sheer oomph their machines would provide. These were the days of Apple’s fabled (and lustworthy) PowerMac line, the days when Apple would constantly out-innovate the competition with such feats as the truly lustworthy PowerMac G5 Quad, which set the stage for quad core computing throughout the entire industry.

Those days have certainly changed, haven’t they? Apple’s Mac Pro line of computers haven’t seen a significant update since 2010; to this day they’re still using Intel’s “Bloomfield” and “Gulftown” line of processors; horribly dated chips that are significantly slower than what’s found in Apple’s consumer minded iMac. However, at long last, we’re seeing signs at the end of the tunnel – the latest rumors are indicating that Apple will finally be releasing a “Mac Pro replacement” within the next month.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had previously mentioned that Apple would be updating their professional line of computers in 2013, so this certainly seems more than plausible. It remains unclear as to whether Apple will be merely updating the internals of the Mac Pro desktop but leaving the design the case, if they’ll change the machine’s enclosure but continue to use the Mac Pro name, or change everything including the name all at once – however if I were getting paid to guess (which I’m not), I would definitely put my money on a significant redesign of the enclosure at the least.

Apple has recently been unable to sell the current line of Mac Pro computers in much of Europe due to new regulatory standards in the countries.

Via: 9to5Mac
Source: MacDailyNews

Blames new regulatory standards

Apple kills the Mac Pro… in Europe

MacRumors has gotten hold of some unfortunate news for professional Apple users who just happen to live in Europe – it appears that Apple has made the decision to end sales of the Mac Pro in European nations as of March 1st because “these systems are not compliant with Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition which becomes effective on this date” – or, said another way, because the Mac Pros aren’t up to snuff to the latest regulatory standards in Europe.

Apple has long been expected to update their much neglected Mac Pro line sometime in 2013 after a note from Apple’s CEO Tim Cook stated that an update would indeed be coming this year. The end of Mac Pro sales in Europe does not necessarily exclude the possibility that these updated Mac Pro systems could be sold in Europe, but it would clearly demand significant changes in order for that to happen.

Via: MacRumors

Apple gives the Mac Pro a little love – very, very little love.

While Apple updated their entire line of notebook computers today at WWDC, Apple did very little to refresh their desktop computers. The iMac and the Mac mini, contrary to rumors, received no update today, and the name “Mac Pro” wasn’t even uttered once at today’s keynote.

Despite this, Apple saw it fit to give the Mac Pro a (very) slight upgrade. Specifically, the Mac Pro’s get a small processor bump, with the base configuration now getting a 3.2 GHz quad-core processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive for $2499. A second configuration has two six-core 2.4 GHz processors, 12GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive for $3799. The third and final configuration has a 3.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, two 1TB hard drives, and OS X Lion Server for $2999.

The Mac Pro’s see no other upgrade, making it the only Mac Pro now with no Thunderbolt port. It also did not receive the USB 3.0+2.0 port that the computers updated today received.

Via: MacRumors