Apple is reportedly planning to refresh its iMac family of computers with Intel’s 22nm-based Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors in June or July, How To Arena reported on Wednesday, citing a “reliable tipster” in Apple’s supply chain. The Cupertino-based company is also reportedly ramping up production in preparation for thinner 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which will use the same Ivy Bridge processors. Previous rumors have suggested that Apple’s redesigned iMac would feature an anti-reflective glass display, and it should be slimmer and lighter than the current units. Apple’s iMac lineup was last updated in May 2011 with Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors, a high-speed Thunderbolt port and a high-definition FaceTime camera. More →
How To Arena on Thursday cited a “reliable source in the Far East Asian supply chain” who claims Apple is planning to release a new, thinner 15-inch MacBook Pro by the end of April. The rumor corresponds with a report from Wednesday and an earlier rumor from DigiTimes. The reports differ in one key area, however, with confusion surrounding whether the 15-inch model will be an ultra-thin MacBook Pro with Air-like features or a 15-inch MacBook Air model. According to How To Arena‘s source, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro will be powered by Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and will be “thicker than currently available MacBook Airs but thinner than MacBook Pros.” A late April launch jibes with earlier rumors, and Intel plans to unveil its new 22nm Ivy Bridge processors “on or around” April 8th. More →
Leader International announced a new tablet on Monday that undercuts Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire by $20. The $179 Impression 7, also known as the I7, is equipped with a 7-inch display with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera and support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks. We admit, the price caught our eye until we noticed the I7 runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), an operating system designed for smartphones that is now two generations old. In addition to the Impression 7, Leader International also announced the Impression 10 (I10), a 10-inch tablet that will make its debut alongside the I7 in November for $349. Leader International said the tablets will be available from retailers across the country, although the company did not mention any retail partners by name. Read on for the full press release. More →
Yup, they’re refreshed all right. Apple’s online store just came roaring back to life after being down for quite some time and, surprise, surprise, some new MacBook Pros have appeared. As expected, Apple has rolled out models with Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 mobile chipsets. The base model 15″ MBP now starts off at $1,799 and has a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB RAM, 320GB HDD and up to 9 hours of battery life. If you’re feeling absolutely crazy and have an extra $1,400 to spare you can bump your storage up to a 512GB SSD. If you want to improve on the display, an extra $100 will get you a Hi-Res 1680×1050 glossy display. Throw in an extra $50 on top of that and you’ll have yourself some anti-glare goodness. When it comes to the 17″ model, Apple has outdone itself. A very competitive $2,299 yields a 2.53GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT300M with 512MB RAM, 500GB HDD, 1920×1200 Hi-Res Glossy display and a battery life rated from 8 to 9 hours. A 2.66 Core i7 processor is available for an extra $200 while 128GB, 256GB and 512GB SSDs are available for an extra $200, $650 and $1,300. An anti-glare display option is available on the 17″ for $50.
There’s a bunch of different options and combinations that can be had, so hit the jump for a detailed rundown of each model. More →
Leave it up to the good boys and girls at a MicroCenter to spoil the non-surprise, right? According to a screenshot provided by one of them, there are some new Apple laptops appearing in inventory, and even some price drops. From what it looks like, the 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook will drop to an amazing $799. The 4 other SKUs in the list appear to be the brand new MacBook Pros and don’t list any specifications, just that they’ll range from $1,799 to $2,299. Let’s hope this pans, alright? We’ll be waiting for Tuesday…
For a company that goes on and on and on and on and on to infinity about how well its products are made, Apple sure has a disaster on its hands in the 27″ iMac. As many of you no doubt recall, the market-place introduction of the monstrously large desktop computer was rather disastrous as 27-inchers that didn’t happen to emerge from their boxes bearing a striking resemblance to Humpty Dumpty after his fall would either be suffering from screen flickering or a bad case of jaundice. Apple tried to fix the issue in weeks past which only led to a delay of shipments, but now word is the company finally decided enough is enough and halted the production of all 27″ iMacs until a permanent solution is found. What do existing owners have to look forward to? Likely a firmware update, but some are going so far as to float around the possibility of a recall. Either way, not good, Apple. Though we’re betting they’ll of course make it up to consumers as they always do.
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UPDATE: Apple says they have not, in fact, halted production. “the 27-inch iMac has been a huge hit with customers and we are working to increase supply to meet up with strong demand.” More →
As if waiting weeks to receive a custom ordered Core i7 iMac wasn’t bad enough, Apple forums the world wide web over are filling up with reports of computers showing up with broken displays an/or simply not booting up. Giz seems to think that the packaging might be inadequate for the 27″ behemoths and the bumpy journey from China to Anytown, USA is what’s causing the issue, but one would like to think that Apple, the masters of packaging, wouldn’t make such an amateur mistake. Thankfully it seems that Apple is taking this in stride and being quite helpful to those experiencing issues, but this whole situation is probably stressful enough for some to reach for their cigarettes and… Oh, wait. That’s not a good idea.