Apple’s (AAPL) manufacturing partners have reportedly begun mass shipping new iMac All-in-One desktop models as well as new 13-inch MacBook Pro notebooks equipped with Retina displays into distribution channels. Citing unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, Digitimes on Monday reported that the new computers will likely become available either in September or October to target back-to-school demand. The news comes just after a recent report claiming Apple is preparing to launch a new iMac lineup imminently. Digitimes claims that display panel supply constraints will prevent Apple from launching a new high-end iMac in the coming weeks, but the company still plans to introduce new entry-level and mid-range models. More →
This fall a new era of computing will be ushered in. Not only will Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 8 bring a revamped UI that (mostly) ditches the desktop view in favor of a touchscreen-friendly interface inspired by Windows Phone, but PC makers are gearing up for its October 26th launch with Ultrabooks and all-in-one (AIO) computers that emphasize the touchscreen. While Apple’s (AAPL) belief is that touchscreen iMacs and MacBooks wouldn’t work as well as horizontal multi-touch trackpads, Chinese company TMDTouch has decided to step in and fill the gap with a $199 USB-powered cover that converts any 21.5-inch iMac into a touchscreen AIO PC in 10 seconds.
Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 will reportedly share the stage at next week’s press conference with a new lineup of iMac all-in-one computers, according to a new report. Citing multiple unnamed sources, FOX News is reporting that Apple will debut new iMac desktop computers next week and they likely will not include new high-resolution Retina displays as some earlier rumors suggested they might. Apple’s iPhone event seems a peculiar time to unveil new iMacs — the event is expected to otherwise be dedicated to mobile devices including the iPhone 5 and new iPod devices, as well as Apple’s new iOS 6 operating system. Apple’s press conference is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 12th.
UPDATE: FOX News has updated its original story to correct an error and remove the claim that the new iMacs may be announced at next week’s event. The site now reports that new iMacs are “imminent.”
Hidden configuration files found in Boot Camp Assistant suggest Apple (AAPL) may be readying a redesign for its iMac and Mac Pro line of computers, according to AppleInsider. The files contain information that lets the software know what Mac models can install a second operating system from a USB flash drive. While the list includes the existing MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers, it also includes two new Mac models that have not been released yet — the sixth-generation Mac Pro and the thirteenth-generation iMac. AppleInsider speculates that Apple’s latest desktop computers may omit optical drives after looking at the data — the website notes that while Boot Camp’s list includes models with optical drives, most of the Macs in the supported list do not have physical media drives. More →
As though Apple (AAPL) wasn’t busy enough with the upcoming launches of its sixth-generation iPhone and the iPad mini this fall, the company is apparently preparing to launch the 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro and an updated version of its iMac computers this fall as well. MacRumors reports that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a new note Tuesday restating his projection that Apple will release both computers in the September-October timeframe, although he said that their impact will be somewhat limited due to the concurrent releases of the new iPhone and iPad mini. “Consumers’ budgets will transfer to new iOS products after Apple launches them, which suggests that overall MacBook shipments will not grow meaningfully on the 13” Retina MacBook Pro,” wrote Ming-Chi, who also said that supplies of the 13-inch Pro would be “limited due to panel and assembly yield rate issues.” More →
Apple’s new mapping technology that is set to debut with the release iOS 6 this fall may be making its way to Mac computers in the near future as well, Technically Personal reported. Developer Cody Cooper found an XML file with a reference to disable shading on a set of Intel based graphics chipsets, which, of course, are not supported by iOS devices. The Cupertino-based company’s references to Intel chipsets seems to be a guarantee that Apple Maps will be coming to Mac computers in some form. Apple unveiled its new mapping solution at its WorldWide Developer Conference in San Francisco last month. The app features turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic updates, Siri support, Yelp integration and 3D flyovers in select locations. More →
Everyone knows Apple plans on releasing its next-generation iPhone this fall, but its flagship smartphone could also share the stage with a next-generation iMac that will come complete with a Retina display. Unnamed supply-chain sources have told DigiTimes that Apple is implementing its Retina Display on all its products so it’s no surprise that the newest version of the iMac will likely have one as well. DigiTimes’s sources say that the supply chain “will start supplying components for the mass production of Apple’s upcoming new iMac all-in-one PC in July with the device’s official launch possibly around October.” More →
Apple unveiled updated laptops during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on Monday, but news regarding an update to the company’s desktop lineup was noticeably absent from Monday’s event. Rumors had suggested that Apple’s Mac Pro would receive a significant update and while the desktops did receive a modest spec bump, it was so minute that Apple didn’t even mention the changes on stage. As for the iMac, which was also rumored to be getting a Retina-fueled refresh, Apple’s all-in-one remained untouched. According to a recent report from The New York Times, however, this won’t be the case for much longer. ”Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro,” The Times’s David Pogue wrote in a piece that ran soon after Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote on Monday. “An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013.” More →
Rumors surrounding a host of next-generation Mac computers with Retina displays have been swirling for months and most expect the rumors to come screeching to a halt on Monday when Apple finally takes the wraps off its new line of Macs. Reports from a dozen or more sources suggest Apple plans to unveil new MacBook laptops and iMac desktop computers with high-resolution displays, and now Apple itself is hinting that high-definition Macs are on the horizon. As The Next Web notes, Apple recently approved an update in its closely guarded Mac App Store for an app called FolderWatch. The app, which was recently featured as an Apple staff favorite, lists “Retina graphics” among its most recent added features. If all goes according to plan at WWDC we can expect hundreds of Mac apps to be updated with “Retina graphics” in the coming weeks, but nothing is certain until Apple executives take the stage on Monday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 10:00 a.m. Pacific. More →
Apple’s next-generation iMac will reportedly feature a new high-resolution Retina display according to a recent report. Earlier this week, reports emerged claiming that Apple is readying a next-generation MacBook Pro with a redesigned ultra-thin case and a 15-inch Retina display. Production of the new MacBook Pro laptops has already begun according to earlier rumors. At the same time, Apple may take the wraps off an updated iMac model that also includes a high-resolution Retina display. ABC News reports that multiple sources have tipped the site off to the imminent launch of a Retina display-equipped iMac alongside a new MacBook Pro with a similar display, though no launch timing was discussed. Many expect Apple to unveil its next-generation iMac and MacBook Pro computers during its keynote at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference on June 11th. More →
NPD Group on Thursday released the results of its Apple Ecosystem Study, which suggests that almost 25% of U.S. iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers. The firm’s data, as reported by AppleInsider, indicated that 33% of U.S. households own Apple products, with a majority owning an iPod. That number is growing beyond the 37 million American households the Cupertino-based company’s products are already found in, thanks to Apple’s flagship tablet. “iPad sales are growing much faster than any other Apple product has this soon after launch,” said Ben Arnold, director of industry analysis at NPD. “In fact, one-in-five Apple owner households has one — nearly equivalent to the number that own an Apple computer. This demonstrates the appeal of both the new form factor and Apple’s app ecosystem.” The study found that six out of ten homes with a Mac also own a Windows PC, and nearly 30% of so-called “Apple enthusiasts” own a smartphone other than the iPhone. The data comes from a survey NPD conducted in February of more than 3,000 consumers. More →
Security firm Intego on Monday announced that it had discovered a new variant of the Flashback malware called Flashback.S that continues to use a Java vulnerability Apple has already patched. This variant requires no password to install, and it places its files into the user’s home folder in “~/Library/LaunchAgents/com. java.update.plist” and “~/.jupdate.” Once Fashback.S is installed, it will then delete all files and folders in “~/Library/Caches/Java/cache” in order to delete the applet from the infected Mac, and avoid detection. The virus is actively being distributed, although it will not install if it finds Intego VirusBarrier X6, Xcode or Little Snitch installed on the Mac it tries to attack.
Security firm Sophos on Tuesday indicated that a surprisingly high level of malware has been found on Mac computers — the firm’s research revealed that one in every five Mac computers is harboring some kind of Windows malware. Of the 100,000 customers sampled through Sophos’s antivirus offerings, 20% of users were found to be carrying one or more instances of Windows malware. The firm highlighted that Windows malware on a Mac won’t cause any harm, however, unless the computer also runs a Windows partition in addition to OS X. The company’s research found that just 2.7% of Macs that installed the company’s free anti-virus software were infected by OS X malware. Nearly all of the OS X malware discovered was an iteration of the “Flashback” trojan called “Flshplyr.” Sophos said that cybercriminals may find Macs to be targets because OS X users are less likely to be running an anti-virus software, however Macs can get viruses and the right software can keep a user’s computer safe. A second pie chart follows below. More →