It looks like Apple might have taken Microsoft’s recent video to heart after all. MacRumors reports that Apple’s support page for Boot Camp has been updated to reflect the fact that the latest Mac Pro will no longer support Windows 7 or any older versions of the operating system. Although all the previous models appear to have retained Windows 7 and Vista support, MacRumors notes that this could be the first sign of future Mac computers shedding support for the aging software altogether. Mac users who depend on Boot Camp might start paying closer attention to those Windows 8 updates from now on.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mac, long-time Apple fan Kurt Merki Jr. has imagined a new Apple computer that would incorporate some of the best features of the iMac, Cinema Display and the Mac Pro. The iPro all-in-one is a concept desktop for professionals that proposes “epic proportions in all ways.” More →
Apple’s late 2013 Mac Pro model is available for sale in European markets, with units already shipping to local buyers, French online publication Mac Generation reports. The previous Mac Pro generation was banned in the region on March 1, 2013 as new EU security standards demanding PC makers to better shield fans and electrical ports took effect. However, it looks like the newest Mac Pro model, which started selling in late 2013 in the U.S., meets the new safety regulations and can be commercialized in EU countries. In France, pricing for a Mac Pro starts at €2,999 (or around $4,098), with current purchases being shipped at an unspecified date in February. More →
The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and flexible computer Apple has ever created, and it’s also extremely expensive — or is it? With a price tag that can climb up around $10,000, Apple’s latest enterprise workhorse clearly isn’t cheap. For businesses with a need for all that muscle, however, is that steep price justifiable or is there a premium “Apple tax” that companies will have to pay? Shortly after the new Mac Pro was finally made available for purchase last week, one PC enthusiast set out to answer that question and in order to do so, he asked another one: How much would it cost to build a comparable Windows 8 machine? More →
Apple gave the world a preview of the Mac Pro earlier this year during WWDC 2013, and then it fully unveiled its new workhorse during a press conference back in October. The company wouldn’t commit to a firm release date at either event, however, which is obviously very uncharacteristic for Apple. The wait finally ended last week on Thursday, when Apple finally released its new Mac Pro in limited supply. Starting at $3,000, the new Mac Pro is not a consumer machine by any stretch of the imagination — but does all that cash really land business users a setup that performs significantly better than Apple’s consumer grade Mac computers? More →
If you have thousands of dollars to spend on a super-high-end computer then Apple has just the product for you. Apple on Wednesday announced that its new Mac Pro models will be available to order on Thursday, December 19th starting at $3,000. Interested buyers have the option of choosing either a Mac Pro with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs that each have 2GB of VRAM, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage starting at $3,000; or a model with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs that each have 3GB of VRAM, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage starting at $4,000. Apple’s press release follows below. More →
Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller got angry while on stage during Apple’s WWDC keynote this past June. “Can’t innovate anymore my ass,” he exclaimed as he gave the world a sneak peek at the future of Apple’s Mac Pro desktop computer. It might look like a little black garbage pail, but Apple says it’s a complete reimagining of the company’s professional-grade PC. Everything has been redesigned, inside and out, and the new model features floating-point performance that is up to twice as fast as the previous-generation Mac Pro thanks to new Intel Xeon E5 processors with up to 12 cores. It also features new DDR3 RAM that is twice as fast as the current Mac Pro and it touts up to 7 teraflops of graphics computing power. All of that and more is stuffed into a cylindrical enclosure that measures just 9.9 inches tall with a diameter of just 6.6 inches, but it comes at a price — Apple confirmed during Tuesday’s event that the new Mac Pro will start at the steep price of $2,999 with a quad-core Xeon chipset and 256GB of SSD storage when it starts shipping later this year. Apple also noted that the new Mac Pro will be assembled here in the United States.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, on Monday took the wraps off of the company’s new MacBook Air computers at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models have been upgraded with Intel’s new Haswell processor, improved battery life and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity. The 11-inch model will now deliver 9 hours of battery life, while the 13-inch model will last a whopping 12 hours. The 11-inch model will start at $999 with 128GB of internal storage and the 13-inch will start at $1,099. The new MacBook Air will ship out to consumers today. Apple also announced a completely redesigned Mac Pro computer that will be built in the United States. The desktop is 1/8th the size of previous models and is equipped with a next-generation Intel Xeon processor. The computer also supports 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 ports, gigabit ethernet, HDMI Out, USB 3.0, dual graphics and 4K resolution displays. The new Mac Pro will be available this fall.
Yes, Mac Pro fans, it looks as though you’re actually going to get a new version of your favorite desktop very soon. According to French site MacGeneration reports that Apple (AAPL) has told a French Apple reseller that it plans to release a new version of the Mac Pro this spring. Apple last week sent a letter to European retailers in Europe informing them that it was halting production of its current generation of Mac Pros, thus sparking speculation that it is preparing to ramp up production of the new Mac Pro shortly. The new Mac Pro will represent the first overhaul for Apple’s professional desktop computer since 2010.
In a letter sent to European retailers obtained by MacRumors on Thursday, Apple (AAPL) informed its partners that it will be halting Mac Pro sales due to a new regulatory requirement concerning the computer’s internal fans. The company will take final shipment orders from resellers on February 18th and as of March 1st it will no longer sell the Mac Pro in any “EU, EU candidate and EFTA countries.” The Mac Pro is considered a niche product and halting sales will have little to no effect on Apple’s earnings. It should also be noted that the high-end computer has not received an overhaul since 2010, however the company is expected to release a new model later this year.
Just because Apple (AAPL) is moving some of its production back to the United States, that doesn’t mean you should expect the next iPhone or iPad to carry a “Made in the U.S.A.” stamp on it. Fortune has done some detective work and has made a pretty convincing case that the Mac Pro will likely be the computer that Apple manufactures in the United States for three main reasons: First, the Mac Pro is very expensive and will still be profitable even if Apple is paying American wages; second, the Mac Pro is very heavy and thus expensive to ship, which means it makes little sense to make it all the way across the ocean when many of its buyers will be in North America; and finally, Apple sells under 1 million Mac Pros a year, which is around the expected yield from a $100 million factory like the one Apple is building.
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 →
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 →