Poll: which one’s a better buy – $1,099 iMac or MacBook Air?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Apple is taking some heat over its $200 cheaper baseline iMac, which released this morning. See, in order to bring the price down to an attractive $1.099, the iPhone maker has sadly skimped on the specs.

This $200 saving translates into half the hard drive storage and a slower Intel CPU/integrated graphics.

Specifically, the entry-level 21.5-incher packs basically the same dual-core 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 as the MacBook Air family. And with recent MacBook Air price drops, choosing between the all-in-one and one of ultra-portable Airs is anything but trivial.

That’s why I’ve created a quick poll, so we could learn from your opinion. Tell us which one, in your opinion, is a better buy: a $1,099 iMac or a $1,099 MacBook Air… Read More

 

Apple brings entry-level 21.5-inch iMac down to just $1,099

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Apple’s online store went down briefly this morning as the company has refreshed its iMac family of all-in-one desktops. The baseline model now starts at $1,099, a full $200 cheaper over the previous model.

Only the entry-level 21.5-inch iMac has been refreshed with what’s apparently a significant specs downgrade.

The $1,099 configuration comes with a low-end 1.4GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor with three megabytes of L3 cache, a 5,400rpm 500GB hard disk drive, 8GB of RAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000… Read More

 

Evidence of Retina iMac found in OS X Yosemite beta

By Cody Lee on Jun 4, 2014

Folks wanting an iMac with Retina display will be happy to hear that some evidence has surfaced in favor of the mythical machine. The recently-released OS X Yosemite developer preview includes a new file that defines display scaling resolution options for an iMac.

The native resolution of the computer is not mentioned, but the file includes a series of scaling resolution options that max out at 6400 x 3600 pixels, or 3200 x 1800 as a Retina display. It’s likely the display will scale down to a lower resolution like the MacBook Pro… Read More

 

Researchers have found a way to discreetly activate Mac iSight cameras

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2013

Hackers have long had the ability to infiltrate a person’s personal computer, and enable their webcam without their knowledge. We’ve been hearing horror stories about this for years, where users were covertly spied on through their PC’s camera.

But Mac owners have always been led to believe that this can’t happen with the iSight camera, because it’s designed to always illuminate the adjacent green light every time it’s active. Researchers have found a way, though, to get around this behavior… Read More

 

Dell’s new and affordable 4K displays suggest Retina iMac is edging closer

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2013

Three and a half years ago, Apple released the iPhone 4 which introduced the world to the then-new Retina display.

In Apple’s parlance, Retina is basically a cleverly-coined marketing moniker which stands for a screen with pixels so densely packed that the average eyesight (20/20 vision) is unable to discern the individual ones at normal distance.

Apple has since Retina-fied its iOS device lineup, including some Mac notebooks. With the exception of the MacBook Air which stayed at 1,366-by-768 and 1,440-by-900 pixels for 11 and 13-inch models, respectively, we’ve been kinda keeping our fingers crossed for a Retina iMac this Fall.

Apple instead gave us a radically different Mac Pro as its first desktop so powerful it’s capable of driving three 4K displays simultaneously.

One would also expect Apple would by now have released a Retina Thunderbolt Display because the product’s been unchanged for almost two years. Instead, the firm opted for the waiting tactics until Retina-grade desktop screens become available at consumer prices.

That day is now looming as Dell on Monday released two 4K desktop monitors starting at just 50 percent more than the $899 Apple Thunderbolt Display. Just a year ago, you couldn’t find a decent 4K monitor under $5,000. But Dell’s only warming up: by early-2014, the computer maker plans to release a 28-inch 4K monitor priced at under $1000… Read More

 

Show Us Your Setup: Sebastien Page’s work space

By Sébastien Page on Dec 1, 2013

Following Jeff’s lead, I will be the one walking you through my set up today. Many people have this image of us having amazing set ups with top of the line everything, but as you’ll be able to tell from this post, my set up will probably look incredibly low tech, borderline outdated.

Sharing my hardware set up with you wouldn’t make much sense if I didn’t first explain what my daily work activity consists in. In any given day, all that will be running on my machine is Twitter, an email client, iMessage and of course my web browser. Because the browser is where I spend most of my day, I do not feel like I need the computing power of a supercharged computer.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at my setup… Read More

 

New report calls for iPad 6 with higher PPI, low-cost iMac and more in 2014

By Cody Lee on Oct 14, 2013

The highly regarded Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a research note this weekend, offering up a number of predictions regarding Apple’s future product plans. The KGI Securities analyst believes we’ll see major changes to the iPad, iMac and MacBook lines next year.

Kuo, who accurately nailed down several details on the iPhone 5s and 5c months ahead of their releases, says that he believes in 2014, Apple will release a new iPad with a higher PPI (pixels per inch), an ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook, and a lower-cost iMac… Read More

 

Apple refreshes iMacs with Haswell chips, faster GPU, Gigabit Wi-Fi, PCIe flash storage and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2013

Apple during June’s WWDC updated its MacBook Air lineup with the latest-generation Intel chips and related hardware bumps, leaving the rest of the Mac lineup intact. Today, the company has refreshed its iMac all-in-one lineup via a simple press release, clearing the stage for October iPads.

The upgraded internals include faster fourth-generation Intel Haswell platform sporting power-efficient quad-core CPU. Also new: better graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More

 

Apple allegedly shifting iMac production from Quanta to Pegatron

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2013

If a new report by the somewhat reliable DigiTimes is to be taken at face value, then Apple may shift production of its all-in-one iMac desktop from the current manufacturer Quanta to Pegatron. Now, Pegatron already builds older iPhones, has reportedly been commissioned to build Apple’s rumored plastic iPhone and used to make iMacs.

Nowadays most iMac orders are being fulfilled by Quanta, which also assembles the majority of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks… Read More

 

Haswell-powered iMacs expected in June or July

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2013

In addition to OS X 10.9 and iOS 7, credible media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal are expecting Apple to announce its Pandora-like iRadio music service and possibly a MacBook specs refresh at today’s WWDC keynote, which begins in less than four hours.

The reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has chimed in with predictions of a Haswell-focused iMacs that he believes are in the pipeline for a launch this month or next.

Intel just recently announced its fourth-generation Core architecture for desktop and notebook computers. Apple has traditionally been among the first out of the gate to update its computers with the latest Intel chips, sometimes even securing a period of exclusivity on the new chips, like with the original MacBook Air… Read More

 

Computer Chronicles episode highlights Apple in the late 90′s

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 12, 2013

TUAW stumbled upon an old episode of Computer Chronicles — a show that aired on PBS during the 80′s and 90′s — which highlighted Apple’s late 90′s recovery, the iMac, and various other interesting Apple tidbits.

If you’re feeling nostalgic, I highly recommend that you check out this episode, which was uploaded last August to YouTube. It just helps you to put into perspective how close Apple was to death back then. Read More

 

iMac shipment constraints to ease soon as manufacturing improves

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2013

Apple’s boss Tim Cook in last week’s conference call with analysts acknowledged that iMacs were down by 700,000 units year over year because the company was “significantly constrained” of inventory of the refreshed, thinner all-in-one desktop. Back in December, the online Apple store pushed back iMac deliveries to January amid the reported manufacturing issues stemming from the fact that Apple has never had to laminate a display this large… Read More

 

Apple lists California-based Quanta Computer plant as Mac assembler

By Cody Lee on Jan 25, 2013

Back in November, some folks started seeing “Assembled in the USA” etched into the backs of their iMacs. This obviously led to the conclusion that Apple has been quietly moving some of its assembly operations from China to the United States.

Today we learn where, at least some of, those Macs are being put together. In a recent update to its Supplier Responsibility page, Apple has named Quanta Computer Inc., in its Fremont, California plant, as a final assembler for its Mac computers… Read More

 

Apple’s return to US could be led by Foxconn

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 7, 2012

Remember when foreign auto makers such as Honda opened manufacturing plants in the United States? The same likely will be true for Apple in 2013 when the Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker relies on its Chinese manufacturing partner to hire U.S. workers to build gadgets – then increasingly exported to other nations. I’ll pause while you try to follow that convoluted logic.

When Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told interviewers his company intends to spend $100 million in 2013 to produce a line of Macs in the U.S., unsaid was the fact he’ll likely have to rely on its Taiwan-based go-to manufacturer, Foxconn, one analyst notes Friday morning… Read More

 

No new 27-inch iMac for you this Christmas

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2012

So, you’ve been a good boy and are now keeping your fingers crossed that Santa will deliver your brand spanking new 27-inch iMac in time for Christmas? Not so fast. According to the online Apple store, deliveries of Apple’s top-of-the-line iMac model have just been pushed back to as far as January of next year. So, you’re looking at a minimum three-week delay, likely even more.

It’s not clear whether Apple is facing production difficulties such as low yields or perhaps it underestimated demand for the all-in-one computer, but clearly there will be no 27-incher for you this Christmas. Of course, you could be better served visiting one of Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores or retail outlets of Apple’s authorized distributors who may have a few 27-icnhers in stock… Read More

 

Apple to spend $100M on US-made iMac, Foxconn expanding US manufacturing

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 6, 2012

Next year’s Apple iMac may be assembled , as well as designed in the United States. The computer maker plans to spend $100 million in 2013 returning some U.S. manufacturing jobs home from China, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview. Apple’s largest manufacturing partner in China also said it is considering moving some jobs to U.S. plants. In magazine and television interviews, Cook emphasized he plans to bring “some production” of “one of our existing Mac lines” to the United States. Although the statements lacked specifics, the Apple chief suggested the 2013 move would be more than simply assembling Macs… Read More

 

Some new iMacs say ‘Assembled in the USA’

By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2012

Apple has taken a lot of criticism over the years for outsourcing the manufacturing of its products to China and other countries. They’re not the only one that does this — thousands do — but because of their size and influence, they always get singled out.

With this in mind, it’s interesting to hear that a number of new iMac buyers are reporting that their machines have the words “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in USA” etched into the back of them. Is Apple manufacturing in the US now? Read More

 

Combiform wants to change the way you view console gaming

By Jim Gresham on Nov 30, 2012

Traditional console gaming never truly engages those participating in the game. Those playing the game on any given console, even a Wii, never actively work together or play a game in a given space away from the couch. Combiform looks to shatter conventional gaming with its new handheld-console system that even interacts with iPhone. The system, which is a unique patented technology, encourages multimodal interaction because it is not only a toy, but also a video game accessory with exciting possibilities… Read More

 

Redesigned iMacs coming Friday, 27-incher shipping in December

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2012

Your dream desktop machine is around the corner. The thinner, redesigned all-in-one iMac lineup introduced last month will be available starting this Friday, November 30, Apple confirmed today. The 21-inch model comes in two flavors, with upgrade options including a faster Core i7 chip and a Fusion Drive. The top-of-the-line 27-incher will ship next month and includes up to a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 675MX graphics. The 21.5-inch model will be available through the Apple Online Store, 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… Read More

 

If only this iPad mini parody clip was the real deal

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2012

After watching this, I’m beginning to wonder if somebody at Apple should seriously consider hiring Cinesaurus, a Seattle-based creative team “obsessed with telling stories through video and animation”. They’re also behind an excellent Surface parody video that teaches Microsoft how to advertise against the iPad… Read More

 
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