Category: Apple Products



With WWDC right around the corner rumors are running high with news about new iMacs, MacBook Airs, and more.

Here’s what I think we can hope to see at WWDC:

1. With Intel’s new Ivy-bridge processors out, and Apple’s whole computer line-up awaiting an update we can will definitely predict that Apple’s new machines will definitely carry the Ivy-Bridge Chips.

2. USB 3.0 is becoming more and more popular, and rumors from 9to5mac show that USB 3.0 will replace USB 2.0 in all future Macs

3. More RAM: Currently the most RAM an Apple Macbook can hold is 8 GB, but rumors are showing MacBook Pro models with up to 16 Gigs of RAM. Now that would be one monster laptop.

4. Apple’s top-of-the line Mac, the Mac Pro, has not been updated for 2 years. And sources are showing a scarcity in Mac Pro’s at Apple Stores. Professional workers would love to see a new Mac Pro, so hopefully we will see an update next week.

5. 15-inch MacBook Air. For a couple of months there have been rumors that Apple is adding another model to their MacBook Air line. So we can assume that it will be the 15-inch. But we don’t know weather their is enough technology to create a 17-in MacBook Air

6. Retina Display Macs: Display technology has become more and more advanced. And some images found in the source code of Mountain Lion show images with a large number of pixels that would only fit on a Retina Display.

6. iOS 6: Pictures below show that Apple will be showing iOS 6 off and most probably release developer versions. Some features we might see in iOS 6 are Facebook sharing integrated into Apps, Siri for the iPad, Apple’s new Maps app, and iCloud improvements.

7. Mountain Lion: Versions of Mountain Lion have already been seeded out to Developers so we can probably hope to see Apple release Mountain Lion to the public at WWDC.

8. Apple TV SDK: Sales of the Apple TV has been steadily increasing and at AllThing’s D’s D12 conference Tim Cook stated that the Apple TV had become something Apple would pay more attention to. So we might see Apple release an Apple TV SDK, so the Apple TV can become a more attractive offer to people.

All of this seems like too much to be releases at one WWDC keynote, but these are just predictions that may or may not come true.

-MacMusings

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Before Lion was released, whenever you bought a Mac it would come with Reinstall Disks for Mac OS X and iLife. But now Apple is moving away from disk based software and into software from the App Store. So all current Mac’s do NOT come with reinstall disks. The only way to reinstall the software is to download it from the App Store. When you set up your Mac you have to put in an Apple ID. So after your Apple ID is connected with your Mac, iLife will show up on the Purchased Tab in the Mac App Store. And if you have other Mac’s with the same Apple ID just download it at no extra cost.

This isn’t illegal, because it abides by Apple’s own rules; which say that after you have bought a piece of software you may download it on any Mac with the same authorized Apple ID. So if you haven’t upgraded to iLife ’11 on previous Mac’s and are thinking of buying a new Mac, you might want to consider this option.

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Every Mac made by Apple includes a stunning display, all except the Mac mini and Mac Pro. If you want to buy a display for those Mac’s or you want an external display for the other Mac’s, you have two options:

  1. Drop 1 Grand for Apple’s Thunderbolt Display
  2. Buy any display from any company at any price

But when you have an Apple Mac, won’t it be great to have it all in sync and also have an Apple Display. Yeah that would be great. But there are couple of problems.

First: The Thunderbolt Display is a stunning at 27″. But for some people that’s HUGE. Way to big. They either don’t need that much space or they don’t have room on their Desk.

Second: The Thunderbolt Display costs 1 Grand! you could buy a MacBook Air for that. The really high price point could drive people away from buying the Display. Hey Apple, people might be willing to pay a Grand for a Mac, but not for a Display.

Third: Apple makes a 21.5″ and 27″ iMac. The Thunderbolt Display is also 27″ so it’s a perfect match for the 27″ iMac. What about the 21.5″ iMac. If people want to buy a Display they have to get the 27″ display that would dwarf the smaller iMac.

These were some reasons that would stop people from buying this display. But I do believe there is a solution. Apple should make a smaller 21.5″ Display at around $699. It would be perfect! Great Price, Great Size, and a Great Companion for the 21.5″ iMac. If Apple made this imaginary Display I bet it would sell a lot better than the 27″. Tell me what you guys think in the comments.

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July 20th was a big day for Apple. They had 3 Major Hardware releases, 1 Software release, and one discontinuation.

Through the Mac App Store Apple released their next version of Mac OS X – Lion. It was around a 4GB File download. Over Wi-Fi on my laptop it took around 6 Hours to download. From 6 in the morning till Noon. After that it took around 30 Minutes to fully install. If certain people’s Internet connection is too slow to download Lion or they have a Bandwidth Cap, Apple is allowing users to bring their computer to an Apple Retail Store and download Lion from the Apple Store’s internet connection; for no extra Cost. For people who don’t have both if these options Apple is will sell a USB Flash Drive in August for $69, that’s a $40 Price Hike. Unless you’re willing to pay extra, really try and find a place to download Lion. Here is a link to the Press Release.

Apple updated their MacBook Airs to include Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage Core i5 and i7 Processors. They also put in Thunderbolt and brought back the old Backlit Keyboard. With their new CPU’s the MBA’s are almost 2.5 Times faster than the last-gen MacBook Airs. But everything else about the MacBook Air is the same; the price, Flash Storage, and RAM.

Apple also revised their entry-level Mac, the Mac Mini. The size is still the same but their are new CPU’s (Core i5 and i7) and new discrete GPU’s. You can add up to 8GB of RAM, SSD’s, and Faster Hard Drives. The new Mac Mini also includes Thunderbolt connectivity. Apple took out the SuperDrive from the Mac Mini. But you can buy a the MacBook Air Super Drive ($70) if you need to use DVD’s and CD’s. And Apple lowered the entry price to $599.

Lastly they introduced the Thunderbolt Display. It’s pretty much the same 27-in. Cinema Display Apple used to have except now it includes a FaceTime HD Camera and on the Back it has a Gigabit Ethernet Port, FireWire 800, 3 USB Ports, and an Extra Thunderbolt port. It still cost’s $999.

Now we come the the Unfortunate news. Do you remember that White polycarbonate MacBook that started at $999? Well Apple has discontinued that Product. So now the cheapest Apple Laptop you can buy is the 11-in MacBook Air. The MacBook used to be the most popular Mac before the 13-in MacBook Pro was released. But it was soon forgotten. May the MacBook Rest in Peace. Apple did say they will continue making the MacBook for education services.

Through out this week I will be posting more stuff on Lion and the new Mac’s, so keep out on the lookout.

-MacMusings

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Today Apple released financial information about their fiscal third quarter with a record for iPhone and iPad sales. Apple announced sales of $28.57 Billion and a Net Profit of $7.31 Billion. This was a around 3-4Billion more than what analysts had predicted. The Quarterly Earnings Call results were announced by Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer.

Apple Sold 20.34 Million iPhones that’s record high, even without Apple releasing a new phone in a year. Analysts think that it’s the Verizon (CDMA) iPhone and the White iPhone that are really driving sales. 9.25 Million iPads were sold, that’s a record for the iPad as well.

Unfortunately Apple sold only 3.95 Million Mac’s this quarter. So Mac sales were down. But there was a 59% growth in Mac ales in the Asia-Pacific Are. iPod sales were also down with only 7.54 Million iPods sold.

Apple additionally announced that Mac OS X 10.8 Lion will release tomorrow, July 19, in the Mac App Store. No information was given on time of release.

Overall this was a great Fiscal Quarter for Apple. Hopefully in the next Fiscal Quarter Mac and iPod sales will be higher.

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Last Monday, the 11th, was my Birthday. And I went to the Apple Company Store. It’s the only place in the world where you can legally buy products with the Apple Logo on them. They also sell accessories Apple products, iPods, Apple TV’s, and the Mac Mini. But they don’t have a Genius Bar, Support, or a way to buy other Mac’s. So it’s very different from your average Apple Store.

Half the store is Apple Logo Stuff. There are a lot of shirts some with just the Apple Logo and some also with words. For example there was two shirts with words both which I liked. One said,”I visited the Apple Campus. But that’s all I’m allowed to say.” and another said, “I came. I saw. I bought a T-Shirt.” At the end I bought the second one because it was on a bright blue T-Shirt. There were collared shirts, sweatshirts, beanies, hats, and even stuff for babies. There were water bottles, lunch-bags, mugs, pens, key-chains, pens, pencils, and notebooks. I have to say the Prices were inflated. One shirt was $17, pens ranged form $3 to $30. Water-Bottle was $10 and a sweatshirt was $50. Well I guess that’s what you have to pay to wear Apple Swag. Along with the Shirt I bought a twisty pen, that writes amazingly smooth. Only thing is the ink is in a metal cylinder, I wonder where I could get refills?

Front of the T-Shirt

Back of the T-Shirt

Twist Pen

Overall it was an Amazing Birthday Experience and can’t wait to visit again. If you guys ever get the chance to visit the Bay Area the Apple Company Store must be on your places to see list.

-MacMusings

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Apple has updated two of their six Macs to include Thunderbolt Connectivity. But there weren’t any cables or devices to use Thunderbolt with. So Today Apple has release a Thunderbolt Cable for $49 on their Website. Using the Thunderbolt Cable you can use the new 2011 iMac as an external Display with a 2011 MacBook Pro.

Along with the Thunderbolt Cable they are selling 4 RAID systems form Promise Pegasus. RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, which is a fast and secure system to store information by distributing data between different Disk Drives. There are 4 choices to choose from; a 4x1TB for $999, 4x2TB for $1499, 6x1TB for $1499, & 6x2TB for $1999. Starting at 1 Grand and going all the way to 2 Grand these RAID Systems are pretty expensive and cost almost as much as the iMac and MacBook Pro.

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Apple sells three solutions to have a wireless network at home; the Airport Express, Airport Extreme, and Time Capsule. Time Capsule is an Airport Extreme with storage that will back-up your Mac using Time Machine. Apple used to sell a 1TB and 2TB Time Capsules. Now they have 2TB at $299 and 3TB at $499. There were rumors that Airport Extreme and Time Capsule were getting a major update, but after this it doesn’t seem so.

At the price of $299 and $299 the Time Capsule is pretty expensive. What would be cheaper to do is to buy an Airport Extreme and an External Hard Drive of your choice. the plug the Hard Drive into the Airport Extreme and it will work exactly like the Time Capsule. And the Hard Drive is accessible to all computers using that Wi-Fi network. You get all of this for a WAY cheaper price, but you lose the instant plug-and-play of the Time Capsule.

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Evernote is known for it’s amazing note-taking application on the Mac and iOS Devices. Now they have come up with this new Application for the iPad 2 called Evernote Peek. The Smart Cover was Apple’s cover accessory for the iPad 2. One interesting feature of the Smart Cover working with the iPad was that when you opened the cover, the screen would automatically on and would off when you closed it. So with Evernote Peek you load questions into the App, then you close the Smart Cover. To start you open the first flap of the Smart Cover to reveal the question. You answer it then you open the second flap to see if your answer was correct. Then you close it so it can pick another questions. That’s how it works. It’s so amazingly simple yet it’s the first Application that uses the Smart Cover.

 

 

 

 

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iTunes Match


Apple on Monday announced iCloud this Monday which let’s you keep your media in sync between your devices. But what if you have songs that were not bought on the iTunes Store? How will they be uploaded to iCloud? Apple has come out with a product called iTunes Match. What this does is, is it tries to match your songs with the 18 Million Songs on iTunes. And if it’s found iTunes will automatically upload the song to iCloud at 256 Kbps quality, even if your original song was of lower quality. However if your song is not in iTunes it let’s you upload that song to iCloud. Apple will release this service in Fall along with iCloud and iOS 5. But unlike iCloud iTunes Match will cost $25 Annually.

I wonder if Apple will let you upload your songs to iCloud even with out iTunes Match because from my entire iTunes Library only one song was bought from iTunes.

-MacMusings

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