Tag Archives: New iMacs

WWDC is here, High Sierra, new iMacs, iMac Pro, updated MacBooks, incredible museum

Apple has previewed an iMac Pro to be available in December

Apple doling out jean jackets plus Metal, iMessage, six-colour logo pins to WWDC attendees – As part of the badge issuance at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has been giving out custom black denim jean jackets, and an assortment of collectible pins. Developers attending the event started lining up early this morning so they wouldn’t miss out and the line to get in quickly grew to take over the block in front of the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

Apple announces support for external graphics cards, virtual reality platforms in macOS High Sierra — Coming this northern autumn as a free upgrade, Apple’s new macOS 10.13 High Sierra platform will include support for external graphics cards over Thunderbolt 3, giving systems enough power to support high-end gaming and popular virtual reality platforms. Apple Insider has a list of all the specifics.

Apple launches speedy new iMacs capable of VR content creation with USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports — Focused on professional users, Apple has just unveiled a revamped iMac lineup with faster and more capable hardware, which will allow for the creation of graphics-intensive virtual reality content with macOS High Sierra. The new 21.5-inch 4K iMac starts at US$1299 featuring Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. A non-4K model is priced at US$1099. All new iMacs are shipping today. The iMac is also getting Thunderbolt 3, and Fusion Drive standard on all 27-inch models and on high end 21.5-inch models.

Apple previews iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever built, coming in December — In a rare pre-announcement intended to appease professional users, Apple offered a sneak preview of the new iMac Pro coming in December, boasting up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 128GB of ECC memory. It will cost US$4999. [I will have more on this in a separate post.]

Apple also today updated the MacBook and MacBook Pro — They now have the long-awaited faster Kaby Lake processors, added faster SSDs to the 12-inch MacBook and introduced a new US$1299 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The MacBook now features Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz and up to 50% faster SSD, and supports up to twice the memory.
The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro features Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes standard with more powerful discrete graphics with more video memory, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro adds a new $1,299 configuration.
Apple also updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz processor.
The updated iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are available to order today on Apple.com, and available to buy in Apple Stores starting from Wednesday, June 7th. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/mac.

Incredible private Apple museum opens near Warsaw, Poland — A private Apple museum opened in the small town of Łoś near Warsaw, Poland last Saturday. The exhibition consists mostly of computers and accessories collected by Jacek Łupina. His collector’s passion started with buying an old PowerMac G4. Soon, Łupina started buying other ancient Apple computers and devices, like a Macintosh 128K and its later variants, a Lisa 2/5 with 5 MB hard disk, and a special Woz edition Apple IIGS.

New iMacs, new accessories, iMacs compared, iMovie 4k, FoldingText


New iMacs — Apple today updated the entire iMac family, bringing a stunning new Retina 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac for the first time and the Retina 5K display to every 27-inch iMac. The new Retina displays make photos and videos more immersive and true-to-life thanks to a wider colour gamut and spectacular image quality. The updated iMacs also feature more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options that make the high-performance Fusion Drive even more affordable.
The 21.5-inch iMac is available today at Apple.com/nz and select Apple Authorised Resellers. The 21.5-inch iMac is available in three models starting at RRP NZD $1,999 inc. GST and RRP NZD $2,399 inc. GST and with a Retina 4K display starting at RRP NZD $2,799 inc. GST.
The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is available today at Apple.com/nz and select Apple Authorised Resellers. The 27-inch iMac comes in three models starting at RRP NZD $3249 inc. GST, $3599 and NZD $4199.
Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/nz/imac.

New rechargeable keyboard, mouse, trackpad — Every new iMac comes standard with the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, and customers can order the new Magic Trackpad 2 as an option.
The all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 are more comfortable, capable and environmentally friendly. Designed around a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, all three accessories eliminate the need for disposable batteries and feature a noticeably more solid internal structure and quality feel. The new Magic Keyboard features a full-size keyboard in a sleek new design that takes up 13% less space on your desktop. With a new scissor mechanism and lower profile, the Magic Keyboard provides an incredibly stable, precise and comfortable typing experience. The new Magic Mouse 2 is lighter, sturdier and features an optimised foot design for a smoother glide. The new Magic Trackpad 2 features a 29 percent larger surface and brings Force Touch to the desktop for the first time. Force Touch enables a range of new ways to interact with your Mac®, including the new Force click to quickly look up a word, preview a file or bring up a map from an address. The new Magic devices pair instantly with your Mac as soon as they are plugged in via the Lightning-to-USB charging cable, and can last a month or more on a full charge.
The new Magic accessories are also available at Apple.com/nz and select Apple Authorised Resellers. Magic Keyboard is available starting today for NZD $189 inc. GST. Magic Mouse 2 is available starting today for $149, and the Magic Trackpad 2 is available starting today for NZD $249.

Apple compares iMacs from 1998 and 2015 — Back in 1998, Apple introduced the first iMac to reinvigorate the Mac line. To celebrate the launch of the new 21.5-inch Retina iMac and the upgraded 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, Apple has published a page on its website featuring a comparison of the old and new. The new one, compared to the first, has 14 million more pixels, 62,000 times faster graphics, 366 times more processing power, 1000 times more RAM and 750 times more storage.

One day left for photo bundle — There’s less than a day left to pre-order Macphun Creative Kit 2016 at a big discount. After that, the six-app bundle of photography apps and extensions will jump from the pre-sale price of US$89.99 to $149.95 and you’ll miss out on over $300 in extra freebies from Macphun. The apps work standalone or as extensions inside the Photos app.

iMovie for Mac OS X now lets you create, edit, and share 4K video — Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.1, adding support for creating, editing, and sharing movies at 4K resolution (3840 x 2160).
You can view pixel-for-pixel 4K video while editing a movie on an iMac with Retina 5K display. (4K export requires a Mac from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of RAM. Full resolution 4K display is supported on an iMac with Retina display or a Mac Pro (2013 or later) when connected to a 4K display.

FoldingText — For Mac users who love plain text, FoldingText (US$29.99) is a markdown text editor with productivity features. Unlike other editors, FoldingText does outlining, todo lists and more.