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Tuesday Talk ~ The Cult of Mac is getting anxious


(Image from Pinterest)
(Image from Pinterest)

Here we are, all hanging on for new Macs. I know at least ten people in the same boat as me. We’ve been clinging on to our Macs, keeping them running, afraid to upgrade because we know, or at least think we know (while definitely fervently hoping) that a new model is imminent. This goes specifically for the MacBook Pro, which hasn’t had a full update (just some some minor refreshes) since 2012.

It’s worse for Mac Pro users …if there are any left. When that first round Pro tower came out in 2013, it was expensive but hey, it was the fastest and best. However, that didn’t last long and even a year later you could get a higher-specced PC for considerably less. This has been very difficult for Pro users to swallow, and some have even jumped ship to powerful Unix boxes while others must be thinking enviously along the same lines.
It’s not as if other manufacturers failed to notice Pro-user unhappiness, making more easily expandable, higher-specced and cheaper PCs available. The Pro hasn’t been updated in three years. Meanwhile, the excellent, but overpriced (going by the competition’s prices) Apple Thunderbolt display has been cancelled entirely, with no replacement. Luckily there are excellent high-quality displays you can plug in, in their stead, but the Thunderbolt offered some handy extra ports. But there are no rumours that Apple is even looking at a Pro update. Pro users who wanted to stay with Apple have been buying very well-specced 27-inch iMacs instead.
Apple has almost limitless resources, yet seems to have chosen to all but abandon its strongest, and most powerful, supporters.

Leaving Mac lines to languish is starting to affect sales. According to both Gartner and IDC, during the third quarter (3Q) of 2016, Apple shipped five million Macs – down from 5.4 million in the year-ago quarter, according to Gartner or from 5.8, according to IDC: a 13.4% decline. You can’t blame this on sales lost to iPad, since tablet sales aren’t picking up the slack. And there is no way on Earth that a powerful iPad even begins to be able to do what a good MacBook Pro can do, even if the latest iPad Pro outperforms the overpriced, virtually port-free MacBook. The problem, everyone agrees, is the stale Mac line-up.

Of course, the MacBook Pro is strongly rumoured to be undergoing work and everyone has been hoping it will arrive by the end of this October, although that date is getting uncomfortably close. For a professional user, an Air or worse, MacBook just can’t even begin to cut it. With a good MacBook Pro, you really can produce an entire movie, soundtrack and plenty more. It’s a really strong machine. And it has a good array of ports – if Apple cuts these, there will be a lot of disappointment.
The tragedy of all this is that if Apple doesn’t produce something spectacular, the professional crisis will depend and maybe even become a tipping point.

Car rumours blossom, OS 10.12, WWDC and new Macs, HP super-cores


Concept car image from Apple World Today
Concept car image via Apple World Today

Apple runs secret car lab in Berlin with 15-20 employees, report says — Adding to rampant rumor and speculation surrounding Apple’s Project Titan automotive initiative, a new report claims the company is operating a secret car lab out of Germany’s capital city tasked with imagining, and realising, vehicles of the future.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, better known as FAZ, reports Apple’s shadowy Berlin facility is staffed by about 15 to 20 ‘top-class’ employees from the German automotive industry. Another rumour says an Apple car would be manufactured in Austria, which sounds both bizarre and expensive.

OS 10.12, WWDC and new Macs — Not yet though. It’s thought the 2016 edition of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference may be later than usual this year (not according to Siri, though), as the company gears up for OS X 10.12 and a wide-ranging refresh of its Mac lineup. overdue on updating its Mac Pro and Mac mini desktops. The Mini was last updated in October 2014, while the Pro is even more outdated, having been refreshed in December 2013; pundits are speculating about what might happen with the Air, and I’ve been expecting MacBook innovations to migrate into the MacBook Pro line for ages already.

HP wants to turn your Mac into a 44-core Windows PC — If your Mac isn’t fast enough to edit 3D video, HP has a workaround to make it possible. HP’s new remote graphics tool will allow Mac users to tap into the massive computing power of HP Z workstations, which can have up to 44 CPU cores.
The Remote Graphics Software (RGS) turns the Mac into a remote desktop tuned for graphics. A ‘sender’ plugin on the HP Z links to a receiver on the Mac, allowing the computers to share screens and applications.

Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina updated – the official press release with NZ prices


Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Retina Display

CUPERTINO, California—30 July, 2014—Apple® today updated MacBook Pro® with Retina® display with faster processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a new, lower recommended retail price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook. MacBook Pro with Retina display features a stunning high-resolution display, an amazing design just 1.8 centimetres thin, the latest processors and powerful graphics, and up to nine hours of battery life, delivering unbelievable performance in an incredibly portable design.* Apple today also lowered the recommended retail price of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, a very popular system with Windows switchers, by NZ$200 to NZ$1,499 inc. GST.

“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminium unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this spring.”

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a new, lower recommended retail price of NZ$3,499 inc. GST. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz.

iLife® and iWork® come free with every new Mac®. iLife lets you edit your favourite videos with iMovie®, create new music or learn to play piano or guitar with GarageBand®, and organise, edit and share your best shots with iPhoto®. iWork productivity apps, Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote®, make it easy to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. iWork for iCloud® beta lets you create a document on iPhone® or iPad®, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends, even if they are on a PC.

OS X® Mavericks, the world’s most advanced operating system, also comes free with every new Mac. With more than 200 features, OS X Mavericks is designed for ease of use while taking full advantage of the powerful technologies built into every Mac, including core technologies designed specifically for notebooks to boost performance and improve battery life. This spring, Mac users will be able to download OS X Yosemite, a redesigned and refined version of OS X, with a fresh, modern look, powerful new apps and amazing new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever. OS X Yosemite will be available as a free download from the Mac App Store℠.

Pricing & Availability — MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Pro are available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com/nz) and select Apple Authorised Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$1,799 inc. GST; with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$2,099 inc. GST; and with a 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$2,499 inc. GST. Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz, 16GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$2,799 inc. GST; and with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$3,499 inc. GST. Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz and flash storage up to 1TB.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a 500GB hard drive starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$1,499 inc. GST.

Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online.

Faster Retina MacBook Pros, Mac sales surge, 1985 ad & software space


The Retina MacBook Pro is now faster and has 16GB RAM standard
The Retina MacBook Pro is now faster and has 16GB RAM standard

Retina MacBook Pro gets Faster Processors, More RAM — Apple has confirmed new models with faster processors and more RAM. The new 13-inch and 15-inch models look just like the versions they replace, but with more power under the hood – 16GB RAM and faster CPUs and graphics.
The 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro is still available and is the only Mac Apple sells with a built-in optical drive, but the price has been reduced slightly.

Apple’s focus on value in 2014 has sent Mac sales surging — Hardware updates to the Mac lineup thus far in 2014 have been generally unexciting, and yet Apple has still achieved record sales this year, as consumers are seeing plenty to like about the company’s newest and more affordable computers. [I think 16GB RAM standard, above, is pretty exciting!]

1985 Macintosh Office ad reminds us how much space software used to take up — “Now there are more than 500 software programs for the Macintosh Office, so no matter what business you’re in, you’re in business.” In just one sentence this 1985 Macintosh Office ad explained to viewers why it was going to change the way they worked on a computer. It also shows how much physical space these software packages used to take up.