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It looks like Apple is doing its best to push the new 27-inch iMacs out the door. The current ship estimate is in January, but for those who put their orders in right when the product launched will see their devices a bit sooner than that. At least one person should be seeing their new iMac on December 13, as long as FedEx doesn't miss the delivery.
9to5mac is reporting that their readers have received shipping notifications for their new iMacs. The estimated delivery date quoted by Apple ranged from December 18 all the way to the end of the month, but now some will be receiving theirs as early as December 13.
The 27-inch iMac shipments all appear to be originating in Shanghai, China, as opposed to some of the 21.5-inch models that have originated from Fremont, indicating that Apple either hasn't had time to build stock of the machine in the US for shipment, or the 21.5-inch iMac is being produced in the US.
Apple's sleek new iMac is hard to produce. Supply is constrained and the 21.5-inch model is facing large delays and the 27-inch hasn't launched yet. Apple had announced on November 30 that the new 27-inch version of the iMac would be shipping within 3 to 4 weeks, though that has now been changed.
The new shipping estimate places the Available to Ship time as January. No date, no week estimates, nothing solid to go on, other than the units will be available to ship sometime in January. This could mean that the systems will be shipping as late as the end of the month, especially if Apple is facing supply constraints and other delays.
ODROID-U is a Raspberry Pi-like device, except it sports a quad-core Exynos processor and starts at $69
If you thought that the Raspberry Pi models found in the cheap Model A and Model B offerings were great - well, things are about to get a whole lot Moore's Law-sy with Hardkernel's latest offering.
The product in question is the ODROID-U, which costs just $69 but sports a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 CPU, you know - the same thing that powers Samsung's Galaxy S III and Note II smartphones. On top of its quad-core processor, it has 1GB of RAM, a quad-core Mali 400 graphics chip, micro-HDMI out, USB ports, a headphone jack and Ethernet connectivity.
One thing the ODROID-U doesn't have is on-board flash memory, Hardkernel have left this out and provided a microSD card slot instead. For an additional $20, you can get yourself double the ram at 2GB, and get the chip clocked up to a nice (and hopefully not toasty) 1.7GHz on the ODROID-U2 model.
The Raspberry Pi has made quite a splash in the educational and enthusiast markets. For $35, educators, hackers, modders, and others could get a fully functional computer system, albeit ARM-based, that was capable of running Linux. Ironically, that version is the Model B and has been shipping for seven months.
The Model A, a stripped down version of the Model B, is just now beginning to be produced, with the first engineering samples beginning to roll of off the production line. This new board is set to cost users only $25 and will come with fewer accouterments than its more expensive brother.
The Model A will lack an Ethernet port and only come with 256MB of RAM and a single USB port. According to a blog post by the Raspberry Pi Foudnation, they are already receiving orders from "people making industrial control modules, from roboticists, from people doing automation." The Model A is likely to ship in 2013.
MacRumors is reporting from Belgium-iPhone.Lesoir.be that Apple could finally put their new iMacs on sale today, starting with the 21.5-inch model shipping to Apple Premium Resellers in Belgium starting Wednesday.
The 27-inch model currently has a December shipping frame. The site also believes that the new iMacs should be available for online order at the same time, so get ready - have you mouse prepared, your credit card prepared, and some tissues - just in case you miss out, you can cry into them like I would.
MacRumors also received a tip that the new iMacs would be ready to order tomorrow - but this isn't confirmed. Only hours until we should find out, though!
Raspberry will soon be capable of running Minecraft, 5-megapixel 1080p-capable $25 camera shown off, too
For just $35, the Raspberry Pi offers some unbelievable value - but that is about to get a whole lot better. There's an upcoming camera board that will use the currently unused CSI pins on the board.
This new 5-megapixel camera is capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps, and will include a proper mount when released compared to be stuck on with scotch tape when teased at Electronica 2012. The Pi foundation have said that when the snapper ships in 2013, it will come at cost of just $25.
The team have also announced a new port, dubbed Minecraft: Pi edition. Yes - you'll be able to play Minecraft on a damn $35 machine - incredible. There'll also be support for multiple programming languages which will let you "modify the game world with code". This will be made available next week, here.
Sapphire have just unveiled a new member of their mini-PC family, the Sapphire Edge VS series. Sapphire's new Edge VS series is powered by AMD's latest APUs, delivering great performance, graphics and more in a small form factor.
Sapphire's Edge VS series come in two different offerings, the Edge VS 4 and Edge VS 8. Starting with the Edge VS 4, which sports an AMD A4 APU, AMD Radeon HD7400G graphics, a 2.5-inch 320GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. The bigger brother, the Edge VS 8 sports AMD's A8 APU, AMD Radeon HD7600G graphics, a 2.5-inch 500GB HDD and the same 4GB of RAM.
Both units come with built-in Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0, built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and both weigh in at 660g. Connectivity wise, they both include 1 x miniDisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB3.0, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x audio out, 1 x mic-in, and 1 x SPDIF-out. They come pre-installed with FREE-DOS, and support Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. They consume, at maximum, just 65W.
Apple just can't catch a break lately - iPhone 5s are experiencing issues, their stock is dropping like its not hot, and now there's rumors circling that Apple's previous warnings of the new iMac model would see "significant shortages", may actually push the release of the new Retina-sporting iMacs into 2013.
Apple currently states on their US site that the new 21.5-inch iMac will be released later this month, with the 27-inch model coming next month. But, if the rumors are actually true, we could see a delay of the new iMac in relation to Apple's new production method which has been dubbed "friction-stir welding".
This method utilizes intense heat and pressure, which is used to create an even more seamless join than previous techniques used. We've heard about delays, with Apple CEO Tim Cook stating in a conference call with analysts that the new iMac would see "significant shortages" but didn't state why, but continued to expect that the new Retina iMacs would make their original November and December delivery dates.
The new screen lamination process used on the new iMacs could also be another issue, which is said to be much more complicated than previous designs. The screen bonding used in the new iMac erases close to 2mm of thickness that had formed an "air gap" between the glass and display in previous iMacs. This latest model is sans the optical drive, which allows the new iMac to be as thin as 5mm at the edges - which is very impressive.
Apple's new Retina-based iMac is a thin, petite, great-looking all-in-one, but it does have one, huge flaw: it has no ability to upgrade the RAM after the purchase. Softpedia notes that Apple have removed the optical drive and laminated the glass face to the LCD panel.
This is great, it makes it thin, with 5mm-thick edges, but now the RAM can't be upgraded once you've purchased it. Normally there'd be just a few screws to undo, slap the new RAM in and away you go. The stock 21.5-inch iMac sports 8GB of RAM, but there are power users who would like the option of moving up to 16GB, maybe not one day-one, but down the track.
There are two options to get out of this, buy a 21.5-inch iMac with 16GB RAM at the time of purchase, or ride right up to the 27-inch iMac that does have user-serviceable RAM.
Being based in Australia is great for some things, the culture, the laid-back lifestyle, health care, and the weather - but there are huge downsides in that we don't see a lot of great IT brands getting any recognition in this company which excites me that little bit more when I get to be involved with companies like Digital Storm and their latest creation, Bolt.
Digital Storm's new Bolt is the company's slimmest, custom-designed gaming PC yet. Digital Storm's engineers went on a search for a slim chassis, but didn't find any on the market that suited their needs, so they did the next best thing - created their own chassis from the ground up, as you do.
This means that every aspect of Bolt's design from cooling, performance and upgradeability were designed not only specific to the bolt, but to the highest possible standards. Digital Storm's Bolt measures in at just 3.6-inch wide, and 14-inch tall. The thin chassis that makes up the Bolt is also designed to effectivity vent out heat allowing it to sport the best components on the market, without worrying about it breaking a sweat.