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RumorTT: Apple to update Mac mini at iPad mini event on October 23, seems to have a theme of miniaturizing
Apple seems to be coming with a theme for the October 23 event. October 23 is when the iPad mini is "scheduled" to be announced, though no official confirmation has come as of yet. Reports are now surfacing that the Mac mini will also see an upgrade at the event, giving the thought that the theme is "miniaturizing."
Rumored upgrades that will be bestowed upon the Mac mini include a new Ivy Bridge processor and USB 3.0. Packing this kind of hardware into the now somewhat large (take a look at some of the stuff Intel is doing) Mac mini isn't exactly impressive, but it is nice of them to upgrade the hardware anyway.
There is a definite performance upgrade by switching out a Sandy Bridge processor for an Ivy Bridge. However, there is nothing revolutionary with stuffing it into the same package. The same thing goes for USB 3.0; nice, but not exactly revolutionary. There is also talk that there will be three versions of the Mac mini. One will likely run OS X Server and the other two will likely be a low-end and high-end configuration for consumers.
I'm sure many of you can still remember the older Apple Macs that were powered by PowerPC chips. These chips were designed and built by IBM with Apple engineers directly collaborating with IBM. They eventually gave up this idea and started using Intel chips around 2006/2007, which helped with performance, power efficiency, and being able to install Windows on a Mac.
A new rumor is suggesting that the company's leadership has "deliberated" over moving away from Intel chips in order to differentiate its computers from the competition. While I find it somewhat unlikely that Apple would attempt to make the move to a custom chip, they have done just that with the new A6 processor with great success.
It just seems like Intel has quite a bit more experience in this area. Perhaps a collaboration with AMD would be a better move. This way they could gain access to the x86 instruction set as well as AMD's existing fab agreements and expertise. Likely, though, they will continue to use Intel and possibly AMD chips for the foreseeable future.
Motorola have launched a new Android-powered PC in China, that is really quite a change from the usual computers we find on the market. Motorola call their new creation the HMC3260.
Motorola's HMC3260 sports an 18.5-inch LED-based touchscreen that is capable of playing TV shows, movies, playing games, browsing the Internet, and run all sorts of Android applications.
Motorola partnered up with cloud service provider WASU, which has pumped the HMC3260 full of content. Spec-wise, we're looking at:
- Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 1GHz
- Memory: 1 GB DDR RAM, 4 GB NAND flash memory.
- 18.5-inch LED display (1366x768 @ 60Hz, 16:9 widescreen)
- Android 2.3.4 operating system, customized Android Launcher with rich desktop experience
- TV and video client and integration
- Broadband internet access through EuroDOCSIS and LAN (PPPoE / DHCP +, etc.)
If you thought the Raspberry Pi was impressive, you ain't seen nothing yet. Intel have asked their engineers to build the absolute smallest fully-featured compute unit possible, which is something they like to call the Next Unit of Computing.
On a board measuring just 4 inches by 4 inches, you'll find an integrated Core i3 processor on a 7-series chipset, mini-PCIe slot, mSATA slot, two SO-DIMM slots and three USB ports. Power is supposed through an external AC/DC adapter, but there's also a header for an optional internal power supply. Filling out the external ports we have an ethernet port, and two HDMI outputs.
Intel's Next Unit of Computing isn't a standard form factor just yet, which means the chipmaker had to work with a chassis vendor in order to put together the reference platform. Intel are hoping to sell you a chassis, PSU and Core i3-powered motherboard for the $399 or so mark. This would also include an mSATA SSD of some description, but would be OS-less. $399 is impressive, at that size.
HP unveiled four new all-in-one PCs on Monday, starting with the SpectreOne. The SpectreOne is jut 11.5mm thin, making it HP's thinnest all-in-one PC yet. Sporting a 23.6-inch flush-glass Full HD display with a curved back, the SpectreOne looks swish.
Together with its wireless trackpad with multi-touch technology, with the ability of easily scrolling, swiping and tapping through Windows 8's tile-based OS, it is very, very Apple iMac-like. The SpectreOne is filled with an NVIDIA GPU, optional SSD and optional ExpressCache, two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports.
It also, surprisingly, sports NFC technology, where you can transfer pictures, videos and other goodies to the PC just by tapping a smartphone or NFC tag to its base. HP has also said that the SpectreOne sports "the latest Intel processors", but has left out any specifics. HP's SpectreOne desktop will be made available across the US in November, with a starting price of $1,299.
RumorTT: Apple's September 12 event will see the unveiling of new iMacs - we think we're going to see 5 products unveiled on the day
Fox News are reporting that "multiple sources" have teased that Apple will unveil new desktop iMacs next week at their September 12 event. I think we're going to see them, too.
The new iMacs would most likely sport third-generation Intel Core CPUs, as well as Retina displays. Right now there's no confirmation, but I think we're going to see more products unveiled at the event. Maybe a new iPhone, new iMac, new iPad mini, new iPod touch and iOS 6. Count those, that's 5 things. The shadowing on the last teaser posted showed the number 12, with the shadow reading '5'. Everyone thinks it's going to be the iPhone 5, but what if it's actually 5 separate, refreshed and brand spankin' new Apple devices? That would be quite the epic event, especially after what we've seen from Motorola and Amazon in the past week.
Think about it, there have been 6 iPhones, meaning that the new iPhone being called 'iPhone 5', would make it feel out of whack with Apple's numbering scheme. The new iPad dropped its number, and was just called the 'new iPad'. I really think we're going to see Apple do the same thing with the iPhone, and just call it the 'new iPhone'.
Windows 8 is nearly here, and partner to Microsoft, Samsung, have unveiled three new all-in-one PCs. They're known as Samsung's Series 5 and Series 7 PCs, and all of them are of course powered by Microsoft's nearly-here OS, Windows 8.
The Series 7 is the higher-end of the lot, sporting a 27- and 23.6-inch model coming in at $1,699 and $1,099, respectively. Both models include a 1920x1080 multi-touchscreen, meaning you can take full advantage of Windows 8 touch abilities. Just like smart devices, the new all-in-one PCs have the ability to zoom in on photos and web sites using the pinch-to-zoom gesture, as well as scrolling through pages by swiping the screen.
Samsung has also added five hand-gesture-recognition features that allow a user to perform functions without tapping the touchscreen. If you were to hold your hand in front of the screen and rotate it clockwise, it would turn the volume on a movie up, turn it counterclockwise, and the volume gets turned down. Swiping left or right would turn the pages of an e-book, with these functions working as long as you're no further than three feet from the PC.
CyberpowerPC has announced a new desktop PC called the Pro Gamer FTW. This new line of systems is "tailored for the seamless integration of gaming and live HD broadcasting." The new line features six different base models, the cheapest of which starts at a mere $1085. The systems also feature the option of NVIDIA or AMD graphics.
"They are powered by a choice of Intel's X79 Sandy Bridge-E platform, Z77 Ivy Bridge or AMD's FX Bulldozer processors; equipped with NVIDIA's overwhelming Kepler-powered GTX or AMD's astounding Tahiti series, and feature AVerMedia's innovative Live Gamer HD." This way, if you're in the Red, Green, or Blue camp, Cyberpower has you covered.
Cyberpower brags that "every system is meticulously built with precise cable routing to ensure optimal airflow and a clean aesthetic appearance" and this one should be no different. Housed in the massive Azza Genesis 9000, there's plenty of rooming for cooling and high-end components. The machines are also highly configurable:
All Pro Gamer FTW systems can be customized with a number of performance hardware and components such as CyberpowerPC's advanced hydro liquid cooling kit, Solid State Drives, Blu-ray drives, performance gaming memory, gaming peripherals, business and productivity software, and more.
For more information, or to order your own, head on over to CyvberpowerPC's website.
We know they're coming, but they're shrouded in the same secrecy that everything Apple makes... but it looks like we should expect new Mac Pro and iMac models soon. AppleInsider is reporting that internal configuration files found in the recently released Mountain Lion are pointing toward unreleased new-generations of Apple's iMac (iMac13,0) and Mac Pro (MacPro6,0).
Both have hinted at USB booting options, where we could see the first time in close to 20 years, with Mac desktops without built-in optical drives. The discovery was found by a keen-eyed AppleInsider source, who found the details in a configuration plist file used by the Boot Camp Assistant to designate Mac model versions capable of supporting either an optical boot disc, or a USB flash drive volume capable of installing Windows to a Boot Camp partition.
We've had hints at updated Macs, but I'm guessing we should expect a Retina-powered iMac, as it would make the most sense right now. The Mac Pro, I hope gets a serious injection of performance over previous generations of Mac Pro's, as it is much needed when compared to the competition from other vendors such as HP, and Dell.
A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlines his estimates to Apple's product launch schedule for the second half of 2012, where he notes we should see an all-new iPod touch and iPod nano models, as well as a new iPhone and iPad mini models, and tweaked internals for the full-sized iPad.
Kuo's report also mentions Apple's Mac range, where he believes Apple will launch their 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in the Sept-Oct time frame. He notes that the launch of this 13-inch Retina MBP would be a little on the quiet side, because it would launch close to the new iPhone and iPad mini models:
We think consumers who initially planned to purchase the 13" MacBook Pro and Air will turn to the 13" Retina MacBook Pro instead because it has an attractive panel, its price is similar to MacBook Pro and it has a better balance between power consumption and form factor. However, as supply is limited due to panel and assembly yield rate issues, shipment of the 13" Retina MacBook Pro won't be able to satisfy demand. And we think consumers' budgets will transfer to new iOS products after Apple launches them, which suggests that overall MacBook shipments will not grow meaningfully on the 13" Retina MacBook Pro.