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DigiTimes has a nice rumor here today, where they're reporting that Apple's supply chain will begin supply components for the mass production of Apple's next-gen iMac, with a launch as early as October. The same sources have noted that Apple plans to bake the high-res Retina Display into all of their product lines, which means the iMac will get a beautiful new screen.
DigiTimes' sources state that Apple want to see Retina in all of their products, with hopes to overtake competitors in terms of screen resolution, since most other notebook and tablet PC makers are still catching up to the Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. With limited support for the Retina Display's resolution, it makes it more expensive to make, and adapt, than Full HD panels. Most PC makers have no plans to bump their screen resolutions up to the same spec, but things could change soon.
The all-in-one PC market is getting aggressive, and considering that Apple is the largest player in the all-in-one market, as well as a top-five vendor of the desktop PC market in terms of shipments, this should be something where Apple could really push some high-end products.
The Retina display-powered Apple MacBook Pro's may look awesome and all, but what of Apple's Mac Pro line? Well, according to an Apple spokesperson, we should expect the Mac Pro's to be refreshed next year.
MacRumors first posted about this last week, where they cited David Pogue from The New York Times vaguely stating that Apple's Mac line would get updated, and soon after MacRumors received a tip from a reader who had e-mailed Apple CEO, Tim Cook, about his disappointment in the lack of significant Mac Pro updates, where Cook replied indicating we should expect significant upgrades next year, saying:
Our pro customers are really important to us...don't worry as we're working on something really great for later next year.
The original stories included updated iMacs, but Apple PR contacted MacRumors stating that only the Mac Pro is expected to be refreshed next year. Apple had nothing to say of the iMac, so we could even expect an update sometime this year. It has been over twelve months since the iMac has received an update.
Small embedded systems are becoming more and more popular after being spurred on by Raspberry Pi. The new VIA system is cheap, but not quite as cheap as the Raspberry Pi system. The APC, VIA's new system, will set you back only $49 before shipping. But, after shipping to Europe, USA, or Canada, it will be a total of $87.
The VIA APC sports a VIA WonderMedia 875 800 MHz ARM11 processor, 512MB of memory, and 2GB of storage. And unlike the Raspberry Pi system, this new APC features quite a few more connectivity options. The list below details it's I/O offerings:
- 4 USB 2.0 ports
- mic input
- audio output
- 10/100 Etherent
- microSD card slot
There are other competitors in the small form-factor computing market, but none seem to offer quite the connectivity of the new APC. It ships with Google's Android version 2.3 and should be capable of running Linux and other operating systems. Just be sure to not try and put Windows 7 on this. And no, it won't run Crysis.
Computex 2012 - Walking around the show floor at ECS we bumped into our good friends at ECS who were showing off the latest All in One PC or AIO named the G24 Aura. The new Mini-ITX based AIO PC sports support for Intel 2nd and 3rd Generation Core CPU along with Celeron Processors. We've got support for two SO-DIMM DDR3 modules, one 3.5" HDD or two 2.5" ones along with support for a Slim optical drive or another hard drive.
Moving away from the main specifications we've got a 23.6" screen that offers us a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution with 10-finger multi-touch being an option. At the front we have a 1.3M Pixel webcam and microphone built into the screen. Across the bottom of the display we can also see two speakers.
Turning around to the back side we've got a place for a slim optical driver or another hard drive, we've got I/O connectivity on both sides along with our main buttons on the rear. Also present is a Kensington Lock along with a VESA stand support...
Computex 2012 - We've already seen quite a few multi-screen gaming PCs at Computex buy so far AMD takes the cake for the most impressive setup which we've seen.
At the booth in the Computex Nangang hall they had a system setup running Dirt Showdown on an AMD system running a single Radeon HD 7970 video card. We didn't get the details on the rest of the system. Hit the play button on the video above to see why you want one for your home.
We were a bit disappointed when one of the AMD managers on duty wouldn't allow us to place a TweakTown Computex Recommended sticker on the system. If anyone from AMD is reading, you may want to speak to whomever that manager was because you guys missed out. Nevertheless, a rather cool demo for sure!
Computex 2012 - ASUS took the stage earlier today unveiling a bunch of new Republic of Gamer-branded devices, first up we have their new desktop gaming rig, ROG Tytan. ASUS have crammed quite a few unique abilities into Tytan, so we'll start with the specs, shall we? Tytan sports Intel's Core i7-3960X 6-core processor with three O.C. modes, but we'll get into that a little later.
Backing up the 3960X we have Intel's X79 chipset, NVIDIA's dual-Kepler GEFORCE GTX 690 GPU, 16GB of DDR3 2133MHz RAM, two 128GB SSDs in RAID0 with a 2TB 7200RPM drive for storage, ASUS' Xonar DX sound card and a Blu-ray writer. Whilst the specs are impressive, its the housing that is the real feature here. I mentioned the three O.C. modes before, which to me is one of the stand-out features of the Tytan.
Overclocking can be quite difficult, and the results vary so much between hardware that it's hard to have a baseline of what to expect. ASUS have removed this effort for the user, with three O.C. modes all at the touch of a button. On the top of the case is a 'speed' button, sans Keanu Reeves and a bus rigged with explosives. The speed button can be pressed three times for 3 pre-defined O.C. speeds. The default stage is stock, then we have 3.8GHz, followed by 4.0GHz and finishing with 4.2GHz. It may not be the break-neck, needs-liquid-nitrogen-to-push-it-speeds, but hey, out of the box overclocking without the need to reboot is impressive.
ASUS have introduced a new all-in-one PC featuring Intel's third-generation Core processors. The new ASUS ET2411 is a 23.6-inch Full HD multi-touch LED-backlit beast, sporting Windows 7, HDMI, and much more.
The touch-screen alone is something that makes the ET2411 standout. The ET2411 also comes with ASUS' SonicMaster Technology which boasts louder volumes, and improved clarity. The all-in-one PC can also be used as a secondary display on another PC by connecting other PCs, laptops or tablets through its HDMI input.
ASUS' ET2411 is also wall-mountable for those with a smaller apartment or house, or those wanting to have it look stylish. It can be specced with a Core i5 or i7, comes with 2GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), 500GB HDD, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, DVD/Blu-ray drive, two USB 3.0 ports on the side, 3 USB 3.0 ports on the rear, HDMI-in and out, VGA, card reader, GbE connectivity, and a Kensington lock.
The ET2411 weighs in at a total of 10.8kg. and comes in just one color, black.
Dell have just outed the XPS One 27 all-in-one PC, which sports a 27-inch screen with a resolution of 2560x1440. One of the good things with the XPS One 27 range is that all configurations ship with third-generation Intel Core processors in the Ivy Bridge flavor.
They ship with either Core i5 or i7 offerings, with up to 16GB of RAM, a standard 1TB 7,200 RPM hard drive which can be upgraded to either a 2TB drive or a 32GB SSD. Adding to this we find Waves MaxxAudio 4, Infinity-branded speakers, a Blu-ray drive and optional 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640M GPU.
An optional TV tuner is available, and finishing things off we have four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports with power charge, audio out, HDMI, VGA, mic and headphone jacks an an 8-in-1 memory card reader. Dell's XPS One 27 starts at $1,399 and is available in Asia starting today, expect it to his the US in the next month or so.
The Apple-1 sported a circuit board hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and first went on sale in July 1976 for $666.66. Roughly 200 units were produced, and according to Sotheby's catalog listing, there are roughly 50 surviving Apple-1 computers, with six of them known to be in working condition.
This means it's a great time to throw one of those six working Apple-1 PCs on sale, right? Well, the auction house is estimating the motherboard will sell for between $120,000 and $180,000. Crazy!
Mike Willegal, an engineer with a major technology company who has identified and indexed 41 Apple-1 computers says:
That's probably a pretty good estimate of original Apple-1s that have been operated in the last four or five years. If a unit hasn't been powered up in more than five or 10 years, it probably shouldn't be counted as currently working. These old computers tend to fail over time, even if they are just sitting on a shelf.
If you're Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, there isn't much you can't afford. It appears like Microsoft has created a device that is meant for CEOs only, at least for now: "Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office. He's got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper. It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall."
The description above was given by Microsoft VP Frank Shaw to Wired. This isn't just a Microsoft play-thing like Microsoft Surface is as they actually plan to offer this to the public. While it's probably not going to end up in many households at launch, Microsoft believes that in 2 years it very well could. As far as calling it a tablet, well, I have to disagree. 80 inches is not a tablet.
"It's not a consumer thing now, but we know historically that that's how all things start," he said. "The idea that there should be a screen that's not a computer, we'll laugh at that in two years." The device is powered by Windows 8 and does appear to be slightly stunt-ish, but I can see the benefits of having a device like that in my office. "It's his whiteboard, his email machine," Shaw said, "and it's a device we're going to sell."