Server-quality processor arriving en masse in September with up to 18 cores
Apple's much-lauded 2013 Mac Pro redesign will celebrate its first year of shipping just after Christmas, but that anniversary might bring with it an upgraded version. Intel has announced that its successor processor to the "Romley" series used in the latest Mac Pro will arrive in quantity in September. Furthering the speculation, AMD has begun outing its successors to the W7000/W8000/W9000 FirePro graphics cards, which are roughly equivalent to the custom-made D-series used in the current Mac Pro.
new Mac Pro now $3,199
Currently, Adorama.com has the new Mac Pro on sale for $3,199. That's $200 off the list price of $3,399, and about $150 less than the lowest price seen anywhere else. This Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Server allows Mac Pros to be installed horizontally in a rack with additional devices
Sonnet Technologies announced that its rackmount system for the newest version of the Mac Pro is available starting today. The xMac Pro Server, features a Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express expansion system housed inside a custom 4U enclosure. A mobile expansion unit has also created, to allow additional options to be installed without taking up any more rack space.
Why isn't anyone so excited about Yosemite?
This week in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "PeterParker" asks "Why isn't anyone excited about Yosemite?", to which a variety of answers ranging from "I'm ecstatic" to "Yosemite is...eh" have been provided. Dedicated MacNNer "gregfripp" is trying to fix something in his dock, but is unable to do so, and has turned to the forums looking for advice.
RackMac Pro allows two Mac Pro computers in 4u of rack space
Upgrade component maker Sonnet is debuting a pair of new Thunderbolt devices at this year's IBC2014 industry conference. New this year are the RackMac Pro dual-Mac Pro rackmount solution for Apple's cylindrical computing powerhouse. Additionally, the company is also releasing the Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader, commonly used in high-end digital video cameras.
Solves issues with video editors, multiple displays
This Monday's OS X 10.9.4 update appears to have made undocumented fixes to rendering problems with the 2013 Mac Pro, users say. Under v10.9.3, people running video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve were encountering problems such as crashes, freezes, pink and green lines in exported clips, and videos stalling during the export process. Posts on Adobe and Blackmagic's forums indicate that after updating OS X, video output is back to normal.
Supports Kensington, similar locks
Apple has released an official security lock adapter for the 2013 Mac Pro. The accessory connects without tools and supports a variety of Kensington locks, plus locks in a "similar style." While in use the adapter prevents easy access to a Pro's internals.
iMac, Mac Pro
This week at Apple's online store, find savings on refurbished iMacs, Mac minis and Mac Pros. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has seen a $250 discount to $1,049. A $270 discount is offered on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now priced at $1,529.
Linux on Mac, password problems and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members help resolve password issues, discuss changes coming in Yosemite and troubleshoot problems. In a thread that was recently bumped, forum-goers discuss putting Mavericks on older systems and running Linux on a Mac Pro. After one Junior Member was having trouble with their recently-updated Mac not accepting a password, Moderator "P" outlined some very useful steps in how to resolve the situation.
Macs from $719
Today at Apple's online store, take advantage of bargain prices on refurbished Mac models. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has seen a $130 discount to $719. A $470 discount can be had on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $929.
First absence of delay in product's history
Stock configurations of the 2013 Mac Pro are now shipping in 24 hours from Apple's US online store, checks show. The reduction marks the first time since the computer launched in late December that there has been no delivery delay. The 24-hour timeline also applies to in-store pickup at physical Apple Stores.
Photo shows second part to Austin visit
(Updated with photo of Cook at AppleCare center) As a part of his visit to Austin yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook also ended up touring the manufacturing plant where the Mac Pro is assembled, according to a new Twitter post. "Watching the Mac Pro come together in Austin yesterday, thanks to a team loaded with American manufacturing expertise," he writes, captioning a photo.
Mac Pro and iMac
This week, Apple's online store has a selection of refurbished Mac Pro and iMac models on sale. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been cut by $360 to $2,139. A whopping $560 has been cut from the cost of the Mac Pro with dual 2.4GHz Intel 6-core Xeon processors, 12GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $3,239.
Case tailored to fit new Mac Pro, Keyboard, cables, mouse
WaterField Designs introduces the new Mac Pro Go Case, designed to protectect Apple's powerful computer and its accessories in transit. The rugged ballistic nylon case holds the Mac Pro and Apple wireless keyboard plus a mouse, cables and power cord.
Mac Pros and MacBook Pros
Today at Apple's online store, buyers can find price cuts on refurbished Mac Pro and MacBook Pro models. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been cut by $360 to $2,139. A $560 discount drops the price on the Mac Pro with dual 2.4GHz 6-core Xeon processors, 12GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive to $3,239.
Dell, Panasonic monitors added to compatibility list
Following the release of OS X 10.9.3,, Apple has updated a document on using 4K displays with 2013 models of the Mac Pro and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Apple mentions that several new monitors are supported, including the Panasonic TC-L65WT600, and Dell's UP2414Q and UP3214Q. Prior to v10.9.3, only the Sharp PN-K321 and ASUS PQ321Q were officially compatible.
Mac Pro and iMac
Right now at Apple's online store, find big savings on refurbished Mac Pro and iMac models. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $360 to $2,139. A $250 discount on the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive drops the cost to $1,049.
Includes Safari 7.0.3
Following a long beta period, Apple has released the final version of OS X 10.9.3. The update makes relatively few changes, but does improve support for 4K displays on 2013 models of the Mac Pro and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. It also restores the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and an iOS device using USB, instead of alternatives like iCloud.
US, other regions still at 2-3 weeks
Apple's official shipping times for the 2013 Mac Pro have shrunk to one to two weeks in several European nations including the UK, France, Spain, and Germany, checks show. Other online storefronts -- including the US -- are still showing times in the two- to three-week range. If historical trends persist, times in the US should improve in short order.
Solves problems with Low Latency Mode, XML import/export
Apple has issued a minor update to Logic Pro X, v10.0.7. For owners of 12-core Mac Pros, the software now supports 24 processing threads. Apple has also made some attempts at streamlining Logic's interface, for instance by allowing current volume, pan, and send values for selected tracks to be inserted at the playhead position, and for automation to be copied and pasted to any location via the Marquee tool. Another new option permits MIDI volume and pan data to adjust an instrument plugin instead of the channel strip.
iMacs, iPods, MBAs and Mac Pros
This week. B&H.com has the 27-inch iMac for $1,660. That's $140 off the list price of $1,800, and the lowest price we have seen on this iMac by $100. Included is a free copy of either Parallels Desktop 9 or LoJack, plus buyers can get $30 off Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 and save $20 on Adobe Photoshop Elements 12. This iMac features a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Supply-demand ratio improving after long wait times
Apple has altered the expected shipping times on its standard Mac Pro configurations down to 3-4 weeks, an improvement over the recent drop to 3-5 weeks seen in late April. Apart from a short window when the units were first announced, the new ship times are the best yet seen for Apple's thoroughly-redesigned workstation computer. At the beginning of April, ship times for the Mac Pro were estimated at five to six weeks, showing steady improvement towards supply-demand balance.
Mac desktops from $849
Apple's online store today has a variety of refurbished Mac desktops starting as low as $849 for the Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives. Priced at $889 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 1TB Fusion drive.
Continues slow improvement as supply catches up to demand
On Tuesday, Apple surprised analysts by noting a modest increase in Mac sales in the March quarter, improving them by some 100,000 units over the year-ago quarter. The feat was impressive, as the PC market generally has suffered a major decline in demand which has also affected Mac sales. Though it was the company's MacBook line that lead sales, one factor that may have played a significant role was the demand for the company's latest Mac Pro.
Malware attack on jailbroken iDevices
Today in the MacNN forums, Moderator "Thorzdad" sent a warning to other members about a malware attack that has been discovered that is targeting jailbroken 32-bit iPods, iPads and iPhones. Yesterday Mac Elite "rotuts" took to the forums asking if a hybrid drive would work with a Mac Pro running 10.6.8.
Mac Pros from $2,139
Today at Apple's online store, chose from a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro models. The Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $360 to $2,139. Priced at $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.33GHz Intel six-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
AMD FirePro D-Series power the Mac Pro to new performance highs
One of the many exciting new features of the Mac Pro (late 2013) is Apple's choice to opt for dual AMD FirePro workstation GPUs as standard fitment, which certainly caught the eye of many observers. The previous generation Mac Pros included the option to fit dual CPUs, but as you can tell from the radical external redesign of the Mac Pro that Apple has fundamentally rethought its approach to the Mac workstation. Apple has chosen to adopt a dual-GPU configuration as standard fitment to leverage the massive processing power in GPU architecture. The biggest performance gains in certain professional applications come through harnessing the processing power in GPUs, rather than the CPU. To this extent, Apple has worked closely with AMD to develop three custom GPU solutions for the Mac Pro, to help Mac users tap into the power of AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) microarchitecture for parallel processing using the OpenCL framework.
Mac mini and Mac Pro
Apple's online store today has a selection of refurbished Mac mini and Mac Pro models at low prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives has seen a $150 discount to $849. For $929 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB solid state storage.
Two models same as Apple's, two new processors
Upgrade company OWC today officially introduced Intel Xeon processor "turnkey" upgrades for the latest Apple Mac Pro 2013. Options include 8-Core, 10-Core, and 12-Core models. The processors are fully compliant with Apple technical specifications and power requirements and are fully tested, qualified, and guaranteed to meet or exceed the processors available from Apple.
VisionTek announces availability of Mac Pro quad-channel memory upgrades up to 64GB
Upgrades and accessories manufacturer, VisionTek, has announced the immediate availability of new high-performance Error Correcting Code (ECC) 1866MHz quad-channel matched module memory upgrades of up to 64GB for Apple's Mac Pro 2013 models. Test certified at both the component and module level, the memory upgrades are accompanied by a lifetime warranty. Four upgrades are available, and can be purchased as singular 16GB modules for $220, or 32GB($430), 48GB ($640) and 64GB($830) kits.
International stores still call for 'April'
Shipping estimates for the 2013 Mac Pro have slipped from "April" to 5 to 6 weeks at Apple's US online store, checks show. At least some international storefronts are continuing to mention April, but could follow suit. Built-to-order Pros should take longer to ship as per usual.
PDFs, GPUs, Free Apps and more
This week the MacNN forums, forum-goers discussed a wide range of topics -- from virtual machines and merging PDFs to new GPUs for a Mac Pro. One long-time member turned to the forums yesterday looking for virtual machine software that was able to assign specific optical drives to specific VMs after having no luck finding software with this feature in the past. Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread this week looking for a way to merge multiple PDFs into one PDF using Preview.
OWC introduces 128GB memory upgrade kit for latest Mac Pro, doubles RAM vers
Other World Computing announced the expansion of its MaxRAM Certified Upgrades to include up to 128GB memory upgrade kits for the Apple Mac Pro 2013 six-core, eight-core, 12-core models. Offering both OWC 32GB modules and matched kits up to 128GB, pricing per module starts at $600. The new 128GB upgrade kit is priced at $2,130.
Booq launches multi-fold folio and snap case for iPad Air
Tech-related accessories company Booq has announced its release of its latest multi-fold folio and snap case, the Booqpad for iPad Air. A combination of a folio and case, the Booqpad facilitates protecting one's iPad Air while accommodating viewing and typing. Its multi-fold cover folio magnetically attaches to the polycarbonate snap case, opening to reveal a 50-sheet notepad for traditional note-taking.
Mac Pro and iMac
This week, Apple's online store is offering a selection of refurbished Mac Pro and iMac models at discounted prices. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has seen a $360 price cut to $2,139. For $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.33GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
Mac Pro, iMac lines said to be mostly automated
Apple is working to get iPhone batteries manufactured on fully automated production lines in 2014, supply chain sources claim. The company is already said to have mostly automated iMac and Mac Pro production, the only exceptions being materials and final assembly. Apple is allegedly interested in reducing the manpower needed for its products; this may be due to rising minimum wages in China, and problems like labor shortages and high turnover rates, linked to the fact that many young people don't want to work in manufacturing. Such jobs can often demand 60 or more hours a week in poor conditions.
Civilization V adds support for the new Mac Pro, 4K resolution
Aspyr has released a new update for Civilization V, aimed at improving its performance on the newest Mac Pro. Allowing for 4K resolutions on supporting monitors while running into fewer crashes, Mac games that use the Mac Pro will now be able to take advantage of the machine's second video card. The updated game will automatically download and install for Steam users, and Mac app-version users can grab the update from the App Store. Civilization V and all of its DLC and expansions are currently 50 percent off, until March 27.
Change could upset some Mac users
Apple has formally dropped Windows 7 support in Boot Camp for users of the 2013 Mac Pro, an updated support document reveals. It's not clear why the change was made, but it can also be seen in Boot Camp Assistant, which insists on "Windows 8 or later" during the Windows installation process. The omission could upset some Pro users who don't like the touchscreen-oriented interface additions made in Windows 8.
Doubles normal upgrade options
Memory maker Transcend has announced a new set of RAM upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro. These include 16 and 32GB modules, which can be used to boost a Pro up to 64, 96, or even 128GB of RAM. 128GB is twice what Apple's build-to-order options allow.
Mac Pro and Mac mini
This week at Apple's online store, find a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro and Mac mini models. The refurbished 2012 Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has seen a $360 price cut down to $2,139. A $560 discount is available on the refurbished Mac Pro with dual 2.4GHz six-core Xeon processors, 12GB of RAM and a 1T hard drive, bringing it down to $3,239.
Secure a new Mac Pro with the $49 Switchd MacPro Lock
A new security solution for the latest Mac Pro has been announced from a company called Identified Media, which is taking pre-orders now for a new locking alteration referred to as the Switchd Mac Pro Lock. The lock is expected to ship next month, using a replacement part for the existing case lock switch on the 2013 Mac Pro that creates an opening for a standard cable lock. The pre-order price is $49, and emails are being accepted for notification about when the product debuts.
Updates support for OS X 10.9.2, CUDA update also available
On Monday, video card maker Nvidia released updated drivers for 2010, 2009 and 2008-model Mac Pro units, along with a reminder that the units will need the previously-updated CUDA 5.5.28 driver for Mac in order to leverage the CUDA architecture in some Nvidia cards. The updated drivers bring support for the latest version of OS X Mavericks (10.9.2), and include an Nvidia Driver Manager preference pane.
Mac Pro and Dell 4K monotor only $3,442
This week, Expercom has an excellent bundle deal that includes a Mac Pro and a Dell 4K monitor all for only $3,442.22, which is $56 less than Expercom's regular price and a whopping $640 less than buying these items individually anywhere else. The Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, with dual AMD FirePro D300 video cards. It is backed by a one-year warranty from Apple. The Dell 28-inch 4K display is included in the bundle deal.
Computer still in short supply
Apple has been delaying shipments of some of the earliest Mac Pro orders into March, anecdotes reveal. Shortly after the company opened up online orders in late December, shipping estimates quickly extended into February. Now, though, even people who ordered in early January are receiving word that they shouldn't expect delivery until next week at the earliest; at least some customers are being told to wait another five to seven business days. One buyer notes that he had received emails at the beginning and middle of February reassuring him that his Pro would arrive by the end of the month.
First Mac Pro-oriented update since December
Apple has posted a new download for owners of the 2013 Mac Pro, SMC Firmware Update 2.0. The patch lets a computer enter Power Nap without turning on the fan for "most" Power Nap activities, according to Apple. It also solves a problem with low-speed USB devices not being detected at boot.
Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iPad and more
Looking for a deal on a new Mac Pro can be tough, but Adorama is offering great discounts to VIP members, which requires signing up for a free account. Save $100 off the MSRP on a current-generation Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel Quad-Core Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. It carries a list price of $4,399, but is reduced to $4,299 with free US shipping. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Orders must cost at least $25,000
Apple is offering a select group of companies up to 20 percent off leases for the 2013 Mac Pro, a new report claims. Eligible businesses must be in the US, and placing orders for at least $25,000 of hardware with a 24-month lease period. Even then, it's believed that only some companies are receiving the offer via email notices.
System has always been in small-scale production
Estimated delivery targets for the 2013 Mac Pro have slipped to April in most if not all of the world, reports note. Specifically the delay is affecting Apple's online stores in Canada and the US, and the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) regions. It's also affecting both stock and custom configurations, although as a rule custom orders always take longer to ship.
Issue somehow linked to Bluetooth
Apple has issued a new support document, acknowledging a problem with AirPlay Mirroring freezing or dropping entirely. The issue appears to be limited to 2013 Mac Pro and MacBook Pro models, and only when connecting through an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network. As a temporary solution, Apple notes that the problem can be fixed by turning off Bluetooth.
Unified thermal core, Thunderbolt 2 make Mac Pro design possible
The Mac Pro (Late 2013) is a perfect example of an electronics product that only Apple can bring to market first. If you look at Apple's current and past product range, it has often been the first to introduce new technologies, new manufacturing processes, and/or custom parts. The Mac Pro features the very latest technologies available for a workstation, new manufacturing processes are used to produce its incredible polished anodised finish, while it features custom logic boards and graphics cards. It is also built around an all-new triangular unified thermal core that we have never seen in a computer before, resulting in its incredibly compact design.