Thursday December 5, 2013
German retailer Conrad Electronic has started taking orders for the standard 3.7 GHz Quad-Core ($2,999.00) and the 3.5 GHz 6-Core ($3,999.00) configurations. Conrad claims that Apple will release the new Mac Pros on December 16th.
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Conrad hasn't said why it thinks December 16th is the launch date, but it certainly could be. Apple has already committed to December for the product's release, and the 16th being a Monday, it's an ideal time for both media coverage and giving retail stores a traditionally slow Sunday to ready stock and displays.
While we don't have any information to back up the move by Conrad, it seems to be one of two likely time frames for Apple to release the new Mac Pro. So, what's the other likely date? Anytime before December 16. Businesses are the likely market for Mac Pros, and purchasing budgets dictate when capital expenses are made. With the end of the fiscal year fast approaching for many companies, they'll be motivated to make last-minute purchases under their current budgets, rather than hope they can roll the Mac Pros they need into next year's budget requirements.
Start checking the Apple store, or just stop by About: Macs to find out when order-taking for the 2013 Mac Pro goes live.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
The beta version of OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 has been making the rounds of the development community for a while now. Recently, Apple released 10.9.1 to its internal AppleCare workers. Apple typically releases software updates to AppleCare workers a short time before an official release. The idea is to give the customer care group a bit of time to get used to the new software.
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OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 is believed to focus on updates to the Mail app, to better support Gmail and Smart Mailboxes. In addition, VoiceOver is improved, and new graphics drivers are rolled into the update.
The Mavericks 10.9.1 update will likely make its appearance sometime next week.
Tuesday December 3, 2013
Apple has revealed the deadlines for ordering a product to ensure that it's shipped and delivered by Christmas Eve (December 24). The deadlines are dependent on the product being purchased, and any customization that is being performed.
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Apple has waived standard shipping charges on every order placed during the holiday shopping season, although next day shipping on stock items will incur additional charges.
You must order the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, or iMac before midnight on December 18 to ensure delivery before Christmas. If you're willing to pay for next day delivery, you have until December 22 to place your order.
The iPad mini with Retina Display must be ordered by December 5, while December 9 is the deadline for ordering an iPad Air.
To see the full list of ordering deadlines, stop by the Shipping Info page at the Apple web site.
Monday December 2, 2013
Finding just the right holiday gifts for friends, relatives, and colleagues can be challenging. But if they're Mac users, I may be able to help. Since 2008, I've been reviewing Mac apps for About: Macs and creating a list of the best Mac apps with exceptional value. Updated every week, the list showcases the best Mac apps from established developers as well as up-and-coming coders.
Tom's Mac Software Picks is a great way to find software you may not have even known exists for the Mac. And because one of our criteria for selection is value, you're going get a lot of bang for your buck.
So, peruse the list and pick out something that will amaze the recipient and bring a smile to both of your faces. You don't have to reveal that you're smiling because you got a great deal as well as a great gift.
Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013