Intel's Thunderbolt high-speed connectivity may be one of the headline changes for the updated 2011 iMac, but HP isn't convinced by the technology's merit. According to Xavier Lauwaert, HP's worldwide marketing manager for desktops, Macworld reports, "We did look at [Thunderbolt]. We're still looking into it. Haven't found a value proposition yet."
It's been less than a year since Apple's last iMac refresh, but thanks to Intel's 2011 Sandy Bridge update the aluminum all-in-ones had been looking a little last-gen. That all changed this past week, with a quad-core refresh across the board and a new set of AMD Radeon graphics chips to match. Still, no aesthetic change - bar the addition of a Thunderbolt port on the back - and no Blu-ray or touchscreen. Has the iMac kept pace with the rest of the market? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
One of the things that has been tossed back and forth between fans of PCs and Macs for years is that the PC platform as a whole is much more open and upgradable than the Mac world. You can upgrade minor things on most Mac notebooks and computers like the hard drive and RAM generally. In fact, it's fairly common for many buyers of new Mac computers on a budget to buy the machines with the base amount of RAM and storage and then upgrade it aftermarket parts. Those aftermarket parts are often cheaper than buying the computer from Apple with the upgrades installed out of the box.
Once again, we attempt to bring you a roundup of the week's tech news in under 6 minutes. The chaos of the Sony PlayStation Network breach continued into this past week. Apple unleashed an iOS update that addressed most of the location tracking concerns. Intel made their biggest announcement of the year with a new 22-nm 3D Tri-Gate transistor technology that really puts it ahead of the competition. Other major announcements came from the BlackBerry World conference as well as from a Samsung event. For the full list and video continue after the cut.
Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. We had some interesting things going on in the tech world during the week. One of the interesting stories was the white iPhone and if it was thicker or not. Apple's Phil Schiller insists that the white iPhone is no thicker than the black one, but it does use a different sensor and camera design. The biggest news in the world this week was the fact that Osama Bin Laden was killed. One man unknowingly tweeted about the raid when it was going on mentioning a helicopter hovering, which wasn't usual.
Behold a fine few days of wonder! This edition of The Daily Slash I'd like to take you on a journey of the more important (or otherwise featured) items we've had happen this week. There's been an above-average amount of hands-on opportunities this week, and I want to make sure you don't miss a single one of them. Then there's the ongoing epic with Sony and their gaming network (hacks galore!) some fresh new earth-shattering games for Android, and oh my goodness, a whole new generation of iMac for your personal enjoyment. So very large!
It's a strange week to be talking about Apple dumping Intel. Only a few days ago, the company was proudly unveiling its new iMac line-up, relying on Core i5 and Core i7 processors - along with AMD GPUs - to make them the fastest all-in-ones Apple has offered to-date. Yet at the same time as Intel's latest quad-core chips are finding their way into what Apple's Phil Schiller describes as "the world's best desktop," there's also talk that the company's close relationship with Intel is about to get served with divorce papers. ARM is coming, and the computing industry will never be the same again.
The new iMac computer surfaced just yesterday and we talked all about the new features and hardware in depth. Naturally today iFixit has its warranty busting paws on one of the awesome computer. It has taken the thing apart for us to get as look at the shiny innards. I always wonder if these things work after iFixit tears them apart.
Apple's 2011 iMac refresh brought not only the Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors we were expecting, but a pair of Thunderbolt ports (on the 27-inch model, at least; the 21.5-inch iMac gets a single Thunderbolt), bringing the all-in-one in line with the most recent MacBook Pro update. Inside the familiar aluminum chassis is the fastest iMac around; read on for our first-impressions.
With BlackBerry World still rolling on, we've got plenty of exciting RIM news this morning, but first, make sure you check out the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer review by our man Chris Davies. Also, Asus will only be able to build 10K of these tabs per month, when they wanted to build 300K. But they plan to have the bottleneck in component supplies cleared up by June. Now, on to BlackBerry news, plus a new iMac, and lots of Android, including a special Ice Cream Sandwich from Google.
Apple has unveiled its new iMac range, and as expected the all-in-one desktops have been upgraded with Intel's 2011 Sandy Bridge quad-core processors, new graphics and Thunderbolt connectivity. The new iMacs come in the same 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions, with the entry-level $1,199 21.5-inch model having a 2.5GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics and a 500GB hard-drive. At the other end there's the $1,999 27-inch machine with a 3.1GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, Radeon HD 6970M graphics and 1TB of storage. Optional is a $200 quad-core Intel Core i7 processor upgrade on select models, running at up to 3.4GHz.