Apple has kicked off its Black Friday deals, with both the US and UK online stores - among others - offering discounts across the Mac, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPod and accessory lines. In the US store, you can save $101 off a new iMac, MacBook Pro or 13-inch MacBook Air, while there's $41 off an iPad.
At one point, most computer users end up needing more space to store data on their computers. We have learned from the world of netbooks and ultraportable notebooks that many of us can get along with an integrated optical drive. It's very hard to get along when you run out of storage space though.
Patriot has announced that it has expanded its robust line of RAM offerings for Mac users with new products that are aimed at the new iMac AIO computers. The new memory is 1333MHz SODIMM modules that have been qualified for use in the latest iMac computers and the modules are offered in 2GB and 4GB kits.
Friday's reports that touchscreen panel specialists Sintek were sampling projected capacitive touch sensors to Apple has seemingly got the company in a spin, with a forthright denial of any such arrangements being issued. According to DigiTimes, Sintek VP Barry Wu outright denied that the company were working with Apple on touch sensors for an upcoming iMac refresh.
The touchscreen iMac rumors refuse to die, which either suggests that Apple really does have finger-friendly all-in-ones in the pipeline or that tipsters simply love talking about them. Latest grist to the mill is apparent word that Sintek Photronics is supplying projected capacitive touch panel samples to Apple, according to DigiTimes, using a new layering method that will apparently preserve viewing angles and reduce weight.
A touchscreen iMac is on the wish-list of plenty of Apple fans out there. And, admittedly, probably plenty of general computer users. And while these patents may focus more on the hinge of a touchscreen-based iMac, they still suggest that Apple is indeed working on the technology to bring the new hardware to market. Which, oddly enough, works quite well with a rumor that broke near the end of June this year, about a touchscreen iMac.
Apple's recent refresh of the all-in-one iMac range may not have concurred with all of the preceding rumors, but the main expectation was certainly met: faster processors than ever before. Fresh to the SlashGear test bench is the 27-inch iMac, with the flagship quadcore Intel CPU. Pairing a 2.93GHz Core i7 processor with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 256GB SSD, it certainly promises high performance; it also makes for an expensive buy, $2,799 to specify the same spec as our review unit. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Apple's iMac update last week brought the CPU refresh we were all expecting, but fell short of adding the USB 3.0 or faster FireWire connectivity we'd hoped for. Hot on the heels of their RAM upgrades, notorious Mac fiddlers OWC are now offering a retro-fit eSATA port for the new iMac for those wanting to use higher-performance drives.
If you plan on ordering one of the new updated iMac computers that Apple unveiled this week, you can save yourself a bit of green by getting the most basic amount of RAM. Apple isn't known for offering good deals when you upgrade memory.
Mac specialty shop OWC has announced memory upgrades specifically for the new iMac computers. Buyers can get 2GB of PC10600 1333MHz SO-DIMM RAM for $59.99. If that isn’t enough RAM for you a 4GB kit of the same stuff with a pair of 2GB modules will set you back $117.99.
If you want that 4GB of RAM in a single module, you can get it for $144.99. OWC also has kits with 8GB via a pair of those 4GB modules for $279.99 and a 16GB kit with four of the 4GB modules for $549.99.
As expected, Apple has updated its iMac line to include Intel's Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, and they've also outed their Magic Trackpad too. As before there are 21.5- and 27-inch versions of the iMac, now kicking off from $1,199 with a 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics; $1,699 gets you a 27-inch 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 machine with ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics.