Apple has kicked off its Black Friday UK sale, offering £31 off of its best-selling iPad 2 tablet, £81 off a MacBook or iMac, and dozens of discounts on Apple and third-party accessories. Described as a "special one-day Apple shopping event" - since the UK hasn't traditionally had Black Friday sales - the discounting is notable given how rarely the company agrees to slash its prices.
Today we've learned a sad fact, as reported by Apple themselves, that Steve Jobs has passed away. In a statement published by Apple's Board of Directors it was announced that Jobs passing has of course brought sadness as well as reverence to the hearts of all that knew him. The world has lost a great mind and a great man, and we all mourn his passing with the utmost respect and honor.
Apple's Thunderbolt Displays have finally begun shipping, but the company had to post some clarifications as to how the displays can be connected and daisy-chained. Apparently there has been some confusion as to whether the new Thunderbolt-equipped display would connect with existing Cinema Displays via the Mini DisplayPort and how many additional monitors can be linked together.
All the way over in Hamburg, Germany, there's a design exhibit being shown in their Museum of Arts and Crafts called "Stylectrical: On Electro-Design That Makes History" featuring 300 exhibits, over half of which are Apple products. Long time employee Jonathan Ive, currently Apple's Chief Designer, is the most prominently featured designer in this collection, right alongside former Braun designer lead Dieter Rams, an influence of design theories of both Ive and Steve Jobs. This Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe exhibit will examine "the complex development processes of industrial electrical design in a cultural studies context", and isn't the first time Apple products have been featured in a museum, though it is the first time that all of the projects worked on and/or supervised by Ive have been showcased under one roof.
As expected, Apple has quietly announced a new iMac variant targeted at education users, bringing the sticker price down to under $1,000. The 3.1GHz iMac uses a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor paired with AMD Radeon HD 6750 256MB graphics and 2GB of memory, and offers a $999 entry point to the 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop machine.
Apple is reportedly readying a sub-$1,000 iMac, primarily targeted at education and volume-purchase customers, for release later in August. The new model will have a 21.5-inch display like the current entry-level iMac, 9 to 5 Mac's sources tell them, but pair that with a cheaper, dual-core Intel 3.1GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 250GB hard-drive.
If you were one of the many people that upgraded to a new iMac back in May when they got new hardware you aren't alone. We reviewed the new iMac when it launched. The machines got new processors and larger storage drives. If you opted for one of the iMacs that had a 1TB HDD from Seagate inside you may need a new HDD. Some of those early iMacs had an issue with the 1TB HDD and Apple is looking to replace those drives for you.
As expected, Apple has kicked off its "Back to School" promotion for 2011, and rather than cheaper - or free - iPods as in previous years, the company is offering a software deal instead. Qualifying students, their parents or faculty members buying a new iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air between now and late September will get a $100 Back to School Card to use on the Mac App Store, the App Store, the iTunes Store, and the iBookstore.
Oh, those ASUS teases. Giddy with the curiosity inspired by their Computex tablet crop-shots yesterday, the company has shared a sliver of a new all-in-one touchscreen PC which ASUS reckons is good enough to take on Apple's iMac in the style stakes.
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."