If you are in the market to buy a new Apple iMac or any of the other products in the Mac lineup, then pay attention. Best Buy has just put all of its current Mac products on sale, including all Macbooks, iMac, Mac pro, and Mac mini computers. The sale can potentially save you up to $260 on a Mac Pro and generally under $100 for all of the other Mac products. An additional incentive to make the plunge is free shipping.
Last week we warned you to hold off on buying an iMac because constrained supplies indicated an upcoming refresh. And now we have further reports that the new iMac will arrive the week of May 2nd. According to a source known as Mr. X from 9to5 Mac, Apple will officially stop shipping current generation iMacs to resellers this week.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a shiny new iMac soon, you may want to hold off for just a bit. The Apple trend to look for when a possible refresh is coming for a product is when its supply starts to shrink. This happened with the MacBook Pro and iPad before newer versions were released and now 9to5 Mac has been tipped off that iMac supplies are starting to dry up, so a possible refresh could be looming.
It was while writing SlashGear's Nintendo 3DS review that it really struck me, the disparity between "traditional" software - whether that's for your desktop or a game for your console - and the new "app" ecosystem is Apple's biggest accomplishment. Where once computer software was a $40+ boxed product - and where 3DS games, and those for other consoles, are still $40+ boxed cartridges - it's now a $0.99 download, instant gratification at a cost that won't wrinkle your conscience. Tech is cheap, apps are throwaway, and Apple is to blame.
From everything Apple told us about the developer release of Mac OS X Lion yesterday, we were already excited. The AirDrop instant sharing tool promises the sort of straightforward simplicity we've grown to expect from the company, and the various usability tweaks carried over from iOS should see the platform become an interesting hybrid of sorts. Still, there's more to be revealed under the hood; MacRumors has learnt that the long-anticipated "Resolution Independence" has made it into OS X Lion, paving the way for ultra-high-resolution Retina Display style screens on MacBook Pro and Cinema Displays.
While the new MacBook Pro line-up delivers the Sandy bridge update consumers have been clamoring for, Apple has something for developers too. The new developer preview of Mac OS X Lion has been released, adding full-screen app support, pinch and double-tap zoom in Safari - some of the multitouch gestures borrowed from OS X - a document saving system called Versions (which automatically saves successive versions of documents as you work on them) and AirDrop, a wireless file transfer system for drag & drop moving of documents between Macs.
Apple has filed three OLED patent applications, leading to speculation that the company is looking to the low-power, color-rich panels for future devices. Patently Apple due up three patents (20100321305, 20100265187 and 20100265188) which deal with integrating touchscreen layers with OLED displays, and which suggest MacBook-style notebooks, iPad-style tablets and iPhone and iPod-style smartphones and PMPs as potential recipients of the tech. Meanwhile, a throwaway mention of the Apple TV has prompted talk of an Apple OLED HDTV with integrated streaming functionality.
Early this morning we reported that low inventory levels pointed towards a MacBook Pro refresh. The announcement was tipped as coming on February 9. Now a Best Buy inventory screenshot has seemingly confirmed the imminent MacBook Pro update. The in-stock date is given as March 11, which is when we can expect these babies to launch.
Late last month we reported that low stocks of 15" and 17" Macbook Pros might be a sign of an imminent refresh. That shortage has only deepened over the last few days, with some areas reporting 2-3 week waits for new stock. New rumors point to February 9 as the day we'll see the next-gen Pros unleashed.
With Intel's second-gen Core processors expected early in 2011, it doesn't seem too great a leap to assume that Apple will be all over the new chips for their mobile and desktop lines. We've already heard that Apple is testing the Sandy Bridge processors in the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models; now DigiTimes is claiming their supply chain sources expect new systems - including a new iMac targeted at the mainstream - in the first half of next year.
Apple's future processor and GPU plans are the subject of numerous leaks today, with sources revealing that the company has been testing Intel Sandy Bridge Core iX chips for several months now, ahead of including them in future MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models, among others. Meanwhile, the company is also tipped to be considering solely using Sandy Bridge integrated graphics in its entry-level notebooks and ultraportables, while higher-end machines would switch from NVIDIA chips to AMD's Radeon range.