We've been keeping an eye on the Apple Store all morning, and sure enough it's been taken offline for "updating". There's been no shortage of rumors and leaks regarding what we can expect to see lining the shelves later on today, but most likely are updates for the Mac Pro and iMac.
Speculation of an imminent iMac refresh continues apace, with AppleInsider hearing that some Apple stores are reporting low or non-existent stock of both 21.5- and 27-inch versions of the all-in-one desktop. The news follows recent leaks that tipped updated iMacs with USB 3.0, faster FireWire connectivity and even touchscreen functionality; a new entry-level machine with an Intel Core i3 CPU has been mentioned, together with dual-core Core i5 and quad-core Core i5/i7 models.
The iMac refresh rumors continue to bubble, with the latest being stock shortage warnings apparently made to Apple's direct and indirect sales channels. Apple Insider has heard that stock of the entry-level 21.5-inch, 3.06GHz iMac will not be replaced, suggesting the SKU has been axed, while others claim to have been told to keep their inventory low. The whispers suggest a reasonably imminent refresh to the all-in-one OS X desktop.
All eyes may be on the iPhone 4 right now (or, more accurately, on its chubby little signal strength meter and whereabouts your fingers are in relation to the antenna) but that doesn't mean we'll bypass a good Mac Pro rumor. According to one of Hard Mac's "better sources", Apple is preparing for a Mac Pro refresh at the end of the summer, to hopefully tap into the "back to school" period. Meanwhile they'll be swiftly followed by an iMac refresh.
If you've ever stared angrily at your 27-inch iMac and asked what - beyond OS X - it's ever done for you, then Belkin's new AV360 Mini DisplayPort Converter may be just the ticket. The converter box is capable of taking in an HDMI input - such as from a games console, set-top box or Blu-ray player - and outputting it in through a Mini DisplayPort connector.
Talk of a touchscreen iMac refuses to die, and with Steve Jobs constantly praising our fingers as the ideal way to interact with tablets, smartphones and other portable gadgets, it hardly seems surprising that there are persistent rumors that Apple will roll that sort of functionality further up their food chain. LOOPRumors claims to have heard that a special Apple event is on the cards, where the company will launch a new hybrid iMac with both regular OS X and iOS touch capabilities.
Did it feel like Wednesday to anyone else? We had to check our calendar's a few times today, just to make sure it really was Tuesday. You'll have to forgive us -- we don't get out much, as you can probably imagine. In any event, welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash, Tuesday-style. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got some more Cease and Desist letters being handed out, Apple's sold a ton of iPads, and the iPhone 4's showing up at Walmart. As for the Dredge 'Net, the iPhone 4's getting torn down (legally), there's rumors about iOS showing up on other things, and we've got a German robot.
This iPad dock built from the left over husk of an old iMac reminds me of that scene in Toy Story where the toys crawl out from under the bed with miss matched parts. The iMac base looks a bit tired, but on top of that base is some iPad lovin'.
At the turn of this century, I worked for a few Web sites that you haven't heard of because they collapsed in the great tech bubble. I became a High School teacher and stuck with it for five years before I got back into tech journalism. But while I was teaching, I took on some extra jobs, one of which was working at an Apple store at a very expensive mall. I learned a lot in my time there.
We have covered out fare share of steampunk gear here on SlashGear. The thing that most of the gear has in common is that they are each a custom built one of a kind devices made by the user. A dude going by the name Woodguy from Old Time Computer is showing off some cool covers for the iMac that gives it that Steampunk look.