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.
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.
I thought there would be far more rumors leading up to Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference. After all, the big story had already been blown, which left a lot of room open for speculation. Besides, a number of significant Apple products are due for an update, right?
Ahh, WWDC 2010. A serious sit-down with developers and Apple working together to polish up the app landscape for the twelve months to come, or a chance to wear Steve Jobs masks and run around making crass Microsoft jokes? If you haven't already got your ticket you'll never know, as this years conference is sold out.
Rumors of Apple's Mac Pro Intel hexacore refresh taking place in mid-March saw the leaked date come and go, leaving us - and, more importantly, the video and media pros waiting to upgrade their Apple desktops to the latest processors - still none the wiser as to when the flagship desktop line might be updated. Now, according to information apparently from Intel's distribution network, it seems possible that Apple could announce the new Mac Pro models at WWDC 2010.
Pros using Mac products will have a couple new choices starting in June reports AppleInsider. According to sources cited by the publication, Apple is working on its second LED backlit Cinema display and new updates for the Mac Pro desktop.
It should come as little surprise, what with the well-publicized iPad preorder sale starting today, but the Apple Store has been taken down for updating. Apple's new tablet kicks off at $499 and is expected to go on sale at 8.30am EST; of course, Apple could surprise us and add a few more updates into the mixture as well. Recent rumors have tipped an updated Mac Pro desktop, using Intel's new Core i7-980 Gulftown processor.
Further details on Intel's upcoming hexacore Xeon processors have emerged, suggesting that the chips will form their own flagship line rather than replacing the existing quadcore processors. Hardmac has heard that the hexacore chips will initially be in short supply - kicking off with the 3.33GHz Core i7-980X in March 2010 - and will be expensive, too; $999 for the i7-980X.
Remember all the talk of a hexacore Apple Mac Pro refresh back in October? Apple were tipped to have secured exclusivity of Intel's upcoming top-spec Core i7 processor, with a significant system update - up to 128GB of memory, for one thing - suggested. According to Hardmac's sources, the fateful launch date is in fact March 16th, with the potent desktop using the new Intel Xeon Core i7-980X processor.
The six-core Core i7-980X clocks in at 3.33GHz, though thanks to Intel's TurboBoost system it can be safely overclocked to 3.6GHz. Hardmac reckon that the slightly slower version of the processor, the Core i7-970X clocked at 3.2GHz, won't arrive until later on.
The first half of 2010 could see six-core processors dropping from both Intel and AMD, according to leaky sources at motherboard manufacturers, with both the Intel Gulftown and AMD Thuban ranges hitting desktop computers. The hexacore CPU deluge will begin with Intel's Core i7-980X, rumored to be on the pricey side at an estimated $1,000+ per chip in March 2010, and be followed by three AMD Phenom II X6 1000T processors in May 2010.