Oh you Greeks, you're constantly surprising the world with everything you knew before everyone else re-discovered it hundreds of years later. Case in point: 100BCE, Greeks built a mechanical constructed a machine now said to be the world's earliest computer, one sophisticated enough to predict lunar eclipses. This device known as "Antikythera’s Mechanism" was originally discovered in a shipwreck in 1901CE, in 2006CE high res x-ray tomography revealed that the device was made for predicting celestial events with amazing accuracy, now in 2010CE, it's been reconstructed fully by Apple OS X software engineer Andrew Carol.
As if the fact that they've considered more than one operating system weren't enough, this fantastic device is for sale on Etsy. For just $1,099 you too can own a Victorian era PC with Athlon 64 Dual Core 4400+ CPU, 160GB Hitachi SATA Hard Drive, upgradeable Gigabyte AM3 motherboard, LG 22X "Super-Multi" DVD +- RW, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Skeleton clock and Power/HDD LED lights behind the port glass window for your pure enjoyment.
Steve Jobs' views on budget ultraportable are pretty clear. "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk,” he told investors back in 2008, and so the new 2010 MacBook Air is neither of those things. Instead, it's a $999+ slice of instant-on notebook and, if you believe the hyperbole, pulls together the best of Apple's MacBook range and their best-selling iPad. It doesn't hurt that it's almost indecently fabulous looking, too. Check out the SlashGear review of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air 2010 after the cut.
Apple's updated 2010 Mac Pro line was a long time coming, but it certainly addressed would-be buyers' key complaint: the choice of processors. Now offering everything from a single Intel Xeon through to a pair of six-core chips, the new Mac Pro range claims to be "the most powerful, most configurable Mac ever." We've had a dual-processor quadcore Mac Pro on the SlashGear test bench for a couple of weeks; check out our full review after the cut.
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 Mac mini was always the compact computer with a few frustrations. Perfectly scaled for doing duty as your HTPC, the absence of a native HDMI port meant hooking the Mac mini up in your living room was never quite as easy as we'd like to expect from Apple. Now, with a slick unibody refresh, more media-friendly specs and a reworked I/O selection, the new Mac mini looks set to take on SFF PCs for the home entertainment crown. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Those wanting to get their hands on an iPad have a 60 day wait starting from last Thursday, but a rumor has surfaced that Apple is said to be developing a more advanced tablet model. The new model is said to be much larger in dimensions, and more likely to run software akin to Mac OS X instead of the iPhone OS. Oh, and it would launch within the year. iPad buyers may possibly want to wait this out.
Yes, it’s Christmas but this Apple rumor is too juicy to wait. It’s true; Apple’s tablet may indeed be called iSlate! MacRumors discovered via historical evidence that Apple purchased the domain name iSlate.com from Data Docket, Inc. in 2007. Mark Monitor manages domain names for many companies, including Apple. Even though the true identity of the domain name was set to private, there was a small window where Apple’s ownership info was exposed and then changed back a few weeks later. iSlate.com doesn’t point anywhere for now, but there are lots of speculations of Apple announcing a tablet early 2010.
It's the biggest all-in-one Apple have ever offered, not to mention the fastest and most media-centric, and it's pretty much guaranteed to hypnotize anybody wandering into their local Apple Store. The hyperbole practically writes itself, but at the end of the day is the 27-inch Apple iMac more than just a desktop trophy? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.