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New Mac Pro Availability Stays Low


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Apple has today updated its online store in most countries to reflect the estimated shipping times for the new Mac Pro extending into April. The change was spotted by MacGeneration who noted that the shipping estimates for anyone ordering a Mac Pro now are sitting at April. Previous shipping estimates placed standard availability for the Mac Pro in March of this year, for those ordering in January and the beginning of February.
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Is Apple Perfecting IGZO Displays For A New Generation Of Mac?


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Over the past week, a number of new positions, the most recent today, have been advertised on the Apple jobs website looking for Engineers with experience in LED-backlighting and LCD displays. Broadly speaking, these new engineer positions are expected to contribute to the design, development and testing of completely novel and innovative display technologies ‘to be used in next generation Macintosh platforms spanning from notebook computers, desktop computers, servers and standalone displays‘.

These new positions should be considered in context with reports in July last year that Apple would be bringing IGZO display technology to both iPad and MacBook. The latest generation iPad Air was launched in November last year and was the first Apple device to contain the novel IGZO screen technology.  With the latest job listings, it would seem that the company would now be at the stage of testing IGZO for the Mac.
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Something For The Weekend: Apple Releases Another Mavericks 10.9.2 Beta


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Apple has seeded another beta of the next update to the Mac OS in the form of OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. The beta, which is the fourth build to be released, has been seeded to registered members of the Apple Developer program and is available now as an update through the Software Update function of the Mac App Store, or as a direct download from the Mac Developer Portal. The new version follows on from the release of the third beta of 10.9.2 around a week ago.
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New Apple Patent Is A Ray Of Sunshine


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Documentation relating to a new patent that has been awarded to Apple was released today, showing a new way of using solar cells to power a laptop. The patent, filed in 2012 and discovered by AppleInsider, details a laptop that has photovoltaic panels embedded into a two-sided display housing with a screen on the other side. The rear of the display with the solar panels could have electrochromatic glass which can be either translucent or transparent to allow or prevent light from passing through and hitting the solar panels.

The same patent also shows a number of technologies that could be used for implementing touch sensitive controls into the display, a feature which has long been rumored but never implemented in MacBooks.
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Apple Celebrates A 30 Year Mac Saga


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With today representing 30 years to the day when the first Apple Macintosh computer was introduced, Apple has updated its website to provide a tribute to the iconic device. The company has posted a new homepage to its website to celebrate 30 years of the Mac and has also created a video as a tribute, with a number of notable speakers describing how the Mac has changed the way they work.
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Refurbished Haswell Retina MacBook Pros Now Available In Apple Store


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Apple has added both the 13 inch and 15 inch models of the Retina Display MacBook Pro with Haswell processors to the refurbished section of the Apple Store. The 15 inch model was added first, but was quickly followed by the 13 inch model today. Both versions include the latest Intel Haswell processors and were originally launched in late-2013 making them the very latest versions.

The refurbished MacBook Pro models offer the same Apple warranty as brand new models, but can give consumers savings of up to 15% over the full retail price of the new models. The refurbished models are usually flawless and represent excellent value for money, although are limited in availability and configuration options.
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Apple Now Shipping New Mac Pro To Europe


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Apple has finally begun shipping the new Mac Pro models in Europe, nearly a year after sales of the previous generation Mac Pro were halted due to European regulatory requirements. As spotted by French Site MacGeneration, European customers are now starting to receive deliveries of the Mac Pro, a little more than three weeks after orders for the new model were initiated in the middle of December.

The reason that there has been such a gap between availabilities of Mac Pro models in Europe was due to the fact that the previous model of the Mac Pro did not comply with the new European regulations on I/O ports and fan guard placement. Since Apple had a new model in the works, they obviously decided not to make any major changes in the previous model, instead waiting to offer the new Mac Pro which met the new requirements.
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Buyers Now Won’t Get A Mac Pro Until February


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The new Mac Pro was released today and such was the popularity of the device upon launch that buyers now will not get their Mac Pro orders until February at the earliest. Today’s launch of the new Mac Pro, taking place both in Apple retail stores and on the Apple online store, has resulted in high demand, and only hours after it has become available, shipping estimates have slipped from December initially to February on the online stores.

The new shipping estimates are both for custom build of the Mac Pro and stock options, starting with the 3.7 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon E5 model at $2999. Stock options at retail stores are low as well and buyers who haven’t already ordered one will struggle to get one quickly.
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Brand New Mac Pro Launches Tomorrow


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Apple has today announced that the long-awaited update to the Mac Pro will be launching tomorrow with a starting price of $2999. The new Mac Pro, with a brand new design and touted as the most powerful Mac ever, will be launched through both the Apple online store and physical Apple retail stores with both accepting orders for the device tomorrow.

In a press announcement, the company touts some of the major specs of the new Mac Pro, noting that the base model ships with a 3.7 GHz quad core Intel Xeon E5 processor, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage.
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Release Of The First Major OS X Mavericks Update Is Imminent


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The release of a significant software update to the latest version of OS X, 10.9 Mavericks, could be just around the corner. Apple has apparently today seeded an OS X 10.9.1 software update to AppleCare employees for testing (via 9to5Mac). In the past, such a deployment has indicated that the company is preparing to release the update to the public, although it is not yet clear when this would take place.

OS X 10.9.1 is expected to fix a number of issues related to the use of GMail email accounts in OS X, and also contains a number of fixes for the Mail app itself. The update also contains smaller bug fixes including stability improvements to VoiceOver and Safari.
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