The Mac Pro, Apple’s recently refreshed dream machine with up to twelve processing cores, can now be ordered from Apple. The online Apple store estimates up to ten days delivery time for the pricey desktop and users can configure the system with high-end graphics from ATI.
Announced on July 27, the new Mac Pro is available in quad-core, eight-core, and twelve-core flavors, beginning at $2,499, $3,499, and $4,999, respectively. The quad-core model sports a single 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon W3530 processor, 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory (expandable up to 16GB), and a 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive (7200 rpm).
The 8-core model features two 2.4GHz Xeon E5620 quad-core processors and 6GB of RAM while its twelve-core counterpart boasts two 2.66GHz six-core CPUs. Early CPU benchmarks released last November indicated that a Mac Pro fitted with two six-core processors brings a 50 percent speed boost over the previous-generation flagship model.
If you take a closer look at the Mac Pro and iMac refreshes this week, you'll notice that Apple has ditched Nvidia graphic parts in favor of strictly choosing ATI GPUs.
From a technology perspective, Nvidia right now has the shinier bullet point list with its Fermi-based chips, but all iMac and Mac Pro options are comprised of ATI's Evergreen family.
It took a string of suicides to spur it to action, but Apple is finally taking a big step towards trying to ensure that the workers who build its bestselling iPads, iPods, and iPhones enjoy a decent standard of living.
The award-winning "Get a Mac" series of commercials, created by TBWA\Media Arts Lab ran between 2006 and 2009. The commercials angered some Windows users, but convinced others to embrace Apple's slickly packaged hardware. They also helped turn Justin Long and John Hodgman, the leads in the U.S. version of the commercials, into stars.
"We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones." -HTC
Don't be a hero Mike McGee
Two “have-a-go heroes” have been fired by the telco Sprint for helping an Apple security guard capture a thief.
Paul Shoemaker and Mike McGee (no relation), were working at a Sprint outlet at the Cherry Creek Shopping centre. They heard a cry for help from an aging security guard as a shoplifting suspect blazed past them. They chased the guy down, caught him, and held him until mall security and police arrived.
The Apple rumor du jour is that everyone's favorite tablet maker is considering AMD for a spot in the Mac lineup. AppleInsider alleges that AMD execs have been pitching Apple on the chipmaker's upcoming product roadmap, and that the two parties are in "advanced discussions" about putting AMD inside some Apple products.
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