iFixit Teardown the New iMac

The new iMac is an interesting machine, with a 21.5-inch and a 27-inch model on offer, a 4K panel and sleek aesthetics and a hefty price tag that starts around $1500. Apple love building closed systems for their consumers, but that hasn’t stopped the folks at iFixit from ripping the new Mac to pieces to see how it works.

On the interior, we find that the 4K models display is made by LG, but for those hoping to crack it open and fix any faults, you’re straight out of luck as the glass and LCD are fused together, making screen replacements tricky and expensive. Several of the main components have been soldered to the motherboard too, which can help save space and building costs, but don’t expect to be able to upgrade your CPU or RAM anytime soon, or should I say ever, unless you want to buy a whole new system, ouch!

What’s quite surprising, however, is that despite the new 21.5-inch model being “new” and expensive, it still only features the 5th Gen Broadwell Core-i5’s, not the newer Skylake hardware found in the 27-inch model.

So how does the new system rank on the iFixit scale? 1 out of 10, meaning if something goes wrong, it’s time to buy a new one.

iMac with Retina 5K Display Vs 90mm Anti-Tank Cannon

As much as Apple have proven to be a successful company, creating some of the most popular devices on the market, it still makes me smile to see them getting blown to a million pieces. Then again, I like seeing high-end military hardware blowing stuff up for fun regardless, it just puts a cheeky smile on my face when it’s an Apple product.

We’ve seen a few videos like this in the past, more often than not involving iPhones and bullets. So what if we scale things up a bit? Take a nice and big iMac with 5K Retina display and face it off against a T8 90mm AT (anti-tank) cannon. Let’s be honest, this isn’t a fair fight, but you didn’t come here to read about the iMac winning, we all know how this is going to end.

Of course, we don’t have our own T8 cannon or an iMac 5K of our own to corroborate the results, but we’re pretty confident that YouTuber “FullMag” did a damn good job of showing that iMac who’s boss.

If you could blast any piece of technology with a 90mm anti-tank cannon, what would it be and why? Let us know in the comments section below.

4K 21.5-Inch Apple iMac Could be Coming This Autumn

9to5Mac, a site that specialises in reporting the latest news and rumours regarding Apple products, may have found evidence that a new 21.5-Inch iMac is on its way – the first update to the series in nearly two years – featuring a 4K display. After digging into the latest release of OS X El Capitan beta, Apple’s successor to Yosemite, 9to5Mac found support for an as-yet non-existent 4096×2304 resolution Apple Retina display.

“Likely destined for a refreshed version of the 21.5-inch iMac, which currently does not have a Retina display, the new El Capitan beta references Mac support for a new 4096 x 2304 resolution Apple-made display panel,” says Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.

The listings refer to other supported hardware, including Iris Pro 6200, which is Intel’s new Broadwell-integrated graphic chipset – launched earlier this month but not in use in any current iMac iterations – which would certainly be suitable for powering a 4K display. Below that, further reference is made to four of AMD’s new Radeon R9 processors – the M380, M390, M395, and M395X models – which may also feature in the new machine.

BGR has taken this revelation and ran with it, suggesting that a new 4K 21.5-Inch iMac could be hitting stores this Autumn, a common time of year for new Apple desktop releases.

Thank you International Business Times and 9to5Mac for providing us with this information.

Apple To Replace 3TB Hard Drives In 2012 Model iMacs

We all love that little extra storage, some of us even need it. At the moment my hard drive is warning me that I’m running with less than 50GB free (game sales always do that), and some of us sometimes even end up upgrading our hard drives just in case we might need that little extra space. So what about those of you who brought a 3TB iMac between December 2012 and September 2013?

For those who bought an iMac in this period might want to take up Apple on their replacement scheme they’ve recently launched. If you take them up on the offer Apple will replace and transfer your data (if it’s possible) until December 19th or three years after the original sale (whichever ends later). It will also compensate people who have paid to replace a hard drive from the list of affected models.

So what’s affecting all these hard drives? Quite simply they are failing almost 44% of the time, almost five times that of the models released during the 2013 period a year before.

The graph above outlines the information that MacNN was able to report on, showing that with a 44% for a 3TB Seagate hard drive, a significant change from their normal failure rate.

If you are a Mac user and want to check if your iMac may be affected check out the replacement scheme located here, by entering your serial number you can check if your system may be affected by this problem.With the offer

With the offer available, even if you’ve yet to experience a problem with your machine I would recommend checking and taking them up on the offer if the problem does affect you. The last thing anyone wants is to lose their files and memories because of a bad hard drive.

Thank you MacNN for the information.

Image courtesy of Apple.

Apple May Release New Force Touch iMac and Macbook Pro Lineup This Week

Thinking of buying a new iMac or MacBook Pro? Then you should wait a bit longer. Rumour has it that Apple may release a new iMac and Macbook Pro lineup sooner than you might expect.

Apple has just dropped support for some of its ageing products over the weekend and the move might bring some new lineups, as far as Mac Generation’s sources tell. So what to expect after the company revealed its new Force Touch MacBook at the Spring Forward event?

Sources tell that a new 15-inch MacBook Pro and a 27-inch iMac is working their way onto Apple’s store this Wednesday and if the rumours prove to be true, it means that the new MacBook Pro lineup will be the first 15-incher to be shipped with Apple’s Force Touch trackpad.

As always, there are no confirmed specs for the products until Apple officially release them. However, rumours tell that they will be fitted with the latest Intel Broadwell CPUs, which could give the MacBook Pro lineup a boost in battery life.

Even if all the above turns out to be true, we still have to wait until Wednesday to actually see them. So how likely are you to buy a new MacBook Pro or iMac? Let us know!

Thank you BRG for providing us with this information

Apple Stopping Support for Some Ageing Products

Companies need to find ways to save time and we all know that time is money. This can be in such ways like moving some services to online, or getting automated call services to take some of the load from employees. Well, Apple are renowned for completely stopping support for older products.

This time around, a source has leaked the next line up of products that Apple are planning on discontinuing service to. This will affect instore fixes and will come into effect on June 9th:

  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3G (China)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3GS (China)
  • Original iPhone
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid-2009)
  • iMac (20-inch, Mid 2007)
  • iMac (24-inch, Mid 2007)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHZ)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4GHZ)
  • AirPort Express Base Station
  • Xserve (Late 2006)
  • Xserve RAID (SFP, Late 2004)

To be fair to Apple, most of the products on that line-up are around 7 years old, but none the less if you happen to have one of these products and you need assistance; book yourself in ASAP. Although Apple will still be offering support to AppleCare customers over the phone.

I can see Apple receiving a few complaints over this matter, but for once; I’m completely agreeing with Apple. Do you have one of the listed devices? How do you feel about losing instore customer service? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to BGR for providing us with this information.

‘Thunderstrike’ Fixed in OS X 10.10.2

‘Thunderstrike’, a vulnerability for Macs with a Thunderbolt port, will be patched in the next version of OS X Yosemite. The vulnerability allowed an attacker to swap a Mac’s boot firmware with software of their own via the Thunderbolt port. The new update, released to developers last week, fixes this issue.

The flaw was deemed to be quite significant, with potential for an attacker to pretty much take whatever they wanted from a target machine. However, there have been no examples of this exploit being implemented in the wild – most probably due to the fact it would require an attacker to have physical access to the machine.

The exploit is notable as one of the first of its kind to effect Macs, with many speculating whether the Mac platform and OS X would now be subject to more vulnerabilities like this thanks to their increased popularity.

The update, which includes the fix, should be rolled out to end users in the coming weeks, although that may be sooner considering the urgency required to fix this flaw.

Source: iMore

Apple Granted Patent for Hands-Free Gesture Control

Apple has filed a patent for a type of gesture control system that it is calling a “3D user interface”. The technology would allow users to control a computing device with body movements alone, with no need to touch a keyboard, mouse, or screen.

The patent diagram shows a person sat at a desktop computer, using hand and arm movements to a webcam to control the device, suggesting the technology is likely to be implemented on Apple’s iMacs, rather than popular touchscreen mobile devices iPhone and iPad.

Analysts for Global Equities Research even speculated that the gesture control system could be a part of a new gaming console or a new iteration of Apple TV.

Source: Time

Apple Releases First Ever Auto-Update for Mac

For the first time ever, Apple has released an automatic security update for iMacs and Macbooks. The update is designed to patch the recently-discovered security vulnerability CVE-2014-9295, which affects OS X and other Linux and Unix distributions.

Apple spokesperson Bill Evans told Reuters that the update is “seamless” and doesn’t require a system restart.

The security vulnerability was revealed last week by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. The bug means hackers could exploit a fault in a system’s Network Time Protocol (NTP) for gain access to a computer remotely.

“Apple’s proactive steps to automatically remediate this particular vulnerability shows the need to quickly patch remotely exploitable vulnerabilities,” according to Tripwire security analyst Ken Westin. “However, the use of Apple’s automatic deployment tool is not without risks, as even the simplest update can cause problems for some systems. In this case the update may have been so minor the risk of affecting other applications and processes was minimal.”

Westin advises anyone worried about the auto-update that “If you have a Mac system where an automatic update might introduce a problem — or you are the paranoid type — it can be disabled by going to the Apple Menu > System Preferences > App Store and unchecking Install system data files and security updates.”

Source: CNET

Rumours Suggest 27-Inch iMac with 5K Retina Display

Most people believed that Apple would present a new iPad during their next press event in October, while other people leaned more towards a new Retina iMac; the latter won that argument according to the latest rumours, though one doesn’t necessarily exclude the other.

Citing an unnamed source familiar with Apple’s plans, Jack March confirms the rumour. According to his source, Apple are planning to launch a single Retina iMac at the next press event. The new 27″ iMac will use a 5K Retina panel with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. The resolution figures were previously leaked in the OS X Yosemite code a couple of weeks ago. The new 27″ model boasts double the resolution compared to the current, so it’s quite an upgrade.

The rest of the design is said to stay the same, and it won’t have the new USB Type-C port either: That’s not planned until the new 12″ Macbook Air. The only real difference between the new and the old model will the processor; besides the display of course. The new top iMac’s will sport the Intel i7-4790K that has a clock speed of 4 GHz and a Turbo up to 4.4 GHz.

The Broadwell CPU’s will likely be added in an update next year, but with their delay Apple has to stick with Haswell for now. The source also said the new product will include AMD graphics like the Late 2013 Mac Pro, the current iMacs use Nvidia GPU’s. What model it might be is pure speculation, maybe a Radeon R9 285?

The 21.5-inch model will sadly not get a Retina display and will stay at a 1920×1080 resolution. Just like the 27″ model it will keep its current design too. The source said that it was likely that the smaller model would get the Retina upgrade at the same time as the version with Broadwell processors start shipping.

Thank you JackMarch for proving us with these information

Images courtesy of Apple

Apple’s Latest Budget Friendly iMac Not Fully Upgradeable

Earlier this week we heard about Apple’s latest offering to the market with a more budget conscious 21.5″ iMac, costing $1099 in the states and £899 here in the UK, and like most technology these days, it hasn’t taken all that long before someone (not myself for once) has taken a set of tools to the new system to see what’s going on inside.

Whilst most of the iMac hardware appears to be business as usual, one of Apples resellers – Other World Computing – has discovered that this new low price system is not as great as Apple have made it out to be. Compared to the more expensive iMacs that Apple have on offer today, this low-end system has been found to have its memory soldered on to the motherboard instead of having a separate module. Whilst this does mean that the production cost is a fraction lower, what it means for the end-user is that they are stuck with 8GB of memory, with no physical way to upgrade it in the future should they desire.

With Apple products already costing more than the equivalent Windows-based system, this move to non-upgradeable memory is a bit of a sheepish way to get users to move up to the next level should they wish to have a system that is a little more future proof.

This said though, Apple do give us an indication on the Apple store that there is no option to upgrade the memory. Whereas the 2.7GHz iMac lists 8GB memory with two 4GB modules, the 1.4GHz model doesn’t – it’s a bit of a sly way to me of telling people this information when we consider that many Apple users are not going to know the difference, resulting in a purchase that may be regretted down the line.

Not all hope is lost though as you can upgrade the hard drive before purchase. If 500GB is not enough for you then $50 / £40 will net you a 1TB drive or and extra $250 / £200 will get you a 250GB SSD or a 1TB Fusion drive (a SSHD for anyone who isn’t Apple). Personally though, I’ll stick to my Windows-based desktop system.

Source and image courtesy of mactrast

Apple iMac Spotted Running Windows XP in Austin, Texas Production Line

Microsoft products running on Apple hardware might not have been seen as a big thing, but given the ‘flavour’ added by Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, towards Microsoft during Apple’s WWDC, things are looking a bit awkward. Last Thursday, Cook apparently tweeted a photo of himself touring Apple’s Austin, Texas production line where the Apple Mac Pro is manufactured. This might not be such a big announcement if it wasn’t for something seen in the background of the tweeted photo.

Looking closely on the iMac in the background, it is clearly noticeable that the Apple hardware is running on Windows operating system. Whether it is Windows XP or 7, one guess is as good as the other. However, given the style of the bottom bar, most best are on Windows XP, which is funny since the OS has been discontinued by Microsoft some time ago. Cook looks to have not even seen the ‘issue’ here, but tweets and retweets have been issued, having people buzzing about the Microsoft operating system present in Apple’s production line.

As far as the application running on the Microsoft operating system, reports are that the operating system was used in order to run electronic design automation software (EDA), or something similar in the embedded analysis program software range. As for Apple’s PR, things are not looking so great, since the shot could have been taken from a different angle or at least the ‘issue’ could have been easily spotted before the image was tweeted.

The irony in all this is found in Cook’s speech during WWDC, having the chief executive mocking Microsoft’s poor adoption of Windows 8. Given the tweeted image, Apple might consider adopting Microsoft’s latest operating system themselves, given they are running on a 13 years old operating system with no further security support available.

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information
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Removable CPU Confirmed In The New Mac Pro

When it comes to Apple computers, they have been criticized for the lack of flexibility towards user upgrades. Basically, if you buy an iMac, Mac Pro or Macbook, what you get is what you get suck with unless you buy another one. That’s why most users tend to spend more and go for the high-end specs when buying Apple gear. But it seems times are changing, and Apple devices tend to change with them.

The new Mac Pro is reported to have been built with more modding features in mind, and according to Other World Computing who performed a quick teardown of the new Mac Pro, it has been confirmed that the CPU in the computer is removable, meaning that users will be able to upgrade the CPU whenever they want in the event that it starts to get a little old or worn out.

This is thanks to the fact that the processor is socketed to the motherboard, as opposed to being directly soldered, which seems to be the case in most of Apple’s Mac computers, both laptop and desktop. Apple’s Mac Pros have typically been a little bit more customizable than the iMac, where users can swap out RAM and graphic cards for something better or newer. The CPU swapping feature might not seem to be as flexible as what you can do in custom-built Windows-based PCs, but at least it is a step forward.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information
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Mavericks Update Free For A Limited Time On The UK Mac App Store

Yes, this is not a joke it seems. Apple offers the new operating system, Mavericks, completely free for mac users on the Mac App Store for a limited time (or at least it should if they still want to make money). Are you surprised? We are as well.

“We want all Mac users to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies and the strongest security. And now they can. Because the newest version of OS X is free. It’s a simple download from the Mac App Store, so it couldn’t be easier to get. OS X Mavericks is another major leap forward for the Mac — and for everyone who uses it”

Users who access the Apple website will be greeted with the message above and the link that takes you to the Mac App Store Preview section. Get your Macs ready, connect to the nearest Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection, open your App Store and start your download.

“With OS X Mavericks, the Mac experience gets even better. It brings new apps to your desktop. Adds features you’ll love to use. And introduces technologies that help your Mac perform even better —
while using even less power.”

So don’t miss the chance to get your free upgrade on your MacBook, iMac or even Mac mini. Head on down to the website and see it with your own eyes. And hurry up not to miss the opportunity yourself!

New Configurations Available For iMac

New additions to the existing iMac line of devices have surfaced to keep fresh and current. The new iMac entry-level model features a 2.7 GHz Intel i5 Quad-Core processor with Intel Iris Pro graphics, 8 GB of Memory (upgradeable to 16 GB) and 1 TB Fusion Drive. However the higher-end 21.5-inch and both 27-inch iMac feature up to 3.4 GHz Intel i5 Quad-Core processors (configurable to 3.5 GHz Intel i7 Quad-Core processor), memory up to 32 GB and up to 3TB Fusion Drive storage space.

Apple has also added the NVIDIA GeForce 7xx series to its iMac configurations with double the video memory and are 40% faster compared to the previous generations of iMac. Customers looking for the ultimate performance can even swap in the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB of GDDR5 to their configuration.

Other upgrades consist of modifying the wireless controller with the next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi having 3x faster wireless performance and adding support for PCIe-based flash storage which gives a 50% boost in performance compared to the previous generations.

The standard price for the new iMac is between $1299 – $1499 for the 21.5-inch model and $1799 – $1999 for the 27-inch model.

Thank you techPowerUp for providing us with the information.

Images courtesy of techPowerUp.

 

 

Working Apple I Computer Sets Auction Record At $632,590

There are just six of the original Apple computers in the world that still actually work, but only one of them was being shown off to bidders last Friday before going up for auction over the weekend.

Estimates where that the computer could fetch a staggering $400,000 but that quickly went out the window when the device raked in a mind blowing $632,590 at the Breker auction in Cologne, Germany.

With over 3000 times the processing power of the modern iMac, the Apple 1 isn’t going to be winning any performance benchmarks any time soon, but with it being the company’s first ever model it’s hundreds of times more expensive and endlessly more exclusive and rare.

Last year the same auction house sold one of the other six Apple I’s for $640,000 while a New York auction house sold one for $374,500 but that’s obviously nothing compared to the $632,590 that this most recent sale collected, making this the most expensive Apple computer to date.

Not only is this computer rare, but it was also hand built by Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and while Apple might get a lot of stick these days for being money grabbers it’s amazing to see just how far the company has come and the Apple I is the crown jewel of that historic timeline.

With an original retail price of $666.66 in the mid 1970s it’s safe to say that the value of these computers have gone up considerably. The buyer has remained anonymous but Breker auction house did say that the “an Asian client has purchased a functioning 1976 Apple I at a record price.”

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Image courtesy of Breker

Apple Finally Provides SSDs For Their iMac Systems


Apple, Inc. has finally added the option to include a solid state drive as a disk option for iMac.

Although the company didn’t specify which SSDs are being used, for $300 you will get a 256gig SSD, whereas you’ll need to shell out $600 more for the 512GB SSD and $900 for 768GB version.

Apple has also the option to equip their iMac desktop systems with their ‘Fusion Drive’ which is essentially nothing more than a 128GB SSD used as a caching SSD paired with the 1 TB hard drive installed on the system, just like how we have SSDs with Nvelo firmware like Corsair Accelerator and SanDisk ReadyCache drive. The SSD Caching provides extra caching for the programs that are used frequently, therefore allowing you to get faster access and bit better load times.

Unfortunately, for now this only applies to 21.5″ model. Those who are interested for the 27″ counterpart may have to wait, depending on when and if Apple, Inc chooses to do so. Apple, Inc. also doesn’t provide the option to mount a 3TB Hard drive or a 3TB Fusion drive, let alone a 768 GB Solid State Drive.

Source: Toms’ Hardware