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.

Apple Increases Prices of Its Products in Non-US Countries

While Apple has discounted the price of its Apple TV in North America to $69, the company seems to be doing the exact opposite to a lot of its products around the world. This comes as a result of the US Dollar gaining some ground and becoming stronger in the market.

Apple products which suffered an increase in pricing include the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt Display, and are now more expensive in countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and other countries to reflect currency adjustments.

For example, the Canadian Apple Store shows an increase in unlocked iPhone 6 from between $749-$969 to $839-$1,099, Thunderbolt Displays from $999 to $1,199, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from between $2,099-$2,699 to $2,449-$3,049. Apple also upped the price on its 15-inch MacBook Pro in France, with the base model now starting at €2,249 up from €1,999, and the higher-spec model up to €2,799 from €2,499.

Apple is said to continue to make the adjustments in order to ensure that its products and services are as consistently priced as possible throughout the world. However, in some cases, international prices will remain higher than North America prices as a ‘safety’ against currency fluctuations.

Thank you MacRumors for providing us with this information

‘Duet’ – App That Allows You to Use an iPad as an External Display Released

Duet, an app that allows you to use your iPad as an external display for your Mac, has just been released. The app was teased a few days ago, but now users have finally been able to try it out for themselves.

The app uses Apple’s standard Lightening cable to link your Mac with your iPad (or iPhone) and quite simply turns your iOS device into an external display. It can display in either a standard definition mode or in a ‘Retina’ mode, using the full resolution of your iPad or iPhone’s display.

I tested the app myself and it works pretty well. It streams the image to the iPad very smoothly in standard mode, while lag with the Retina mode can be encountered on some older Macs (I used a 2012 MacBook Air, iPad 3rd Generation and an iPhone 6 Plus ).

Duet is available now on the App Store for $9.99 for a very limited time, it will be $14.99 after that.

Source: MacRumors

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

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iPhone 6 to Features Ultra-sharp Screen Resolution

Many months have passed and many rumours have been thrown around, but with Apples next phone still not out in the wild, speculation is still in overdrive. The latest rumour comes from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, a well known industry source for Apple product leaks and information, often cited for reporting features before the official announcement, so we couldn’t help but take note of his latest bit of information.

He says that the so-called iPhone 6 will features an impressive screen resolution of 1704 x 960, that’s a 50% increase over the iPhone 5s’ screen resolution. this increase in resolution fits in very well with other rumours, which say that Apples new handset will come with larger screen sizes, more screen real estate will need more pixels to maintain the sharp resolution the iPhone is renowned for.

The pixel count will be increased, but so too will the pixel density. The iPhone 5s currently packs 326ppi, but the rumoured 4.7inch and 5.5inch editions of the iPhone 6 would bring 416ppi and 356ppi pixel densities, respectively.

As always Apple have declined to comment on the report.

Thank you LA Times for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of LA Times.

Apple Rumored To Release New iPads Along With Its 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” This Fall

A lot of rumors have been floating around regarding the new devices Apple is to deliver this year. From large display iPhones, to the iWatch and even new versions of the current iPads, they are all targeted to be released as early as the end of 2014. The iPad Pro for example, a device which has been rumored to have a 12.9-inch display and be dedicated to business clients and education, is also expected to be released this fall.

While Samsung already made its move with its 12.2-inch tablets at CES, Apple is expected to speed up its development and do the same thing this year and we should see the first 12.9-inch iPad by the end of this year. It is said that Q3 is the earliest possible time for Apple to release its new tech though.

Earlier rumors suggest that Quanta Computer will be tasked with production of the large iPad. Apart from this tablet, Apple is also rumored to release new models of its Retina iPad Mini and iPad Air. The same release date as the iPad Pro has been suggested for the latter iPads as well, though we are most likely to see them next year rather than this year.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information

Apple’s Retina iPad Minis Rumored To Have Limited Stock Availability

It seems Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed another rumor when asked about the availability of the iPad mini with Retina display. Cook said that the new model will start shipping “later in November,” but that it’s “unclear whether we’ll have enough for the quarter or not”. Cook quickly pointed out that “we know how many we’ll have,” but that it’s difficult to predict demand for a product until it starts shipping. He seemed to be confirming persistent rumors that the Retina mini would be in short supply during the holiday shopping season.

Although Cook insisted that “we’ll do fairly well with iPad,” and that Apple will have a “really great holiday season,” the company may have reason to be concerned about not being able to meet demand for the new model. As reported earlier, iPad sales were flat compared to the same period last year, even while competitors are seeing major growth in tablet sales. Apple has seen its share of the total tablet market drop from 60 percent a year ago to just 32 percent today.

Apple is hoping, according to Cook, for “an iPad Christmas,” but it may be one that many customers will have to celebrate without the company’s most notable new model.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

VESA Working On micro-DisplayPort, To Bring 4K And Beyond Resolution

The Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort and miniDisplayPort are on the market but it looks like the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has just announced that it is working on defining a micro-DisplayPort standard which will still be backward-compatible with existing DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort devices and offer beyond 4K Ultra HD connectivity for phones, tablets, and ultra-portables.

VESA won’t solely concentrate on the port itself. Instead, it will be figuring out the final design for the docking connector, receptacle, and cable as well. The new standard is “designed to support data rates for future display bandwidths beyond today’s 4K resolutions” as VESA states, while another goal is to support passive cables up to 1.5m ( 5 feet ) in length, without requiring any sort of repeater or other active component, tech which would be particularly important in smartphones and other portable devices.

The micro-DisplayPort will also allow laptop, tablet and smartphone manufacturers to make even thinner devices. That said, it remains to be seen how Apple and Intel will respond to the smaller connection. Currently, the Thunderbolt technology used on the Mac line-up, with a full six Thunderbolt 2 ports, relies on a mini-DisplayPort connector, which is also backward-compatible with traditional DisplayPort monitors.

A switch to micro-DisplayPort could allow Apple to trim its notebooks even further, and looking at the MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display for instance, having a spec of just 3.46 pounds and 0.71-inches thick, who knows how light or thin they could get if the micro-DisplayPort gets standardized.

Thank you Slashgear for providing us with this information

Apple Releases New MacBook Pro Models With Specs Boost And Price Cuts

Apple announced new MacBook Pro Retina models, giving its 13-inch and 15-inch laptops a specs boost and even more appealing price cuts. So what are the specs for these new Apple MacBook generation? Keep reading and you will find out.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is going to be faster and lighter than the previous generation. It’s 3.46 pounds and 0.71 inches thin, as Schiller announced, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing. The new 13-inch MBP Retina contains a Haswell processor, matching Intel processor that’s in the current generation MacBook Air notebooks. That means, even with the high-resolution screen, it has 9 hours of battery life. The notebook also comes with Iris integrated graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a Thunderbolt 2 connection.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina doesn’t change its form factor from last year’s version, but the Apple notebook refresh does include Intel’s 4th generation quad-core processor, Haswell. Also, like the 13-inch version, the bigger MBP has a longer battery life, clocking in at 8 hours, according to the company. Its Iris-integrated graphics can be boosted by an optional GeForce GT 750M card upgrade, and all configurations come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2.

The 13-inch Macbook costs $1,299 (about £800), down from the previous generation’s $1,499 (about £923) price. The 15-inch Macbook is not far behind, it costs $1,999 (about £1,231), down from $2,199 (about £1,354) price of the original 15-inch MBP Retina. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina display updates start shipping today and are on sale in the Apple Store online right now.

Thank you TechRadar for providing us with this information.

Higher-res iPad 6 In The Works According To KGI

Those of you who were eagerly anticipating the upcoming iPad 5 should consider shifting perspective and looking into the not-so-near future, at the iPad 6. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is talking iPad 6 which he anticipates that will be a 9.7-inch iPad with a pixel density that exceeds today’s iPad by 30 percent to 40 percent.

That’s considerable, as the iPad 4 already has a pretty high pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. The iPad 5 is expected to maintain that pixel density but be thinner and lighter. The Ultra-High resolution iPad would appear in mid-2014.

He does not expect, however, a large 12.9-inch iPad: “Contrary to speculation that next year’s iPad next year may come in a 12-inch form, or larger, we think it will not change from the current 9.7-inch format as we think a 12-inch iPad would not provide a good mobility experience given today’s technology limitations,” he predicted.

Whether that speculation about the non-appearance of a large iPad is borne out, remains to be seen as there has been a lot of supply chain chatter about a large iPad. Kuo also expects Apple to announce an iPad Mini Retina at Apple’s media event later this month.

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Cnet.


Apple Rumored To Release Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook with Retina Display

It looks like Apple may be planning to release a 12-inch MacBook with an all-new design and high-resolution Retina Display in Mid-2014, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The new MacBook is expected to feature a clamshell form factor even thinner than the current MacBook Air, and may debut at a lower-price point than the current Retina MacBook Pro line due to an improving yield rate. While Kuo stops short of calling the new model a replacement for the current MacBook Air line, his description of the model suggests that it would indeed supplant Apple’s current ultra-slim notebook line.

Kuo’s claims match with a report from NPD DisplaySearch analysts earlier this week claiming that Apple is planning to introduce a new 12-inch MacBook Air next year. That new model was predicted to use a high-resolution 2304 x 1440 display. Both rumors also fall in line with earlier reports that Apple is set to move to IGZO displays for many of its future products, allowing for higher-resolution displays with lower power consumption.

Claims made by Kuo have generally been quite accurate with his predictions over the past several years, including accurately outlining many of the details of Apple’s 2013 launch plans as far back as January. Other accurate predictions have included the introduction of a “third MacBook line” that arrived in the form of Retina MacBook Pro models and the discontinuation of the 17-inch MacBook Pro last year.

Thank you MacRumors for providing us with this information.

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New iPhone To Feature ‘Screen Expansion’ At 4.8-inch Displays

A lot of rumours were circulating regarding Apple’s next big move in innovating their iPhone, with ‘big’ being the keyword being used. From reports which originally began appearing a couple of months ago till the new one which appeared today, Apple is working on something ‘big’. And that something is the internal prototype testing of bigger iPhones, with screen sizes ranging from 4.3-inches all the way up to 6-inches, which probably will be another product altogether. Perhaps the iPhone phablet is indeed in the works and Apple wants to gain ground with its competition, such as the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Galaxy Note 3.

“Despite still seeing risk to CQ4 and FY13 revs, we now believe better [gross margins] will allow Apple to skate by until iPhone 6 launches with its 4.8″ screen,” Peter Misek, an analyst at Jefferies & Co. ,  wrote in a note. “We est ~50% of smartphone shipments have >4″ screens and that iPhone 6 will catalyze a large upgrade cycle. The stock is attractive based on the attitude change, FY15 revs >+15%, and valuation.”

The rumours indicate that the next iPhone “6”, which will undoubtedly be launched in 2014, will come with a 4.8-inch display. We don’t know exactly how the number 4.8 was reached, but it is a  believable rumour. Apple’s next iPhone will undoubtedly be bigger, but reliable hard evidence has yet to arise. Therefore the iPhone 5s along with its fingerprint sensation and colourful iOS 7 interface will still remain the main subject attraction, for now at least.

Thank you NextPowerUp and BGR for providing us with this information.

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