Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Users Reporting Upgrading Issues with Mac minis

This was just recently seen on Twitter, many users were outraged due to the fact that Apple's Mac mini lineup could not be updated to the latest Mac OS X 10.8.2 Apparently the current update on the Mac App Store doesn't seem to work well with the Mini, many users are reporting re-installing multiple times. The reason behind this apparently, seems to be that Apple offers Mini users with a special version of 10.8.2 and this apparently has not been put up on the Mac App Store yet..

Could this possibly have to do with the other Macs using Fusion Drive?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Power of the Mini

Don't get the title of this post mistaken with the iPad mini. While the iPad mini is busy making headlines, the Mac mini is slowly becoming an increasingly powerful computer. With the specs the current Mac mini offers (up to a 2.6ghz Quad Core processor) no other competitor seems to provide this much power in such a slim form factor. If we think back to when the Mac mini had first launched back in January 2005, no one could have ever imagined integrating a quad core processor in such a small form factor. Even the server packs in 2TB of hard drive space. The current Mini comes in at 2.7 pounds, and measures at a height of 1.4 inches, with the width and depth at 7.7 inches. What more this small design also manages to fit in the power brick.

The folks at macminicolo managed to do a benchmark test on this brand new Mini. The results that came in were... let's just say pretty amazing.

The Mac mini Server (Late 2012 model) just manages to post benchmarks above the 11,000 mark. 

According to Macminicolo this is comparable to the last generation XServe and the 2010 Mac Pros. Some might wonder with these types of figures the only thing that might ever keep the Mini and the Pro separated is the upgradeability and expansion. It's no wonder why even Paul Schiller said that the Mac Mini Server was popular among users. 

If you're looking for a small desktop, that can connect to pretty much any monitor, keyboard and mouse. The Mac mini is definitely the way to go, and for the starting price at $599 it still remains Apple's most affordable desktop. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Apple announces Q4 Results for 2012

Today Apple released their Q4 2012 and according to the press release, Apple had a very good end to this year.

CUPERTINO, California—October 25, 2012—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter ended September 29, 2012. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $36.0 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $28.3 billion and net profit of $6.6 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.0 percent compared to 40.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 26.9 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 58 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 14.0 million iPads during the quarter, a 26 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4.9 million Macs during the quarter, a 1 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 5.3 million iPods, a 19 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $2.65 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 15, 2012, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 12, 2012.

“We’re very proud to end a fantastic fiscal year with record September quarter results,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re entering this holiday season with the best iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod products ever, and we remain very confident in our new product pipeline.”

“We’re pleased to have generated over $41 billion in net income and over $50 billion in operating cash flow in fiscal 2012,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first fiscal quarter of 2013, we expect revenue of about $52 billion and diluted earnings per share of about $11.75.” 

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

With Apple just releasing a slew of new products, investors and spectators will be very interested in seeing what the first quarter of 2013 will hold in terms of revenue for Apple.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Apple introduces new Mac mini, iPad mini, iMac and Macbook Pros

Apple finally managed to launch their new iPad mini lineup today alongside a whole slew of new products. In fact, quite a bit since it not only covered the iOS products but also the Macintosh lineup.

The products that were introduced:

  • iPad mini (7.9 inch) - Available in Slate Black and White. (Starts at $329 for 16GB)
  • iPad with retina display (9.7 inch) - Available in Black and White (Starts at $499 for 16GB)
  • New Mac mini - with third generation Intel Processors (Starts at $599)
  • New iMac - Much thinner design, third generation Ivy bridge processors (Starts at $1299)
  • New Macbook Pro - Retina Display (Starts at $1699) 
Whew, it had been a very entertaining keynote. Also there was quite some smack towards Android devices *cough* Nexus 7 *cough* 

Anyways onto the main information: The iPad mini features a 7.9 inch display at a resolution of 1024x 768, the weight of the device is extremely light at 0.68kg. The design of the actual device kind of resembles the new iPod Touch line. The iPad mini features an A5 processor (most likely to keep price down), a 5mp iSight camera, 1.2mp Facetime HD camera and the ability to record in 1080p video. The iPad mini also features Siri and up to 10 hours of battery life. Alongside the iPad mini, Apple also introduced a faster 4th generation iPad with retina display. The new iPad will feature the same 9.7 inch display, lightning port and the new A6X processor. For more information on the iPad mini click here

Apple also introduced a new Mac mini (*Finally!*) The new Mac mini retains the same design and form factor, but now features the newer Ivy Bridge- third generation Intel processors. The baseline model features 4GB Ram and 500GB hard drive, coupled with 2.5ghz Dual Core Intel i5 processor, the 2.3ghz i7 model starts at $799 and features 4GB Ram, a 1TB hard drive and a quad core processor. The Server model starts at $999 and features 4GB RAM and 2TB hard drive, coupled with the same quad core processor. It is important to note that there is no more dedicated graphics anymore. Instead all these models come with an Intel HD 4000 graphics card. For more information on the Mac mini click here 

The new iMac also had a pretty dramatic change, ditching the optical drive for a very sleek and slim enclosure. These also feature the newer third generation Intel processors. The base model starts $1299 and features 8GB Ram, 1TB hard drive space, 2.7ghz quad core i5 and a dedicated GT640m graphics card with 512mb graphics memory. More information on the iMac, click here

The new iPad mini will be available November 2nd, pre-orders start from October 26.