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"Can't innovate anymore my ass!" -- Phil Schiller

Apple is definitely getting “Back to the Mac” with the announcement that it has achieved million Mountain Lion installs since launch; Tim Cook even bragged that Mountain Lion is approaching 40 percent penetration on Macs while Microsoft is struggling to meet 5 percent penetration with Windows 8.
 
But Mountain Lion is so last year; Apple is already working on its successor, OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Apple is moving away its "cat themed" names and is instead looking to points of interest in California to carry it through the next decade of desktop/notebook OS development.


Finder Tabs
 
Mavericks will of course have a ton of new features including Maps, tabbed browsing for Finder, enhanced support for multiple displays, and a big focus on improving battery life for notebooks. And although Safari isn't exactly a "sexy" piece of the OS X equation, Apple has brought a wealth of changes to the browser aimed at improving battery life and improving page rendering performance.

 Battery life enhancements (L), new features in Safari (R)

Apple also announced new MacBook Airs that have "all-day" battery life. The new MacBook Airs are built around Intel's new Haswell CPU architecture, and as a result offer 12 hours of battery (13" model) and 9 hours of battery life (11" model). The notebooks now include 802.11ac support and PCIe-based SSDs. The 11" will start at $999 with 128GB of storage while the 13" model will start at $1099 with 128GB of storage.

 
The biggest hardware announcement, however, came in the form of the new Mac Pro. This totally redesigned professional workstation totally throws out the rulebook when it comes to desktops with a cylindrical design.
 
Phil Schiller took this opportunity to exclaim, "Can't innovate anymore my ass!". This is obviously a retort to the score of people that say that Apple has lost its way.

 
The new Mac Pro will support up to 12-core configs of Intel's next generation Xeon processors.1866MHz DDR3 memory, PCIe flash (1.25GBps reads, 1GBps writes), six Thunderbolt 2 ports, and dual AMD FirePro workstation GPUs.
 
The new Mac Pro will debut this fall and will be built in the United States.

Source: Apple



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By embedded_bill on 6/10/2013 10:16:03 PM , Rating: 3
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Nobody cares how they got the battery life

I care...
I want to know what Apple brings, not what intel brings. Consumers in general may not care, I'm asking a more educated question. What is the new MBA bringing other than the benefit of a new processor? If I were in the market for a new laptop, why an MBA? (I did buy one in 2011, and I admit they are good little machines, but my question not withstanding)

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The direction of the industry is MODULAR computing. That's just the way things are.

Industry moving toward MODULAR computing? Where did you get that from? Give me a few examples of how computers in the target market of the Mac Pro. That's a broad dismissive and BS statement. There aren't really off the shelf competitors because nobody makes really makes them, they are pretty much custom built and hardly modular. A few smart peripherals here and there? Docking stations for your MBA? Pretty sad if you need a docking station for your desktop. Leave it to external PCIe enclosures to provide you with your expansion capability because you didn't already sink enough into your primary module.

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6xTB2 interconnect is more than any "PRO" user will ever need.

Another BS statement, maybe less than the "640KB is more than any user will need" lore but still BS. Maybe more than anyone who buys this Mac Pro will need, assuming anyone builds useful TB2 peripherals, but it's kinda dumb to put a real "PRO" user in one of those silly little boxes, or cylinders if I may.

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People keep talking about external GPU, yet, there are already 2 slots reserved for the built in GPUs

Yes there are two build in GPUs, 2.5 times more powerful than 3 year old middling technology. And those GPU interfaces are very proprietary. It remains to be seen whether anyone would bother to make upgraded GPUs for a machine that will have negligible market share. Hardly awe inspiring. Yes people do talk about external GPUs, and they will be the only way to get a reasonably modern graphics chip for this machine one year from now, unfortunately they will be very disappointed at the money they will have to shell out to get one PCIe 2.0 x16 physical slot with 8 lane performance.

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The most environmentally friendly workstation ever built.

Another unsubstantiated comment, fitting way to end.


By name99 on 6/11/2013 3:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
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I want to know what Apple brings, not what intel brings. Consumers in general may not care, I'm asking a more educated question. What is the new MBA bringing other than the benefit of a new processor? If I were in the market for a new laptop, why an MBA? (I did buy one in 2011, and I admit they are good little machines, but my question not withstanding)


Oh for fsck's sake. What an MBA brings is OSX.
If you don't want OSX then buy another ultrabook and enjoy whatever tradeoffs the manufacturer made. But don't waste our time pretending the issue is not what it is.


By embedded_bill on 6/11/2013 9:16:46 PM , Rating: 2
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Oh for fsck's sake

Wow, your a bit emotional.

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What an MBA brings is OSX

Profound yet useless, how does it smell with your head up your a$$?

Upon deeper looks, it brings PCIe SSD. There is something that apple is doing that's not just a simple processor swap.


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