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With WWDC kicking off on Monday June 8, I wanted to post my expectation that Apple will release Mac updates in either September or October. In the May 13, 2009 WWDC Press Release Apple stated it would be issuing a Mac OS X Snow Leopard 'final Developer Preview'. Prior to this press release, I expressed my expectations of what Apple would likely do with respect to Snow Leopard at WWDC in a May 5, 2009 reply at the MacRumors Forums eight days prior to the Apple Press Release. Here's what I stated:
Apple has rolled out changes to its One to One program that provides personalized setup and training for Mac users. The program is still priced at $99 per year but is now available only to those who have purchased a new Mac from an Apple Retail Store (and soon from the Apple Online Store).
Apple's MacBook portables have taken three top spots in the June 2009 issue of Consumer Reports. Apple Macintosh laptops ranked highest across the 13-inch, 14-to 16-inch and 17- to 18-inch categories as Apple readily beat out PC vendors who sell Windows based systems. Interestingly the systems that Microsoft has featured in their recent television ads came nowhere close to Apple systems in the ratings.
Apple today announced updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac that is priced more affordably than ever before and a Mac mini with powerful new integrated graphics. For the same $1,499 price as the previous generation 20-inch iMac, the new 24-inch iMac delivers a 30 percent larger display, twice the memory and twice the storage. Delivering up to five times better graphics performance, the updated Mac mini now features the same groundbreaking NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics introduced with the aluminum unibody MacBook family. The Mac mini is the world's most energy efficient desktop, drawing less than 13 watts of power when idle. All iMac and Mac mini systems come with Mac OS X Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system, and iLife '09, Apple's unparalleled suite of consumer applications for managing and organizing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.
Our MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air guides have been updated to reflect the features of the latest models within the respective lineups. The guides offers an overview of the models as well as detailed information broken down into the several categories and buying advice.
Apple will be conducting a special notebook event tomorrow where they are expected to unveil updates to the MacBook and MacBook Pro models. For many, tomorrow can't come fast enough as the agony of holding out has been driving them crazy.
Our MacBook Air guide has just been posted. The guide offers an overview of the MacBook Air as well as detailed information broken down into the following areas:
In an August 11, 2008 article posted at the Houston Chronicle, Bob Levitus provides 12 reasons why parents should send their kids to college with a Mac in hand.
In a June 12, 2007 article Eric Bangeman of Ars Technica posted a review of the new Santa Rosa based 17-inch MacBook Pro. It's a very detailed and extensive review that's a must read for anyone who is considering the 17-inch MacBook Pro. Bangeman often compares the new model to prior generation 17-inch models so it's a great way how the new model stacks up to older models.
The model ships with the latest version of Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.6 in addition to iLife '06, Apple's Digital Life software suite that includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb.
Apple's new Intel based Macs have recently been hacked to allow native installations of both Mac OS X and Windows XP. Following this development, a post at Gearlog outlines recent benchmarks demonstrating that Apple's MacBook Pro runs Photoshop faster than Windows based notebooks.