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  • Ed
    If there's one product that's hotly anticipated in the next 12 months, it's got to be the forthcoming Apple TV set.
    Samsung and other leading brands of LCD TVs have been peddling their smart TVs, yet Apple's remained largely hush on the subject, delivering subtle updates to their set-top box solution, the Apple TV.
    New ramblings emerging from analyst Peter Misek at Jefferies sees increased speculation after he went on record to state that Apple's smart TV sets are "far more than a TV. It is a display, gaming center, media hub, computer, home automator, etc."
    It's previously been reported that the smart TV from Apple will be available in 3 sizes, ranging from 32" to 55", and now Misek's declaring that the average sale price will be $1,250, making it affordable for mass consumption.
    Misek also said that he believes specialty components in China have begun to ship to Apple's suppliers, albeit in "small quantities".
    The Apple TV sets, or "iPanel", is expected to be released at the end of this year. Get your credit cards ready, folks.

  • PookyMacMan
    I would like to bring to your attention our MacMod of the Month project. Please share with us your Mods and compete for our monthly and yearly awards.
    We asked user PunkNugget to take charge of it, as it is in fact his idea. We'll try to reward the best yearly Mod with a prize. If you have already posted a topic (with your Mod) which could be moved to this new forum, just let me or a global mod know, and we'll move it.
    About the project leader, PunkNugget:
    He is a 15+ year Mac owner. He wanted to build his own personal Custom PC and figure out how to get his copy of Mac OS X to work with his new PC, since he kept hearing about "Hackintoshes."
    That's how he eventually found InsanelyMac.com and also wanted a place where we can DISPLAY our Hackies with PRIDE! We asked him if he would be willing to participate, and hence the reason why we have MacMod of the Month.

  • Ed
    It's been almost two years since the Mac Pro got an update. And they're at their most expensive ever, with the base 4-core tower unit clocking in at $2,499… all that for a machine made in 2010 that still supports only 3GB/s transfer rates and outdated graphics cards!?
    Whether or not the Mac Pro goes the way of the Xserve and gets phased out, awesome benchmarking site BareFeats (one of my personal favorite sites) wanted to see how the latest graphics card from AMD, the Radeon HD 7970 fared.
    Here's one of the graphs plotted, showing frames per second in Starcraft 2:

    Head on over to the full report over at BareFeats to get the full low down and analysis.
    Let us know if you've built yourself a Mac Pro, or why not even submit your own Mac mod in our MacMod of the month competition.

  • PookyMacMan
    On February 16, 2012, Developer Preview 1 (DP1) of Mountain Lion was released, but Chameleon could not boot this latest revision of OS X. .: ErmaC :. was on top of the issue, and released a new version of the boot file the same day. Now there is a real patch for this (thanks to cparm and .: ErmaC :.), and has been used in several Chameleon branches already; the official Chameleon trunk does not yet have this patch.

  • Ed
    A new report from the DigiTimes indicates that, according to Taiwanese supply chain sources, a 15" MacBook Pro could be released as early as April.
    Rumor has it the new 15" MacBook Pro will go the way of its cousin, the MacBook Air, and ditch the optical drive and gain Intel's new Ivy Bridge chips, which coincidentally are scheduled to debut next month too.
    Production of the new 15" MacBook is expected to begin next month, starting with 100,000 to 150,000 units being produced per month. An announcement of the new MacBook should be expected at the end of April.

  • Ed
    Albeit in the shadow of the new iPad, the Apple TV was quietly updated, now offering 1080p resolution output, up from its previous 720p cap.
    Despite rumors being rife that Apple is poised to launch its own digital TV sets in the near future, the Apple TVs have received this welcome update along with an upgrade in content on the iTunes Store to certain TV episodes and films to 1080p, and availability to download from iCloud.
    Netflix also updated its systems so that billing can be done through iTunes and access 1080p content.

  • Ed
    As expected, Apple today announced the iPad 3, simply dubbed "the new iPad" by Apple, featuring the following:

    HD retina display at 2048x1536 resolution (that's 3.1 megapixels!)
    A5X processor with quad-core graphics
    5 megapixel camera
    4G LTE replacing 3G

    The 4G connectivity in the new iPad is the first time the technology has made it into an Apple product, making download speeds of up to 73Mbps possible while on the move.
    All this new technology hasn't hampered battery performance, which remains at a quoted 10 hours, but the iPad has gained a bit of weight, clocking in at 1.4 pounds.
    Apple is still keeping the iPad 2 in the line-up as a relatively cheap entry level option, retailing at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version.

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