A cheaper iMac that proves you get what you pay for, fresh beta updates for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and a “rare” iPhone with a $15,000 price tag. You’ll get these stories and more in Cult of Mac’s video rundown of the week’s biggest Apple news.
If you plan on buying one of Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMacs for $1,099 and then upgrading internal components yourself later on, then listen up. Upgrade experts OWC have torn down the new entry-level all-in-one and discovered that its memory is soldered to the motherboard and cannot be upgraded.
The online Apple Store is back up and, as many suspected, there’s a new low-end 21.5-inch iMac for sale.
Featuring a 1.4Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB memory, a 500GB hard drive, and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000, the iMac is available for shipping within 24 hours at $1,099. The specs were leaked earlier today when French Apple website Macplus posted the below image of a box for the new iMac.
The iMac could get a refresh next week according to a new report, which suggests that Apple is planning to update its computer line with faster processors and lower prices.
The report cites the same sources that correctly predicted the MacBook Air update back in April, and goes on to suggest that the iMacs might include Thunderbolt 2 ports, and that they will arrive later in the week than the Tuesday release day usually used for new Apple products.
Gaze into our ball to see past the rumors and into the future...
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
WWDC kept the Apple universe incredibly busy with a slew of new operating systems, thousands of APIs and an entirely new coding language to boot, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning out a delicious lineup of juicy rumors.
This week we've heard everything from the typical "Apple really is making a big iPhone" to the more insane ideas like "Apple is killing the headphone jack on all products." Step right up and dive into the details with us as we figure out which rumors to trust and which belong on the Island of Misfits.
The Rumor: Retina iMacs really are on the way soon, according to some info in Apple's new Xcode 6 program.
The Verdict: Looks promising. WWDC came and went without a single hardware announcement, meaning Apple has gone over 8 months without a significant new product. Based on code found in the Yosemite beta, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer for sharper iMacs to land on our desks, thanks to a file that lists scaled-up resolutions for such a display. The structure of the list is identical to resolution listings for the Retina MacBook Pro, making this rumor feel more like a sure-thing now.
Everyone and their brother (if their brother’s Steve Wozniak) is excited about the possibility of Apple’s iWatch — the first bona fide new product line launched under the watch (no pun intended) of Tim Cook.
So far, definitive details about Apple’s debut in the wearables market have been few and far between. Everyone’s banking on a massive winner, but just what do we know — or think we know — about Apple’s first smartwatch? Scroll through the gallery to find out.
The Rumor:Xcode 6 hints that bigger iPhones are coming out soon thanks to its resizable iOS simulator tool.
The Verdict: It's only a matter of time. Apple rarely tells developers when a new product is coming out, but there's usually clues hiding out in new software dished to WWDC attendees every year. At this point, we're probably only 2-3 months away from the big iPhone 6 announcement. I wonder what other clues will be discovered before then.
The Rumor: Apple's chief of software Craig Federighi joined Twitter just before WWDC with the new @Craig_Apple handle.
The Verdict:Don't be fooled. After CNBC tweeted that they confirmed with Apple the account really is Craig's, we did a little digging of our own and concluded there's just no way any Apple SVP would be tweeting the stuff the account was spiting out, even though we really wish it were him.
Federighi was the fan favorite at WWDC this year, with lines for pictures with him wrapping around the conference center. He's got the sharp wit and charm to kill it on Twitter, unfortunately, Craig himself has verified it's not his account.
The Rumor: Apple is going to kill the headphone jack in favor of Lightning connected headphones.
The Verdict: You're kidding right? Forbes writer Gordon Kelly laid out his argument why the headphone jack is going to get axed after seeing Apple's MFi specifications for headphones using the Lighting port.
Apple's never been afraid to kill old tech, but there's not a single Lightning cable headphone set on the market yet. How's Apple going to placate millions of unhappy customers who now have to go buy Lightning headphones?
According to Gordon, Apple will just sell everyone an expensive Lightning port to 3.5mm headphone adapter, which isn't totally unprecedented, but there's a huge difference between swapping a proprietary port for another (30 Pin for Lightning) and ditching the world's most popular audiojack. Ditching the headphone jack in the next two years is about as likely as Apple releasing a hologram iPad next year - not gonna happen.
As months have passed since Apple’s last keynote revealing any official news to look forward to, this week they’ve broken their silence. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and many other official representatives revealed details on upcoming software, in the forms of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Take a look at the video to see a complete guide to of all of this week’s news and be sure to return next week for another.
Apple has finally revealed the latest version of OS X, and it’s one of the biggest updates for the operating system in years. In today’s video, we take a quick look at OS X Yosemite in action and provide a quick overview what it has to offer.
Sometimes, not very often, old technology beats the heck out of new technology.
Okay, so it’s not an entirely fair test to base technological superiority on who comes out intact in a confrontation between a present generation iMac and a WWII anti-tank rifle, but it sure makes for a fun video.
Remember the Elevation Dock? Yeah, me too. The Kickstarter took so long to ship that everybody who’d ordered one had upgraded to the iPhone 5 by the time the dock shipped, so they needed adapters to make them fit their new phones.
Still, that won’t happen with the new Elevation Stand, which is a simple $100 aluminum brick that adds a few inches to the height of your iMac.