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Not Just Mobile

August 29, 2013 - Dave Hecei
new pro Mobile computing has evolved into an amazing platform. It’s almost incomprehensible how much power is in an iPhone 5 or the new Moto X Android phone, especially if you look back just 10 years ago. While there might be all kinds of power inside today’s mobile devices, it still cannot replace a laptop or a desktop computer.

September will likely bring new iOS devices – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. After this next mobile update from Apple, they should start to concentrate on the Mac. Apple still has the latest processors to put in their other laptops and desktop machines. The MacBook Air was updated back in June of this year. The MacBook Pro, iMac, mini, and Pro are all due for updates. Apple has already previewed the next Mac Pro tower – if you can call a cylindrical object a tower.

The likely time for new Macs is sometime in October. The likely scenario is for Apple to hold yet another event to show off new Macs along with the release of the next Mac OS, OS X 10.9 Mavericks. While October would be in the timeframe quoted by Apple for the release of the all-new Mac Pro, it’s hard to say if it will appear this soon. I’ll be happy enough with new iMacs, minis, and MacBook Pros.

The one thing I’m very interested in, and it is my favorite Mac, is the next generation Mac mini. Apple could really boost the mini if they were to put both the latest Haswell processor and switch to PCI-E based SSD storage. There is no reason they couldn’t, since the internals of the mini is essentially the same components as a MacBook Air – minus the battery and the screen. If Apple could make a quad-core mini with PCI-E storage, the thing would absolutely scream. Add in the faster video that Haswell brings and look out.

The next generation Mac Pro might arrive in October with all the other Mac announcements, but it is more likely that it might come later – say November. No mater when, the new Pro will be expensive. It’s doubtful that Apple can even get the starting price under $3000. It will be awesome if they can, but the core components in the Pro – dual-GPUs, PCI-E based storage, new Thunderbolt 2.0, ultra-fast memory, and workstation-class Intel Xeon processors. Apple states that the new Pro will be able to produce 4K video output making it one of the first consumer computer to efficiently work on 4K productions. (4K is ultra-HD video used by filmmakers and network/cable production houses.) The next-gen Mac Pro is not going to be a computer for the masses, but it could be the start of something special.

All this really boils down to the fact that this fall should be very busy and very interesting for all us Apple fans. New iPhones, iPods, iPads, MacBook Pros, iMacs, minis, and completely redesigned Mac Pros – all coming in the next two months.


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