Category: Mac Pro
Friday, December 07, 2007 at 09:10 AM | Posted by kazouz
MacBidouille reports that Macworld may be a forum to introduce Apple’s new top-of-the-line computer, Mac Pro. The rumor suggests that 8 Core Xeon Penryn will be the brains of the 3.2GHz high-end model, a new NVidia Quadro FX graphics card, and a build-to-order option to add a Blu-Ray burner. It’s likely that Apple will also unveil new displays to accompany the updated Macs.
The rumor adds that the most significant update to any Mac OS X is also said to be released during Macworld, 10.5.2.
Intel Announced that their new Penryn chip will be unveiled on January 6th, just days before the big event.
Other rumors we’re tracking for Macworld include an ultra-portable or iTablet.
Steve Jobs kicks off Macworld Expo with a keynote scheduled for January 15, 2008 at 9:00am PST.
Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 10:17 PM | Posted by kazouz
AppleInsider is reporting that Apple will debut new Mac Pros with Intel’s “Penryn” processor as early as Mid-November.
The Xeon CPU processors are listed with the following speeds: 2.00GHz, 2.33GHz, 2.50GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.83GHz, 3.00GHz and 3.16GHz with a 1333MHz frontside bus. They are also listed as containing 12MB of L2 cache with quad-core architecture.
The 45-nanometer chip was demoed by Intel in a press briefing, and The New York Times says this advance is the most significant change in the materials used to manufacture silicon chips since Intel pioneered the modern integrated-circuit transistor more than four decades ago.
Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 03:55 PM | Posted by kazouz
Apple today released EFI firmware updates for the iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro and Xserve.
This update improves the performance and reliability of Intel Core 2 Duo processors and fixes issues with Boot Camp for iMacs, MacBooks and MacBook Pros and fixes several fan behavior and Boot Camp issues on the Mac Pro.
The update improves the performance and reliability of Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors for Xserve users.
Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 01:27 PM | Posted by kazouz
Apple released the following updates for the iMac, Mac Pro and Boot Camp:
Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.1 [544KB]
The SMC Firmware Update adjusts fan behavior in the Mac Pro.
After this update has completed successfully, your SMC Version will be:
1.7f10 (Mac Pro)
1.5f3 (Mac Pro 8-core)
The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder and will launch automatically after restart.
The SMC firmware update starts automatically. A status bar indicates the progress of the update. During the update your computer fans will run at full speed, but will return to normal once the update completes.
iMac Software Update 1.0 [5.1MB]
This update provides important bug fixes and is recommended for 20-inch and 24-inch iMac models with 2.0, 2.4, or 2.8GHz processors.
Boot Camp 1.4 beta [347MB]
Boot Camp 1.4 beta contains several updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users.
Boot Camp 1.4 beta includes:
Support for keyboard backlighting (MacBook Pro only)
Apple Remote pairing
Updated graphics drivers
Improved Boot Camp driver installer
Improved international keyboard support
Updated Windows Help for Boot Camp
Friday, April 06, 2007 at 09:31 PM | Posted by kazouz
Days after the release of the new Mac Pro, MacRumors notices that the European Apple stores are offering Mac OS X 10.4 Server (10-Client) for free with the purchase of a new Mac Pro.
When purchasing a new Mac Pro, the order page on European Apple stores apparently allows buyers to add the 10-Client version of Mac OS X Server for free or the Unlimited-Client version for a discounted 349 GBP/499 Eur.
The 10-Client version of the server-oriented operating system normally sells for 349 GBP/499 Eur while the Unlimited-Client version costs 699 GBP/999 Eur.
The configuration option on the Mac Pro order page reads:
Apple offers 100% native Mac OS X Server v10.4 as a preinstalled option, updating the Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger client to a full, server operating system. Choose either the 10-client license or unlimited-client license of Apple’s award-winning UNIX-based server operating system.
The deal is not featured on the U.S., Canada, or Australia Apple stores.