• Wednesday News

    It is nice to be starting the morning news with some new, well refreshed, Apple computers leading the way. Kicking us of is an upgrade to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, which has received an upgrade to Force Touch, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics. Interestingly in their release Apple says the flash storage is 2.5 times faster than the previous model. The new models are up at the Apple store and ready to order starting at $2,799 here in Australia.

    Also getting a refresh, though the jury may be out on if this is better or not, is the 27-inch iMac with Retina display. Apple has indicated a price cut but since I wasn’t looking for one of these I am not sure how the $2,799 price here compares to the previous price. That price cut comes with some strings, with the loss of a fusion drive that has been replaced by a 1TB HDD. The new version is also up at the Apple Store Australia, showing 1 day shipping.

    We are not done there my friends, Apple has also released a Lighting Dock for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Coming in at $59.00 , it features a new design to cope with the different sized phones and from Apple’s specs has the added benefit of working with all iPhones that have a lighting connector. 9to5Mac also made the point the design should allow for charging of the phone while it is still in its case, rather than the old groove design.

    Many of you might be interested to know that the iPad Air 2 has popped up in the US refurbished store. Doesn’t look like any are up in Australia yet, but the US pricing is showing around a 15-17 % reduction according to the Macrumors report.

    Meanwhile it seems we are not going to see a stand alone TV from Apple. 9to5Mac have picked up the Wall Street Journal story that Apple has abandoned plans for a TV, with the decision taken over a year ago to stop work on the project. This comes on the back of an open letter from Investor Carl Icahn to Tim Cook, which called on Apple to release a 55-inch TV. According to the WSJ, the plan is not completely killed off and if someone comes up with a breakthrough idea it could be restarted.

    There has been a small set back for Apple in court, with Reuters reporting that an Appeals Court lowering the damages amount Apple had been awarded against Samsung in a long running iPhone patent dispute. Previously Apple had been awarded US$930 million in damages but the new ruling sees that amount reduced to US$382 million.

    Have you been wondering how progress is going with the new Apple campus? Well wonder no more with the latest flyover video below brining us up to date.

    So a fair bit of news there today and some shiny new Apple toys to go and look at when you are next at the Apple Store.

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