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They top out at 1TB just now. Samsung recently brought out an SSD drive using 3D NAND (special glasses not required):http://www.extremetech.com/computing/185671-samsungs-850-pro-is-the-first-consumer-ssd-to-use-3d-nandhttp://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Greenmemory/news-event/in-the-news/detail?contentsSeq=13227&contsClassCd=GApple uses Samsung's NAND in the Mac Pro. Samsung also has SSDs that go up to 3GB/s. The 3D NAND hasn't arrived at a lower...
Same reason I'd care if they used a floppy drive, VGA port or a PS/2 port. It's legacy baggage that needs to go. The more that people use legacy tech, the more people put pressure on vendors to support it and it's wasteful of their time and compromises their hardware design and price. Removing unnecessary components allows them to allocate that budget elsewhere so they can improve the more important essential aspects like the display, internal storage and RAM.Thunderbolt...
TB2 is the minimum for 4K display output. Some people are buying 4K displays. The lower sized ones are more affordable:http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Computer-UltraSharp-UP2414Q-23-8-Inch/dp/B00HALPPM0HP's marketing page is funny. They have quotes like:"Our Mac was taking twelve hours to render one of these like, ten second little graphics, and with our new Z Workstation, the first one we did, it rendered in two hours – at full...
They all have PCIe SSDs:https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs-retina/
The live document is here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634 and the cached version is here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634 It's nice that they are continuing to support Windows 7 64-bit so people don't have to deal with Windows 8. The two unannounced models are Mac Mini and 27" iMac both noted as mid 2014. I doubt it's a typo given that both those models were changed. The MBP box still hasn't been updated in...
For legacy technology to be phased out, it needs to be removed as an option. If Apple kept putting firewire ports on things, people would keep using firewire peripherals.DVD drives are history, Blu Ray hasn't taken off by Sony's own admission:http://advanced-television.com/2014/05/02/sony-blu-ray-write-down/"Sony has confirmed it would take a $145 million write-down on its Blu-ray disc business. Sony was a pioneer for Blu-ray technology but now says it has further revised...
The RAM is in the middle there between the two fans. You can count that there are 16 chips. Just above them is the CPU under the heatsink. The GPU in the higher model would go to the right of the CPU, the Iris Pro model leaves the space but there's really no room for more chips. In the old models, these chips would go on memory modules and there were two modules supported. It would have needed 4 slots for 32GB.DDR3 supports densities of up to 8 gigabits (1GigaByte) per...
They can't offer 32GB until DDR4. They have room for 16 soldered RAM chips so they need 16 gigabit chips. DDR4 comes with Broadwell. I'd be surprised if they offered it as an option though, that upgrade will appeal to a very small amount of users. It'll be expensive for one thing, I'd guess at least $500. 24GB might be doable for $200-300. No use complaining about it now though, might as well wait until May/June next year at which point switch the need to 64GB just to keep...
Macs make up less than 1/5th iOS revenue and the margins are lower than iOS. So this means Macs make up less than 1/6th Apple's combined iOS and Mac profit. This ignores App Store revenue. If they cut their Mac profit margins in half, that would lower their overall profit by less than 1/12th.I doubt they've cut margins in half. I doubt they've cut margins by much at all. The lower iMac uses parts from the Air. The Air price drop might have cut some margins and volume...
The 13" MBP has a faster GPU by about 50-100% - this helps with games but it can also help with image manipulation software. The CPU is pretty much identical in performance. Both have PCIe SSDs. The MBP supports 4K display output with Thunderbolt 2. There's a rumor suggesting Apple will introduce a Retina Macbook Air later on this year. If this is true, I actually expect that it will replace both the 13" Pro and Air. But if Apple's plan is to make it fanless, this...
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