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They will likely have nVidia discrete GPU on the higher-end model especially if 4K graphics are part of the upgrade. 4K would also imply Thunderbolt 2. PCIe SSD and 802.11ac will definitely be part of the package. Waiting to replace my trusty 2006 15" MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo).
I think what this demonstrates is that Apple is not immune to the new realities of the personal computer market. The market is forecast to contract at least another 10% and they simply don't want to want to get stuck with unsold inventory. Intel's release of Haswell has been staggered with full availability not expected until the Fall. This is the primary reason Apple's updated MBP's will not see the light of day until at least September. Apple, of course, is in a fairly...
It will be interesting to see how well the upcoming Haswell-based rMBP compares to this http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/18/dell-precision-m3800-workstation-leak/
I would expect that in addition to Haswell, the new MacBook Pro's will have faster WiFi and PCIe SSD. It will be interesting to see if Apple offers a discrete GPU, on the 15" model or goes with Haswell's integrated graphics like the current (and likely future) 13" model...
The Surface is an utter failure as a tablet because it's NOT a tablet. It's a Windows PC with a removable touch screen. Besides not being very good at building PC's (don't even get me started on Windows 8) Microsoft has violated the 'prime directive' by competing directly with their OEM partners especially Dell and HP. Then there's the issue of Pro vs. RT and having multiple versions of the same application making it extra challanging for developers. IMHO, Microsoft has...
Apple's positioning as a 'premium' brand means they will continue to loose marketshare as the traditional desktop/laptop market declines. Also, they only recently updated the MacBook Air so this will have little impact on Q2 and they've not upgraded the MacBook Pro or Mac Pro in a while. Fortunately, Apple is still dominant in Smartphones and Tablets, an enviable position that the likes of HP, Dell, and Lenovo wish they had...
The market dynamics of Servers is vastly different since as others have stated. It's becoming more and more 'commoditized' with OS's running in a virtualized layer. Apple's xServe brought no competitive advantages and being tied to Apple's OSX Server was a major drawback for Window-centric IT shops. Perhaps if VMWare supported it with Windows and Linux as host OS's it might have had a chance. Apple was wise to kill it (along with their RAID product) and focus on their...
Adobe is good at cranking out new versions, of existing products, with 'brutal efficiency'. Apple's recent software efforts have been lagging, in my opinion, so bringing in a guy with software experience makes some sense. Apple REALLY needs to get it's act together in Cloud services. This has never been one of the company's strengths dating all the way back to the AppleLink debacle. iCloud is really not much more than sync technology with very little application...
These lawsuits are similar to the one Apple waged against Microsoft over the Macintosh's look and feel. Microsoft eventually prevailed just as I predict Samsung will. The courts generally consider harm done to Consumers and not whether a company was harmed. While I am an iPhone user, having Android handset manufacturers, as competition, has generally benefited consumers through more/better choice, faster innovation, and lower prices. Now Apple is free to pursue other...
I actually liked Scully personally but disagreed with him then and disagree with him now. His decision to make 'cheap' Macintoshes, sold through discount retailers, was a disaster.If Apple can deliver an iPhone for emerging markets, with the same high quality standards, then more power to them. If they build a 'cheap iPhone' it may benefit them in the short run but in the long-run it will hurt Apple's brand.
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