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  • Preorders for iPhone 14, AirPods Pro 2 have started

    Pro, Silver, 512GB.

    Ordered eventually but Apple Pay failed a few times. I now appear to have 2 on order! Had a text confirmation about the pick up but no email yet.

    Fingers crossed...
  • Apple's iPhone SE and Mac mini spring event is on March 8

    DAalseth said:
    “PEEK Performance “? Hmm. Wonder if that means we’ll get early looks at MacPro and such to come this fall. 
    Hmmmmm. Hadn’t thought about it that way. Interesting…
  • Nearly every Mac rumored to see an update in 2022

    Havetenthousandthings said:
    Someone in one of the other threads pointed out that Apple uses Max in their iPhone marketing. Thus,

    iPhone : iPhone Pro : iPhone Pro Max
    iMac : iMac Pro : iMac Pro Max

    iPad : iPad Air : iPad Pro (2)
    MacBook : MacBook Air : MacBook Pro (2)

    Mac Mini : Mac Mini Pro : Mac Pro

    Having a MacBook and a MacBook Air doesn't make sense anymore, since they are almost the exact size and weight. The difference is so small it's basically an illusion as this point. The curved shell of the Air is not very efficient for the components or the battery. The only important selling point of the Air is really its name.
    Maybe so, but much the same can be said for the iPad : iPad Air. The MacBook Air will get a redesign, possibly in a few weeks (I don't imagine the M2 will come so soon, but it's possible, and welcome), with colors and a sharp stylistic differentiation from the basic entry-level MacBook. Just like the current iPad Air versus the entry-level iPad. So "Air" will also mean colors. 

    I don't know when or if an entry-level MacBook will ever reappear, but I think there's a place for it in Apple's lineup, just like there's a place for the basic iPad, at nearly half the price of the iPad Air. 
    I wonder if the new MacBook Pro 13 could in fact be a MacBook in the old 13 Pro’s body. Just like they do with the SE and the iPad, they could reuse the old shell for a cheap option and reinstate the ‘good, better, best’ line up.

    - iPhone: SE, 13, 13 Pro - budget option in old shell, colours and light/thin design for mid-range, fewer colours with performance focus and promotion at top-end. Previous 1/2 year’s phones retained to hit more price points.

    - iPad: iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro - budget option in old shell, colours and light/thin design for mid-range, fewer colours with performance focus and promotion at top-end

    - MacBook: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro - budget option in old shell (new 13 inch MacBook in current 13 inch MacBook Pro shell), colours and light/thin design for mid-range (rumoured MacBook Air range), fewer colours with performance focus and promotion at top-end

    - iMac (maybe): iMac 24, iMac 27/28, iMac Pro - colours and light/thin design for low & mid- consumer range, fewer colours with performance focus at top-end

    - Mac: Mac Mini, Mac Mini Pro/Max, Mac Pro

    Might be me focussing on line up and naming too much over pure sales but it would bring a nice clarity to the line which has been missing for a while.
  • Apple's new 27-inch iMac with Apple Silicon - what to expect, and when it might be announc...

    Well, after reading this thread I can be absolutely sure of one thing, and one thing only, regarding the iMac; whatever Apple do they are f*cked. You can please some people, some of the time…
  • 'High Power Mode' coming to 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max, Apple confirms

    mjtomlin said:
    AniMill said:
    I believe that the iMac Pro is only sunset as an Intel machine. I’m guessing that the next iteration will be a 28” iMac Pro w/ the M1 Pro, and an iMac Max with the M1 MAX chip. Also perhaps a Mac Mini Pro with both high-end chips (wishing). The rumor of a 27” Liquid Retina Display for said iMac’s and as a separate display are rolling out. I also think we’ll see the base 24” iMac get up to the best M1 Pro only.

    Base M2 will come in 2 configurations; CPU 4/4 and 6/4, GPU 8 and 12. All lowest end base models will still ship with an M1 as they do now, but  24" iMac and mini will also get M2 models. The MacBook Air will stick with the M1. We'll see the return of "MacBook" with the M2, to fill the gap between the Air and new MacBook Pro. Starting at $1299. (13" MBP will be discontinued.)

    I think we will see a mini "pro" using the new M1 SoC's. Still not sure what they're going to do with the iMac "pro" though. Low-end models could use the new M1 SoC's as well and possibly get a beefed up M1 Ultra with 16/4 CPU and 64 GPU cores.
    I was thinking along the same lines with the MacBook joining the line up. It would be weird though if it was superior to the Air as the iPad is basic and the iPad Air is the upgrade in the ‘good, better, best’ structure Apple seem to be adopting nowadays…