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Apple says no more hardware updates this year

updated 11:20 pm EST, Mon November 3, 2008

Apple silences rumors

Apple on Monday evening silenced circulating rumors by saying that consumers should not expect updates to its product lineup before the end of the year. Outting to rest earlier rumors of pending updates to its iMac and Mac mini product lines, the company says it allow its Mac mini models to languish a bit longer and allow its aluminum iMac lineup to age a few more months. Though its mainstream desktop line has aged more than six months (and its Mac mini much longer), Apple said it would not release updates to any of its products before the holidays.

The unusual, but official comment was made to Macworld today after rumors suggested that the Cupertino-based company would update its desktop products (and possibly the Mac Pro) as early as next week. The characteristically quiet Apple made the comment likely to avoid delays in purchases by consumers during the holidays: "Our holiday line-up is set," an Apple representative told the publication (which ironically didn't carry the original rumor report). The statement, however, leaves open the possibility of new product introductions in January at the much-anticipated Macworld Expo.

Apple last updated its aluminum iMac desktop lineup in late April with processor technology similar to that of the latest MacBooks (Pros), but the advanced processor does not quite share the same performance as the latest Penryn-based Core Duo 2 processors from Intel. Other manufacturers such as Dell have already begun offering the Core 2 Quad in its latest 20- and 24-inch all-in-ones launched on October 30th.

The latest Apple laptops, introduced in mid-October, also offer significantly better graphics processing than previous generation laptops using a new all-in-one NVIDIA architecture. It is not known if the Apple will bring the same performance-boosting NVIDIA graphics to iMac, which has used the same (aging) ATI Radeon HD 2400/2600 (introduced in June of 2007) since its introduction in August of 2007. (Dell's all-in-one also already offer an option for the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT for advanced gaming or heavy-duty HD video decoding). It is unknown whether Apple will bring the same all-in-one NVIDIA GPU and or the new display connector technology (DisplayPort) to the iMac or Mac mini.

Last week server colocation firm Macminicolo also claimed that Apple was planning to finally update the Mac mini with DisplayPort technology to free up space on the back of the computer, support for more memory (up to 4GB), and an updated/faster optical drive (or the option of a second hard drive in place of the drive for more hard drive capacity).




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  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -21

    Outting to Rest?

    Perhaps, this is a strategy related to Apple's position on the California g** rights proposition. ; )

    BTW, Go Apple! Everyone should have the right to happiness!

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Too Bad

    Well, my folks were in the market to upgrade from their eMac, but decided to wait for the next iMac revision. My personal feelings on this is that with the economic downturn, the window for larger purchases is closing, that coupled with the holiday shopping season, this probably would have been the time for a product refresh to grab the remaining dollars people are willing to spend. Of course, I could be total wrong. Another thought is perhaps Apple's planned fall product line just isn't ready, or Apple, for its own economic reasons, decided not to transition to a product update, and/or they wanted to clear product inventories while they still could.

    Just a note to thebiggfrogg, while I support equal rights, your comment is totally off topic, big thumbs down.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    Need More Time..

    Of COURSE no more products before the holidays.

    They need that extra time to REMOVE firewire from the rest of the lineup. Mac Mini? Well, either it's dead or it's firewire is dead. iMac? YANK that firewire out of there!
    Mac Pro?? Yank the product alltogether. it doesn't jive with the consumer buck, so yank it.

    No product updates before holidays =
    [come on...you know this one!!!! ;-) ]

    E P I C F A I L

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    oh god...

    is EPICFAIL the new "all your base" c***?

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    As I recall...

    ...Steve also said there would never be a video iPod...The sudden almost doubling of mac USB throughput speed to a level virtually consistent with FW400 does raise questions about Apple hardware design

  1. scruffy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    incomprehensible

    "Outting to rest earlier rumors of pending updates to its iMac and Mac mini product lines, the company says it allow its Mac mini models to languish a bit longer and allow its aluminum iMac lineup to age a few more months."

    was this article written by somebody for whom English is a second or third language?

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    oh yeah?

    Should read "Putting to rest earlier rumors of pending updates to its iMac and Mac mini product lines, the company says it will allow its Mac mini models to languish a bit longer and allow its aluminum iMac lineup to age a few more months."

    I guarantee you an Apple spokesperson did not say the Mac Mini will "languish" and they're letting the iMac "age" a few more months. Whoever wrote this is making up words. This is really bad form.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    oh please

    "is EPICFAIL the new "all your base" c***?"I don't think so - it's a 14-year-old moron making judgments as if he had a brain. Nobody else is going to pick it up.

  1. Berko

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Darnit!

    I have my credit card poised to purchase a new Mac Mini with the new architecture. Grrrr. Take my money, Apple....please!! I guess I can only hope for Mac World.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Glad I always bought

    dual-port products with FW and USB, so I don't get completely dicked. Hardware transitions are always a b**** and I've seen so many.

    I'll sure hate to see my thousands of .avi movies on DVDs have to be transferred at some future point in time to some other media. It hurt me mightily when I decided to chuck away all my Zip Drive disks. I got over it though.

    The time of tossing my data CDs are probably coming very close at hand. I remember the day I chucked all my 3.5 floppies. I didn't even look at them since I had nothing to read them with. Pfft. Gone with the trash. Such is life.

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