Macbook Pro Archive

Apple Sales of PCs and Tablets Lead The World in Q4

Apple’s continued growth in the personal computer market continued in Q4 of last year according to research group Canalys.  Apple sales lead the market over Lenovo, Samsung, HP and Dell by accounting for 19.5% of all PC sales during Q4 2013.  If you really dive into this report there a lot of interesting facts about Apple and their competition to be found.

On the whole, PC sales grew by 17.9% year over year which is great but a little misleading.  Table sales, which are lumped into PC sales, were up 65.2% year over year and represented 48.3% of the total PC market.  Why is that important?  If you take out the tablet sales, the PC market actually shrank by 6.9% year over year.

From an Apple sales perspective, things look pretty rosy.  Overall the company shipped just over 30 million units in Q4 of which 84.3% were iPads.  The company increased their tablet marketshare from 27.3% to 34.1% in Q4.

What We Expect From The Apple Event on October 22nd

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for those of us who use and love Apple products.  The Apple event scheduled for tomorrow promises to bring a lot of new products to us including new iPads, OS X Mavericks and perhaps even a new MacPro.  In fact you could argue that the event on Tuesday could be one of the most important ones that Apple has held in some time – even more important than the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch just 6 weeks ago.  This event should give us the full breath of products that the Cupertino company is going with into the holiday season.  Here then is what we at AlliOSNews expect to see on Tuesday.  As we have done in the past, we will bring up the topic and our prediction of if that will really happen in the event.  For the iPhone 5s event we were 90% spot-on, not bad if we say so ourselves.  Let’s see how we fair this time!

iPad (5th Generation) – Chance of Happening:  100%

The star of the show will be the next generation iPad.  In fact I would contend based on conversations with friends and colleagues that there is more anticipation for the new iPad than there was for the iPhone 5s.  I for one have every intention of updating my 3rd Generation iPad as soon as possible.

We can expect that the new iPad will have a iPad Mini inspired design with a smaller bezel around the display, a slimmer design and of course a Lightning connector.  If that does happen it will be the 2nd major design change of the iPad line up after the change from the original iPad to the iPad 2 (which was virtually unchanged for the 3rd and 4th Generation).

We can also expect to see Touch ID come to the iPad along with the news A7 processor and 64-bit architecture.  We would not be surprised if the iPad also gets the new M7 motion co-processor if for nothing more than the battery saving potential it brings.  Colour wise we expect to see the Space Grey, Gold and Silver that were introduced with the iPhone 5s to come to the iPad and a wave goodbye to black or white with a brushed stainless steel backing.

We expect that the normal improvements will be made to the iPad that you would expect including improved front and rear cameras.

MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display – On Sale $600 Off!

Our affiliate sponsor MacMall has done it again today.  They have made available a handful of new MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display for an amazing $1699.99.  That is $600 off the regular price of $2299.99.  As you would expect, these aren’t the lightweight-on-feature versions of the newest MacBook Pro.  These come fully loaded:

  • Dual-Core Intel Core i5 Processor 2.5GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB Flash Storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000

Like I said, not light on features!

The price is first-come-first-served and there are a limited number at this price point.  To get this offer you must click the link below.

 Apple 13″ MacBook Pro (with Retina display) – SALE – $1699.99 – Click Here to go to MacMall

Apple 15″ MacBook Pro Sale – $2099

We just got a note from our affiliate sponsor MacMall of a great deal on a 15″ MacBook Pro.  They have some of these great MacBooks on sale for $2099.99, a $449 savings over the regular price.  These are pretty decked out with features:

  • Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2,7GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB 5400-RPM Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000

Supplies are limited and to get this special price you need to click this link

Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro quad-core Intel Core i7 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB 5400-rpm hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000 (MD546LL/A) only $2,099.99 – Save $449!

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Apple releases Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.1 for 2012 Macs

Apple has released the Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.1 pack for 2012 Macs today.  The update addresses a problem with some Thunderbolt cables that would not allow some bus-powered devices to work properly on the mid-2012 Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports.

The update does require a reboot of your Mac so be aware before you start the process.

If you have a mid-2012 Mac you should get this update and install it even if you are not using Thunderbolt at this point.

The update is available in the Updates section of the Mac App Store app on your Mac or you may have received a notification for it in the Notification Centre if you have that functionality enabled.

Cyber Monday Sale at MacMall (Affiliate)

Today is Cyber Monday and our affiliate MacMall has some great deals going today, much like they did on Black Friday.  The list is exhaustive but I will link some of the highlights in this post while all the deals can be found by clicking the banner at the top of the AlliOSNews front page.

MacBook Pro

Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro dual-core Intel Core i5 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Mac OS X Lion (MD101LL/A) only $1,129.89 + Free Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion

Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro quad-core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Mac OS X Lion (MD103LL/A) only $1,723.89 + Free Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple 13.3 MacBook Pro (with Retina display) dual-core Intel Core i5 processor 2.5Ghz, 8GB RAM, 128GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 4000 (MD212LL/A) only $1,623.89

Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro (w/ Retina display) quad-core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz/8GB RAM/256GB Flash Storage/IntelHDGraphics4000 (MC975LL/A) only $2,109.89

MacBook Pro Blowouts (big savings!)

Blowout! Apple 17″ MacBook Pro/4core/2.4GHz/4GB/750GB (MD311LL/A) only $1,949.99 after Mail-in Rebate. Ends 12/31. w/ Free Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion

Blowout! Apple 17″ MacBook Pro quad-core Intel Core i7 2.5GHz/4GB RAM/750GB 7200-rpm HD/IntelHDGraphics3000/AMD Radeon HD 6770M (MD386LL/A) only $2,199.99 after Mail-in Rebate. Ends 12/31

MacBook Air

Apple 11.6″ MacBook Air dual-core Intel Core i5 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Mac OS X Lion (MD223LL/A) only $939.89 + Free Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion

Apple 13.3″ MacBook Air dual-core Intel Core i5 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB Flash Storage, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Mac OS X Lion (MD231LL/A) only $1,139.89 + Free Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion

Mac Mini

Apple MAC MINI 2.5GHZ/4GB/500/4000 (MD387LL/A) only $588.89

Apple Apple Mac mini quad-core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000, OS X Mountain Lion (Z0NP-23GHZ4GB1TBFD) only $1029.99

iPod Touch (5th Generation)

Apple iPod touch 32GB Black (5th Generation) (MD723LL/A) only $289.89

Apple iPod touch 32GB White (5th Generation) (MD720LL/A) only $289.89