Apple and Samsung both have large and growing facilities in Austin, Texas. Additionally, OEM assembly partner Foxconn has plants nearby in Mexico. With so many familiar faces in shouting distance of each other, you’ve gotta wonder what they’re up to down there.
Archive for March, 2011
We’ve been hearing that Apple won’t be releasing any new hardware at the Worldwide Developer Conference, which traditionally has seen at least one big new bit o’ kit. That doesn’t, however, mean we won’t be seeing a plenitude of new gear this year and an updated iMac is the first new product making its way through the rumor mill.
The sky is falling. Well, a small corner of the sky threatening to come down. That is, the analysts who after weeks of furtively throwing out headlines have uncovered a realistic scenario in which Apple might feel uncomfortable as a result of the Japan earthquake.
If you’ve got a PPC Mac, you can pretty much forget about charging an iPad from a USB port. Further, more modern Intel Macs only have a single port that will trickle charge Apple’s tablet. However, change is in the wind because the mothership’s most recent pro portable refresh includes a special treat for iPad owners.
As always, the latest operating system update, Mac OS X 10.6.7, has been mined for information about Apple’s unannounced platform development plans. Thereupon, we’ve got clues about which graphical processing units could be showing up in the iMac makeover said to be in the cards for May.
Chipset flaws and manufacturing issues hobbled the delivery of Intel’s advanced Sandy Bridge processor and chipset technologies for weeks if not months. However, whence the silicon arrived inside Apple’s MacBook Pro, the complaining stopped as buyers raved about the solid processor and graphics performance gains.
There has been a lot of speculation that Japan’s earthquake and tsunami will affect iPad supply, which is a problem Apple’s struggling competitors would love to have. Now, from the “insult to injury” department comes the news that Motorola is cutting production and accelerating plans for an upgraded model.
Rumor and innuendo — what would Apple news be without out ‘em? A bit of British newspaper editorial fluff enumerating proofs of Jonny Ive’s brilliance seriously buries the lead. That is, the one thing we don’t know about him — whether he’s leaving Apple or not — gets a scant two sentences tucked in at the very end.
Thieves made off with 60 Apple computers from the West Philadelphia High School and, a couple weeks later, police managed to recover half. That left students at the budget strapped inner city school down 30 Macs. For actor-rapper Will Smith’s bodyguard, the situation demanded immediate action.
We all know that America’s big metros and their well-educated, well-paid residents are the most Mac friendly in the United States. If you’re abroad or planning a move, what countries should be first on your list of places to set up your Mac housekeeping?