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Apple Launching Updated iMacs with Fast Processors

The iMac was last updated on 24 September 2013 when Apple added the Haswell processor, new graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options. It seems likely that Apple will update the iMac at some point this year so in this article, we will explore some of the rumours about Apple’s new generation of iMacs, including the Retina iMac said to have been referenced in the developer preview of OS X Yosemite, as well as the rumoured low-cost iMac that the company is said to be about to launch. This article will be regularly updated so you can stay up to date with the latest iMac release date rumours.

Read our review of the 2013 iMacs here.

When is the new iMac coming out?
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted that Apple will launch a range of new iMacs including a new, low-cost iMac at WWDC 2014 on 2 June, however, no new Macs were launched at the event. This didn’t surprise us as we were sceptical about this release date, as it would be less than a year after Apple last upgraded the iMac.

One reason why the new iMac may not launch until much later this year is that Intel has announced further delays for its new Broadwell processor, which is the successor to the current chips in Apple’s Macs.

Will Apple launch a Retina iMac?
Apparently there is evidence that Apple is building an iMac with a Retina display in the developer preview of Yosemite.

French site, MacBidouille claims that the developer preview includes a file that refers to a display scaling resolution option for the iMac. Apparently, the file includes a collection of scaling resolution options for the new iMac. They max out at 6400 x 3600 pixels, or 3200 x 1800, which is a Retina display.

Will there be a low-cost iMac?
The Mac mini is currently Apple’s lowest priced Mac at just £499, but it is long overdue an update. There has been some speculation that Apple might discontinue the Mac mini. Given this speculation, the rumour that Apple will introduce a low-cost iMac may cause concern – what place is there for the Mac mini if the iMac is more affordable? Read more about the Mac mini here.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was predicting that Apple will launch a low-cost iMac in June. Kuo believes that the low cost model could help Apple reach into emerging markets such as China. He also believes that the low-cost iMac will help Apple increase iMac shipments by 23%. He thinks that Apple will sell 4.8 million units.

How much will the low-cost iMac cost?
The current entry-level iMac costs £1,149. The entry-level Mac mini costs £499. The entry-level MacBook Air costs £849. We would expect a new low-cost iMac to be priced somewhere in the middle of these prices, perhaps at around £949.

How much will the new iMacs cost in the UK?
There are currently two different sized iMacs: the 21.5in and the 27in model. The 21.5in iMac traditionally costs less than the 27in but this is mainly because Apple tends to use more advanced processors and graphics in the 27in model.

In 2013 a number of different iMacs were available at different prices, we expect the prices of the new range of Macs – with the exception of the new entry-level model to remain the same. It is possible that the prices could decline across the range – there is currently a big difference between the 21.5in and the 27in models as you can see below.

- The 21.5-inch iMac came with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz), and Intel Iris Pro costs £1,149

- The 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M costs £1,299

- The 27-inch iMac is with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M is £1,599

- The 27-inch model with a 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M costs £1,749

Will Apple redesign the iMac?
Apple significantly redesigned the iMac in 2012, slimming it down for an even thinner design. The design aesthetics are currently very similar to the Apple MacBooks so we don’t expect Apple to make further changes to the design for the time being.

What features and specs will the new iMac have
It seems likely that the new iMacs will feature the latest Intel chips: Broadwell. However, should Apple wish the new iMac to feature Intel’s new Broadwell chip the iMac may not launch as soon as June. The Broadwell processor has been delayed due to manufacturing problems.

Intel revealed in its financial results last October that Broadwell was delayed due to a manufacturing defect in the new 14-nm process being used for the Broadwell chip. Due to this Broadwell won’t launch until the second half of 2014 – a quarter later than originally planned.

Will the new iMac have a Retina display?
Apple might launch an iMac with a higher-resolution screen, but this may not be a true Retina Display. One reason why it is unlikely that the display will be Retina is that as screen sizes get larger, the graphics card requirements also increase. For example, the 27in iMac currently has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 – the Retina display resolution on that model would need to be 5,120 x 2,880, although it has been suggested that to qualify for the ‘Retina display’ definition the resolution would only need to be 3,840 x 2,400 if Apple used ‘pixel doubling’.

The cost involved in producing a 27-inch iMac with Retina display would also prove prohibitive.

VIA: Macworld.Uk.Com

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Import Adress Book contacts into Outlook 2011

There is in fact some workarounds on the subject. But for me most of them don’t seem to work.

So I found out this litlle app on the App Store. It’s not free, but it does what it says and it’s very easy to use. Also very cheap.

It’s called AB2CSV. Aside from the technical name it allows you to export your Adress Book in one or more CSV or VCF files in a very fast and simple way. Just follow the instuctions.

The app will turn all your contacts in a single or multiple format inside your desire destination, normally a folder. And all the info of your contacts, like phone numbers, emails, birthdates, adresses, etc, depending on what you have, will also be displayed in Outlook 2011. Great!

Outlook 2011 does not import Vcards, wich is the only available format to export your contacts from Adress Book.

So here’s the solution, cheap and effective.

Check it out!

More info here or at the AppStore

iPhoto Update to 9.3.1 Released!

What’s New in Version 9.3.1

• Addresses a problem during the migration of albums from MobileMe Gallery that may cause photos to be moved from their original events into a new event called “From MobileMe”

• Fixes an issue that in rare cases could cause iPhoto to hang when upgrading libraries

 

Included in Version 9.3

• iPhoto can now open libraries from Aperture 3.3 or later

• AVCHD video is now supported

• The Description field now automatically expands as needed when entering text

• You can now flag a photo in Magnify (1-up) view by clicking a Flag icon displayed in the upper left corner of the photo

• Keywords and titles are now preserved when exporting files with embedded GPS location data

• A new Export option allows you to automatically organize exported photos into subfolders by event

Microsoft Office Update 14.2.3 Available!

Update details

A security vulnerability exits in the way that folder permissions are set in certain Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac 14.2 installations. This update resolves that vulnerability.

Improvements that are included in the update

The Office for Mac 2011 14.2.3 Update also includes the following improvements:

  • This update fixes an issue where some SkyDrive folders in Micorosft Document Connection are displayed as zero-byte files instead of folders.
  • This update provides critical updates for connection reliability with SkyDrive.

Improvements for Excel for Mac 2011

  • This update improves stability in Excel when you drag to move a PivotTable row or column.
  • This update fixes an issue in Excel where #REF is returned even when links are ignored.

Improvements for Outlook for Mac 2011

  • This update fixes an issue where some IMAP users may receive an “Unknown namespace” error when they try to create special folders (such as Drafts and Sent Items) on the server.
  • This update fixes an issue with some IMAP configurations where Outlook repeatedly displays “Cannot create mailbox” errors.
  • This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook not to display details for certain contacts when Lync or Communicator is running.
  • This update fixes a problem that occurs when users reply to or forward Exchange email messages that were downloaded from Exchange 2007 servers. When this problem occurs, the Date field is missing from the body of the message.To correct email messages that have already been cached, right-click the folder that contains the email messages, select Folder Properties, and then then select Empty under Empty Cache. Or, you can delete the Exchange account and then add it again to resynchronize the account.
  • This update fixes an issue where users may have duplication of mail when they use Gmail and connect with Outlook by using IMAP.
  • This update fixes an issue where some users who have IMAP accounts intermittently receive a “Too many simultaneous connections” error. A setting is now available to control the polling interval that Outlook uses with IMAP servers.To adjust this setting, select Tools, select Accounts, and then select Advanced for the IMAP account. The setting defaults to synchronize all lMAP folders every two minutes.
  • This update fixes a connectivity issue that occurs when Outlook connects through a proxy server that uses NTLM based authentication.

Improvements to Word for Mac 2011

  • This update improves Full Screen View integration with Word.

Previously released improvements included in this update

This update includes all the improvements that were released in all previous Office 2011 updates since the release of theMicrosoft Office for Mac 2011 14.1.0 Update. For more information about the improvements in a previous update, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

2555784 Description of the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.1.2 Update 

2598783 Description of the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.1.3 Update

2644347 Description of the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.1.4 Update

2685940 Description of the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.0 Update

2705358 Description of the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.1 Update

2665351 Description of the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.2 Update

Apple Released Safari 5.1.4 Update

Safari 5.1.4 contains improvements to performance, stability, compatibility, and security, including changes that:

 

  • Improve JavaScript performance
  • Improve responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations or with an intermittent network connection
  • Address an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windows
  • Address issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFs
  • Preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages
  • Fix an issue that could make Flash content appear incomplete after using gesture zooming
  • Fix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 video
  • Improve stability, compatibility and startup time when using extensions
  • Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing
  • Fix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the “Remove All Website Data” button

 

For detailed information on this update, please visit this site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5142

 

For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit this site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Garage Band For Mac Get’s Updated too!

Along with iPhoto, Apple updated the Garage Band app for the Mac.

This update supports general compatibility and addresses overall stability and performance, including the following:

 

• Updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS projects

• Fixes a playback issue with the GarageBand Lesson preview videos

• Corrects issues with some software instruments triggering incorrect or stuck notes