Apple has today unveiled its new Mac Pro lineup, complete with pricing adjustments, writes MacRumors. This represents the first time that the Mac Pro has been updated in 3 years. Aside from launching the new Mac Pros today, Apple also said that it is currently working on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, complete with Apple pro displays, that will be launched sometime after 2017.

“With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call ‘completely rethinking the Mac Pro,” Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller told Daring Fireball. “We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.”

As far as the newly announced changes are concerned, which basically just involved pricing and spec restructuring, the $3,999 model is now the $2,999 entry-level model, and what was the built-to-order 8-core model with dual D700 GPUs is now the high-end $3,999 model. Both come equipped with 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, four USB 3.0 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.

As far as the former quad-core model is concerned, that now has 6 cores with dual D500 GPUs and 16GB of RAM, and what was the 6-core model now has 8 cores with dual D700 GPUs and 16GB of RAM.

The models are all now available on the Apple Store, with the exception of the 8-core model.

Source: Apple Refreshes Mac Pro Lineup, Says All-New Modular Model With Apple-Branded Pro Displays Coming After 2017

AppleInsider reports that Apple has today announced that it will be releasing new iMacs this year, with several different configurations, including those designed to appeal to pro consumers and creative users.

Apple marketing head Phil Schiller made the announcement when talking to journalists at Apple headquarters today. John Gruber of Daring Fireball said that Schiller specifically mentioned iMac configurations intended for the pro consumer, stating that the all-in-one iMac is Apple’s most popular desktop computer among professional users. According to figures provided by Apple, around 30% of the Mac user base use pro apps at least once a week for media creation and software development. Eighty percent of those use notebooks, and 20% use desktops, and as far as the desktops are concerned, iMac is ahead of the Mac Pro.

Also at the meeting, Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi talked about how the iMac has evolved over the last 10 years from the candy-coloured tube iMac to the current slimline range.

“And now you look at today’s 5K iMac,” said Federighi, “top configs, it’s incredibly powerful, and a huge fraction of what would’ve traditionally- whether its audio-editing, video editing, graphics, arts, and so forth-that would’ve previously absolutely required the Mac Pros of old, are being well addressed by iMac.”

Source: Apple plans new iMac configurations targeting pro users for later this year

9to5 Mac reports that Apple has today released iOS 10.3.1, which brings back support for 32-bit devices, as well as featuring other bug fixes.

When iOS 10.3 was released it did not support 32-bit devices, but that has now been rectified with the latest update, which restores 32-bit device support for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. Last week Apple released the iOS 10.3.2 beta 1 for developers. At that time one might have been forgiven for thinking that Apple had missed out on iOS 10.3.1 entirely, but now the reason for the jump to iOS 10.3.2 has been made clear.

Apple’s limited release notes state that the update also fixes a Wi-Fi vulnerability that was found by Gal Beniamini of Google Project Zero, whereby a person with malicious intent that was in range would be able to execute “arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip.” Describing how it fixed the vulnerability, Apple said that “a stack buffer overflow was addressed through improved input validation.”

Source: Apple releases iOS 10.3.1 with bug fixes & improved security for iPhone & iPad, incl. 32-bit devices

According to a new report from The Information, via 9to5 Mac, Apple has just hired former YouTube and Spotify executive Shiva Rajaraman to work on its new video and music projects.

Apparently, Rajaraman will be reporting to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue.

The Information’s sources say that Apple is currently deciding on what direction to take in its video division, and executives have yet to agree on what path the company should take.

“Executives have debated how to go forward in video,” says the source. “One idea that has been discussed is to bundle its music, news and book offerings with new video and cable services that could be activated via the iPhone and work on Internet-connected TVs.”

Rajaraman joins former Amazon Fire TV head and Netflix executive Timothy D. Twerdahl, who Apple hired last month to head up Apple TV.

Apple was previously said to be working on a streaming TV service similar to YouTube TV or DirectTV Now, but this plan stalled due to Apple and the various networks involved not being able to come to an agreement with each other.

However, with two such high-profile new hirings, Apple is clearly still committed to developing new video and content strategies, and we await further information about Apple’s plans in this area with interest.

Source: Apple hires former YouTube & Spotify exec as it continues to expand video & TV strategy

9to5 Mac reports that Facebook has today unveiled yet another new feature for its iOS app that is very similar to an existing service on another platform, in this case, GoFundMe. This follows on from yesterday’s launch of a Snapchat-style Stories feature.

The new feature is referred to as “personal fundraisers” by Snapchat, which it says “allow people to raise money for themselves, a friend or someone or something not on Facebook, for example a pet.”

The new feature will launch soon in the US for anyone over the age of 18, and will be in beta for the next few weeks so that Facebook can make sure that it is working correctly before giving it a full launch.

Facebook says that it will have “six specific categories for critical financial needs and include a 24-hour fundraiser review process. As we learn more, we hope to expand our categories and automate more of the review process.”

The initial six categories for critical financial needs are: Education, Medical, Pet Medical, Crisis Relief, Personal Emergency, and Funeral and Loss.

A user’s Friends will be able to donate to one of the categories without ever exiting Facebook. Facebook says that being able to see someone’s profile will help to assure the donor that the cause they are giving to is legitimate.

“Since you can see real profiles on Facebook, donors will see how they are connected to the person who created the fundraiser, the person benefitting and others who are supporting the fundraiser,” explained the company.

Sources: Facebook’s copycat spree continues with GoFundMe-style personal fundraising feature

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With the new 9.7-inch iPad now available to personal pickup customers at select Apple Retail Stores in the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan, iFixit has already begun its teardown of the new tablet, reports AppleInsider.

According to the results of the teardown, it seems as though this new iPad is actually very similar to the first-generation iPad Air. For example, the new tablet has the same size screen as the first Air, which is apparently easier to repair, despite being thicker, because the LCD and digitizer are not fused together. In fact, iFixit was even able to swap the same parts from an old Air with the new 9.7-inch iPad.

The teardown shows that the two tablets also share the same LCD timing controller, with results being pretty much the same for both. iFixit says that Apple’s claim that the newest tablet is “brighter” could have something to do with the iPad Air 2 having a fused display.

Other similarities between the iPad Air 1 and the new 9.7-inch iPad include the same 32.9 watt-hour battery, which is superior to both the iPad Air 2’s 27.6 watt-hour supply and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s 27.9 watt-hour supply.

The main difference between the new tablet and previous versions is the A9 processor with 2GB of DDR4 RAM, with the iPad Air models having an A7 chip with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. The base storage in the new iPad has been increased to 32GB for the same price as the base model in the previous iPads, and it also now features a Touch ID sensor with a physical button, as opposed to the solid-state button on the iPhone 7.

Source: Teardown finds Apple's new iPad largely similar to first-gen iPad Air

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