All New Mac Pro Available Starting Tomorrow – Dec 19, 2013

MacPro_PFHI_PRINTCUPERTINO, California. December 18, 2013?Apple® today announced the all-new Mac Pro® will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the all-new Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminum enclosure that is just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro.* PCIe-based flash storage delivers sequential read speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives, and ECC DDR3 gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth for seamlessly editing full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background. With an incredible six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the new Mac Pro completely redefines desktop expandability with support for up to 36 high-performance peripherals, including the latest 4K displays.

Pricing & Availability
The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2,999 (US); and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/mac-pro.

The all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19 through theApple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

*Testing conducted by Apple in October 2013 using preproduction Mac Pro 12-core 2.7 GHz units with 1TB flash storage and AMD FirePro D700 graphics, and shipping Mac Pro 12-core 3.06 GHz units with 512GB SSD and ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Replacing End of Life Xserve Internal Drives

After much head scratching and buying 2 different 1TB SATA Hard drives, I solved the problem of a dead Xserve drive. My server reported that the drive in Bay 2 was unresponsive and my Apple hardware RAID was in degraded mode. The original configuration used 3 Western Digital drives.

So I had a 1TB Seagate SATA drive, and put it into the drive chassis and slid it in. No luck! Disk Utility couldn’t see the drive. Worried that the server would fail, I plugged the Seagate drive into a USB port and started to clone the system drive. I then order a new Western Digital Black drive with similar specs to the original drives. A couple of days later the drive arrived and still no luck. (I even used an older sled from another server.)

Then I found the answer, the speed of the SATA interface in the Xserve is designed for SATA-150. I grabbed a jumper from an old drive, after checking the WD site for the jumper configuration. I popped the drive into the server. Initially it the drive didn’t show up. So I gave up, rebooted the server and walked away.

A while later, I checked again and the RAID Utility could see the drive running at the slower speed. So I marked it as a “Spare” and the RAID started to rebuild.

iOS 7

iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, features a stunning new user interface, completely redesigned with an elegant color palette, distinct, functional layers, and subtle motion that make it feel more alive.

iOS 7 has hundreds of new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri, and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes.

iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface, with subtle motion, an elegant color palette, and distinct, functional layers that make it feel more alive. The typography has been refined for a cleaner, simpler look, and the use of translucency and motion makes even simple tasks more engaging.

iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, or iPod touch (5th generation)

Available: September 18, 2013

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5s is the most forward-thinking iPhone yet, with state-of-the-art technologies all engineered into a beautiful thin and light metal design. It features the A7 chip with a 64-bit desktop-class architecture—the first ever on a smartphone—and an operating system built specifically for it; Touch ID—an innovative way to simply and securely unlock iPhone with the touch of a finger; and an 8-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash that makes taking photos faster and easier than ever. With support for up to 13 LTE bands, customers can connect to ultrafast networks in more places around the world than ever.

Featuring a thin and light, precision-crafted design, iPhone 5s comes in three elegant metal finishes: Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. An Apple-designed iPhone 5s Case, made of premium leather, is available in six rich colors—Black, Brown, Blue, Beige, Yellow, and (PRODUCT) RED.

Available – September 20, 2013

iPhone 5c

For the first time ever, Apple introduces two new distinct lines of iPhone: iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. iPhone 5c features an all-new colorful design combined with the amazing technologies that customers love in iPhone 5, including the 4-inch Retina display, the blazing-fast A6 chip, iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, ultrafast LTE wireless, and great battery life—up to 10 hours of talk time and up to 10 hours of browsing on LTE. Its hard-coated polycarbonate enclosure comes in five vibrant colors—Blue, Green, Pink, Yellow, and White. A new Apple-designed case with a soft-touch silicone exterior and microfiber lining complements iPhone 5c perfectly and is available in six gorgeous colors—White, Pink, Yellow, Blue, Green, and Black—for up to 30 fun combinations. iPhone 5c comes with iOS 7. A new iPhone 4s 8GB model will also be available.

Available – September 20, 2013

WWDC awesome customer service phone call

This afternoon my pal Gerry and I were all primed and prepped to buy WWDC 2013 tickets this when they went on sale (10am PDT). “I have a bad feeling about this,” was what I was feeling. At precisely 1pm EDT we started refreshing the web site when the “Buy Now” button appeared. We both punched the button and each saw the WWDC 2013 ticket in our carts.

We then simultaneously proceeded to the web site’s checkout. But wait! Even though we had both already logged into our developer accounts, we were asked to log in again – to confirm the purchase. We entered our credentials and were told that, “there was a problem” with our Apple IDs – keep in mind that I normally login to Apple several times a day.

“Huh,” I thought. I entered the credentials again. However once again I was told there was a problem with account. Next the Apple Store hiccuped and we were both simultaneously told that there was nothing in our carts. The tickets were “Sold Out“. It was now 1:03PM.

Gerry looked up at me and said, “Well, thanks for the coffee!” Despondently we parted ways, and went about our days.

At 5:35PM I got a call from San Jose. I rarely answer calls from the states. They’re often Indian developers offering off shore development. Today I took the call. The lady on the phone identified   herself as calling from Apple Developer Support. She said they had noticed that I was having trouble purchasing a ticket to WWDC. She went on to say that they did have a ticket set aside for me and that I would receive an email with instructions on how to complete the purchase.

That is unbelievable customer support. For all intents and purposes hundreds of developers had also had similar experiences. Apple was calling each of us to give us a chance to complete the purchase. Who does that? Apple that’s who. Incredible.

We’ve started a Facebook poll, to track other’s experiences:

WWDC 2013 announced – tickets on sale Apr 25 @ 10am PDT

Apple has announced the dates for WWDC 2013. The conference will take place June 10-14, in San Francisco. It will offer new insights on future versions of iOS and OSX.

Eligibility

To buy a ticket, you must be a member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or the Mac Developer Program as of the announcement of WWDC (5:30 a.m. PDT, April 24, 2013) and at the time of your ticket purchase. Developers between 13 and 17 years of age must have their ticket purchased by their parent or guardian who is an eligible member.

Purchasing

Ticket purchases are limited to one (1) per person and five (5) per organization. The same credit card may be used up to five (5) times to purchase all of the tickets for your organization. However, each team member must sign in with their own Apple ID and purchase their own ticket.

So now we can set our calendars and stop taking our iPhones to bed.