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Mac Pro Resurrection 2013

Jul 9, 2013
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At the WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year, Apple gave a us a sneak peek of the next generation Mac Pro to replace the sorely outdated version we currently have. We were treated to a presentation on the new internals of the machine and its stunning redesign. Rather than the huge aluminium cased computer – the new Mac Pro will be a small cylinder not much bigger than your kitchen jug. Inside that small form factor is an absolute powerhouse – an order of magnitude quicker than the most powerful iMacs we use today. The high end production Mac is on its way back.

While iMacs give us a great all-in-one solution today, into the future as software gives us more capabilities we will have many users in a design studio who’ll require more performance and expandability. Whilst the final specifications of the new Mac Pro are not yet set in concrete, what we’ve been told thus far is very impressive.


New operating systems

WWDC also gave us insight into the next generation of operating systems. OSX 10.9 “Mavericks” is an incremental improvement over 10.8 Mountain Lion which really focuses on getting the multi-screen experience right (finally) with a whole host of improvements and technology for software developers to deliver us some great software products.

iOS 7 is a redesign of the iOS operating system for Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and AppleTV. This has had the most work done to it and steps up the game in the world of mobile operating systems. iOS 6 was a workable release, but didn’t offer anything too groundbreaking to users of iOS 5. There’s been much talk about iOS 7 in forums and twitter but as always, judging a beta version of an operating system is a bit premature. We expect to see these two out by October this year.

MacBook Air

What was on offer and out now is a revision of the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air will be remembered as one of the great Mac laptops. It changed the expectation of what a highly portable laptop should be, and thankfully, killed the netbook. This revision gives us a new generation processor from intel which is even more energy efficient than before – while still being faster. Battery life for the 13″ MacBook Air is quoted by Apple as lasting up to 12 hours on a single charge. Independent testing has found this to be incorrect – they are getting 13 to 14 hours! An entire day without recharging. Nice. Other items improved include faster networking, faster SSDs and faster graphics.

The MacBook Air is available now and comes in a 11″ or 13″ screen with multiple storage options. Talk to your DA account manager for more information about how this could work in your business.


What’s New in Adobe Creative Cloud for Designers

Jul 4, 2013
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Take a quick look at what is new in Adobe Creative Cloud, featuring Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC. There’s a huge library of in-depth video tutorials at Adobe TV.