Last Tuesday, May 3rd I was pretty busy hanging out at the MSNBC Cafe waiting to see Jimmy Fallon that I was not able to report on the brand new release of these awesome monster machines.
Apple released an update to their iMac line, upgrading the processors to Quad-Core CPUs throughout the entire line as well as including Thunderbolt. The new iMacs now feature Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Processors with an option to upgrade to the Core i7 processors up to 3.4 GHz.
The second I heard this piece of news I felt jealous and wanted to grab an iMac 27″ again (I had recently sold my previous model as it was causing me more headache than I could deal with [turned out to be a power issue]) but then again I just purchased a MacBook Pro 17″ Model therefore I am not allowed another computer (until maybe my birthday *shhh!*).
Anyways the awesome specs and prices are seen below, and there is an awesome upgradeable option for the 27″ models to have a 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD drive which would make it an insane rocking machine not to mention an option to upgrade the RAM up to 16GB!
21.5″ Model [Base]: 2.5GHz Quad Core i5, 4GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB, 500GB [Price: $1199]
21.5″ Model [High]: 2.7GHz Quad Core i6, 4GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB, 1TB [Price: $1499]
27″ Model [Base]: 2.7GHz Quad Core i5, 4GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB, 1TB [Price $1699]
27″ Model [High]: 3.1GHz Quad Core i5, 4GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB, 1TB [Price $1999]
The 21.5 inch models have 1 Thunderbolt port whereas the 27 inch models have two. The processors are said to deliver up to 70% faster performance while AMD graphics is responsible for a threefold jump in performance over the previous generation. There are new FaceTime HD Cameras which support Hi-def video calling between all FaceTime HD-enabled Macs and iPads, iPhones, as well as iPod Touches. This refresh brings in a breath of fresh powerful air in the Mac World and will probably sell like hotcakes!
I will be starting a series of my Travelling posts and the awesome stuff I bought from the States and one of the things was an accessory I got for my iPad2 as well as my little sister’s iPad2!
It’s the Gelaskin!
I can’t really take the time off from my day of walking around the city to sit and write about my adventures but sometimes I just feel that I have to! Because what I’ve done these past few days was awesome! I will tell you guys more but let me summarize my New York stay in just a few words right now and also include my gadget shopping spree I went on!
New York (I Love YOU!)
May 1st- I got in and later that evening I went to see an Off-Broadway Musical called “Avenue Q” it was amazing! A Parody Puppet show telling us that life isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be hehe but we should make it work for ourselves! Awesome I had tons of fun!
May 2nd- Went to a Broadway Show called “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” for those of you old enough to know the movie which is quite old, it’s a show about 3 drag queens in Australia taking their show from Sydney to Alice, Australia so that “Tick” can finally meet his son. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT! It was simply amazing! The costumes, the music, the insane-ness of it all! It was a diva show and I just absolutely adored it! I would definitely recommend you all to check it out! If you don’t feel like jumping out of your seat to sing along with them then you don’t have a musical heart in you!
May 3rd- *aka yesterday!* I went to see a live-taping of *wait for it* “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and OMFG it was amazing! The guests of the night were Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, and ELMO! I had an insane time! I will definitely tell you more later on in an individual post but I just had to put this out there! It was simply amazing and I love ELMO! He gave us all free DVDs to take home with us! I am going to cherish it for life! The Roots (the band) were there as well and I just simply love them! *sigh* I want to see more Jimmy!
That’s my amazing life so far in New York it’s simply insane and I love it! I wish I could spend more time here but by then I’ll be insanely flat broke and that can’t happen!
Now onto the next topic, I’ve acquired lots of cool gadgets on this trip but some of the things I’d like to mention are:
- A brand new sparkling MacBook Pro 17″ with a 2.2Ghz Quadcore i7 Processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB HDD, and an Anti-Glare Hi-Resolution screen which is absolutely awesome!
- A brand new Black iPad 2 3G & Wifi 64GB (which took me a week to track down! Now they are available at the Apple Store in Fifth Avenue)
- A Blackberry Playbook 16GB Wifi Only Model
And those are only some of the cool things I’ve got well I guess these were my biggest purchases! I am just insanely in love with the US and wish I could move and live here but then again I would be broke all the time! I would live in the Apple Store, trust me I would! I love you sisters and parents! Thanks for this awesome time! I have a few more days left until then I will come back with some awesome posts but at the moment I just want to enjoy my insane time!
So I’m desperate for a new gadget and with it being Mother’s Day (Happy Mother’s Day to all you women and some men out there!) I had to get my hands on one, so I grabbed the 32GB Wifi only White Model as I was desperate and I will be going to the States in less than a month anyways so I will grab the one I want from there, this will be a secondary and can be given to Lujain if she behaves and get’s good grades or give it to Sister #3 who has stood in line since 6:45AM on Sunday morning waiting for the iPad 2 only to have it sold out!
So I will be giving you an Impressions post very soon but right now just enjoy this picture since I really went crazy on myself and took pictures using Instagram (my favorite iPhone 4 Application) as well as my older digital camera (I dunno where I put the other one).
P.S. I got it from Mobile2000 for 229KD which is the best deal out there today, and in comparison with the 180KD Apple US price (inclusive of Taxes) and around 10-20KD Aramex/Customs Charges It’s almost 29KD more than the US price. So in the end it was a good deal.
My order has been cancelled stating that I have exceeded the allowed limit per customer, bear in mind I only ordered 2 iPads. Therefore I will be asking one of my sisters to grab me one from one of the Apple Stores in her State. That way I can still get it without having to wait for the 2-3 weeks shipping estimate if I ordered it online.
And that’s all folks.
Jacqui is sad.
2 days ago Apple released iOS 4.3 and so for those of you who haven’t updated hurry up and update your iOS devices.
This update contains new features and improvements, including the following:
- Personal Hotspot*
Share iPhone 4 cellular data connection with up to 5 devices (combination of up to 3 Wi-Fi, 3 Bluetooth, and 1 USB)
- iTunes Home Sharing
Play music, movies and TV shows from a shared iTunes library on a Mac or PC (requires iTunes 10.2)
- New AirPlay features**
Play videos from the Photos app including the Camera Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third-party apps and websites on Apple TV
Play slideshows from Photos on Apple TV using transitions available on Apple TV
- HD video out using the Apple Digital AV Adapter***
View 720p HD videos from Videos app, iPod app, Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote, and enabled third-party apps on an HDMI display
- Ping features
Push notifications for comments and follow requests
Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing screen
- New Settings
Messages setting for number of times to repeat an alert
iPad side switch setting to lock screen rotation or mute audio notifications and sound effects
Single tap conference call dialing with a pause to send a passcode
- Bug fixes
**Requires Apple TV (2nd generation) running software version 4.2 or later
***iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch (4th generation)
For information on the security content of this update, please visit:
This update is available via iTunes.
For those waiting to take the plunge, the iPad 2 has now become available on the Apple Store (US) and is available for ordering. It’s been available for the past 15 minutes or less! I officially placed an order on two models! (White 3G + Wifi 64GB) as well as (Black 3G + Wifi 64GB) Shipping estimate is going to be 3-5 business days let’s hope they come earlier than that!