New Macs imminent

It seems that Daring Fireball and Fake Steve Jobs are expecting new product announcements in the next 3 hours, probably a new Macbook, Mac Minis with Snow Leopard Server, iMacs, and probably not a tablet. Reports from Apple’s financial update indicate the channel is being filled with some product, but they won’t say what. Macjournals opines that any updates would need to be announced within the next 21 days to be sufficiently available before the festive season.

Apple revises Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Airport Extreme and Time Capsule

Apple have revised the iMac, Mac Pro and Mac Mini.

The Mac mini now sports FireWire 800 (woohoo!) instead of FireWire 400 and also the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, and is touted as the “World’s most energy efficient desktop computer”, using only 13W when idle (possibly because it doesn’t have a screen? 🙂 It now has a mini DisplayPort and mini DVI connectors, and 5 USB connectors.

The Mac Pro now comes with Intel’s Nehalem processor at 2.93GHz, and Apple’s claiming up to 2.4x performance over the previous 3.2GHz Mac Pro model.

Meanwhile, Airport networking is now supported in 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously on Airport Extreme and Time Capsule, along with providing a guest networking mode to provide internet to your visitors without having to reveal your password to them.

17 inch Unibody MacBook Pro now shipping in 5-7 days

As of last Friday apparently the Australian Apple Store is now listing the 17 inch Unibody MacBook Pro as shipping within 5-7 days.

A reminder also that students, teachers and educational professionals are also able to get $176 rebate if they purchase an iPod with an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

Apple wins PC Authority Reliability and Service for Best PC and Best Laptop

Apple has won the Best PC, Best Laptop and LCD Displays categories of PC Authority magazine’s 2008 Reliability and Service Awards. No sign of the iPhone though, which went to Asus with Blackberry as a runner up.

AUC announces innovation seeding grants

The Apple University Consortium has announced innovation Seeding Grants, primarily aimed at students. Participants are provided with a mentor, equipment and resources to complete the project and must share progress via a blog with the ultimate outcome being licensed via open source, creative commons or similar licensing.

iMac G5 recalled

So the folks-in-law have just been told that their iMac G5 (which has been in the shop for 2 weeks awaiting repair for green vertical lines on the screen) is part of a worldwide recall, and they had to drop off the keyboard, mouse etc.
 Will be interesting to see what they get in return, and how long it takes (they’ve been told next week). Good thing they got upsold AppleCare at the time of purchase. Looks like there’s been numerous repair extension programs before.
[Edit: They got a 20 inch Intel iMac as a replacement, and a refund on their remaining AppleCare for the old machine! Then they did buy a new AppleCare warranty 🙂 ]