Mac Pro 2019 release date, news and rumors

Mac Pro 2019 release date, news and rumors

It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything in the way of a major update or upgrade to Apple’s Mac Pro. But, back in April 2017 Apple acknowledged the outcry for support of the Mac Pro by hinting that it’s working on a ‘modular’ and ‘upgradeable’ Mac Pro.That statement was later backed up when Apple put out a press release for the new iMac Pro sale date that the Mac Pro 2019 is “still in development”. So, we know that the Mac Pro 2019 is going to be a thing, we just won’t see it for a while.So, what will the 2019 Mac Pro look like, given its modular nature? What will you be able to upgrade? Is it going to look like a souped-up HomePod?Before we dive into these details over the next year or so, we need to lay out the basics.
Cut to the chase
What is it? Apple’s first dedicated desktop since 2013When is it out? Early 2019 at the earliest most likelyWhat will it cost? Likely as much as – if not more than – current models
Mac Pro 2019 release date
Now, while the new Mac Pro used to be the one Apple product we actually knew with absolute certainty could have been released in 2018, we were mistaken. It turns out the new Mac Pro has been confirmed for a 2019 release date.The current Mac Pro computer debuted at the June 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), with a December 2013 final release date. Of course, many purchasers didn’t get their computers until April 2014 on account of backorders.
Given how long its been since the previous update to the Mac Pro, it would be unwise for Apple to drive the asking price any higher.Before that, the original Mac Pro was revealed to the world during the August 2006 WWDC, getting into the public’s hands within the same month.Therefore, it’s still possible for  the Mac Pro to be teased at WWDC 2018 in June. When the product will release to the public, however, is anyone’s guess, but we do know that Apple is going to make its fans wait until early 2019 at the earliest.If the Mac Pro is a no-show at WWDC, the next likely time it would appear would be in October or November, to make room for the unavoidable September iPhone launch.

Mac Pro 2019 price
We have absolutely no Mac Pro 2019 pricing information from neither leaks nor Apple’s own remarks on the device. So, once again we’re left to speculate based on the pricing of previous Mac Pro models.The current Mac Pro, largely unchanged since its 2013 release, calls for a whopping $2,999, £2,999 or AU$4,899 to start. The only other model available hikes the price up by $1,000, £900 and AU$1,600, respectively, for some beefy component upgrades.
This Mac Pro could be one of the three Mac computers expected to launch this year with one of Apple’s new T series co-processors inside.Given how long its been since the previous update to the Mac Pro, it would be unwise for Apple to drive the asking price any higher. However, if the new Mac Pro’s ‘modular, upgradeable’ nature turns out to be true, that could lead the firm to price the device accordingly, knowing that end users would no longer have to turn to it for upgrades.

Mac Pro 2019 specs
What will be inside the computer is, sadly, another unknown regarding the Mac Pro for 2019, save for a scant few details. For starters, we know that Apple is focused on issuing a Mac Pro with a modular and upgradeable design.“In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest performance, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design,” Apple wrote in a December 2017 press release announcing the new iMac Pro, “as well as a new high-end pro display.”With that, we know that Apple intends to make at least some of the new Mac Pro design easy to manage, upgrade and set up in different orientations. If this is the case, this computer will have to work with a large variety of off-the-shelf parts – at least ‘off-the-shelf’ for business pros or IT managers. (Could the Mac Pro inadvertently be Apple’s first mining computer?)
Simply put, there wasn’t enough room in the last Mac Pro for storage expansion, and that needs to change in the 2019 model.Simply put, there wasn’t enough room in the last Mac Pro for storage expansion, and that needs to change in the 2019 model.We also know that Apple has a display in the works, presumably one that was designed with the performance of the Mac Pro in mind. As of last September, reports circulated that an 8K (7680 x 4320) resolution display was in the works at Apple, and that it would compete with the 32-inch Dell UltraSharp monitor that we recently reviewed. It would come with either 10-bit dithering or native 10-bit colors as well, but would not be touchscreen, despite the likely possibility that iOS apps are on their way to Mac.The other sliver information we know is that this Mac Pro could be one of the three Mac computers expected to launch this year with one of Apple’s new T series co-processors inside.Like the T1 (which manages the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and Touch ID) and T2 (which manages the iMac Pro hardware security and allows for the automatic ‘Hey Siri’ command) before them, these will likely offload key tasks from the Intel processors that will likely be inside the 2019 Mac Pro models.How will this manifest inside the Mac Pro for 2019? The most likely scenario is the latter one: implementing the very same T2 chip inside the iMac Pro into this device. That would bring pro-grade security and on-demand Siri to the Mac Pro, the former of which is crucial for getting traction in office environments.Beyond this, it’s difficult to forecast much of anything hardware-wise that will be found in the Mac Pro 2019, especially when factoring in conflicting reports that Apple won’t make any major changes to its Macs in 2018.

What we want to see in Mac Pro 2019
All of these rumors swirling around a potential Mac Pro 2019 release puts us in prime position for a well-crafted wishlist. So, here’s what we hope to see Apple upgrade within the Mac Pro for 2019.More internal expansionSimply put, there wasn’t enough room in the last Mac Pro for storage expansion, and that needs to change in the 2019 model. Good thing, then, that words like ‘modular’ make us confident that this will, indeed, be the case. Hot swappable storage bays, anyone?Dual-processor optionsApple was criticized in our Mac Pro review for not offering a dual-processor option. Surely, plenty of video editors and other media creators would relish the opportunity for twice as fast rendering and encoding power. A CPU with 16 cores is nice, but 32 cores is nicer.A keyboard and mouse includedThe 2013 Mac Pro shipped without any Magic Keyboard or Magic Mouse included. Simply put, we’d like to see this change with the 2019 version. Shipping an Apple computer without proper inputs is like trying to sell a car without the steering wheel.iOS apps on Mac ProNow that it has been bandied about for so long, the idea of iOS apps on a Mac computer has grown on us. We’d love to see our favorite iPhone and iPad apps make their way to the desktop. However, Apple needs to figure out how this will work on an Apple device without a touchscreen much less a trackpad. Unfortunately recent speculation leads us to believe we won’t be seeing iOS apps on Mac this year.
These are the best Macs that 2018 has to offer so farGabe Carey has also contributed to this report

The best gaming keyboards in India for April 2018

The best gaming keyboards in India for April 2018

In April 2017, a report from IDC stated that the global shipment of PCs went up for the first time since Q1 2012 on an annualised basis. The first quarter of 2017 noted 0.6% year-on-year increase in PC shipments. While overall PC growth has seen a slump over the last five years, the market for PC gaming equipment has seen considerable growth globally.According to a report from Jon Peddie Research, the Asia Pacific region was the biggest and fastest growing market in gaming PCs overall. Dense population, ease of arrangement and a booming gaming culture are major reasons for this, especially in a country like India.As companies target these new gamers, it’s important to know what products will actually help you. For instance, PC gamers usually swear by mechanical keyboards. They also want fancy RGB lighting and customisable macro keys. There’s more of course, so here’s some help for choosing the best gaming keyboards in India.

Logitech has been seemingly going out of its way to make only the most high-end, cutting-edge peripherals without taking value into consideration. That’s all changed with the G413 Carbon, a mechanical keyboard that sacrifices RGB backlighting and customisable macro keys in favour of an affordable price tag. Its low-profile appearance may look simple in comparison to competing keyboards, but the Logitech G413 Carbon has a magnesium-alloy skeleton exposure. Though the Romer-G switches might be a turnoff for Cherry MX enthusiasts, they’re virtually silent, fairly responsive and rated for 70 million actuations.Read the full review: Logitech G413 Carbon 

Hoping to find a gaming keyboard that matches the rest of your Chroma-lit accessories? Then this is the one you want. Not only does the BlackWidow Chroma V2 carry an equal balance of comfort and performance, but it went a few steps ahead in the process. Complemented by the fact that Razer has tacked on five macro keys that can be assigned to virtually any in-game action, the BlackWidow Chroma V2 supports 16.8 million colors worth of LED lighting as well.Read the full review: Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2

We have seen plenty of wireless gaming mice over the last few years, but not many wireless gaming keyboards. Until now. The Corsair K63 Wireless keyboard takes what made the wired version of the K63 great and transfers it into the wireless version – without sacrificing much at all. Packing tight Cherry MX Red switches, full RGB lighting and convenient media controls, the K63 wireless shows us what wireless keyboards can be capable of in 2018.Read the full review: Corsair K63 Wireless 

Following in the footsteps of Kingston’s first HyperX-branded gaming keyboard, namely the HyperX Alloy FPS, the HyperX Alloy Elite tweaks the company’s first winning keyboard to provide only a few subtle changes. For only $10 USD more than its predecessor, you’re getting media keys, a light bar and even a palm rest, all of which were previously absent. They’re also a series of delightful treats, making for a value proposition that shouldn’t be ignored.Read the full review: HyperX Alloy Elite

Like the Corsair K70 Rapidfire before it, the K95 RGB Platinum is a gaming-first mechanical keyboard with plenty of versatility to get the job done. The simple arrangement of a single row of six macro keys keeps this QWERTY keyboard neat and organised. The software may be sloppy, but if all you’re doing is assigning macros, you may not even need it. The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum has 8MB of memory dedicated for storing profiles. The keyboard is backlit and supports 16.8 million colours. Its military grade aluminium body makes it well suited for travel as well.

If you’re new to PC gaming, and you want a keyboard that’ll perform admirably without the high price tag that a lot of mechanical keyboards carry, the Razer Cynosa Chroma might be for you. It might not have the tactile clickiness of a higher-end board, but the hybrid mesh switches perform well enough, boasting a 1ms polling rate and 10-key rollover. That’s not to mention the sick RGB lighting.Read the full review: Razer Cynosa Chroma 

The HyperX Alloy FPS is one of our favorite gaming keyboards here at TechRadar. Its simple, frame-less design and solid construction make it one of the best and most affordable gaming keyboards we’ve ever used. However, for those who want a little bit more, Kingston has introduced the HyperX Alloy Elite.Read the full review: HyperX Alloy Elite 

The choice between mechanical and membrane keys has been a difficult one for some. But now Razer brings the two together with its ‘Mecha-Membrane’ Ornata keyboard. These new keyboards have shorter keys, the tactile feel of the green switches from the Blackwidow X Chroma, and an audible click. Just like its other products, the Ornata features a fully customisable, per-key backlight and it comes with a plush pleather wrist rest too.

Logitech has followed up its Orion Spark G910 mechanical keyboard with the G810, which arrives with a refreshingly grown-up feel. Sporting Logitech’s own Romer G switches, which aren’t quite as squishy as Cherry’s various switches, the G810 possesses a snappier feel than other gaming keyboards whether typing or gaming. Featuring smart media keys that work equally well on both Windows and OS X, Logitech’s latest keyboard is a solid all-round offering. If you’re fed up of the weird markings, LCD screens and strange parts that come with competing “gamer-focused” keyboards, the G810 might be for you.

Many mechanical keyboards are gaudy and unwieldy, aimed at gamers on the, err, ostentatious side. That’s not the case with the SteelSeries Apex M500. Like the Logitech G810, the Apex M500 eschews unnecessary bells and whistles in favor of clean design and bare essentials. While it’s lacking media keys, macros and other such extras, it benefits from a compact design that wastes no space. Tailored towards e-Sports, its minimal leanings are refreshing and it looks great on a desk, accompanied by the right monitor and the right mouse, of course.
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Apple now faces a class action lawsuit over failing MacBook Pro keyboards

Apple now faces a class action lawsuit over failing MacBook Pro keyboards

Unfortunately for Apple, the curious case of the failing MacBook Pro and MacBook keyboards is refusing to go away. It now faces a class action lawsuit issued in California, which states that the company knew there were problems with the latest butterfly-switch keyboard design and went ahead with it anyway.Based on a barrage of reports from users, the keyboard design introduced in 2015 and then tweaked in 2017 is so delicate that it’s much more likely to fail than the keyboards on older models. Just a small speck of dust or debris can cause problems, apparently.Data collected by AppleInsider from Apple Genius Bars and authorized third-party repair shops suggests the keyboard failure rate has more or less doubled since the new design appeared. The stats show 11.8% of repairs were related to the keyboard – and usually, the entire keyboard needs replacing.
Thousands affected
While the majority of MacBooks and MacBook Pros are obviously working fine with the new keyboards, a substantial number of users have reported problems. An online petition calling for Apple to replace defective keyboards is up to 19,000 signatures at the time of writing – not a small number.To be fair to Apple it does offer a one-year warranty on new laptops and so if your problems start within that time window you can get a keyboard swap for free in the space of a few days. The new lawsuit claims that isn’t enough and says the “core functionality” of these devices has been compromised.We’ll have to wait and see what Apple’s response is, but the keyboard controversy threatens to put people off buying a new MacBook or MacBook Pro – not something Apple CEO Tim Cook and his colleagues will be pleased about. You can view the class action lawsuit online here.
Future MacBooks could get a crumb-resistant and spill-proof keyboardVia 9to5Mac

Flickering screen on your Surface Pro 4? Microsoft will give you a replacement

Flickering screen on your Surface Pro 4? Microsoft will give you a replacement

Ever since the launch of the Surface Pro 4 back in 2015, some models have been afflicted by a flickering screen problem that pretty much ruins the experience of using the device. While some devices have been helped by a software patch, the problem has persisted for a small number of users.Now Microsoft is giving up on trying to deal with the issue via software updates, and says it will just replace the models that are still not working properly. If that means you, you can get a refurbished Surface Pro 4 straight from Microsoft.Having to live with a screen defect for months sounds like it would get frustrating rather fast, but at least Microsoft has finally got around to putting an end to the issue… hopefully. Microsoft says it might take 5-8 business days for your replacement to arrive from when you send off the faulty device.
Replacements or repair refunds
“After careful examination, have determined that a small percentage of Surface Pro 4 devices are exhibiting a screen flicker that cannot be addressed with a firmware or driver update,” says Microsoft in a support note.”To support customers affected by this issue, we will replace eligible Surface Pro 4 devices for up to three years from the date of purchase, free of charge.” The offer applies to both consumers and commercial customers, and if you’ve already paid to get your Surface Pro 4 fixed, you’ll be able to get a refund.The offer only applies to Surface Pro 4 devices and only to the flickering screen problem – for any other problems, you need to go through the usual repair or replacement channels (and that includes screens that you’ve damaged yourself).
Microsoft’s selling upgraded Surface Pro models at entry-level pricesVia Engadget

Windows 10’s newest preview adds a dark mode and online copy-paste

Windows 10’s newest preview adds a dark mode and online copy-paste

More Redstone 5 features are coming down the pipe for Windows 10 Insiders a new dark mode and a cloud clipboard.Build 17666 is available today to Windows 10 Insiders starting today and with it, users can copy and paste across different devices thanks to the new cloud-powered clipboard. User can trigger the new function by simply hitting Windows Key + C. 

Aside from one time copy and paste operations, you can explore this new cloud clipboard to pin things you seem to always use and see your history in a similar way to Windows 10 Timeline.For now, the cloud clipboard only works on other Windows 10 devices with the latest Insider build of Windows 10, but we hope it will also make its way to Android and iOS.

This latest Windows 10 Preview also brings a partial dark mode that applies a black background to the File Explorer, general user menus within the app and the pop-up open/save dialogs. The dark theme is meant to match Windows 10’s black taskbar and start menu.Microsoft also applied Fluent Design acrylic varnish to the title bar to Sets, which was recently rolled out in the last Insider build and demoed at Microsoft Build 2018. Alt tabbing in Sets will now also allow users to quickly swap between Microsoft Edge tabs.

Lastly search previews now support apps, documents, and more, helping you to double check you’ve found the files and programs you’re actually looking for.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Windows 10 April Update

Apple’s AirPort routers have been kicked to the curb

Apple’s AirPort routers have been kicked to the curb

Apple has announced that it’s getting out of the router business. The Cupertino firm will be selling off its remaining AirPort router inventory via Apple Stores and authorized retailers, but will not restock. That said, no price drop has been announced.The company will, however, continue to support the existing routers – including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule – for the next five years, providing software and firmware updates.Given that support won’t be indefinite, Apple will post buying guides online to help AirPort owners looking for a replacement for their old base stations.
It may be terminal
While the loss of the AirPort routers might be disappointing for fans, this news comes as no surprise.Apple last updated the Extreme and Time Capsule base stations in 2013, while the Express hasn’t been supported since 2012. In fact, in November 2016 Bloomberg reported that the company had disbanded its router development team.And with 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers becoming ubiquitous, it’s no surprise that the old Apple routers are now redundant.Whether Apple’s exit from the router market is permanent or not is yet to be decided, though. A spokesperson told Engadget that “the company might revisit Wi-Fi routers if it can make a meaningful contribution to the space”.
Best wireless routers for your home network[Via 9to5Mac]

Microsoft’s selling upgraded Surface Pro models at entry-level prices

Microsoft’s selling upgraded Surface Pro models at entry-level prices

Microsoft is selling its latest Surface Pro tablet with some considerable discounts in the US and UK right now. In the US, you can grab a souped-up Surface Pro for the price of the entry-level model.That gets you a Surface Pro with an Intel Core i5 processor with a 128GB SSD and 4GB of memory for the price of one with a far-less-powerful Intel Core m3 processor. You also get a three-month trial of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan with 1TB of cloud storage to support it.

Now, in the US, this is the only deal on the Surface Pro that’s active on Microsoft’s online store. All other models are priced normally.In the UK, Microsoft is offering savings of £100 or more on several select models. This way, you can get the same Surface Pro model in the UK for a bit less than you can in the US right now, and there are also plenty of other discounted options.For instance, you can save anywhere from £50 on the entry-grade model to £280 on a model with an Intel Core i7 chip inside along with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

Of course, Microsoft offers the same Adobe trial to its UK customers. However, it’s important to note that these prices in neither region represent the Surface Pen and Surface Type Cover. Both of those are now sold separately, and aren’t exactly cheap. At the time of writing, at least AO.com in the UK is selling the Core i5 model with the Type Cover for just £749.
These are the best Windows tablets we’ve seen this past year

Apple is offering to replace the battery on some 13-inch MacBook Pros

Apple is offering to replace the battery on some 13-inch MacBook Pros

If your 13-inch, non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro has been hit by a nasty issue of an expanding battery, Apple has got your back – the company has launched a battery replacement program for affected laptops, which apparently are only a few in number and were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017.”Apple has determined that, in a limited number of 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) units, a component may fail causing the built-in battery to expand,” says Apple. “This is not a safety issue and Apple will replace eligible batteries, free of charge.”Just type in your computer’s serial number to see if your MacBook Pro is eligible for a battery replacement. If it is, you can send it off to Apple or take it into an Apple Store to get the battery swapped for free. You can even get a refund if you’ve already had the battery replaced. The offer was first spotted by 9to5Google.
Five-year scheme
This doesn’t affect the standard warranty of the laptop, Apple notes in its documentation, and if your computer has been damaged in some way that prevents the battery being replaced, that will have to be fixed first – and that repair may incur a cost, before you get your free battery swap.You don’t necessarily have to rush to take advantage of the deal, though acting sooner rather than later is probably a good idea: Apple says the scheme is going to cover affected MacBook Pros for up to five years after they were originally bought.The launch of the program comes just a few days after Apple initiated a similar replacement offer for the Apple Watch Series 2. Again, swelling batteries are the problem, but even if it’s disappointing to see some devices slip past Apple’s quality control procedures, at least it’s helping customers get a fixed sorted out quickly.
Here’s what we want from the next MacBook Pro, whenever it arrives

Get Apple’s first 12-inch MacBook for just $779 on Amazon today

Get Apple’s first 12-inch MacBook for just $779 on Amazon today

If you want the cheapest way to get hold of an Apple laptop, then today is your lucky day. Amazon is selling the first 12-inch MacBook, as refurbished 2015 models, for just $779 to start.These Apple laptops are packing gorgeous Retina displays and 256GB solid-state drives (SSDs) paired with 8GB of RAM. Now, you should know that these 2015 MacBook models are known to suffer from those well-publicized keyboard issues.However, at least Apple provides these manufacturer-refurbished models with a 90-day warranty, so that should provide some peace of mind.

Also, these MacBooks bring with them impressive battery life and connectivity with your iPhone and associated accounts. You could think of this as a companion for your much-more-expensive iPhone X.Regardless, for those seeking the cheapest possible 12-inch MacBook they can find, this is currently the best answer. Keep in mind that supplies are running out at the time of writing, so act quickly if you’re pining for a new MacBook.
These are the best Macs we’ve seen to dateVia Gizmodo

Even Facebook is designing its own processors, says a new report

Even Facebook is designing its own processors, says a new report

Facebook is reportedly designing its very own processor hardware so as to reduce reliance on partners like Intel and Qualcomm in its device efforts. The news comes via anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg and apparent job listings.The outlet reports that Facebook is currently in the early stages of building a team to design silicon semiconductors, an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization.” Indeed that very job posting is still live on Facebook’s online job board at the time of writing.Bloomberg suspects that Facebook could use these chips in future device endeavors, artificial intelligence software and server hardware. Perhaps the delayed Facebook speaker will use one of Facebook’s own chips.
Hiding in plain sight
It’s interesting to see that Facebook is still openly hiring for this position with the news out from an awfully accurate team of leak reporters.The job seems to call for someone skilled in processor technology in lots of applications, but particularly AI and machine learning on or via mobile systems on chip (SoC). Those types of technologies are popularly behind smart speakers.Perhaps Facebook wants to control where the data lives on these devices even more directly with its own silicon versus a third party’s. After all, what Facebook does with said data is under more scrutiny than it’s ever been.Facebook declined to comment on Bloomberg’s report.At any rate, it’s now in the open that Facebook is working toward developing its own processors for the purpose of AI and machine learning through SoCs.What that means for the future of Facebook products is unknown – perhaps this has something to do with future versions of the Oculus Go VR headset. One running with Facebook-developed silicon could possibly gain a Nintendo-like inherent advantage in performance, with hardware and software in harmony.
These are the best processors we’ve tested this yearVia 9to5Mac