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May 20, 2014 - Dave Hecei
Apple releases update to OS X. Available now, Mac OS X 10.9.3 updater is recommended for all users of Apple's latest OS X, called Mavericks. This update fixes several small problems but more importantly it contains an improved 4K monitor support. This 4K support is only for certain latest model Macs including the newest Mac Pro and MacBook Pro 15 with Retina.

Microsoft introduced their newest Surface tablet PC. It contains a larger 12-inch display in an even thinner body (the previous Surface has an 11-inch display). This display has a resolution of 2160 x 1440, which gives it a 3:2 aspect ratio. This is a bit surprising since most PC and Android tablets have more HD type screens. True HD video is 1920 x 1080. This makes the new Surface look more like the iPad. Another surprise is the Intel Core i7 processor inside. This is a very high-end and fast processor, but also a hot one. Supposedly, there will have to be a fan inside, somehow. Pricing starts at $799 and will be available near the end of June.

• Intel has made an announcement about their next generation PC processors. The latest crop is named Haswell and can be found in every currently shipping Mac, except for the mini and the Mac Pro. Intel's next chips are called Broadwell and were set to be available at the beginning of 2015. The latest news from Intel puts theses new chips shipping this year. This translates to sometime probably in October/November. They should still have the same Core i designations - Core i3, i5, and i7. With an end-of-year availability of new Intel chips it's hard to say if Apple will release updated MacBook Pros now and then again this winter or wait and just do one big update this winter. MacBook Airs were just updated the end of last month.

• WWDC 2014 starts in two weeks. This is Apple huge World Wide Developers Conference. During this show we are likely to get previews of Mac OS X 10.10 (that's Mac OS 10 10 point 10 - that's a lot of tens) and a look at iOS 8. Not much is known on either OS fronts, but OS X is rumored to have a big UI change via Jony Ives, Apple's chief design guru. This show has, in the past, brought new Macs so there is always the possibility to see new iMacs, minis, or MacBook Pros. The iPhone and iPad are not due for a new release until sometime in September/October.


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