News Archive for Wednesday March 4, 2009
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Upgraded Airport Extreme and Time Capsules w/simultaneous Dual-Band support
While at the (online) Apple store this morning I noticed they have updated versions of the AirPort Extreme Base Station ($179) and Time Capsule (500GB $299/1TB $499) with simultaneous dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz) support. (That's a feature I could really use. I run my previous model N base at 5GHz for max performance with N clients, but have several 802.11G/B devices/machines also.)
BTW - there's also a new feature for accessing a connected USB hard drive over the Internet for MobileMe/Leopard users. (That feature was also added to the previous 802.11N bases with Firmware Update v7.4.1 released Thursday.)
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ATI Radeon HD 4870 Upgrade kit for PCIe 2.0 Mac Pros
I saw this item yesterday but it didn't have a price (was listed as unavailable) but today the Apple store ATI Radeon HD 4870 upgrade kit for PCI Express 2.0 Mac Pros (i.e. early 2008/early 2009 models) shows a price of $349 with est. shipping of 5-7 weeks as of this AM. (They also offer the base NVIDIA GeForce GT120 card for early 2009 Mac Pros at $149.)
(Update/FYI: OWC has a blog page on New Mac Pro Graphics Cards in Older Mac Pros with notes on 4870 and GT120 tests in 2008 and 2007/2006 Mac Pros. Despite Apple's requirements they noted the GT120 card worked in a 2008 Mac Pro. And I suspect that 10.5.7 will add displayport support for the 4870 in 2008 Mac Pros.)

I didn't spot it yesterday but Eddie sent a note Apple also bumped the 15" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz CPU to 2.66GHz and added a 2.93GHz option (like the 17in Unibody).
Apple is also selling the new Compact alum keyboard without numeric pad for $49. (It's a non-cost option on new iMacs and Mac Pros - you can choose it or the std keyboard - for desktops I'd want the numeric pad personally.)

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Other News/Articles, Misc. Software Updates
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