Archive for the ‘Mac’ Category

New Arrival: Apple Introduces 3 New Macs Based on M1 Chip

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Apple has launched a new MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini – powered by its latest in-house developed M1 chip. Price & Availability below.

Apple says that with M1, things users do every day on the Mac feel noticeably faster and smoother.

Apple says that with M1, things users do every day on the Mac feel noticeably faster and smoother.

The new M1 SoC (Systen on a Chip) is the first in a family of chips designed by Apple specifically for the Mac.

With M1 and Big Sur, users get access to the biggest collection of apps for Mac.

All the new Macs come with Big Sur, the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system.

Big Sur is engineered, down to its core, to take full advantage of all the capability and power of M1, delivering a boost in performance, battery life, and stronger security protections.

The new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 are available to order today on apple.com/sg and in the Apple Store app.

They will begin arriving to customers and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers starting next week.

More details below about the three new M1-based Apple Macs from the press release.

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New Arrival: Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is now ready for macOS Catalina (10.15) and moves to Apple Metal API with support for DirectX 11 for better speed and graphics for users. Prices below.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Highlights of Parallels Desktop 15 include the following.

  • DirectX 11 support: This brings more windows programs and PC games to Mac. Parallels Desktop 15 users can now run many Windows programs and PC games which didn’t run on prior version.
  • Play any Xbox Game in a Windows 10 Virtual Machine: Bluetooth Low Energy support in Parallels Desktop 15 enables Xbox Controller, Logitech Craft, IRISPen and some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) to be used with a Mac.
  • Seamless Mac and Windows Integration: Enhanced integration features that provide the best of both worlds on one computer so users can experience new levels of productivity.
  • Improved Performance: Users can enjoy up to 80% faster Microsoft Office application startup, 15% faster 3D graphics improvements, and a more responsive Parallels Desktop user interface.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription, or US$99.99 for Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Pro Edition and Mac Business Edition.

More details below from the press release.

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Apple unveils iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 and other new products

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Following last month’s big launch of the iPhone 6, Tim Cook has just introduced the new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Apple also unveiled a new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (from S$3,388), updated the Mac mini and made OS X Yosemite available today as a free upgrade.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in three metallic finishes: gold, silver and space grey.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in three metallic finishes: gold, silver and space grey.

This is the second big launch for Apple close on the heels of the iPhone 6 launch last month.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

The iPad Air 2 is only 6.1mm thin and weighs less than 450g, featuring improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colours, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID so users can unlock their iPad with the touch of a finger.

Local prices for the new iPads are as follows.

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Event: Second Apple WWDC 2013 with Tim Cook – iOS 7 unveiled

Monday, June 10th, 2013

This is Tim Cook’s second Apple WWDC at the helm of Apple, with a slew of announcements after a dearth of new products.

Tim Cook's second WWDC at the helm of Apple.

Tim Cook’s second WWDC at the helm of Apple.

The annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year is being held from June 10 – 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West.

Tickets went on sale on 26 April earlier this year – with each ticket going for US$1,599.

A compilation of the main releases from the keynote can be found at the Apple WWDC 2013 event page on the tech4tea Facebook page.

Below are the main revelations at the keynote of WWDC 2013

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IT Show 2013 promotions: Nubox and tech@vogue from Newstead

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Newstead Technologies will be at IT Show 2013 at Marina Bay Sands at B2, Booth B138 and Level 1 Booths 1229, 1413, 1521 and 1528.

At the same time, Nubox and tech@vogue Gallery will both be on Level 1 at Booths 1329 and 1429 respectively.

Get the Apple products including the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini at the Nubox booth. Offers include 70% off iPearl M Cover, 63% off Uniq iphone 5 covers, 30% off Griffin lightning cable and hourly workshops on OSX and Mountain Lion.

Get the Apple products including the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini at the Nubox booth. Offers include 70% off iPearl M Cover, 63% off Uniq iphone 5 covers, 30% off Griffin lightning cable and hourly workshops on OSX and Mountain Lion.

Newstead Technologies is offering discounts of up to 70% on accessories and gadgets during IT Show 2013.

Nubox will also be extending the IT Show 2013 promotions for Apple products to its eleven APR stores island-wide.

Offers from tech@vogue Gallery during IT Show 2013 include tablets such as Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, MeMO Pad ME 172V and Padfone 2. Customers can also get up to 50% off a wide range of premium accessories including earphones, power tube and phone cases.

Offers from tech@vogue Gallery during IT Show 2013 include tablets such as Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, MeMO Pad ME 172V and Padfone 2. Customers can also get up to 50% off a wide range of premium accessories including earphones, power tube and phone cases.

IT Show 2013 Contest: Norton 360 Multi-Device

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

With IT Show 2013 coming into town, here’s your chance to win a copy of Norton 360 Multi-Device that provides protection, backup and tuneup for up to 5 devices for one year. Worth S$118.99. Contest ends 11 March 2012.

Update (15 March, 2013):

The result of the Norton 360 Multi-Device contest is out. The winner is Darren Jiunn.

“It’s great that Norton 360 Multi-Device works for both Windows and Macs. I have a Windows notebook while my brother has a MBP. I have an Android smartphone while he has an iPhone and iPad. Norton 360 Multi-Device will cover all of these devices!” – Darren Jiunn.

He intends to use his copy of Norton 360 Multi-Device to protect his Windows notebook and Android smartphone, as well as his brother’s MBP, iPhone and iPad.

That maximises the 5 licenses that Norton 360 Multi-Device entitles him to and exploits the software’s ability to cover Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.

Dear Darren, I will be contacting Darren by email to arrange the mailing of your copy of Norton 360 Multi-Device (worth S$119).

To all the others who took the time and effort to submit your entries, THANK YOU!

Keep a lookout for the next contest starting tomorrow.

Protect those mobile devices that you're planning to buy at the IT Show 2013.

Protect those mobile devices that you’re planning to buy at the IT Show 2013.

Purchasing more devices during IT Show 2013? With more and more of our lives spent online via our mobile devices, it is imperative that we protect ourselves from cybercriminals.

Norton 360 Multi-Device is one such tool that can help.

To win a copy of the security software from Norton by Symantec, simply share – in less than 50 words – why you need Norton 360 Multi-Device. Post your responses as comments to the end of this post.

Check out the rules of the contest below.

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Review: Norton 360 Multi-Device protection for all your devices

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Norton 360 Multi-Device is a security software suite that protects Windows and Mac desktops and notebooks, as well as Android and iOS tablets and smartphones from Cyber-criminals.

A one-year subscription of S$118.99 includes licenses for the software to be installed on five devices (regardless of users).

Norton 360 Multi-Device works on Windows PCs, Macs, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

Norton 360 Multi-Device works on Windows PCs, Macs, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

Many people today possess multiple devices – a home desktop computer, a notebook, a tablet and a smartphone.

And we use all these to access the Web for online activities – surfing, banking, social networking etc – which opens our devices and us to cyber-criminals out there in the Wild Wild Web.

Main user interface for Norton 360 Multi-Device showing the main functionalities for Security, Identity, Backup and Tuneup.

Main user interface for Norton 360 Multi-Device showing the main functionalities for Security, Identity, Backup and Tuneup.

Our personal information and passwords could be stolen, as well as confidential work documents, even our identity.

It is therefore paramount to safeguard our devices and ourselves when going online.

Norton 360 Multi-Device scans your disks, programs and even your Facebook Wall.

Norton 360 Multi-Device scans your disks, programs and even your Facebook Wall.

It can be a quite a hassle to evaluate, install, and manage different security software on individual devices separately.

Norton 360 Multi-Device offers a one-stop security solution for users to protect up to five different devices with a single one-year license.

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SITEX 2012 promotions: EpiCentre Apple products and accessories

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

EpiCentre Pte Ltd will be at SITEX 2012 in Hall 6, Booth 6E01. They will be retailing Apple products as well as third party products, some at more than 70% discounts.

SITEX 2012 promotions from EpiCentre.

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EpiCentre’s full range of Apple products includes the latest MacBook Pro with Retina display, iPad with Retina display, iPhone 5 (with SingTel contracts) and iPods

Purchases of laptops or tablets from EpiCentre’s SITEX booth or at any of the eight EpiCentre stores located islandwide will come with gifts worth more than S$400.

Below are EpiCentre’s promotions for SITEX 2012.

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SITEX 2012 promotions: Nubox Apple products and accessories

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Nubox will be at SITEX 2012 in Hall 6. They will be retailing Apple products and accessories at up to 70% discounts.

Nubox is an arm of Newstead Technologies with Apple Premium Reseller (APR) and Apple Authorised Reseller (AAR) stores in Singapore.

Nubox is an arm of Newstead Technologies with Apple Premium Reseller (APR) and Apple Authorised Reseller (AAR) stores in Singapore.

Nubox will be offering the complete range of Apple products from the new iPod touch and iPod nano to the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini.

Purchase any Mac from Nubox at the show and enjoy savings of up to $258.

There’ll be discounts of up to 70% on accessories including audio products, covers and electronic items as well as exclusive star buys.

Nubox will also be conducting hourly workshops on OSX and Mountain Lion during SITEX 2012.

Event: Apple iPad mini Event

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Apple introduces iPad mini (S$448 – S$878), Fourth Generation iPad (S$658 – S$1,088), iMac and Mac mini (S$1,088 – S$2,788), as well as 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (S$2,388 – S$2,788) at San Jose, California. All prices include GST.

Philip Schiller introduces the iPad mini in San Jose, California. Schiller is Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

Philip Schiller introduces the iPad mini in San Jose, California. Schiller is Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

As rumoured, Apple has introduced the iPad mini, with a 7.9-inch (1024 x 768 pixels) non-Retina display and 7.2mm thick.

The new iPad mini with its bigger brother, the Fourth Generation iPad.

The new iPad mini with its bigger brother, the Fourth Generation iPad.

It is a quarter thinner than the Fourth Generation iPad and thinner than a pencil, according to Apple CEO, Tim Cook.

The Fourth Generation iPad is an update that includes a new A6X CPU, a 720p FaceTime HD camera, additional LTE carrier support and faster Wi-Fi.

Externally, the only difference is the 9-pin Lightning connector which replaces the old 30-pin jack.

The Wi-Fi only version of the two tablets will be available in 34 countries from 2 November and can be pre-ordered in 26 countries from 26 October. Singapore is in both lists.

The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions will only start shipping “a couple of weeks after the Wi-Fi models”, according to Apple.

Many expected the iPad mini to be priced to compete with 7-inch tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7, both of which start at US$199.

Apple's new iMac is super thin at the edges - only 5mm on all edges.

Apple’s new iMac is super thin at the edges – only 5mm on all edges.

However, the iPad mini will start at US$329 instead.

Apple has also updated its Mac mini and iMacs (21.5 and 27-inch).

The later is particularly stunning with its razor-thin all-in-one form factor that has excited the tech community.

It comes with a new storage option called Fusion Drive – which combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive.

The Mac mini is available today, while the 21.5-inch iMac and 27-inch iMac will be available in November and December respectively through the Apple Online Store.

Philip Schiller – Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing – also unveiled a new 13-inch MacBook Pro that is 20 percent thinner than its predecessor and weighs nearly half a kilogram lighter.

New 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

New 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Starting at S$2,388, the new notebook has a 2.5GHz Intel processor, a high-resolution Retina display with more than 4 million pixels, and a solid-state flash drive instead of a spinning hard disk.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available from today through the Apple Online Store.

In the other big tech event for this week, Microsoft is releasing its Windows 8 cross-platform operating system for General Availability this Friday on 26 October.