Earlier this year at WWDC 2013, Apple took the wraps off their brand new Mac Pro which featured a rather interesting design, but we suppose it was a welcome update as the previous generation Mac Pro had not been updated in quite a while. The computer has been scheduled for a release at the end of the year, but Apple has not given a specific release date yet, leaving many to wonder if they might be able to expect it in time for Christmas, or perhaps in time for New Year’s Eve. Well according to a German retailer, Conrad Electronic, they have started to take pre-orders for the new Mac Pro and have given it a release date set for the 16th of December.
We’re not sure why they would think it’s the 16th, but so far we have heard multiple dates being tossed around. For example French website, MacGeneration, mentioned that the Mac Pro would see a launch on the 18th of December, while there have also been reports of the 13th of December being a possible date as well. Since none of this is official information, do take it with a grain of salt for now. It has been speculated that Apple is trying to delay the launch as much as possible (within reason, of course) due to Intel’s Ivy Bridge-EP processors experiencing relatively slow production. Either way our eyes and ears will be peeled for an official date, so check back with us later for the details.
According to the latest figures, iPads are pretty popular amongst the holiday shoppers, but that’s not all as an analyst believes that iPads are still pretty popular amongst enterprise users as well, and those numbers are growing. In fact it was just last year that Apple boasted that 94% of Fortune 500 companies and 85% of the Global 500 were either testing or have already deployed iPads amongst its employees, so we guess based on Wedge Partners’ analyst, Brian Blair, Apple’s momentum has not slowed down in the least.
According to Blair, he claims that there have been big gains for the iPad over the past few months, which he attributed to BlackBerry’s “failure” and Android’s inability to gain meaningful traction in the enterprise space. For BlackBerry, Blair states that the company’s decision and willingness to sell itself might have shaken the confidence that companies might have had for them, and gave them an excuse to start looking towards alternatives.
Blair also stated that one of the reasons Apple is doing so well in enterprise, despite Android having a much larger market share, is possibly due to malware concerns. “While a more popular platform than iOS globally, [Android] is seeing very low adoption rates in the enterprise overall, particularly with tablets […] We believe that most IT managers are avoiding the platform for large-scale rollouts and support due in large part to malware concerns.” What do you guys think?