Category: Macintosh

“Somewhat surprising was the Mac Pro refrain from a number of Mac managers at the recent Macworld/iWorld Expo in San Francisco,” David Morgenstern writes for ZDNet. “They were concerned over the missing piece in the current Mac lineup: a new Mac Pro. Apple gave the multi-multicore system a minor speedbump last summer, which one content professional called a ‘non upgrade.’”

“Following the release of Apple’s new difficult-to-upgrade iMac models in late 2012, some content pros wondered whether Apple sees Thunderbolt as the only answer to professional-market concerns,” Morgenstern writes. “Instead of a new Mac Pro with an advanced bus architecture and supporting highly-multicore processors, Apple would point to the iMac, which can be expanded with Thunderbolt.”

Morgenstern writes, “Content creators want a new Mac Pro. Is Apple listening? And what is their strategy?”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple has already said the answer is coming very soon.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sarah” for the heads up.]

“Apple has apparently been looking for for a ‘Siri UI Engineer,’ which could have huge implications for its Mac computers,” Chris Ciaccia writes for The Street. “The listing (since removed), notes that the candidate must have ‘familiarity with Unix, especially Mac OS X,’ and display a ‘passion for the Macintosh platform and writing simple, elegant software that is easy and fun to use.’”

“Currently, Siri’s only available on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch,” Ciaccia writes. “There have been rumors in the past that Apple would eventually bring Siri to Mac, and this job listing suggests that those rumors could turn out to be true. When Apple bought Siri, former CEO Steve Jobs saw the technology’s productivity and ease of use potential for any device.”

Ciaccia writes, “Siri may be Apple’s answer to Google (GOOG_) when it comes to search. Instead of typing a query into Google, Siri will answer it for you… Bringing Siri to Mac OS X may not stem the decline in PC sales, but it will show that innovation is alive and well in Cupertino. No matter what Wall Street wants you to think.”

Read more in the full article here.

“Dell Inc. on Tuesday said it reached a deal to take itself private, in a buyout that marks an unofficial end to the era when a handful of young entrepreneurs made PCs the dominant computing device,” Anupreeta Das and Ben Worthen report for The Wall Street Journal.

“Under the terms of the agreement, Dell stockholders will receive $13.65 in cash for each share of Dell common stock they hold, in a transaction valued at approximately $24.4 billion,” Das and Worthen report. “The price represents a premium of 25% over Dell’s closing share price of $10.88 on Jan. 11, 2013, the last trading day before rumors of a possible going-private transaction were first published.”

Michael Dell

Das and Worthen report, “The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash and equity contributed by Mr. Dell, cash funded by investment funds affiliated with Silver Lake, cash invested by MSD Capital, L.P., a $2 billion loan from Microsoft, rollover of existing debt, as well as debt financing that has been committed by BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Suisse and RBC Capital Markets, and cash on hand.”

Read more in the full article here.

Dell “sits in third place in a PC market in decline, having failed to capture the recent booms in smartphones or tablets,” Tim Bradshaw reports for The Financial Times. “After Mr Dell stepped back as chief executive in 2004 and handed the reins to Kevin Rollins, the PC maker was hit by setback after setback: laptops with faulty batteries, missed Wall Street forecasts, falling margins and an SEC investigation into accounting fraud related to its partnership with Intel, which eventually led to a $100m settlement.”

“By the time Mr Dell returned to lead the company in February 2007, Apple had just unveiled its iPhone,” Bradshaw reports. “Although Mr Dell proudly pronounced that ‘”it feels like 1984 and I am starting over again,’ the post-PC age had already dawned.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Once Dell shareholders approve the deal, Michael Dell will have officially followed the advice he once gave to Apple: “Shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”

The irony doesn’t get much thicker.

This will also mark the end our long-running, “Apple now worth X times Dell’s market value” articles.

Boom, you got him, Steve!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jack F.” for the heads up.]

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