Apple Introduces a Cheaper iMac Model (India Pricing)

Apple today introduced a new, entry-level 21.5″ iMac that’s $200 cheaper than the previous model, but is also very limited when it comes to specs. The new iMac model sports a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 2.7GHz) and a 500GB hard drive, while retaining all the same specs as the next 21.5″ iMac model.

The new model is priced at $1099 in the US and the India Pricing has been set at INR 79,900.

Just Mobile AluCable Flat

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The Just Mobile AluCable Flat is a very interesting looking Lightning Cable for your iPhone or iPad. Just Mobile makes great aluminum products and I’ve used their Xtand Pro and Xtand in the past.

The AluCable Flat is a 4-feet USB-to-Lightning cable that’s flat like Thai noodles. The ends have aluminum connectors for the USB and Lightning ports and the cable is Apple-certified.

I really wish Apple improves the quality of their Lightning cables.

Two Weeks with the Vu SuperMac TV

Back in January, I wrote about the Vu SuperMac TV by Vu Technologies. The company claims it to be the first “Apple based TV” in the world and rightly so — it’s a TV with an actual Mac mini inside it. When you power it on, the Mac boots into OS X and is available as one of the sources. You can use it as a standard Mac. Technically, it’s a giant screen attached to a Mac mini. However, Vu Technologies actually bundle and integrate the insides of the Mac mini into the back of the TV, so the TV is as slim as it can be.

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I’ve been playing with this little thing for a few months now. It’s pretty handy and I’ll be writing a few more words (in detail) very soon.

Motorola Moto E available on Flipkart

Motorola’s newest phone targeted at the lower, sub-10k segment for markets like India — the Moto E was launched yesterday and is now available for sale, exclusively on Flipkart for ₹6999. Similar to the previous launches of the Moto G and Moto X, Flipkart has a few offers for buyers of the Moto E.

For ₹7000, the Moto E makes for a damn good choice if you’re looking for a decent, entry-level Android phone running the latest OS version.

My Sweet Mac Setup

The folks behind The Sweet Setup recently showcased my Desk and my Mac setup on their site. I have always loved Shawn’s Sweet Mac Setup series on his blog and it was truly an honor to be on The Sweet Setup.

The desk in the photo is a custom-made desk that I got done about a month ago, since I needed a wider work area.

Apple India’s “Store Expansion Programme”

This morning, I noticed this listing on Apple’s Jobs website. The listing is for Training Delivery – India for Apple India in Bangalore, but I found the job summary very interesting (emphasis mine):

Due to a store expansion programme, we are seeking a trainer to work alongside the current training team.

According to an ET report in late March, the company plans to triple its exclusive stores in the country to 200 by 2015 and has been in talks with the government of India to relax the ‘local-sourcing’ clause in its policy on FDI in single-brand retail.

Apple has also recently hired Angela Ahrendts as its senior vice president of retail and online stores and I’m definitely looking forward to her work in the coming months.

New MacBook Air Pricing in India

Apple today has refreshed their MacBook Air lineup with the latest generation Intel’s Haswell processors. With this refresh, all the MacBook Air models have receive just a minor, 0.1GHz speed bump while other specifications remain the same. The price of the MacBook Air has also been reduced by $100 and the base model now begins at $899 only.

The MacBook Air, available in 11-inch and 13-inch models with 128GB and 256GB options, previously shipped with a 1.3GHz Core i5 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz). With today’s update, they have now been updated with a 1.4GHz Core i5 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz). Surprisingly, the built to order option also stays unchanged with a 1.7GHz Core i7 (with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz).

Apple has updated the pricing for MacBook Air in India, with each model receiving only a ₹2000 price cut. The following table shows the pricing for each MacBook Air model in India.

MacBook Air Model
Old Price
New Price
11-inch: 128GB₹67,900₹65,900
11-inch: 256GB₹81,900₹79,900
13-inch: 128GB₹74,900₹72,900
13-inch: 256GB₹88,900₹86,900

Thunderspace HD

In case you haven’t already heard about Thunderspace, it is a fabulous little iOS app that replicates thunderstorms using 3D, stereoscopic virtual sounds that you listen to via your headphones. It is a great way to just sit back and relax. Now would be a good time to try the app, as it is current available Free on the App Store. It comes bundled with two thunderstorms and you can purchase additional ones using IAPs.

Reeder 2 for Mac Public Beta

Silvio has just made the public beta of Reeder 2 for Mac available on the website. Reeder was the reigning RSS app for Mac a few years ago and I used to love the app, but lack of updates or any communication from him meant that people started moving onto other apps. Right now, I’m very content with ReadKit for Mac, but looking at this beta, I’m definitely intrigued.