Thanksgiving Roundup: Apple Buys Land, New MacBooks in April, App Store Sales, Black Friday Prices

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  1. MacRumors, Nov 25, 2010
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    macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Mercury News reports that Apple has purchased 98 acres of land in Cupertino which was owned by HP:Apple's latest acquisition is the longtime Cupertino campus of rival tech giant Hewlett-Packard, the Mercury News learned Wednesday. HP announced over the summer that it planned to move out of that site, which it had occupied for decades, as it consolidates operations at its Palo Alto headquarters over the next two years.The extra land will be used by Apple to expand their existing Cupertino campus.

    Three Guys and a Podcast are claiming that Apple will be holding two special events next year:

    - January 2011 - New iPad
    - April 2011 - All New Mac Book Pros + Final Cut Pro Update

    They don't list their source for the information, so we're not sure how much is speculative, but they claim the MacBook Pro will follow the MacBook Airs move to Solid State Storage and removal of an optical drive.

    The Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. has triggered massive sales in the App Store. TouchArcade has consolidated a massive list of notable gaming sales. Meanwhile, AppShopper offers a running list of every App Store sale as they happen. The Universal App let's you find sales on your iOS device.

    Apple Australia has already begun their Black Friday sales with the following discounts:

    -A$51 on iPad (8%)
    -A$121 on MBP (8%)
    -A$15 or 25 on Nano (respective sizes) (up to 12%)
    -A$25, 45 or 51 on iPod Touch (respective sizes) (up to 18%)
    -A$121 on MBA (only 13") (7.5%)
    -A$121 on iMac (8%)

    We'll cover Apple's U.S. Black Friday sales tomorrow, which should offer similar savings.

    Article Link: Thanksgiving Roundup: Apple Buys Land, New MacBooks in April, App Store Sales, Black Friday Prices
  2. macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2008
    11.6 MacBook Pro

    Still hoping for the smaller MacBook Pro. Any chance or rumors of this ever happening?
  3. macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Mbp = mba?

    "MacBook Pro will follow the MacBook Airs move to Solid State Storage and removal of an optical drive." ???

    Then the 13'' MBP will be discontinued! :rolleyes:
  4. macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    What if they had SSD + second internal storage? Some people need to carry around hundreds of gigs of stuff. And no external HD :D
  5. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    When I was buying my Mac in July, I am glad I "didn't wait for the newer model" because theres no way I would have waited until April 2011.

    I wonder what they will add though. Probably not worth the time not being spent without a Mac. :D
  6. macrumors 65816


    Nov 22, 2008
    Would be very helpful if the OP gave the PERCENTAGE reduction instead of absolute value.

    Absolute value doesn't tell us anything about what we may expect in the US.
  7. -=XX=-Nephilim, Nov 25, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010

    macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2009
    April sounds juicy and comes as refreshing rumour after yet another wave of iYawn posts! :)

    Keeping my fingers crossed for Solid State + no optical drive + better GPU!

    Quad Core option would be nice too...
  8. macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
    Absolutely NO new ipad in Jan.

    An announcement maybe for release in the spring.

  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2007
    No optical drive?? Are you kidding me? How am I supposed to install something if it isn't possible to download it? We aren't ready for totally getting rid of optical drives yet. It's like when Rumsfeld thought he could take over Iraq with just Special Forces.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    1) buy an external optical drive
    2) use remote disk like the MacBook air
  11. lord patton, Nov 25, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010

    macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    Yes, yes, yes, please, please, please.

    Plenty of folk have swapped out their optical drive to have an HDD+SDD combo. Unfortunately, between sleep/hibernation issues, power management issues, and the need to move files around from one drive to another, I haven't been willing to go this route.

    If Apple took care of all the nitty gritty, though, it'd be sweet.

    Several manufacturers now make 7 mm harddrives. Use that, along with an MBA style blade SSD card, lose the optical drive, and have the OS manage which files go to which drive, and we'd have a moderately priced, very thin, VERY fast machine.
  12. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I guess they might have those external Super drives too. Hopefully they'll include it free, because it is a Macbook "Pro".


    Not a bad idea though, if you aren't the one who needs an optical drive all the time, everywhere you go.

    It looks like the new MBPs will be just on time for 10.7. Should be pretty beast :D
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    Yea. Unless they plan to launch it in January there will be no January announcement. Since when does apple announce a product update and fail to ship it for another 3-4 months.
  14. macrumors regular


    Feb 1, 2007
    Just a rumor, I know. But, if at all true, Apple will continue to support my decision to NOT buy their laptops.:(
  15. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2009
    There is absolutely no way they are taking the optical drive out of the MacBook Pro so soon. Personally, I would love to get rid of optical media for good - but it's not yet going to happen.

    Maybe as an option, though. Might be convenient to use the space for an additional battery.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2009
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    Haha! that cracked me up. :D

    we're talking about jobs here, you're paying extra for it. good luck getting it free.
  18. macrumors member

    Cosmo M3

    Sep 4, 2010
    Let's turn back the clock to January 27, 2010:

    Apple introduces the iPad for the first time to the world.

    April 3, 2010: the iPad is released in the US.

    Did you already forget that buddy?
  19. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Cant wait for the Final Cut Studio Update. Better be 64 bit and have multi core and multi threaded support. The lack of these things is ridiculous.
  20. macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2003
    I agree! this is what I have on my i7 thinkpad. 80GB SSD for OS and programs w/ 1TB 7200 2.5 HD for everything else. It's not nearly as elegant as it would be with the mac. I had to replace my internal CD bay with a HD tray.

    It's awesome. I would love the same ability in a macbook!
  21. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    That wasn't a product update. The iPad was totally new.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2010
    Hmm.. I got two HDDs AND an optical drive in my Dell M6400.

    ...Then again its a monstrosity that's power adapter alone weighs more than the MBA. :)
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2009
    Yeah!!! It's time to jump to the future! :)
    Forget about the optical drive! ;)
  24. jeznav, Nov 25, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010

    macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2007
    Future restore discs could be replaced by USB thumb drives like the MBA. Optical has a limit of 8gb storage, USB flash drives are now more than 64GB. Lots of downloadable software will be on Mac App Store, maybe including major OS upgrades.

    No optical drive = more battery space
  25. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    I have bought so much for so little on the App store in the past couple of days. Using the Appshopper app and every couple of hours I refresh the paid games with price changes - mega useful app. Hoping that some of my wishlist items go on sale in the next day (Chaos Rings, FF1-2).

    Between this and the Steam sale too - I'm gonna be broke before Christmas :D.

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