Dell and Origin PC Give Free Ivy Bridge Upgrades to Shoppers With Poor Timing
One of the unmentioned joys of purchasing tech hardware is that you really have to be a news hound – or at least have a basic understanding of what's going on the tech market – lest you plunk down for a system or component that's about to become obsolete.
While it hasn't happened to us in recent memory, there are surely people out there who purchase an iPad 2 just prior to the announcement of the iPad 3; an older graphics card right before Nvidia unveils the GeForce GTX 680; a Sandy Bridge laptop before the release of Intel's Ivy Bridge lineup.
However, one big-time manufacturer and one well-known boutique vendor are giving their customers a bit of a break for not keeping up with the latest tech news. Both Dell and Origin PC have announced that they're going to voluntarily upgrade certain laptop or desktop orders to Intel's latest chip – for customers that plunked down for a Sandy Bridge system just prior to Ivy Bridge hitting the market.
Even better, the upgrades are absolutely free.
Rumor: Apple Launching Sandy Bridge Mac Pro and Mac Mini in Fall
It wouldn't be a weekend without a brand-new Apple rumor to feast upon. And today's no exception: According to Cnet's Brian Tong, unidentified sources have told him that Apple's going to launch an upgraded Mac Pro and Mac Mini this fall.
Details on the configurations are scant, save for the two obvious upgrades that Apple would want to put in a refreshed system line: Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs and Thunderbolt connections. The timeline for the systems is a little nebulous as well—the systems could appear in late July or early August, though Tong claims that an August launch is the more likely scenario. Expect the refreshed systems to feature Mac's latest operating system iteration, OS X Lion.
Tong's source is allegedly the same individual that correctly predicted an early May refresh of Apple's iMac line—lo and behold, new iMacs sporting Intel's quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt support hit stores on May 3.