ADD - The mythical Mac Pro arrives tomorrow

Apple finally announced the release date of the new Mac Pro, Walt Mossberg's last column at the Wall Street Journal, the first wave of iOS game controllers' review and what is wrong with Nokia's marketing, read more to find out on today's Apple Daily Digest. 

Mac Pro arrives tomorrow in US

Apple today announced through a press release and Tim Cook's tweet that the new totally re-designed Mac Pro will be available for purchase from tomorrow in US. This means that Apple succeeded in keeping the promise they made in October that the new Mac Pro will be available in December of 2013. The details of the specs of the models were also explained in the press release. 

Tim Cook's tweet on the new Mac Pro's release date

Tim Cook's tweet on the new Mac Pro's release date

The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2,999 (US); and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage.
— Apple

Walt Mossberg's last column on the WSJ

Walt Mossberg is a veteran tech journalist who is very well respected in the tech industry and was a very close friend of the late Steve Jobs. His reviews have got a great reputation of being honest and useful for the consumers. He is also known to appreciate Apple's dedication to quality and attention to detail. He (along with Kara Swisher) hosted the famous D5 conference with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, that turned out to be historical and very emotional not just for the viewers. He is not retiring though, but just moving along to start new venture along with Kara Swisher, that is yet to be announced. 

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the AllThingsD conference D5 with Walt Mossberg (Source - AllThingD.com)

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the AllThingsD conference D5 with Walt Mossberg (Source - AllThingD.com)

In his last column at the WSJ, he takes a walk down the memory lane, recollecting the top 12 tech products, that according to him were the most important innovations that changed the world. And not surprisingly, 5 out of the 12 of these were from Apple. He picks the historic hand held device Apple announced in 1993, the Newton, which laid the ground work for the iPad, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad itself and the Macbook Air. All very well deserving of their place in his list indeed!

This hand-held computer from Apple was a failure, even a joke, mainly because the company promised it could flawlessly recognize handwriting. It didn’t. But it had one feature that foreshadowed some of today’s most cutting-edge technology: an early form of artificial intelligence. You could scrawl “lunch with Linda Jones on Thursday” and it would create a calendar entry for the right time with the right person.
— Walt Mossberg at WSJ

First iOS game controllers disappoint

With iOS 7, Apple started standardizing the design of game controllers for its iOS devices and this was a huge step in the right direction for Apple and mobile gaming. Apple has been notoriously criticized for not giving enough importance to gamers in general with its desktop OS and everyone hoped this step was to make sure that the same mistake was not repeated with the iOS. However the first two iOS game controllers were released sometime back and The Verge has taken a look at them and they don't look impressive. The first one is the MOGA ACE POWER Controller [MOGA's official site] and the second one was the Logitech POWERSHELL CONTROLLER [Logitech's official site].

iOS gaming controllers, MOGA on the left and Logitech on the right (Source - Moga.com & Logitech.com)

iOS gaming controllers, MOGA on the left and Logitech on the right (Source - Moga.com & Logitech.com)

The MOGA controller was reviewed recently by Polygon and it was bashed by them for being too cheap in terms of quality for $100. Now this review by TheVerge pretty much has the same complaints against both of these controllers, that they are too expensive and that the buttons are almost unusable due to their build quality. While this is not Apple's fault (totally), I don't think Apple is going to build its own controller for iOS device (at least not in the near future). So let's hope that the third party manufacturers realize the market potential for these controllers with millions of iOS devices out in the hands of the customers and start building some quality controllers for iOS devices, soon. 

(If) Apple’s serious about gamepads, the company may need to take matters into its own hands... Perhaps that’s why Apple never made a big deal about iOS 7 game-controller support, though. Like everything else in the accessory program, gamepads could simply be peripheral to the company’s interests, a bone to throw accessory manufacturers while it works on things that are new and different.
— The Verge

What is wrong with Nokia's marketing?

Apparently everything. Nokia released a new Ad for its Windows 8 Lumia tablet (Microsoft Surface's competitor) and I have watched it more than a couple of times and can't make any sense out of it. Watch it for yourself, below. The reactions to this Nokia Ad from the Apple blogosphere, that too in the light of an "excellent" [TIME] Apple Ad "Misunderstood" has been anything from harsh to funny, like theLoop's Jim Dalrymple put it today, "Kids, this is why you don’t do drugs while making a TV ad". I really hope I am missing something in this Nokia's Ad, otherwise it is just plain useless waste of money if you ask me. 

Apple's new holiday Ad - Misunderstood

Kids, this is why you don’t do drugs while making a TV ad
— Jim Dalrymple on Nokia's new Ad

Nokia's new Windows 8 Lumia tablet Ad