Java has been spotted as a Mac weakness, partly because it isn't currently patched quickly by Apple and partly because its users leave their computers unprotected.
Intel hints that its new chips won't power MacBook Pros, but that might mean the next-gen CPUs will appear first in refreshed iMacs.
The botnet continues to spread and infect huge numbers of Macs, despite security firms' efforts to fight the malware.
Mac users have been conditioned that security is not an issue, but now that the platform has the attention of malware developers it's time for Mac users to get proactive about defending against attacks.
The number of Macs infected with the Flashback botnet has plummeted in the last few days, antivirus vendor Symantec says.
Rather than stock up on security software, concerned Mac users would do well to consider a more secure platform instead.
Most of the computers harboring the Flashback botnet are in the United States and Canada, pretending to be a Mac software update or a Java updater.
More than 56 percent of the infected computers are in the U.S., according to Dr. Web, a Russian antivirus vendor.
Chitika regularly mines its ad impression data for trends in operating system and browser usage patterns.
A CNBC survey estimates that 55 million homes have at least one Apple gadget, and one in 10 of the non-Apple households plans to join them in the next year.