Just as predicted, Apple has released new hardware today. First off, the iMac which was last updated in October of 2009, has seen a shift from integrated graphics, to faster dedicated graphics processors, all while utilizing Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. Here is the lineup: -Low end $1199 model has a 3.06GHz Core […]
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Apple Releases New Mac Pros and iMacs, Introduces 27-inch Cinema Display and MagicTrackpad

Just as predicted, Apple has released new hardware today. First off, the iMac which was last updated in October of 2009, has seen a shift from integrated graphics, to faster dedicated graphics processors, all while utilizing Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.
Here is the lineup:

-Low end $1199 model has a 3.06GHz Core i3 processor with 4GB or RAM and a 500GB hard drive with a ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card.
-$1499 model has a 3.20GHz Core i3 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics.
-$1699 27″ model has a 3.20GHz Core i3 processor with 4GB or RAM with a 1TB hard drive and ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics.
-$1999 27″ has a 2.8GHz Quad-Core Core i5 processor with 4GB RAM 1TB and ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics with a BTO option of a 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Core i7 processor for $200 more.

Not bad, but still a typical speed bump. Now, onto the Mac Pro that has so desperately needed a refresh.

Apple is touting 50% greater performance from this model than the previous generation with a configuration of up to 12 cores possible. Customers can choose from ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics as standard or Radeon HD 5870 as a build-to-order option. Apple has also introduced the build-to-order option of 512GB solid state drives.

So, the two standard configuration models break down like this:

– $2499 model with one 2.8 GHz Quad-Core processor with 3GB of RAM and a 1 TB Hard drive, with ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics.

– $3499 with two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core processors with 6GB or RAM and a 1TB hard drive.

As mentioned, there is a 12-core option for either the 2.66GHz or 2.93GHz models bringing the starting price to $4999. The new Mac Pro models should begin shipping in August.

Now, on to peripherals.

Apple has released a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display to go alongside it’s 24-inch sibling that Apple has been offering since late 2008. The new display has a resolution of 2560X1440, and comes with all the standard features: iSight camera, microphone, speakers, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 16:9 aspect ratio, and connects via the company’s Mini DisplayPort connector.
The new display sells for $999, and Apple has dropped the price of the 24-inch model to $799.

Lastly, Apple has introduced the much-rumored MagicTrackpad. This device is essential a slightly larger MacBook Pro trackpad that runs on 2AA batteries and can be connected to your desktop Mac via bluetooth. The device supports the full gambit of Mult-touch gestures pioneered by the MacBook Pro trackpad. MagicTrackpad costs $69. Apple has also introduced a battery charger that comes with six rechargeable batteries for $29.

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