Apple Updates iMacs, Mac Pros, Displays And Introduces Magic Trackpad
It’s Christmas in July, that is, if you’re an Apple fan and you happen to celebrate Christmas. As we suspected yesterday, Apple has unleashed a new bunch of toys. iMacs and Mac Pros have new CPUs, the 24 inch LED Cinema Display now has a 27 inch brother, and Apple has gone from one mouse button, to ditching the mouse all together with the new Magic Trackpad. Here’s the scoop…
The most desperately needed upgrade was to the Mac Pro, and boy did it get it. The Mac Pros now come outfitted with Intel’s 6-core CPUs, and come with dual-CPU configurations. The result? Apple’s branding the new machines “Mac to the power of 12.” There are also options for solid state drives, up to 512GB. Like always, Apple brands the Mac Pro as “the fastest Mac, ever” because, naturally, it’s their top of the line, and they’re the only ones selling Macs. But it’s cute anyway.
Meanwhile, the Core 2 Duo has finally be eliminated from the iMac lineup, being replaced with the Core i3 on low end models, going up to quad-core Core i7 on the top of the line. The iMacs can come equipped with SSDs up to 256GB as well as 2TB HD drives. Graphics have been updated, and there’s now support for SDXC memory cards.
Apple’s new 27 inch LED Cinema display features an IPS display (same type in iPad) to deliver superior viewing angles, and of course, gigantic resolution of 2560×1440. It’s got an iSight camera in it, along with all the USB peripheral ports, microphone and built in speakers, plus a MagSafe charger for your MacBook. It’s only $999, and that’s a steal when you consider that Apple’s (still selling) 30 inch Cinema Display (with a resolution of 2560×1600) still priced at $1799 and has none the above multimedia features.
Lastly, we have the Magic Trackpad. It’s not a surprise Apple released this. Rumblings and leaked photos of this device floated around when the Magic Mouse was about to come out. But Apple’s fascination with multi-touch just couldn’t stay on the mobile lineup. It’s simply a giant touch pad. It’s glass and clicks just like the Macbook touch pad. It has the same dimensions (just less wide) than the Apple aluminum keyboard, so they look great side by side, plus, this blogger thinks down the line it has potential to support more than the standard touches built into the MacBook line since the large surface area is great for 4-5 finger touches, too.
Overall, it’s the summer lineup that Apple is known for, and it’s nice to see they’re paying attention to the desktop market. Releasing the Magic Trackpad shows a small, but renewed commitment to the platform that made Apple so great in the first place.
The only no show? The MacBook Air.
But maybe that’s for the fall…?