In preparation for the holidays, Apple did a refresh on almost all of their products that I honestly don’t know where to begin with this blog post. So I’ve decided to just give you guys a run down of what Santa Steve (yeah I know it’s lame. get over it.) and his Apple elves have in store for us sheeples.
Apple scratched the 20″ and 24″ and replaced them with 21.5″ and 27″. The 21.5″ sports a 1920 x 1080 and the 27″ with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The rumors of an Intel Core i5 or i7 on the iMac are true as the 27″ will get them as an alternative to the 3.33 Ghz Core 2 Duo processor.
Processor and Memory:
- 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, one of the following:
- 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
- 3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache
- 27-inch models only, one of the following:
- 2.66GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache; Turbo Boost dynamic performance up to 3.2GHz
- 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache; Turbo Boost dynamic performance up to 3.46GHz; Hyper-Threading for up to eight virtual cores
- 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; four SO-DIMM slots support up to 16GB
Refreshed Mac Mini
The new Mac Mini was also given a spec bump with CPU options of up to 2.66Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo. There is also an option for a dual HDD (at the expense of an optical drive) mini server that features dual 500gb hard drives and Mac OS X Server. Users would need a USB superdrive, sold separately to be able to burn discs or install additional software. It’s not much of an upgrade but it is an improvement over the previous models.
The old unibody MacBook that Apple killed in this year’s WWDC has been reincarnated with a unibody polycarbonate shell. Feature wise, they’ve added an LED backlit display, a larger 250GB harddrive, bumped up the processor to 2.26Ghz, slapped 2GB of RAM in, and a multi touch trackpad. Sounds familiar? Yes. It’s now comparable to a lower end 13″ MacBook Pro with a larger harddrive. What sets it apart from the pro line however, is the lack of a Firewire Port and the SD card slot.
Multi touch… multi touch.. you’re probably thinking of either an iPhone, iPod Touch, or a MacBook Pro. Add one up to the list; the Magic mouse. It’s basically a wireless mighty mouse with added features such as a multitouch surface and a powerful laser tracking engine. That means, you can now do gestures on your prized iMac, Mac Mini or Mac Pro. It can do two button click, 360 degree scroll, screen zoom, and the two finger swipe. Sorry folks, no four finger swipe for expose here. Since the Magic Mouse works only with bluetooth, users who want a wired mouse are still limited to the old Mighty Mouse.