As was widely predicted this morning, Apple has updated its iMac, Mac Mini and Macbook ranges. Also new is the Magic Mouse, described as ‘the world’s first Multi-Touch mouse’. The new products feature:
- 21.5 or 27 inch LED backlit glossy display
- 3.06/3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor or 2.66GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor or 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
- 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM with four SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 16GB
- 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 9400M or 256MB ATI Radeon HD 4670 (21.5 inch model)
- 256MB ATI Radeon HD 4670 or 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850 (27 inch model)
- 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet
- Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive
- 1 or 2TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
- From £949
- 2.26GHz, 2.53GHz, or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1066MHz frontside bus
- 2GB or 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of shared DDR3 SDRAM
- 160GB, 320GB, or 500GB Serial ATA hard disk drive
- From £499
- Also available with two 500GB SATA hard drives and Snow Leopard Server for £799
- 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colours
- 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1066MHz frontside bus
- 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM with support up to 4GB
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
- 250, 320 or 500GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive
- 8x slot-loading SuperDrive
- New Unibody enclosure
- Up to 7 hour battery life
A new design with no buttons. Instead, the whole top of the mouse is a multi-touch surface that responds like the trackpad in the Macbook/Pro’s. Not cheap at £55 but certainly cutting edge.
Overall it’s a very strong line-up for the Christmas Market. I’m a bit surprised the Macbook is still just a single model at £799 but Apple have never been interested in the budget market. The iMacs now go from fast to ridiculously powerful, and while the 1920×1080 HD resolution screen appears to be becoming a standard, the 27 inch version offers an enormous 2560 by 1440 pixels. The Mac Mini is still expensive now has the server model leaked earlier this year. Could this become the perfect small office server?
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Rumours are nice but the downside is a lack of surprises when the products are finally revealed. Apple today unveiled a range of new Macbook, Air and Pro laptops with glass trackpads, Nvidia chipsets and LED backlights that are pretty much as expected. The previous Macbook is still available in a white only entry level version for £719, the full range comprises:
- White 13 inch Macbook with 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB DDR2 Memory, 120GB hard drive and Intel GMA X3100 graphics for £719
- Aluminium 13 inch Macbook with 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 Memory, 160GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics for £949
- Aluminium 13 inch Macbook with 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 Memory, 250GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics for £1,149
- Macbook Air with 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (1066MHz FSB), 2GB Memory, 120GB SATA hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics for £1,299
- Macbook Air with 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (1066MHz FSB), 2GB Memory, 128GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics for £1,299
- 15 inch Macbook Pro with 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 250GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB for £1,399
- 15 inch Macbook Pro with 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB Memory, 320GB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 512MB for £1,749
The previous 17 inch Macbook Pro is still available for £1,949. The other new product announced was a 24 inch cinema display using LED backlighting and providing a Magsafe charging cable for your Macbook.
As I type there’s around 30 minutes until the special event starts, and there’s not much left that hasn’t been rumoured to death. All Macbooks will have aluminium cases, Nvidia chipsets are a definite possibility and LED backlights are probably a good bet as well. Here’s the latest rumours to keep use going until the boring truth is revealed.
Now that the special event on 14th October is official, speculation, rumours and leaked fuzzy photo’s are rampant. It’s pretty obvious that the event will focus on the Macbook, Air and Pro so here is a roundup of news published so far.
Cheaper Macbooks in aluminium cases with Nvidia graphics? Time to start hinting to Mrs Basshead that the old Macbook is getting a bit slow and cranky. Roll on 6pm (Uk time) Tuesday 14th October.
From previous rumours and financial statements if a pretty good bet that new Macbooks are due any time now, and the 14th October is once again being mentioned as a likely date. TUAW is also reporting that the new Macbooks will include an Nvidia chipset to boost the graphical abilities of the new models.
The most interesting rumour at the moment is over at 9to5mac, who are claiming the ‘brick’ previously mentioned isn’t a specific model but a new manufacturing process that Apple has been working on. The site believes Apple will take over manufacture of its laptops using the new process, which is a revolutionary way of creating the cases. Worth a read, as this one will likely be the bigest Apple innovation in a long time or a spectacular dud.
The rumour mill is once again moving into top gear with speculation on what Apple will release by the end of September. It all started with the suggestion at the recent Q3 financial results announcement that profits for the next quarter would be down due to a ‘future product transition’. Here’s some of the speculation that’s surfaced so far:
- The product transition will cover the iPod Nano, iPod Touch and Macbook, possibly the Macbook Pro.
- The Macbook will be a new design, slimmer and more rounded than the current model.
- The Macbook case will be aluminium.
- The Macbook will be a multi-touch model, most likely a multi-touch mouse pad rather than a multi-touch screen.
- The mouse pad may be glass.
- The new laptops will move away from an Intel motherboard chipset, with Apple returning to using its own design or one from a third party. Processors will still be Intel, and the move is believed to me aimed at producing a more power efficient design to improve battery life.
- The iPod Nano will take on a taller appearance with a screen of the same aspect ration as the iPod Touch. This will improve video viewing.
My guess is that the Macbooks will have an Aluminium case, multi-touch mouse pad and be priced lower than the current models to grab a bigger market share. The Macbook Pro’s will have to drop in price or look overpriced, and the two product ranges may even be rolled into one. If both use aluminium cases the differences between them get even smaller.
I also expect the iPod Touch to get a capacity boost and price drop, and wouldn’t be surprised if a smaller version of the Touch replaced the iPod Nano.
If you have read the previous two parts of this series you will notice the title had changed from ‘MobileMe 60 day trial’ to ‘MobileMe 90 day trial’. I now have an extra 30 days of trial as an apology from Apple for the initial problems the MobileMe service experienced. If my current experiences of the service are an indication of its quality Apple will need to give me the next year for free.
My initial problem was with deleting a calendar. In version 1 of the iTouch firmware there was no option to add a new event to a specific calendar. I had created an ‘iPod Touch’ calendar so I could move events from this to the correct destination on the Mac after syncing. Firmware 2 now supports adding an event to a chosen calendar so I don’t need the ‘iPod Touch’ calendar. It was deleted from iCal on the hackintosh, but stayed on the iTouch. No amount of syncing would remove it. Next step was to log into the me.com web service and delete it there. Still no change after that, it’s on the iTouch but nowhere else in the cloud. Not a big problem but a bug that needs to be addressed.
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