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.