The Apple stores worldwide went down for an update earlier today, forcing speculation that an upgrade to some of its products was on the way, and, lo and behold we have an upgraded iMac, Mac Pro, and Cinema Display.
The all-in-one iMac has received a major upgrade to its processing power through the addition of Intel i3, i5, and i7 processors. The i5 and i7 were available in an update last year, but the i3 is a new addition to the entry-level iMac model.
The memory has also seen an upgrade, with faster speeds of 1333 MHz, up from 1066MHz. It’s still 4GB of DDR3 RAM and can be upgraded to a maximum of 16GB, but the extra speed boost will be welcomed by iMac users.
Gamers who play on an iMac (are there any?) will see a nice upgrade option of ATI Radeon HD discrete graphics cards, coming in 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB variations. The older models only offered 256MB options, or an Nvidia GeForce integrated graphics card.
The SD port now reads SDXC cards for those who want a bit of extra storage capacity.
Apple has also released a new Magic Trackpad, made of glass and aluminum, which allows multi-touch input akin to that of Mac notebooks. Apple was too cheap to include it with its refreshed iMac line, so it can instead be bought seperately for $69, in case you haven’t spent enough. Those not willing to fork out the extra cash will have to be content with a Micky Mouse, I mean Magic Mouse, instead.
The new line is available now, with the cheapest iMac starting at $1,199, while the more expensive ones start at $1,999. Prices can jump by several thousand, however, should customers choose the higher-end add-ons, such as an i7 processor or a HDD/SSD combo drive.
For those with significantly more money to burn, Apple has created the perfect avenue with a revamped Mac Pro with a whopping 12 cores. Someone’s been eating a lot of apples lately, that’s for sure.
Apple is boasting an up to 50 percent faster performance level than previous Mac Pro models and offers quad-core, 6-core, 8-core, and 12-core variations. Apple is also claiming “over a billion possible configurations” for any fruity fanboys willing to sit up all night for a few months trying to pick the system they want.
The new system uses Intel Xeon processors with speeds of up to 3.33GHz and a shared 12MB L3 cache. Turbo Boost allows overclocking of up to 3.6GHz, while Hyper-Threading allows the creation of up to 24 virtual cores.
The Mac Pro now comes with an ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card with 1GB memory as standard, but it can be upgraded to an ATI Radeon HD 5870 for those wanting an extra punch.
Storage-wise Mac Pro users can include a new optional 512GB SSD drive, but be prepared to pay through the nose for it. The memory for the Mac Pro hasn’t seen an upgrade though and still operates at 1066MHz speed, which probably should have seen a boost for the investment involved.
It may sound like a pretty powerful machine, but it’d want to be that and more for its hefty price tag of $4,999. Even the quad-core and 8-core models aren’t cheap at $2,499 and $3,499 respectively. If you want a “top of the range” Mac Pro expect to clear out your wallet, and possibly the wallets of your loved ones, for it.
The new Mac “Empty Your Wallet” Pro will be available in August.
Apple has also upgraded its Cinema Display by offering a new 27-inch model, while it will still sell 24-inch one. It has a 2560 x 1440 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. 27 inches might be bigger that the old model, but we don’t quite understand what is so “cinema” about it.
It comes with a built-in iSight camera, a USB hub, and a MagSafe connector for charging a MacBook. It also joins the family of expensive toys at $999 and will be available in September.