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Apple Announces New MacBook, iMac, Mini

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

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Today’s announcements by Apple were good news for those waiting on updates to the MacBook, iMac, and the Mac Mini. All three were given major updates.

MacBook

The past few updates to the MacBook line have been uneventful, but that hasn’t stopped the MacBook from being the best-selling computer in the company’s history. The new design and $999 price point will probably insure that it stays that way.  Here are the basic stats:

  • 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 320GB Hard Drive, 8x Double-layer SuperDrive
  • 13-inch LED-backlit Glossy Widescreen Display, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
  • Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, Up to 7 Hours of Battery Life
  • iMac

    The new iMac has undergone some nice changes. Both the 21.5- and 27-inch screens give it the feel of a home entertainment center, instead of a merely a desktop PC.  The standard hard drive on the high-end iMacs is now 1 Terabyte (TB). That’s a lot of room for downloaded video and music, but if it’s not enough, you can purchase the optional 2 TB drive and up to 16 GB of RAM.  The fastest 21.5-inch model has a 3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache, while the fastest 27-inch iMac has the 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache. Remember that 2.8 is a QUAD-CORE chip. That’s some major number-crunching.

    Mac mini

    With either 2GB or 4GB of memory, Mac mini has twice as much memory as the previous generation. You also get a 2.26GHz or a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a blazing-fast 1066MHz frontside bus, and 3MB of L2 cache.

    As usual, Amazon all the new goodies with no shipping charges (and no tax, depending on what state you live in!)

    The New MacBook

    The New iMac

    The New Mac Mini

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    Apple Updates the iMac

    April 28, 2008 Leave a comment

    CUPERTINO, California—April 28, 2008—Apple® today updated its all-in-one iMac® line with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and the most powerful graphics ever available in an iMac. With prices starting at just $1,199, iMac includes faster processors with 6MB L2 cache and a faster 1066 MHz front-side bus across the entire line, and 2GB of memory standard in most models. The 24-inch iMac now offers a 3.06 GHz Intel processor and the high-performance NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics as options, extending iMac’s lead as the ultimate all-in-one desktop computer for both consumers and professionals.

    “The iMac’s gorgeous aluminum and glass all-in-one design has been an incredible hit with our customers and is just one of the reasons Mac sales are growing three and a half times faster than PC sales,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the latest Intel processors, a faster new graphics option and more memory, customers now have even more reasons to love the iMac.”

    Pricing & Availability 

    The new iMac line is available immediately.

    The new 20-inch 2.4 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:

    • 20-inch widescreen LCD display;
    • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus;
    • 1GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB;
    • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
    • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
    • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
    • built-in iSight video camera;
    • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
    • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
    • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
    • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

     
    The new 20-inch 2.66 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

    • 20-inch widescreen LCD display;
    • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus;
    • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB;
    • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
    • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
    • built-in iSight video camera;
    • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
    • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
    • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
    • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

    The new 24-inch 2.8 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

    • 24-inch widescreen LCD display;
    • 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus;
    • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB;
    • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
    • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
    • built-in iSight video camera;
    • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
    • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
    • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
    • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

    Build-to-order options and accessories include: a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB of video memory and up to a 1TB Serial ATA hard drive on the 24-inch iMac; up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM and up to 750GB Serial ATA hard drive on the 2.66 GHz 20-inch iMac; and up to 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM and up to 500GB Serial ATA hard drive on the 2.4 GHz 20-inch iMac. Additional options include: Apple Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mighty Mouse; AirPort Express® and AirPort Extreme Base Station; the AppleCare Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork® ’08, Logic® Express 8, Final Cut® Express 4 and Aperture™ 2.

    The Gateway One: iMac on Crack

    September 28, 2007 Leave a comment

    Gateway One (choke, cough)

    Can somebody tell Gateway to stop feeding crack cocaine to their designers?

    Earlier this week, Gateway announced the new Gateway One PC. It is pictured above in all its hideousness. Allow me to explain what happened in this situation: Gateway purchased 10 iMacs for their 10 most daring and creative designers. Then they locked them in a room and fed them Cheetos and crack cocaine for one solid month.  They were given one impossible task: to create an iMac killer.

    Some of these designers had so much crack cocaine that they began feeding it to the iMacs. The Gateway One is the result of that. As the iMacs became strung out on drugs (along with the designers), they actually became deformed and discolored into the shape that you see in the new Gateway One PC.

    THIS IS WHY ILLEGAL DRUGS ARE DANGEROUS.

    Gateway’s new iMac ripoff all-in-one PC costs MORE than the iMac, even though the iMac has a bigger screen, faster processor, better design, and an actual graphics board (you can pay for the $1800 model to get a better graphics card).

    Besides the fact that your USB and Firewire (400) cables will have to come pouring ungracefully out of the side, it looks like the thing could tip over at the slightest breeze. Take a look at the wimpy stand for this beast:

    Wimpy stand

    I predict that this PC will appeal largely to the drug user market, which is good, since they won’t remember much about their “user” experience.

    New iMac – I Think I Just Wet Myself

    August 7, 2007 Leave a comment

    New iMac (2007)

    Apple has released an update to the iMac! I’m looking forward to seeing one of these up close, but by the description it sounds like a sweet ride. A creative use of aluminum and glass make for a sleeker look and better viewing of multimedia. Steve Jobs claimed that it is more environmentally friendly, which makes sense if people will find a way to recycle. Glass and aluminum are certainly more renewable than the plastics used on previous iMacs or any PC.

    Here are the mad specs:
    – Intel Core 2 Duo processor, pick your speed: 2GHz, 2.4 GHz, or 2.8 GHz. TRANSLATION: Very fast.
    – 2 FireWire ports (one FireWire 400; the other a FireWire 800)
    – 3 USB 2.0 ports
    – 8X DVD-burning SuperDrive
    – Gigabit Ethernet
    – built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
    – AirPort Extreme wireless networking
    – a built-in iSight camera
    – brand-spanking-new keyboard design
    – remote control for Front Row (app for movies, music, photo slide shows, etc)

    Software included:
    – Mac OS X v10.4.10 Tiger (includes Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, iCal, DVD Player, etc.)
    – iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
    – Front Row
    – Photo Booth
    – iWork ’08 (30-day trial)

    Let the drooling begin.

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