As we suspected, we knew we had to be close to a Mac desktop update, and right on schedule here it came.
The Mac Pros, which had been languishing with the same specs for nearly two years, finally got an update. According to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, the new models are “the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made.” We don’t think he’s kidding either, with options for up to 12 cores, 512 GB Solid State Drives, ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of memory, these are not for your casual computing enthusiast. Expect to be dropping some serious cash depending on how you configure the system. This will be coming out in Aug.
Also receiving some update love was the all-in-one iMac line. The line is now using Intel’s i3 and i5 chips across the board for smoother processing compared to the Core 2 Duos some of them were still using in the previous update to the line. All of the graphics cards got major bumps, with most of them seeing a doubling of their on-board memory. The base prices remained the same, so you’re getting significantly more horsepower for your dollar now.
Desktop accessories also got some attention today with the addition of the new Magic Trackpad. Imagine if you took the trackpad off a MacBook Pro, made it larger, wireless and had it work with your desktop computers. I’m not quite sure what the allure of the product is, but it’s there if you want it.
If you need a monitor to go with your Mac Pro, the Cinema Displays also got updated for the first time in ages. The 27-inch LED displays feature a 2560 x 1440 resolution (16:9), iSight camera, speakers, USB ports and more.
That’s it for your desktop Mac needs this time around. Apple is sure to pop up in Sept. with some new iPods. Until then, what say you on these new updates?