Apple had a blockbuster
Q3 thanks to strong sales of its iPhone, iPads, and
Mac computers. The Cupertino, California-based company was able to
reel in revenue and profits of $15.7 billion and $3.25 billion
Apple is looking to keep its winning
streak alive with a few updated products. Today saw updates to the iMac and Mac Pro product families along with a new Bluetooth-based accessory.
iMac family is still available in 21.5" and 27" screen
sizes, but firepower for the entire line has been increased. The Core
2 Duo processors have been ditched on the base configurations in
favor of dual-core Intel Core i3 processors.
21.5" iMacs start out with an Intel Core i3 processor running at 3.06GHz and can be optioned with
a Core i5 processor running at 3.6GHz. The 27" iMacs start out
with a 3.2GHz Core i3 processor and top out at a quad-core Core i7
running at 2.93GHz.
ATI graphics solutions blanket the iMac
family with low-end machines getting a 256MB Radeon HD 4670 and
top-ranging 27" iMacs receiving a 1GB Radeon HD 5750.
“We took the world’s best
all-in-one and made it even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s
senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the
latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum
and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”
The new iMacs start at $1,199 for the
21.5" model and $1,699 for the 27" model.
To complement Apple's new iMacs, a new
Trackpad accessory has been announced. This Bluetooth-based
accessory operates exactly like the trackpad found on MacBook,
MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro notebooks. It retails for $69.
Also seeing an update after a long,
stagnant period is Apple's
Mac Pro. The Mac Pro is now available with quad- and six-core
Intel Xeon processors running at 3.33GHz. When equipped with two
processors, Apple's newest Mac Pros boast up to 12 physical cores and
up to 24 virtual cores with Hyper-Threading.
“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful
and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Schiller added. “With
up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous
top-of-the-line system by up to 50 percent, and with over a billion
possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system
they want.”The default graphics card on the new Mac Pros is now an ATI Radeon HD 5770 while a Radeon HD 5870 is optional. Another option that will surely set you back a pretty penny is a quad-512MB SSD array.
The new Mac Pros start at $2,499.One final addition to Apple's new product onslaught is the new 27" Cinema Display. This beauty packs a screen resolution of 2560x1440, an iSight camera, MagSafe connector for your MacBook, and a three-port USB hub. Naturally, all of this doesn't come cheap -- the new display retails for $999.
quote: over a billion possible configurations