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Apple Magic Trackpad
Apple continues to overhaul its product portfolio

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 respectively.

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.

The new 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 Magic 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.



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RE: Why?
By ClownPuncher on 7/27/2010 11:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
Outside of a very small handful of apps, why would you need to?


RE: Why?
By Pirks on 7/27/2010 11:35:16 AM , Rating: 2
The OS X itself uses multitouch extensively, plus small handful is going to expand inevitably


RE: Why?
By StevoLincolnite on 7/27/2010 2:39:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The OS X itself uses multitouch extensively, plus small handful is going to expand inevitably


I have a 24" Dell touch screen on my system.

Generally... Touch devices cannot replace the mouse, the mouse is more precise and faster, and considering some people are capable of upwards of 200+ actions a Minuit with a keyboard+mouse... Good luck on a touch device being able to match it.

On a desktop, mouse gestures are cool, Windows 7 uses them and I would find it hard going without them now.
Touch screens and touch pads just don't seem to cut it as they are slow and clunky in comparison.


RE: Why?
By Pirks on 7/27/2010 2:45:59 PM , Rating: 1
If your Dell touchscreen is slow and clunky - doesn't mean Mac touchpad is the same.


RE: Why?
By StevoLincolnite on 7/27/2010 3:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
I wasn't referring to the technology itself, the monitors touch is incredibly responsive (It registers touch before you even touch the surface of the screen).
It's navigating the OS and programs with touch that is slow and clunky, as you have to move your hand allot farther on a screen than what you would with a mouse.


RE: Why?
By Pirks on 7/29/2010 12:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
If you noticed the difference in size/area between a touchpad and a screen - you wouldn't be Stevo to begin with :))) har har har


RE: Why?
By jvillaro on 7/27/2010 11:04:46 PM , Rating: 2
You must must really be Steve's bastard offspring...


RE: Why?
By Pirks on 7/29/2010 12:06:49 PM , Rating: 2
And you came out of Ballmer's enuz, brown and slimy.


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