News: Apple Updates Macs, Intros Magic Trackpad

Posted on July 27, 2010

Apple went on an updating spree today. The iMac and Mac Pro lines received a refresh, while the Cinema Display was completely reworked. In addition, Apple introduced the Magic Trackpad, a $69 giant multitouch trackpad.

First, the new iMacs feature the same basic design, but a few notable changes, including Intel i3, i5, and i7 processors, dual core models ranging from 3.06 GHz to 3.6 GHz, or quad core models ranging from 2.8 GHz to 2.93 GHz. Some other changes include hard drives up to 2TB, a 256GB solid state drive option, 4GB of RAM (up to 16GB).

Second, the Mac Pro’s updates are also evolutionary, with the behemoths now offering up to 12 processor cores.

Third, the Cinema Display was reworked to match the prior 24-inch LED-backlit model. The features are the same: MagSafe connector for charging a laptop, ambient light sensor, iSight camera, built-in speakers and microphone, and the same basic design. It will sell for $999.

The biggest news of the day is the Magic Trackpad. This brings the same experience MacBook and MacBook Pro users have had for years to the desktop, at an 80% larger size. It matches the Wireless Keyboard perfectly, and runs on two AA batteries via Bluetooth. The trackpad will sell for $69, with an optional AA charger selling for $29 with 6 batteries.

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