Apple updates the Mac range of desktops!

Apple has introduced updates to the Mac mini, the iMac and the Mac Pro range.

Starting with the iMac:

Configure and buy your iMac

Your life on display icon

A stunning display.

Your photos and movies will look bigger and more beautiful than ever on the 24-inch iMac’s amazingly slim, glossy widescreen display.

Slim, all-in-one design icon

Ultrafast NVIDIA graphics.

With advanced graphics performance, you have all the speed and power you need for the latest 3D games and graphics-intensive applications.

Slim, all-in-one design icon

Slim, all-in-one design.

Elegant, simple, and stunning, iMac packs all its components — from the processor to the iSight camera — into an astoundingly thin, anodized aluminum frame.

Probably the most eagerly awaited upgrade is the graphics, with NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 and ATI Radeon HD 4850 optins being available in the top-end and GeForce 9400M in the base models.

The biggest disappointment is that the core CPU is still based on the Core Duo 2, albeit it with up to 3.06 GHz available in the top-end.

Hard drive capacity has been bumed up, with a 1TB option at the high-end.

The new iMac comes with a range of connections including four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480Mbps), one FireWire 800 port (up to 800Mbps), Mini DisplayPort video out, AirPort Extreme (802.11n), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Gigabit Ethernet port.

Next up is the Mac mini:

Mac Mini, Starting at £499.

Touted as greener than ever, the Mac mini uses 45% less energy than its predecessor. This, Apple claims, makes it the most energy-efficient desktop in the world.

Again, its still based on the Cre Duo 2 CPU, though again with bumped up speeds. Once again though, the GPU has been given a much-needed boost, this time the GeForce 9400M with up to 256MB of shared DDR3 SDRAM.

Finally, the Mac Pro:

Mac Pro box

Quad-core. 8-core.
The big news here is the new CPU. Featuring the new Intel Nehalem Quad-cire CPU.Its single-die, 64-bit architecture makes 8MB of fully shared L3 cache readily available to each of the four processor cores. The result is fast access to cache data and greater application performance. Combine that with the other technological advances and you get a Mac Pro that’s up to 1.9x faster than the previous generation.

The Mac Pro is available in the following configurations:

  • 8-core: Two 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz or 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors
  • Quad-core: One 2.66GHz or 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3500 series processor

In terms of storage:

Up to 4TB of internal storage3 in hard drive bays 1 through 4 using hard drives in the following capacities:

  • 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 16MB cache
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 32MB cache
  • Optional Mac Pro RAID Card with 512MB cache and 72-hour cache battery backup
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±RDL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • Writes DVD+R and DVD-R discs at up to 18x speed
    • Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 8x speed
    • Writes DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed
    • Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed
    • Reads DVDs at up to 18x speed
    • Writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 32x speed
    • Reads CDs at up to 32x speed
  • One open optical drive bay for optional second SuperDrive

All in all, these updates represent a much-needed boost to the entire Mac desktop range. Along with other updates to Time Capsule and Airport Extreme, they should help boost Apple’s share of the market, even in these difficult economic times.

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