Apple overhauls iMac, Mac Pro desktops

Summary:The rumored iMac updates are here. Apple also updated its Mac Pro desktop, and released a new input device, the Magic Trackpad, and a 27-inch LED Cinema Display.

The rumored iMac updates are here. Apple's all-in-one hasn't had a major refresh since last fall, but this morning with relatively little fanfare the company updated its site with the new models that include Core i3 and i5 processors, standard discrete graphics and in-plane switching (IPS) displays for a wider viewing angle. Apple also updated its Mac Pro desktop, which can now be configured with up to two six-core CPUs, and released a new input device, the Magic Trackpad, and a 27-inch LED Cinema Display.

The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,199 with a 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory, ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256MB, 500GB hard drive, slot-loading DVD and wireless keyboard and mouse. The step-up $1,499 model has a 3.2GHz Core i3 processor, 1TB hard drive and ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics with 512MB. The 27-inch model starts at $1,699 with the same specs. All of these are dual-core processors, but you can also get the 27-inch version with a quad-core, a 2.80GHz Intel Core i5, starting at $1,999.

The revamped Mac Pro uses quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors with speeds up to 3.33GHz, paired with ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics with 1GB. The Mac Pro starts at $2,499 with the 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon W3530 processor, but you can configure it with dual CPUs (up to a total of 12 processing cores and 24 threads), up to 32GB of memory, dual GPUs including the faster Radeon HD 5870 graphics, and up to four drives including 2TB hard drives or 512GB SSDs. The single-CPU quad-core configuration uses Nehalem Xeons, while the single-CPU six-core (the 3.33GHz Xeon W3680) and the dual-CPU configurations with two quad-cores (Xeon X5620) or two six-cores (the Xeon X5650 or 5670) are all Westmeres. The Mac Pros will ship in August.

The Magic Trackpad is pretty much what it sounds like: a multi-touch trackpad that connects to your Mac via Bluetooth wireless. The advantage to this is that it lets you use the same multi-touch gestures that work on MacBooks--swiping to flip through pages or albums, inertial scrolling and pinch-to-zoom-on your desktop The Magic Trackpad is a $69 option and runs on two AA batteries. Like the displays on the new iMacs, the 27-inch LED Cinema Display (2560x1440) has an edge-to-edge IPS display. It also has an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust brightness, a MagSafe charger, iSight camera, speakers, Mini DisplayPort and USB ports. The 27-inch model, which will be available starting in September for $999, replaces the existing 24-inch and 30-inch models, which are priced at $799 and $1,799, respectively "while supplies last."

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Topics: Servers, Apple, Hardware, Processors

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