Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

Summary: Apple has refreshed its Mac Pro and iMac line with the latest Intel processors.

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Apple has refreshed its Mac lineup, including its Mac Pro and iMac.

First, the Mac Pro line (statement). The latest Mac Pro has up to 12 processing cores and a 50 percent performance bump compared to older models. In a nutshell, Apple is bringing the latest Xeon processors to the Mac Pro as well as new ATI graphics and options for up to four 512GB solid state drives.

Among the key points:

  • Mac Pro will get quad core and 6-core Xeon processors running up to 3.33 Ghz. the Mac Pro comes with ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processors.
  • The new lineup will have the ability to install SSD drives in the system's internal drive bays.
  • These pups aren't cheap. The quad-core Mac Pro will run you $2,499. The 8-core Mac Pro will start at $3,499.

The highest end model will feature the following:

  • two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 processors with 12MB of fully-shared L3 cache per processor;
  • 6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

And then there's the iMac lineup (statement). In a nutshell, the iMac has been refreshed with Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. The iMac starts at $1,199 and goes to $1,999 and will feature processor speeds of 2.93 GHz to 3.6 GHz.

Here's what you'll get with the 27-inch iMac with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5 for $1,999:

  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750 discrete graphics with 1GB GDDR5;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Topics: Processors, Apple, Hardware

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  • iMac not evolving.

    All-in-one with no multi-touch or touch? Really? Does Apple care about the Mac anymore? Are they really just an phone company?
    jspignardo9
    • RE: Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

      @jspignardo@... NEWS FLASH.. touch on a desktop is a gimmick.. it is an ergonomic nightmare to use touch on a screen at 90 to table.. the screen should be at that same angle as a keyboard to be usable ~5-10 degrees..

      hold your hand out straight out in front of you for as long as you can.. maybe you can do that for a minute.. maybe two.. can you do that all day? no.. it's idiotic to have touch on a desktop screen.. it's a gimmick nothing more.. not for dedicated use.. for casual use maybe in a kitchen or something maybe, but it's not something you can use to do real work on... it's useless on something like an iMac.. and that's why it's not there..
      doctorSpoc
      • Gotta agree with you on that one

        @doctorSpoc: I hate the idea of touch on a desktop display, especially a really big one like a 27-inch monitor. You would indeed need massive deltoids to use the thing.
        Stephen Howard-Sarin
      • Touch on desktop is a joke

        It's not surprising only one company is pushing it, unsuccessfully.
        Richard Flude
      • RE: Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

        @doctorSpoc

        Fair point,
        Tim Acheson
      • RE: Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

        @RichardFlude

        "Touch on desktop is a joke"

        Wrong, in fact the ideal is a fully featured OS that works nicely both on my desktop and my multi-touch tablet, such as Windows 7.
        Tim Acheson
      • RE: Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

        @doctorSpoc I personally programmed a touch-screen front-end GUI for the Dutch Coast Guard Center in IJmuiden, that was in use for about 10 years before being retired in favor of the Dutch Navy's GPS system. Nobody there ever complained about having to reach out and touch the screen. Of course, there are many applications that don't make sense with a touch screen, but then there are many others that do. Don't rule touch screens out just because of those who don't need them. Let the user decide how much or how little they use it, rather than eliminating their option. Perhaps parallel models with and without would be the most appropriate approach, since it does cost more to implement it and those who don't need it can save a few $$$. This would at least also mean those who do need it won't have to go to a clunkier 3rd party solution or modify their existing hardware.
        Ken Whitmore
      • RE: Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

        @doctorSpoc Actually we are using them for our executives. It fits nicely with their phones and/or ipad when they are not in the office. You just have to set them up correctly (physically) in the office. So yes they are a niche, like say the iPad, but there is a good place for them.
        ItsTheBottomLine
    • Gee, no Gorilla Arm?

      @jspignardo@...

      What a rip-off!
      jaypeg
      • If you don't like it...

        @jaypeg don't buy it. Exactly who is being "ripped-off?

        When I show someone a doc on my desktop screen, they like to touch areas of interest. This smudges the screen. Having a touch pad could be most useful in these instances.
        godsfault
    • In case you missed it...

      @jspignardo@...

      Apple is selling the Magic Touch *tablet* for $69, a little gizmo that acts like an oversized glidepad--which sits next to the keyboard. Looks almost like a glass palmrest.

      So the multi-touch would be next to the keyboard, addressing everyone's concerns.

      Geez, and I'm not even an Apple fan. :)
      wolf_z
    • TROLL ALERT

      @jspignardo@... The Apple Bigot Boys are out of the gate...
      thofts
    • RE: Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

      @jspignardo@... I can't even reach my 27in iMac from where I sit, so it being touch enabled would not only make my arms strain immeasurably, I'd also have to sit far too close to it for my liking.

      Just because touch works on some devices doesn't mean we automatically need it on everything. Some people just seem to like to whinge about anything rather than think first!

      However, whilst on the subject of touch - I'll be first in line tomorrow to go and try to get one of the new Magic Trackpads as it is something I really miss when jumping from the MBP to the iMac.
      thking
      • Arm extensions

        @thking "I can't even reach my 27in iMac from where I sit..."

        Same here. LOL. Maybe Apple can sell us some finger extenders.
        Partners in Grime
    • There's no touch because...

      @jspignardo@... There's no touch because it's running Mac OS which would have to be completely redesigned in order to support the most basic touch features. Luckily Windows 7 is really good at touch.

      Before I even read down to your comment, I was thinking the same thing: These iMacs would be awesome if they had touch screens and Windows 7. I think it's possible to install a touch-screen mod on them though.
      AdamzP
      • What?... I uhm mean WHAT?!

        @AdamzP: Really? The MacOS doesn't suppor touch?.. Like, not since they included handwriting recognition nearly a decade ago?
        daftkey
      • RE: Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

        @AdamzP

        Clearly you don't know what you're talking about, so why did you bother posting? If Apple added a touch layer to any Mac then the output of that layer could be routed into OS X using a modification or combination of Apple's existing touchscreen input software.

        If Apple decided to add touch hardware to their Mac screens, the software would take almost no time to modify and add; your claim that OS X "would have to be completely redesigned in order to support the most basic touch features." is the wishful thinking of a Micro-troll.
        StandardPerson
      • RE: Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

        @AdamzP I use both, and windows 7 really isn't any better at touch than Mac OS X.

        In fact, I use my iPad to connect to and control my win 7 machines using RDP, and to my Mac machines using VNC--all the while just touching around instead of mousing.

        Both have on-screen keyboards. Both respond the exact same way.

        What is it about Windows 7 you think is better at being touch-enabled?

        Every manufacturer I have ever seen who sells a touch-screen computer has also had to create a front-end for touch, as none of them rely solely on Windows 7. The HP touch smart is a PRIME example.
        lelandhendrix
      • RE: Apple refreshes Mac Pro, iMac lineup

        @AdamzP Additionally, there would be no real benefit to switching to windows 7 on a mac just for touch--unless there are some nooks and crannies I haven't found in windows 7 in the almost 2 years I've been using it.

        Enlighten us what you are talking about?
        lelandhendrix
      • Unfortunately...

        Windows 7 may be good with touch (it's big enough they can certainly strap more bags on if they choose to); too bad it's shite at everything else. C'mon, a SHORTCUT exploit in the wild?!?
        Jeff Dickey