Details on Apple's updated iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro

Details on Apple's updated iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro

Summary: In one fell swoop, Apple updated its entire desktop line this morning. The 24-inch iMac now starts at $1,499 (the previous price of the 20-inch model) and the Mac Pro workstation gets the first Xeons in Intel's Nehalem family.

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In one fell swoop, Apple updated its entire desktop line this morning. The 24-inch iMac now starts at $1,499 (the previous price of the 20-inch model) and the Mac Pro workstation gets the first Xeons in Intel's Nehalem family. Meanwhile the Mac Mini is alive and well, and it gets new Core 2 Duos and Nvidia 9400M graphics. All of these updates were sorely-needed, and should give Apple desktops a quick performance boost, but since the designs remain largely unchanged, they lack the wow factor usually associated with an Apple announcement.

Despite some initial reports stating the new iMacs had Core i7 quad-core processors, the new line continues to use the same dual-core mobile processors, which are much better-suited for the thin all-in-one. The new 20-inch iMac starts at $1,199 with a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo T9550, 2GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce 9400M and a 320GB hard drive. The $1,499 24-inch version has the same processor and Nvidia integrated graphics, but with 4GB of memory and a 640GB hard drive. There are two pricier models with faster processors (up to a 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo), and you can configure any of them with up to 8GB of memory, 1TB of storage, and on the 24-inch models, Nvidia GeForce GT120/130 or AMD ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics. All of the new iMacs also have a Mini DisplayPort connector for attaching an external Apple Cinema display.

The aging Mac Mini was most in need of an overhaul, and the addition of Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics should make a big difference. The $599 starting configuration includes a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of memory, Nvidia integrated graphics and a 120GB hard drive. The $799 model has twice the memory and a 320GB hard drive, but is otherwise identical. Like the iMac, the Mac Mini now has Mini DisplayPort, as well as mini-DVI, for connecting an LCD display, plus five USB ports. There had long been rumors that Apple was planning to discontinue the Mac Mini, but instead it has dusted it off and re-packaged it as the "most energy efficient desktop in the world." Apple claims the Mac Mini uses only 13 watts of idle power or 10 times less than a typical desktop.

The new iMacs and Mac Mini are both available immediately.

The big change in the Mac Pro is the addition of Nehalem quad-core processors. Intel announced the first Nehalem chips, the Core i7-920, i7-940 and i7-965 Extreme for desktops, last November, but it hasn't officially released Xeon versions for servers and workstations. The Mac Pro now starts at $2,499 (it previously started at $2,799) with a 2.66GHz Xeon 3500 series quad-core processor, 3GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics with 512MB and a 640GB hard drive. A dual-processor configuration starts at $3,299 with two 2.26GHz quad-core Xeon 5500 series chips, 6GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics with 512MB and a 640GB hard drive.

You can configure the Mac Pro with faster processors, more memory, larger hard drives and ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics with 512MB. Apple says it will be up to twice as the old Mac Pros, which is probably a stretch, but because of many architectural changes in the Nehalem chips--including two threads per core (or 16 total threads in the 8-core Mac Pro)--these Mac Pros should be significantly faster. The new Mac Pros will be available starting next week.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Processors

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  • apple vs PC

    I notice a lot of APPLE APPLE APPLE.
    who cares
    Apple system hung themselves years ago.
    it reminds me of the HD vs Blueray fight
    Apple make cool products but computer pushing them is silly, but that CBS
    Monosdeja
    • huh?

      Thanks so much for sharing your cogent, well-organized thoughts on
      this. It is nothing like the HD versus Blue Ray format war. And what does
      "computer pushing them is silly" mean?
      vince@...
      • I think he means

        HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray
        use_what_works_4_U
        • PLEASE............

          Don't give "macadam" so much credit for thought.

          It is painfully obvious that this person is incapable of ANY rational thought.
          IT_Guy_z
    • Well thank you...

      I now feel dumber having read your post.
      Stuka
  • You're doing a fine job there, Sparky.

    Keep those rational, well written posts coming.

    Now...it's time for your medication. Please don't skip another dose.

    IT_Guy_z
    • Reminds me a bit of

      Viley Clay. Same way of writing.....

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
  • RE: Details on Apple's updated iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro

    when will they drop the macbook pro laptops down? Makes me
    wonder. Anyone know?
    photogirl17
    • Down, as in, price?

      My first thought, never. They are priced well for their segment. And pretty much match PC notebooks of the same class.

      Now as for the standard MacBook, I really think there should be a $900 model. But I don't see that coming either.
      Stuka
  • RE: Details on Apple's updated iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro

    I've been waiting for apple to update the minis! I want to hook it up in my living room so i can use it with my tv. I don't think i will order it from the apple store though, they never seem to put anything on sale. I was there last week to get an external hard drive and they wanted almost twice as much as i what i found it for online. In fact i found some great deals on this site:

    http://www.zingsale.com

    It's a free service that tracks prices of products from online stores (like amazon) and sends you an email when the price drops.
    chris250480
  • No HDMI output?

    That kind of bites.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
  • RE: Details on Apple's updated iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro

    basically all prices went up, I think and hope apple sales will fall after this. Apple is the only company that I know who boostes their prices when a new model comes out. The cheapest imac 20 was 1299.99, and now is 1399.99. yeah they put more ram, bigger hard drive..., but when HP, DELL do something like this the price stays the same..
    The quality went down since about 5 years now. Most Imacs I sell break down right after the warranty, so why are mac users paying more for less and less quality.
    francisl@...
    • The 20" iMac...

      starts at $1,199, not $1,399. Which means that, according to you, the
      price "booste" is -$100. If only all prices were boosted like that.

      For someone who claims to sell "Imacs," you seem to be woefully
      ignorant. Leads one to doubt your claim.
      msalzberg
      • woefully ignorant??

        were you looking in the mirror when you said Woefully ignorant msalzberg???
        Well sorry i forgot to mention that I live in Quebec canada, and sorry i dont care for apple to take the time to write iMac, who cares except a woefully ignorant person. And in Canada last month the "iMac" was selling for 1299.99 and Now 1399.99, and overhere in canada that's +100.00.

        So if you were not so Ignorant, you might of been smart enough to figure out that i meant canadian dollars!!
        francisl@...
        • Huh?

          I'm reading this on zdnet.[b]com[/b], not zdnet.[b]ca[/b].

          If I were clairvoyant, I "might of" figured out that you were thinking of
          Canadian Dollars. But you didn't state it.
          msalzberg