|New iMac and Macbook|
Friday, 22 January 2010 02:00
Without much fanfare and hype clogging up blogosphere and rumour sites, Apple launched a sneak attack in late 2009. It refreshed a few product lines, including the Airport Express and Time Capsule, but the most exciting new arrivals are definitely the new Macbook, the facelifted iMac and a funky new mouse.
Magic MouseApple`s previous wireless mouse - the Mighty Mouse - was not quite up to scratch. Compared to efforts from professionals like Microsoft and Logitech, Apple`s rodent just lacked in comfort and special features.
Now we have Magic Mouse, Apple`s attempts to right all those wrongs, starting with its sleek new shape. A lot flatter, this buttonless, laser-tech, wireless marvel should be a lot more comfortable in the hand.
It`ll link to your Mac using Bluetooth - a standard feature on all modern Macs - and the battery will last up to four months.
Being buttonless isn`t a problem, either. The surface of the Magic Mouse is similar to that used on the Macbook trackpads: it`s multitouch-sensitive. Swipe your fingers across the surface to scroll up, down, left and right, or navigate between pages.
MacBookWe`ve all seen - and lusted after - the new unibody, aluminium Macbook Pros. Now, for us lesser humans, the new Macbook is available as a unibody machine too, still in its rugged polycarbonate casing.
The Macbook`s always been the cheapest machine in the line-up and since Apple made the 13-inch aluminium Macbook Pro, we`ve been waiting for its white plastic baby to get a refresh. Our prayers have been answered, and the sexy new baby Mac boasts a lot of the cool features that make the Pros so desirable: multi-touch glass trackpad, a seven-hour battery, LED-backlit display and the nVIDIA-based internals. For once, a Macbook can finally boast decent graphics capabilities (should you choose to play some games).
It`s also available with the latest range of Intel processors and comes standard with 2GB of RAM (upgradeable to a maximum of 4GB). Prices should start at around the R10 000 mark.
IMACThe biggest announcement of all - quite literally - was the new iMac. Originally only available in sizes up to 24-inch, the model line-up has been trimmed down to merely two variants: a modest 21.5-inch and a gargantuan 27-inch model. Seriously, 27 inches is huge, and Apple has made the best of it by ensuring its native resolution is an eye-straining 2 560x1 440. Even the 21.5-inch model has a respectable 1 920x 1 080 as its screen area. It`s worthwhile to note that both of these resolutions are fully HD, and they`re the correct 16:9 aspect ratio (most widescreen computer displays are 16:10 aspect ratio).
New internals and externals are also thrown in to sweeten the deal. Every new iMac will ship with a Magic Mouse and an Apple wireless keyboard, which will free up some USB ports. On the inside, all new iMacs come with at least a 500GB drive (upgradeable to 2TB), 4GB of RAM (upgradeable to 16GB), dual-layer superdrives and 3.06GHz dual-core processors. The entry-level iMac comes with a built-in GeForce graphics card, while the other models can be equipped with high-performance ATI graphics cards, for more demanding 3D work. If you`re in the mood to splash out, the top-of-the-range 27-inch iMac can be equipped with a quad-core processor, in addition to all the other goodness.
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