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Finally, some Mac news! New iMac, Mac Pro, Display and Magic Trackpad

That's right, after what seems like an eternity, we have some Mac news. Apple has updated the iMac, the Mac Pro, the Cinema Display and has also released the all-new magic trackpad.

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That’s right, after what seems like an eternity, we have some Mac news. Apple has updated the iMac, the Mac Pro, the Cinema Display and has also released the all-new magic trackpad.

We’ll Start with the iMac as its undoubtedly the most popular Mac of all time and probably one of the most iconic in terms of design. There have been no major design changes, we still have the incredibly thin aluminium unibody enclosure and choice of 21.5 and 27 inch screens. The new configuration offers the latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and powerful new graphics options. From the press release, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing explains:

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better. With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminium and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”

There are now a number of processor options to pick from – Dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 chips take the computing options from affordable to professional. The processors feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to take full advantage of its faster 1333 MHz memory. New ATI Radeon HD processors have also been added into the mix and they will deliver incredibly smooth and crisp graphics for the most demanding games, software and technical applications.

Another incredible new option is the facility to order a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) as a primary or secondary drive in the larger iMacs. This will add significantly to the performance of your iMac  – and its price.

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The Mac Pro has also been significantly improved under the hood. This time around its possible to configure up to 12 processing cores (that’s right TWELVE) which amounts to up to a reported 50 percent increase in performance over the previous generation. As well as the new ATI grpahics option you can also add SSD drives to the new Mac pro, four to be precise with each holding a max of  512GB. We can only imagine how quick these will be when fully loaded. From the press release Mr Schiller had this to say:

“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50 percent, and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want.”

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We now move onto new hardware and Apple has seen fit to release a 27inch cinema display. These units take their design cues from the iMac and pack the ability to charge a Macbook as well as having a  stunning 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60 percent more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. It features  built-in iSight, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe connector.

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The final release today was the much speculated Magic Trackpad. This cool device gives desktop users the opportunity to use a trackpad instead of a Mouse. We can’t fathopm why a device like this hasn’t been released yet. It adds cool functionality and gestures to desktop Mac use. Its made from glass, is wireless and can be configured to support single button or two button commands and supports tap-to-click as well as a physical click.

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