Apple Updates Desktop Macs And More…. Canadian Fanbois Unimpressed [UPDATE x3]

Apple announced this morning that new and cooler versions of the iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini will be hitting the streets which should cause Apple Fanbois to rejoice and sing the praises of Steve Jobs.

Let’s start with the Mac Mini. Apple has really not done much to this other than add the Nvidia 9400M graphics processor that is present in the MacBook, as well as bump the processor up to a 2.0GHz Core2Duo (a 2.26GHz processor is an option). You now get 8x SuperDrives across the board. The machine maxes out at 4GB of RAM and 320GB hard drives.

The iMac however has received more significant upgrades. Apple will offer a 20-inch screen with 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD and Nvidia 9400M graphics. The rest of the iMacs have 24-inch screens with 4GB of RAM standard. At the top of the food chain,  Apple has 2.93GHz and 3.06GHz processors, with GeForce GT 120 256MB and GeForce GT 130 512MB graphics respectively. In between there’s another 24 screen model with Nvidia 9400M graphics, a 2.66GHz processor and a 640GB HDD.

Finally there’s the Mac Pro updates. There’s going to be two versions:

  • 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3500 series processor with 8MB of L3 cache
  • 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 8GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
  • 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support
  • Mini DisplayPort and DVI (dual-link)
  • Four PCI Express 2.0 slots
  • Five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Mighty Mouse.

and..

  • Two 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors with 8MB of shared L3 cache (that’s 8 cores!)
  • 6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
  • 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support
  • Mini DisplayPort and DVI (dual-link)
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Mighty Mouse.

There are also updates to the Apple Time Capsule as well as the AirPort Extreme (dual band 802.11 support for both) along with a new feature called “Guest Network.” How does that work? From the Apple marketing copy:

Now you can set up a separate Wi-Fi network with a separate password for your visitors. Simply enable the new guest networking feature, and your guests can use the Internet but can’t access other parts of your private network, such as your computers, printers, and attached hard drives.

Interesting. They can surf the net, but they can’t access my porn sensitive data. I like it.

All of these computers are shipping as of today. I took a look at ehmac.ca (which is Canada’s leading Apple fanboi site) and the fanbois there are already generating lots of comments about these updates. So far they’re not impressed. But that could be due to the fact that they’re Canadian and the cold is affecting them.

Why not leave a comment and let us know what you think.

UPDATE: I just noticed that Apple has bumped the MacBook Pros as well. They are now 2.4GHz to 2.66GHz out of the box. Plus any MacBook Pro that comes with a 2.66GHz processor can be upgraded to 2.93GHz. The bad news is that Apple still isn’t offering a matte screen for the 15″ models. When will they get a clue? Here’s a link from the US Apple Store with the proof.

UPDATE #2: Time Capsules and AirPort Extremes now have a feature that will let MobileMe subscribers access the contents of attached AirPort Disks/Time Capsule Disks over the Internet. Sounds interesting, except for the fact that you need to be a MobileMe subscriber to take advantage of this.

UPDATE #3: The Mac Pros can be upgraded to 2.93GHz processors, ATI Radeon HD 4870/512MB video cards and a max of 32GB of RAM. There’s also the option to put up to 4TB of disk space into the thing as well (via 1TB disks).

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