Apple Releases A Ton Of New Product…. Fanbois Rejoyce And Give Thanks To “The Steve” [UPDATED x3]

Apple after announcing a record setting quarter yesterday, released a pile of new product today. Here’s the highlights:

  • There’s a new MacBook with a new durable polycarbonate unibody design with LED-backlit display, glass multi-touch trackpad and a 7 hour battery life. It weighs 4.7 pounds and contains a 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM, 250GB HD and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics card. This is now the entry level MacBook in Apple’s lineup.
  • The Mac Mini also gets updated. There’s a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo CPU with 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive model and a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive.  Both machines sport the  GeForce 9400M GPU and 8x SuperDrive. The big news is that there’s a new Mac Mini Server that comes with OS X Server for unlimited clients and a pair of hard drives. It also sports a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a GeForce 9400M GPU.
  • New iMacs hit the streets as well. There’s a 21.5″ and a 27″ model with a LED backlit screen. The iMac universe starts with 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB drive model and goes up from there. But the 27″ model is the one that the fanbois will be wetting their panties over. It will have 2.06GHz quad-core Core i5 processor and Radeon HD 4850 graphics. Sweet!
  • The Mighty Mouse is dead. Enter the Magic Mouse. The entire mouse is a multi touch surface that allows you to do the same sort of gesture based actions that MacBook users have had for some time. Oh, it has one button and no scroll wheel. Shock. Not.
  • There’s a new Apple Remote that looks like the newer iPods.

I don’t see any other changes on Apple’s site, but if I trip over something else I will update this post.

UPDATE: Here’s something interesting. If you look here, note this in the “Graphics and video support” section of the iMac tech specs page:

“27-inch models also support input from external DisplayPort sources (adapters sold separately).”

That implies that the 27 inch model supports video INPUT. Could that mean I can use this iMac as a TV? If so, that’s a game changer!

UPDATE #2: MacWorld has the details on this new input capability. In short, the answer is yes to using this new iMac as a TV:

In a clever touch, the 27-inch iMac has a new feature that dramatically increases its versatility. Via a series of adapters Apple says will be available shortly, users will be able to attach external display sources, such a DVD players or even other computers, to the iMac’s display. At that point, those sources will take over the iMac’s display, effectively turning it into an external monitor or an HDTV.

UPDATE #3: There are new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule products as well. MacWorld claims that the new AirportExtreme will “provide up to 50 percent better Wi-Fi performance and up to 25 percent better range than the previous iteration” and “new technologies in Time Capsule and refinements to Time Machine make backing up to Time Capsule using Snow Leopard up to 60 percent faster than before.”

5 Responses to “Apple Releases A Ton Of New Product…. Fanbois Rejoyce And Give Thanks To “The Steve” [UPDATED x3]”

  1. > 27-inch models also support input from external DisplayPort sources

    This is interesting. Do you think I would be able to use my Wii on this iMac (without using EYE TV)?

  2. This Gizmodo review might help:

    Note this part:

    “Eager to test this s**t and be the first to the internet with an image of an Xbox linked into an iMac (“Worlds collide!” would be the headline, I decided), I ordered a monoprice Mini-DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter. Unfortunately, I discovered that the inputs would not work with a PS3 or Xbox at any res, HD or otherwise. The current adapters on the market are unidirectional, I was told, and so they won’t work to take HDMI sources and pipe them into the iMac. I’m sure someone is making a cable as we speak for this very abominable purpose of piping in Microsoft gaming to a desktop Mac—but it’s not here yet. (New cables, by the way, will include audio, which the iMac is capable of taking through its connector and the iMac is able to display video sources up to its native resolution.) The issue is, this could take months. That’s a long time, so don’t buy an iMac planning to use it with a gaming console or Blu-ray player right away.”

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