Apple refreshes iMac, MacBook, Mac mini systems

On the heels of its record-breaking financial results, Apple has revamped its consumer Mac line with new, larger-screened iMacs, a polycarbonate unibody MacBook, and a faster Mac mini. Despite all the rumors, though, starting prices haven’t gone down a dime—perhaps last quarter’s 17% increase in Mac unit sales had something to do with that.

The new iMacs might not be any cheaper, but they definitely deliver a lot more for your money. Priced at $1,199, the base iMac now features a 21.5" 1920×1080 display, a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive—better in every respect than the previous generation.

Apple also offers a 27" model with a 2560×1440 display resolution, $1,699 starting price tag, and Radeon HD 4670 graphics. If you have $1,999 to spare, you can step up to a 27" iMac with a 2.66GHz Intel Core i5 processor and a Radeon HD 4850 graphics processor. Cheaper iMac models are only available with Core 2 CPUs, though, so don’t think you can customize the base model with some Nehalem goodness and skip the premium.

Apple also ships the new iMacs with a new Bluetooth multi-touch mouse dubbed the Magic Mouse. You can see images of it in the gallery below, but here’s how Apple describes it:

In addition to its smooth, seamless top-shell design that acts as one button or two, Magic Mouse features a Multi-Touch surface with gesture support. Scroll vertically, horizontally, and diagonally — a full 360 degrees — simply by touching anywhere on the top surface. With a greater surface area for scrolling, you can get around a long timeline in iMovie, through a lengthy web page in Safari, or around a set of images in iPhoto more efficiently. You can also swipe through pages in Safari or photos in iPhoto with two fingers.

The Magic Mouse can be bought separately for $69. You should be able to use it on previous Macs running OS X 10.5.8 or later, although Windows users will probably need to wait for new Boot Camp drivers.

Moving on, the new-and-improved MacBook conserves its trademark white plastic and $999 price tag, but Apple now builds it using a polycarbonate unibody design. The company has also thrown in an LED-backlit display, a seven-hour battery, a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, and a 250GB hard drive—again, stark improvements over the previous model. Even the weight has gone done from 5 to 4.7 lbs for the new MacBook.

Finally, the Mac mini has gotten a faster CPU, more RAM, and more storage capacity, but it looks the same and has the same $599 price as before. Apple has, however, added a $999 variant dubbed the Mac mini with Snow Leopard server, which comes with dual 500GB hard drives and no optical drive. Perhaps this is Apple’s answer to Windows Home Server systems, although it’s a pricey one if so.

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    • indeego
    • 10 years ago

    Apple Hardware: Good on the high end. Good quality, Excellent support,”stylish.” “All in one so you don’t have to think much beyond what you get.”
    PC: Good to great value on the low end, more customizeable. More games. “components let you mix and match to your tastes.”

    Apple has pretty good hardware support, and PC operating systems have fairly good software support. Everyone win/win.

    Silly to discount Apple however offhand, my how far they’ve come in 9 yearsg{<.<}g

    • shank15217
    • 10 years ago

    Its funny for the first time Apple isn’t talking up their product. The new i5/i7 based iMacs are most definitely more than 2x faster than their core 2 duo based system in terms of processing resources. The i7 has 8 thread support so its more like 3-4x faster. If I were to buy a new system for anything else other than gaming the 27in core i5/i7 based iMacs are freaking awesome.

    • shank15217
    • 10 years ago

    I don’t understand why Apple cant put AMD graphics instead of ATi graphics as if it’s another company or something..

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      AMD maintains the ATi branding for their graphics chips so I guess that explains it.

      • internetsandman
      • 10 years ago

      Because, from what I can tell (and this is just a wild guess) AMD maintains their processor branding, while ATI maintains their graphics branding. It just so happens that one owns the other.

    • internetsandman
    • 10 years ago

    What I’m most curious about is the new potential for P55 hackintoshes. the use of the i5 processor implies a P55 chipset, I’m currently unaware of any other chipset that can run that processor. Hopefully this means that people can now build a hackintosh using the p55 chipset, as they have done for p45 and p35 in the past, and hopefully this means i can slash a good $200-$300 off the price off the list of hardware I’m currently looking at to build one

    Any thoughts on the potential for a P55 hackintosh?

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 years ago

      Apple might be getting early dibs on the P57, or even the H55…

      (Unlikely, though)

    • wira020
    • 10 years ago

    “If you are not a gamer and have money to spend buy Mac”

    “If you can live with Mac only software and have money to spend get Mac”

    quote from past article on how OSX boot faster than Win7 in bootcamp…

      • internetsandman
      • 10 years ago

      I really didn’t think that was a fair test. Windows 7 isn’t exactly optimised for running on a mac

        • adisor19
        • 10 years ago

        Huh ?! A mac is a PC ! Windows 7 is not optimized for ANY PC in particular so the test is more then valid.

        Adi

          • UberGerbil
          • 10 years ago

          Who is responsible for the drivers when Windows runs on a Mac?

            • adisor19
            • 10 years ago

            The drivers come from the manufacturers of the part. Apple just packages them in a nice easy to install bundle. The only ones Apple is responsible for are the ones for their track pad, back lit keyboard etc.

            Video card, sound card and chip set drivers come from their respective manufacturers.

            Adi

            • adisor19
            • 10 years ago

            Also, who is responsible for the drivers on an HP pc ?

            Adi

            • DrDillyBar
            • 10 years ago

            so is it intel’s fault, or nVidia’s?

            • thecoldanddarkone
            • 10 years ago

            HP is actually. If a company supports a product and it’s faulty then it’s a. the consumers fault for buying it/letting the oem get away with it and b. the oems fault for the shitty drivers on products they release. If a product isn’t worthy of releasing then don’t release it.

            With Apple it’s the same way but worse. The drivers for the trackpad are probably “better” but probably still not good enough. If it doesn’t sleep/hibernate correctly it is directly Apple’s fault for the bios emulation in bootcamp. If the power usage seems hugely off because bios profiles are #$%#% it’s still Apples fault. I’m not saying that those problems do or don’t exist, but the potential deffinitely exists.

            So if Windows sucks on Apple computers, it’s Apple’s fault for the shitty support that they capitalize on.

            • tomjleeds
            • 10 years ago

            In my experience Windows runs excellently on a Mac – perhaps the claimed slower boot which seemed to spark this thread off was…God forbid…true?

            • thecoldanddarkone
            • 10 years ago

            Sigh, my point is that if you want to point a finger to blame someone, blame the oem/corporate body/consumer. This includes Apple, HP, Dell, whatever. If some dumb driver bug exists on any computer than blame the oem. It’s like the power usage and touchpad problems that the unibody Macbook Pro’s suffered when first released that showed up running on Windows (I don’t know if it works better or not than it used to, I don’t own a Mac). Apple capitalized that they can run Windows, if Windows runs like shit on the Apple, blame Apple. If your Dell touchpad sucks (mine did until a new firmware came out) blame Dell for shitty QA.

            • Trymor
            • 10 years ago

            q[

            • thecoldanddarkone
            • 10 years ago

            Read the FIRST sentence. Sheash…

    • Tumbleweed
    • 10 years ago

    Still no eSATA on the Mac Mini? *sigh*

    It’s a strange time to be releasing C2D machines with i5/i7 CPUs arriving.

      • MrDigi
      • 10 years ago

      Just like the graphics, near end-of-life. I’d be supprised if they don’t refresh them on a earlier schedule.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 years ago

        I don’t think the Core 2 architecture is going anywhere just yet, at least not in the mobile space – which is where the iMac has traditionally gotten its “guts”. The i5/i7 aren’t mobile parts, though – nothing that fast in a mobile package.

          • MrDigi
          • 10 years ago

          i3/i5 dual core around the corner, next year Core 2s will become entry level, just see Intels roadmap.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 10 years ago

          Westmere will probably instantly replace Core 2s in laptops. There will be absolutely no reason for them to exist anymore. They will cost more to manufacture, use more electricity, run slower…

          Intel is going to want to spam those things all over the place.

            • UberGerbil
            • 10 years ago

            Arrandale, yes.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 years ago

            OK fair point. Still, Apple couldn’t just wait until March or so to update the iMacs.

            • smilingcrow
            • 10 years ago

            5 months is a long time in hardware terms and they’ve taken the opportunity to offer Core i5/i7 now rather than wait which makes sense.

            I feel sorry for Apple users that require quad cores as the entry level price is very high. For an iMac you have to choose a 27” screen or else go for a Mac Pro. Either way the starting price is £1,600 in the UK and that’s with a £150 CPU. No wonder their profits are so healthy.

    • fishyuk
    • 10 years ago

    Might be tempted with the next update if they put a 57xx or 58xx mobile GPU in when they are available. Nice spec which could also be justified by the monitor in capability (currently have a Mac Mini which is OSX connected to a 24″ LCD and a Macbook pro used for Windows that I also connect to the same screen via a DVI adapter). If I’d known someone would finally put a monitor in on an iMac style machine then I may not have bought the Mini but hey, that is the joy of tech addiction (that and overspending…)

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    I have to say, I really really really HATE how Apple does these “refreshes”. Sure, it’s great the day it is announced, but then both the spec and the price remain the same for the next few months regardless of price changes in CPUs, RAM, hard drives, etc. Then you buy the machine a couple weeks before the refresh, then a refresh hits and it’s like a punch to the stomach by a wreaking ball. I’d puke my guts out if I’d been unfortunate enough to have recently made a purchase.

    It’s a conflicted life, hating and respecting Apple at the same time.

      • Tamale
      • 10 years ago

      i feel your pain, man. though my cheapskate tendencies allow me to stay pretty firmly on the hate and contempt side 🙂

      • blastdoor
      • 10 years ago

      Oh come on, is it really that big of a deal? For people who care, you buy shortly after new hardware comes out. People who don’t care buy whenever. It’s price discrimination, and everybody does it one way or another. Other companies use rebates to achieve a similar objective — those who care send them in, those who don’t want to be hassled don’t send them in. Other companies use a dizzying array of configurations, some of which are good deals, some of which aren’t, and the buyer has to sort through which is which — again, those who care will get a better deal, those who don’t care will save time but get a worse deal.

        • flip-mode
        • 10 years ago

        “I’m just sayin” /colloquialism

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 10 years ago

    Kind of strange that they didn’t wait for Westmere, and blew its entire target product range at once. I figured they’d at least wait on the Macbook.

    Unless they’re trying to dump Core 2s, and they’re going to refresh the lineup again relatively soon…

    • blastdoor
    • 10 years ago

    I placed an order for the Magic Mouse. Sounds way cool to me.

      • adisor19
      • 10 years ago

      Same here. Can’t wait to try it out !

      Adi

        • no51
        • 10 years ago

        If only Billy Mays were still alive.
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        ARE YOU TIRED OF CLICKING? SCROLLING? DOUBLE CLICKING?
        THEN YOU SHOULD TRY APPLE’S NEW MAGIC MOUSE!
        EVER CRAMPED YOUR HAND FROM SCROLLING THROUGH ENDLESS DOCUMENTS LINE BY LINE? WITH APPLE’S NEW MAGIC MOUSE, SCROLLING BECOMES A BREEZE. NOW YOU CAN FLICK THROUGH DOCUMENTS WITH EASE WITH THE MAGIC MOUSE’S FLICK GESTURE
        BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! THE MAGIC MOUSE ALSO DOES MULTI TOUCH GESTURES! YOU CAN ZOOM IN AND OUT OF DOCUMENTS AND PICTURES BUT SIMPLY PINCHING YOUR FINGERS. WHAT COULD BE EASIER?
        BUT I’M STILL NOT DONE. ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED OF WIRES? NOW YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE OF WIRES BECAUSE THE MAGIC MOUSE IS WIRELESS. THROUGH THE WONDERS OF BLUETOOTH. YOU CAN NOW HAVE CORDLESS MOUSING FREEDOM.
        ALL OF THIS IS AVAILABLE FOR THE SUPER LOW PRICE OF $136.99, BUT IF YOU ORDER IN THE NEXT 30 MINUTES, WE’LL CUT THE PRICE IN HALF AND GIVE YOU $.99 BACK! YOU AND CAN HAVE THE AMAZING MAGIC MOUSE FOR ONLY 1 PAYMENT OF $68.00
        OUR OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY.

          • blastdoor
          • 10 years ago

          very well done 🙂

          And I’ve just been introduced to the post rate limiter — interesting innovation. Probably a good idea.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 10 years ago

          Not enough cheeky rhymes.

      • DrDillyBar
      • 10 years ago

      Think it has Win7 drivers? 😛

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    i still wont buy one. not enough opengl games…. though heroes of newerth is pretty sexy (just like scotty wasson…)

      • ImSpartacus
      • 10 years ago

      That’s why god invented Bootcamp…

        • tesla120
        • 10 years ago

        whats the point in buying an over priced computer, then paying for a second OS, so that you can play some games?

        save money buy a pc, and in the end you can still upgrade things.

          • sweatshopking
          • 10 years ago

          STATUS DUH. SO I CAN FEEL LIKE A RICH PERSON, AND LAUGH AT THE HOMELESS. HAHAHAHAHAH YOU HAVE NO HOUSE!! I BLOW MONEY ON EXPENSIVE BOXES!!

          • albundy
          • 10 years ago

          ahahaha, you made my day!

    • indeego
    • 10 years ago

    4 month battery life? So three times a year, at the least, you have a completely nonfunctional mouse, or the inconvenience of changing batteriesg{<.<}g /step backwards

      • ImSpartacus
      • 10 years ago

      Still better than some other wireless mice I’ve used, but unacceptable for an Apple product. Is it supposed to be a portable mouse as well?

      I love my MX Revolution. Haven’t wasted money on batteries in years.

        • blastdoor
        • 10 years ago

        I loved my MX Revolution at first but it got kind of quirky as time passed, so now I use the standard apple mouse at home and the trackpad on the road. The revolution is gathering dust.

          • tomjleeds
          • 10 years ago

          Don’t know how anyone who uses Spaces could resist a Revo. The thumb wheel is quite literally a perfect desktop switcher.

        • indeego
        • 10 years ago

        The MS mice we have at work last about 6 months.

        I can’t stand wireless mice on principle. The act of losing signal/changing batteries takes away any advantage for not having cord interferenceg{<.<}g

          • Skrying
          • 10 years ago

          The 4 to 6 month range seems average. This difference is hardly a big deal. Especially considering the Magic Mouse, currently, doesn’t have a rival. That could easily change though if Microsoft gets out their multi-touch mouse soon.

          As for signal dropping… never had the signal drop on my Logitech wireless mouse. I wouldn’t use it if it did drop out.

      • Trymor
      • 10 years ago

      Can’t change batteries 3 times a year? I am guessing you are American, and perpetuating the American stereotype – ‘lazy fat Americans’?

    • valrandir
    • 10 years ago

    Anyone know how power efficient these new iMacs are? Under 150W load?

    Also, where can I buy that sexy 27″ IPS LED backlit display separately?

      • tay
      • 10 years ago

      Is the 21.5″ an IPS screen as well? If so, drool… I hate my iMac TN screen.

        • valrandir
        • 10 years ago
          • continuum
          • 10 years ago

          16:9 = boo. (16:10 please)
          all IPS screens = yay!!
          all glossy screens = boo =(

            • valrandir
            • 10 years ago

            You can’t buy LED IPS 23″/24″ or 27″/30″ displays though. LED TN panels maybe, but not IPS.

            I just hope whoever is making that panel for Apple releases it. I would love a 27″/30″ IPS LCD with a local dimming RGB LED backlight.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 10 years ago

    Ah, MUCH better.

    • Hattig
    • 10 years ago

    Wow, these are so cheap. To be honest the iMac is looking reasonable and the 27″ iMac is quite desirable, cost aside.

    Trying to spec out a 4GB RAM computer system to replace my existing iBook which I use mostly on the same desk, I couldn’t get much below £1000 for the Mac Mini, MacBook, MacBook Pro or iMac (including cost of a new 22″-24″ monitor for the first three).

    That’s a hefty chunk of change. Of course the computer will last four years if looked after. Certainly not for gaming though, they all have 9400Ms.

      • Arag0n
      • 10 years ago

      It’s courious to see that apple pushes so hard the graphic engine into the iPhone in order to gain over gaming market but stills placing shit graphic cards into notebook’s and iMac’s.

      They are fighting for the mobile game market but not the home gaming.

        • StashTheVampede
        • 10 years ago

        The GPUs placed in notebooks and iMacs are there because of heat. You can’t cram a 5870 into an iMac or notebook without trading space for releasing the heat.

        Mac Pro? Diff story, they are workstations with enough cooling to handle the latest GPUs. It’s a shame that ATI and Nvidia isn’t shipping dual BIOS/EFI cards in the same card.

          • MrDigi
          • 10 years ago

          The 4850 is near end-of-life in the PC market plus the 5xxx series are much more efficient.

        • UberGerbil
        • 10 years ago

        They have an opportunity to dominate mobile gaming. The home gaming market is already split four ways by entrenched competitors.

        Once the iPhone/iPod game market is big enough, they’ll have an opportunity to leverage it to enter the home market with scaled-up iPhone hardware hosting an existing library of games.

          • blastdoor
          • 10 years ago

          Exactly. For the last decade apple has been the zen master of leveraging. Who would have thought you could use a music player to take over the world.

          • no51
          • 10 years ago

          You’d need to topple the Nintendo DS and it’s 100+ million user base. Which is almost twice the number of XBox and PS3’s combined (worldwide).

            • blastdoor
            • 10 years ago

            Apple sells about 50 million iPods a year. Granted, most of those aren’t iPod touches, but eventually they will be.

        • Kurotetsu
        • 10 years ago

        #1, #2

        The 27-inch iMac comes with an HD4850 (512MB version) option for graphics. Thats good enough for more than a few games. Though at 2560×1440 you may have to knock back a few graphics settings.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 10 years ago

          Shame they didn’t put a 5750 or 5770 in there but I guess it’s a Mac so gaming isn’t a priority. It could have lowered power draw and heat though.

            • StashTheVampede
            • 10 years ago

            Please show links to mobile version of those GPUs.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 10 years ago

            Er…*tosses a 5770 in the air*

            LOOK MA IT’S MOBILE!

        • ImSpartacus
        • 10 years ago

        SHIT GRAPHICS? Are you kidding me? The 9400M is probably the best integrated grapics product on the market. I can play TF2 on my MBP13 fine and dandy. Granted, it’s not maxed out at 1080p like my desktop, but medium settings at 720p is good enough for me.

          • shank15217
          • 10 years ago

          The 9400M isn’t integrated graphics.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 10 years ago

            Yeah it’s a ‘Motherboard GPU’ according to NV :rolleyes: which just happens to contain the rest of the usual chipset functions. It’s an IGP bro, granted a better one than Intel’s in terms of graphics, no matter what spin NV puts on it.

        • SGT Lindy
        • 10 years ago

        Maybe because the home PC gaming market lags behind all other game markets in terms of sales.

        The hand held gaming market makes more money than PC games.

      • designerfx
      • 10 years ago

      uh? I can build a PC with these specs for about $600 less or so for each model, easily. Except the mini which can be made for about $400 ish. Also throw in linux and you save another $600 from not paying out the wingwang for “apple branded software”.

        • Skrying
        • 10 years ago

        No you can’t. From a purely hardware basis excluding all software you could not build a system equal to the iMac for $600. A 21.5″ IPS monitor alone would blow $300, at the least, of your budget.

          • designerfx
          • 10 years ago

          The monitor is good, but why would you buy apple just for a monitor? Couldn’t you build your own PC with displayport and something like a 4890/5850/5870 and hook up said apple monitor for significantly higher pc performance (and not being forced to buy OS upgrades)?

            • Skrying
            • 10 years ago

            You’ve switched your claim ENTIRELY.

            First, no one would buy an Apple product just for the monitor. Except you couldn’t build a system of this level (including the monitor) for $600. Which was your claim was you could build this system for $600.

            Second, I have significant doubts you could build the system for $600 before the monitor. Pricing it out on Newegg it comes to $400 with just the CPU, 4GB, hard drive and motherboard. This was with the cheapest 500GB hard drive, cheapest 4GB and cheapest GeForce 9300 motherboard and a Core 2 Duo 3.06Ghz processor. Consider that’s before case, power supply, optical drive. You then have to actually consider OS (Windows) because throwing away the cost with “Linux” simply doesn’t work for the vast majority of normal users and power users.

            Maybe you should stay away from making ridiculous claims.

            • tay
            • 10 years ago

            Bitch slapped???

            • SomeOtherGeek
            • 10 years ago

            You need to calm down and reread the comment again. He states that “for $600 less…” Means if the Apple system was 2000 bucks minus the 600 would be 1400.

            Definitely need to be “bitch-slapped”.

            But then you can ignore me and keep on arguing.

        • StashTheVampede
        • 10 years ago

        Please link to 27″ LCD that has 2560×1440 native resolution.

        Here’s a hint: there aren’t (m)any.

          • KoolAidMan
          • 10 years ago

          Even if he was trying to build based on /[

        • shank15217
        • 10 years ago

        A monitor itself with the resolution of the 27inch iMac will set you back a $1000, nice try.

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