Apple revamped its entire desktop line on Tuesday, without any fanfare san any press event unlike previous launches of such magnitude. We summarize the essential below. Visit apple.com for more details.
- Mac mini: Two new Mac mini models with 2.0GHz Intel Core2Duo processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrateg graphics used in MacBooks. The graphcs is now 5 times better and it comes with Mini DisplayPort. It is bundled with the new iLife 09 and it uses only 13watts of power when idle.
- iMac: iMac is refreshed with one 20-inch model and 3 other 24-inch models. Pricing for one 24-inch model is the same as last generation 20-inch model. The 20-inch model comes with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics. For 24-inch model, you can opt for other graphics solution such as NVIDIA GeForce GT120, NVIDIA GeForce GT130 or ATI Radeon HD 4850.
- Mac Pro: New generation Mac Pro is now using the latest Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors with an updated architecture to deliver twice the performance compare with last gen model. Graphics option includes NVIDIA GeForce GT120 and ATI Radeon HD 4870.
- AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule: The refreshed models for AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule supports simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band wireless networking. A new Guest Network feature allows the setup for secondary network. New to Time Capsule is the MobileMe support, allowing you to remotely access to your Time Capsule files over the cloud.
Apple marked this considerably major refreshes without any press event. Will this be a change of direction for future Apple launches? Or a lean approach in tune with current economic situation? Our guess is press releases could be what Apple will be doing for product refreshes. Elaborate launch event would be reserved for new line of product or product with more significant changes and features.
One note of interest is the launch of Mac Pro with the Nehalem-based Xeon processor chip. This chip is officially not due for release till late March. Apple apparently has early access to this chip as none of Intel’s other customers including HP and Dell has any product announcement based on the chip.
This launch also marks the ‘coming of age’ of Mini DisplayPort, making it the new Apple standard display port. And FireWire 400 is officially dead, this port type is totally missing across all desktop lines. Even Mac mini now sports the faster FireWire 800 instead.