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MTBlogBot2000
27th July 2010, 11:26 PM
Apple has unleashed a torrent of new products - there's updated iMacs, Mac Pros, a 27" LED Cinema Display, the rumoured Magic Trackpad and even an Apple Battery Charger for your AA batteries.

Let's start off with the <a href="http://www.apple.com/au/imac">iMac</a>. It's the same design, but it has the i3 CPU instead of the Core 2 Duo. There's a 3.6GHz i5 option too. The nVidia chipset is no longer around and the graphics are now handled by dedicated ATI Radeon graphics cards. There's now an SDXC card reader. A 256GB SSD drive is also an option. Pricing is pretty much the same. <a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&z=s&v=936513">They're all shipping now from the Apple online store.</a>

<a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&amp;z=s&amp;v=936513"><img src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/iMac-Buy-iMac-desktop-computers-Apple-Store-Australia.jpg" alt="" title="iMac - Buy iMac desktop computers - Apple Store (Australia)" width="600" height="171" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8447" /></a>

Next is the <a href="http://www.apple.com/au/macpro/">Mac Pro</a>. Same design as well, same I/O options, but now there's a 12-core CPU option. Max option is a 6-core CPUs running at 2.93GHz. There's a plethora of other CPU options, 2 core, 4 core, 6 core, 8 core and 12 core. 1333GHz RAM bus. A couple of graphics card options - the ATI Radeon 5770 and 5870. You can BTO for 512GB SSDs (4x 512GB SSDs, ooh) too. Other than that, not much new with the Mac Pro going by the specs page. Apple said it will be out some time in August. Pricing really varies depending on what spec you get, <a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&z=s&v=950511">but the base model is $3499</a>. It's not up on the Australian online store yet.

<img src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Apple-Mac-Pro-Now-up-to-12-cores-of-processing-power..jpg" alt="" title="Apple - Mac Pro - Now up to 12 cores of processing power." width="600" height="115" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8448" />

The <a href="http://www.apple.com/au/displays/">27" LED Cinema Display</a> is real and it's the same 2560 x 1440 pixel, LED backlit display from the 27" iMac. It will be available in September. No pricing available yet. It's not on the online store either.

<strong>The real special items here however, are the Magic Trackpad and the Apple Battery Charger.</strong>

The <a href="http://www.apple.com/au/magictrackpad/">Magic Trackpad</a> is a big ol' trackpad designed for use with a desktop computer. To quote Apple: "Magic Trackpad is just like the trackpad on the MacBook Pro — but bigger." It's Bluetooth, and is the same width as the wireless keyboard. <a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&z=s&v=936507&t=http://store.apple.com/au/product/MC380?mco=MTg1ODA4MjY">It's AU$99 and ships from the Apple Online Store in 24 hours.</a>

<a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&amp;z=s&amp;v=936507&amp;t=http://store.apple.com/au/product/MC380?mco=MTg1ODA4MjY"><img src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/skitched-20100727-232456.jpg" alt="" title="skitched-20100727-232456" width="600" height="219" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8449" /></a>

The <a href="http://www.apple.com/au/battery-charger/">Apple Battery Charger</a> is the really weird one. Not weird in that it's unusual, but weird that it's something we didn't expect. It's a AA battery charger. Takes 2x batteries at a time to charge it and comes with 6x super high quality AA rechargeable batteries for <a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&z=s&v=936507&t=http://store.apple.com/au/product/MC500?mco=MTg1ODA4NzQ">AU$39, it ships within 3-4 weeks from the Apple online store.</a>

<a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&amp;z=s&amp;v=936507&amp;t=http://store.apple.com/au/product/MC500?mco=MTg1ODA4NzQ"><img src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/applebatt.jpg" alt="" title="applebatt" width="250" height="301" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8450" /></a>

scar68
27th July 2010, 11:44 PM
Have ordered the Battery Charger. Looks beautiful :)

Is there any mention of a "Charged" indicator? I could not see one on the site.

iCantwait
27th July 2010, 11:47 PM
I love the option of running a SSD and a HDD in the iMac

Snow Leopard
27th July 2010, 11:53 PM
I want to get the magic trackpad and the charger.

According to macrumors, theres a new ilife coming out with a new app - maybe we'll see some design software for the trackpad? - I hope so!

Optogamut
28th July 2010, 12:15 AM
yeah, maybe a charger, might have better luck with apple batteries in the apple gear.

I've become a little suspicious of the design at the +ve end of the batteries in the magic mouse, I'm not sure all batteries can reach in the little whole to make a good contact? particularly some rechargables.

back to phone plan watching....

grfxninja
28th July 2010, 12:22 AM
Jebus! 12 core. That thing must scream!

MacMatte
28th July 2010, 05:10 AM
It's a big disappointment that Apple did not bring back the matte, anti-glare screen, in spite of a substantial minority of people needing such screens for the work, or for those who are susceptible to eyestrain from the glare. All those who need matte screens need to add to the growing petition at macmatte.wordpress.com - the aim is for a hardcopy of that petition to be sent to Steve Jobs, so please contribute to the 1,000+ petition.

Ecto1
28th July 2010, 07:34 AM
I like the new iMac line. Seems like they have all so had a bit of a price cut. I like the new track pad but I'm happy with the magic mouse.

BLINDER
28th July 2010, 07:47 AM
I agree - iMac line is looking like the winner here. The idea of two hard drives inside is very, very appealing esp with the separate system drive!
Trackpad looks just right too. I've been searching around for the last week for a mouse and this might just do the job.
MacPro line sounds great but with my power bills going up and the iMac seeming to do so much...

nando
28th July 2010, 08:15 AM
So am in the market for an iMac yes would they be avail at the apple store these new releases?

Bart Smastard
28th July 2010, 08:43 AM
Good to see there's still plenty of love for the desktop Macs. I was beginning to worry that Apple was becoming a strictly mobile device company.

That nice big trackpad might just mean the demise of the mouse - at least in my house :) - good price too.

I like that Apple have made an efficient battery charger (also well priced; especially since it comes with 6 batteries) but there's one thing missing: a USB port for charging iPods etc. Combining the two makes sense to me as it would help reduce the number of chargers plugged into wall sockets. Well, I hope at least that future iPod chargers will feature the same low "vampire draw" technology.

ClivePwned
28th July 2010, 09:10 AM
I'm wondering when the store will be updated to show what the new MP's will cost?

Devil rolla
28th July 2010, 09:14 AM
Have ordered the Battery Charger. Looks beautiful :)

Is there any mention of a "Charged" indicator? I could not see one on the site.

from the apple store answers page.

How long does the charger take to fully charge the batteries?

1 Answer from the Community
The charger automatically stops charging the batteries when they are full. After six hours the indicator light turns off as well.

Bart Smastard
28th July 2010, 09:22 AM
from the apple store answers page.

How long does the charger take to fully charge the batteries?

1 Answer from the Community
The charger automatically stops charging the batteries when they are full. After six hours the indicator light turns off as well.

Pretty much the standard for battery chargers in the under $50 price range.

Byrd
28th July 2010, 09:28 AM
Have ordered the Battery Charger. Looks beautiful :)

The mark of a true Apple fanboy - for a bloody charger :)

I don't see how it can charge batteries "better" than anything else; the batteries however could be eneloop-style which means they might discharge much more slowly than traditional rechargable batteries, and last a lot longer between charges.

Liking the Magic Trackpad though - sick of mice (and Apple's past efforts have been rubbish)

chopper389
28th July 2010, 09:30 AM
Great news for this little duck ...

Just received my new 27" iMac last week (i7 8GB 2TB) only to find a solitary dirty filthy dead pixel in the middle of the screen. Apple were great and after trying to rid the machine of the dead pixel, agreed to replace it....
...and this morning I get an email from them saying that as my new iMac hasn't been shipped as yet, they're going to automatically upgrade me at no extra cost.

What a company!

Devil rolla
28th July 2010, 09:37 AM
Pretty much the standard for battery chargers in the under $50 price range.

i was replying to scar68's question, re: the indicator.

Bart Smastard
28th July 2010, 10:43 AM
i was replying to scar68's question, re: the indicator.

I was replying to your reply to scar68's question, re: the indicator :D

That is to say that most chargers don't have a charging level indicator, only a LED to indicate that batteries are being charged.

Sorry if my short response sounded a little too terse.

Devil rolla
28th July 2010, 10:55 AM
http://media.funlol.com/content/img/internet-high-five.jpg

bennyling
28th July 2010, 10:58 AM
Does the 27" LCD replace both the 24" AND the 30"?

- - e r i k - -
28th July 2010, 11:20 AM
Hmm, top end model just became a little bit more expensive to trick out (at least on the edu store). Opted for i5 instead of the i7 I specced out last week. Oh well, 256GB SSD for the system should be a nice boost. Hello and goodbye tax return (which arrived the same day as the upgrades).

Now for the wait... whatever shall I do? Oh yeah, Splendour.

marc
28th July 2010, 11:24 AM
Does the 27" LCD replace both the 24" AND the 30"?

Yep.

Twitter / Jason Snell: For the record, the 27-inc ... (http://twitter.com/jsnell/status/19697396297)

simonm
28th July 2010, 02:22 PM
Minor correction:

I don't think the Mac Pro comes in a 2-core variation! :p:p:p

coranda
28th July 2010, 02:52 PM
A new iMac range comes as no surprise to me. Three weeks ago I bought a new iMac so it was bound to be outdated in moments. :-)

Actually, I bought the 27" i7 so the new model offers very little advantage.

~Coxy
28th July 2010, 04:10 PM
I'm a bit disappointed by the GPUs in the new models. The 5750 is not faster than the 4850 it replaced, and is still woefully underpowered for that 2560x1440 screen.

alepro
28th July 2010, 04:25 PM
I'm a bit disappointed by the GPUs in the new models. The 5750 is not faster than the 4850 it replaced, and is still woefully underpowered for that 2560x1440 screen.

I agree wholeheartedly. I have the late 2009 27" i7 model, and I would have actually considered upgrading if the GFX was improved in a meaningful way and Apple offered faster I/O options (i.e. eSata or USB3).

iryan
28th July 2010, 05:05 PM
So…… no new iLife or iWork…. :cry:

ClivePwned
28th July 2010, 11:21 PM
or actual prices for MP apart from the base 4 and 8 core

droodles
28th July 2010, 11:32 PM
I really don't get the point of the Magic Trackpad. It's just another piece of clutter.

The dual Superdrive thing on the Mac Pro is stupid, it's old technology now.

27" LED release is stupid and there's no option for matte. Should've kept the 24" as well as the new 27".

iMac update was really small and pointless, the graphics aren't a major boost.

Battery charger is hmmmm..$40 for 6 batteries also isn't bad....but there's cheaper and possibly better out there.

Phil5150
29th July 2010, 07:39 PM
Interesting to know if I could get the new ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory into my 27 inch iMac that I bought only 2-3 months ago.?

mjankor
29th July 2010, 11:27 PM
Interesting to know if I could get the new ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory into my 27 inch iMac that I bought only 2-3 months ago.?

No point. I'm pretty certain there isn't that much of a boost over the 4850. I was very surprised (and somewhat happy) after checking the benchmarks.

maghemi
30th July 2010, 05:34 PM
It's strange that the 27" isn't available yet.

I've just come back from Singapore and they're in the shops there right now.
I was looking at one before I left.

They didn't have any prices and getting to speak to a sales assistant was impossible so I don't know anymore about it. But it was definitely the 27" model. It looks real nice next to the 27" iMac too.