Apple CEO Tim Cook stood in front of a packed crowd in the US this evening to announce a few things. The big ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ may have been reserved for the iPad mini, but the tiny tab wasn’t the only thing to break cover. Apple’s new Macs are a sight to behold.


The new iMac is glorious. Its chassis has been redesigned to taper at the edges, meaning that each side is just 5mm thick. The body then curves round at the back to house the new tech – the effect of which is that, when viewed at the right angle, it looks crazy thin.

Inside, Apple’s bumped the iMac up to the Intel Ivy Bridge processors and 1TB of hard drive space as standard – flash storage is optional, and goes up to 768GB.

The biggest news here is that there’s no optical drive – yep Apple’s finally cutting the cord when it comes to CDs. Or adding a cord, as the case may be. Either way, there’s just no room in the new iMac for that drive to exist. Like the current-gen, the new iMac is available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, the former of which will be available in November, and the latter in early December.

iPad mini: You want one

13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro

Since the 15-inch MacBook Pro has been shaved down and had the Retina treatment, it’s only fair that the 13-inch does too. That 13-inch Retina Display boasts a resoultion of 2560 x 1600, which is four times that of the standard MacBook Pro.

It’s now just 3.5lbs and 0.75-inches thick when closed, which is mighty portable, if not quite at the same level as the MacBook Air. Inside, there’s intel Ivy Bridge i5 or i7 processors with up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 750GB of flash storage.

Mac Mini

The Mac Mini, Apple’s littlest desktop Mac, has been updated to use Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors, offer more memory and packs in new hybrid hard drives which use Flash for a boost in performance.

The new Mac Mini can hold up to 16GB of memory, but starts at the same price as its predecessor.

  • Lexplex

    While I’m usually the Apple cynic, I really like the range that Apple brought out yesterday – it’s a wide range of different products suited to different needs in some very attractive looking cases.

    That said – the pics of the iMac up above are misleading as the iMac isn’t actually that thin, it just has a thin edge which bulges out significantly toward the stand bracket. The camera is angled very carefully to hide the bulge, in the same way that they do the photography of the iPads. Not that it matters for a computer like that really.

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