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.
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.
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.