Apple today announced a fleet of overhauled products, including an updated $999 MacBook, new iMacs featuring LED-backlit 21.5- and 27-inch widescreen displays and a quad-core processor option, and updated peripherals, with the most notable one being a multitouch Magic Mouse. You can read about and watch videos demonstrating the products at Apple’s site, and TheAppleBlog has covered the new iMacs and the updated MacBook. Here are more details:
Overhauled iMacs. The new iMacs have LED-backlit 21.5- and 27-inch widescreen displays and edge-to-edge glass displays. What’s really notable, though, is that they now have seamless aluminum case designs. The 21.5-inch model starts at $1,199, and the 27-inch machine starts at $1,699. A $1,999 version of the 27-inch model is available with a quad-core processor, while the other machines have Intel Core 2 Duo chips. The iMacs also offer new 16GB RAM ceilings. Check out more details here.
The Updated MacBook. According to Apple VP Phil Schiller, in a statement: ““The new MacBook includes many of the great features found on the innovative MacBook Pro, such as an LED-backlit display, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, and built-in long-life battery.” It has a unibody, polycarbonate case, weighs in at 4.7 pounds, down from 5 pounds, and is 1.08-inches thick. The base system comes with a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip, 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and integrated graphics with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. For $100 more than the $999 starting price, you can get 4GB of RAM. More details are here.
New Peripherals. With the new iMacs, Apple is offering a redesigned wireless mouse and keyboard, although if you want wired versions, you can request them. The new Magic Mouse allows you to drag a finger up and down the middle of it to scroll, and has a very slick design. It’s also available on its own for $69. You can find details and a video of it here.