Don’t Forget the Little Guys: Updated Processors, Hard Drives, and Keyboards

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Alongside some of the more publicized changes Apple made to their lineup today, including the long-awaited new Mac mini, the iMac and Mac Pro updates, and the changes to the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule devices, there were also a few, more quiet modifications made.

Maybe most interesting among these changes are the processor speed improvements made to the MacBook Pro line of Apple notebooks. Whereas MacBook Pros used to cap out at 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, the limit has now been increased to 2.93GHz. The standard processor included in the more expensive 15-inch model also gets an improvement, up to 2.66GHz from 2.53GHz.

Processors weren’t the only thing to receive attention today in Apple’s notebook lineup. The 256 SSD drive upgrade option that first appeared with the 17-inch MacBook Pro is now available for all unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros. I still think it’s prohibitively expensive, but I suppose if you have $825 lying around, there are worse ways to spend it. Maybe.

Apple peripherals also received a minor alteration this morning. Specifically, their keyboard now comes in three possible configurations. There’s the existing wired keyboard with numpad, and the wireless Bluetooth keyboard without, and now, there’s also a wired version without. The new smaller wired keyboard apparently ships by default with the new iMac, though the Mac Pro still comes with the numpad-inclusive version. Price point for the new wired keyboard? $49, same as with the numpad.

Does this strike anyone else as the opposite move Apple should’ve made? I don’t know about you, but I want my wireless keyboard with a little numpad spice, not the other way around. Talk about a missed opportunity. We’ll see how the Apple community reacts to the keyboard switch, but I really hope it isn’t just the first step towards phasing out the numpad version altogether, and then introducing a new peripheral, or worse yet, suggesting the iPhone is their numpad.

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