Apple announces new iMac

Apple today updated its iMac lineup, dramatically reducing the thickness of the desktop machines and adding a brand new Fusion Drive that combines flash storage and a traditional disk-based hard drive to maximize both speed and capacity. The iMac will come with both 21.5-inch and 27-inch displays, and includes a new fully laminated design to improve optical quality and a new anti-reflective coating.

iMac

– 21.5 inch, 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD (Likely Price: R14 499)

– 27 inch, 2.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD (Likely Price: R19 499)

The 21.5 inch iMac should be available in December in South Africa with the 27 inch becoming available in January 2013.

Apple introduces 13inch Retina Display Macbook Pro

Apple has released a new 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display, an upgrade to Apple’s most popular notebook. The new Retina model, like it’s 15″ brethren, strips out the optical drive to limit thickness and weight, while adding a new 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display. The new MacBook Pro is 20% thinner than its full-size brother and weighs 3.57 pounds.

Macbook Pro

– 2.5 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB Flash Storage (Likely Price: R18 999)

– 2.5 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash Storage (Likely Price: R21 999)

The 13inch Retina Display Macbook Pro is available immediatly in the USA but should take about a month to get to South Africa.

Apple updates Mac Mini

Apple has recently updated their Mac Mini line up.

The updated Mac mini models have new processors, including quad-core chips on the high end, as well as new build-to-order RAM options of up to 16 GB. Pricing remains the same as the prior generation Mac Mini models. There are two standard configuration and a server configuration:

– 2.5 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD (Likely Price: R6 299)
– 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD (Likely Price: R8 499)
– 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 4GB RAM, 2TB HD, Includes Mountain Lion Server (Likely Price: R10 499)

The high end Mac Mini can also be configured with Apple’s new Fusion Drive which combines a 1TB hard drive with a 128GB falsh drive. System files and frequently used apps and data are stored on the flash drive while other data is stored on the hard drive. The system automatically stores files on the correct drive.

The Mac Mini is available immediatly in the USA but should take about a month to get to South Africa.