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Though it will not be available until summer 2011, Apple offered a sneak peek of its new Mac OS X Lion operating system which takes some inspiration from popular iPad software innovations. Lion brings Apps to the Mac via the Mac App Store, where users will be able to discover, install and automatically update desktop apps. OS X Lion's new Launchpad feature simplifies the organization of Apps on a Mac computer, while Apple's new Mission Control feature offers a new way to navigate and view everything that is running on your Mac. You might be happy to know that the Mac App Store will be available for Snow Leopard within 90 days.
Apple today announced the release of a new unibody Mac Mini computer, available in desktop and server versions running Mac OS X, iLife or Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server. Starting at $699, the completely redesigned Mac mini comes standard with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320GB hard and 2GB of RAM and Apple has equipped the computer with a new HDMI port and a SD card slot. Also packed in its aluminum enclosure measuring 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin is the NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor, said to be the fastest integrated graphics processor on the market.
Apple's long awaited Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard is set to go on sale Friday, August 28, but you can head over to Apple’s online store and pre-order yours now. What about pricing you ask? Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard will be available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard for $29, while the Snow Leopard Family Pack, a single household, five-user license, will be available for $49.
Tiger users with an Intel-based Mac can get a Mac Box Set that includes Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife ’09 and iWork ’09 for $169, or the Family Pack for of $229.
Apple has updated its iMac and Mac mini desktop lines, announcing a 24-inch iMac priced at $1,499 that is said to deliver twice the memory and twice the storage as the 20-inch iMac for the same price, and a new "energy efficient" Mac mini desktop starting at $599 that features powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics for five times the graphics power of the previous Mac mini.
Offering up to twice the performance the previous model, Apple's new Mac Pro is powered by Intel's "Nehalem" Xeon processors at speeds up to 2.93 GHz. Apple has also bumped up graphics performance adding the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, or ATI Radeon HD 4870 for even better graphics performance.
The new quad-core Mac Pro starts at $2,499, $300 less than before, while the powerhouse 8-core Mac Pro is priced at $3,299.
The new Mac Pro includes Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 2.93 GHz, each with an integrated memory controller with three channels of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC memory that delivers up to 2.4 times the memory bandwidth while cutting memory latency up to 40 percent. Every Mac Pro comes standard with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, a high-performance graphics card with nearly three times greater performance when compared to the previous generation system. An optional ATI Radeon HD 4870 is available for even more performance. With both a Mini DisplayPort and DVI port, the new Mac Pro provides out-of-the-box support for the 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display, the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display, or other DVI based displays.
Apple has updated its iMac all-in-one desktop computer line adding faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 6MB L2 cache and a faster 1066 MHz front-side bus, optional NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics, and 2GB of memory standard in most models. The powerhouse 24-inch iMac now offers a 3.06 GHz Intel processor, high-performance NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics with 512MB of video memory, and 4GB of RAM.
Apple's new Mac Pro with 8 processor cores combines two of Intel’s new 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors running up to 3.2 GHz. This is now the fastest Mac available, offering about twice the performance of the previous Mac Pro.
The standard 8-core Mac Pro is priced at $2,799 (US) and features:
* two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses * 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM memory, expandable up to 32GB * ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory * 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm * 16x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) * two PCI Express 2.0 slots and two PCI Express slots * Bluetooth 2.0+EDR * ships with Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse.
Apple has posted a guided tour video of the new Mac OS X Leopard ahead of its official release on October 26. The Leopard video tour lasts about a half an hour, and covers some of the key features like the new Desktop and Dock with Stacks, the updated Finder featuring Cover Flow, Quick Look previewing, Time Machine back up and restore, Spaces application organizer, as well as new enhanced iChat and Mail features. The video tour demo is available in small, medium, and large streaming formats and you can also download the Mac OS X Leopard tour video to for viewing with your iPod or Apple TV.
Steve Jobs unveiled new all-in-one iMacs featuring 20- and 24-inch widescreen displays encased in aluminum and scratch-resistant glass enclosures. The new iMac line features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and a new, ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard, built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing, and iLife '08. The 20-inch iMac starts at $1,199, which is $300 less than the previous 20-inch model, and the 24-inch iMac starts at just $1,799, $200 less than the previous 24-inch model. The new iMac 20- and 24-inch sport glossy widescreen displays which should be ideal for viewing photos and movies. The spankin' new ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard is 0.33 inches thin at its front edge, and a new optional Apple Wireless Keyboard along with a wireless Mighty Mouse offers a cable-free iMac experience. The new iMac has the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors running up to 2.8 GHz with 4MB of shared L2 cache and up to 4GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory, plus ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and the ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory.
The new iMac also offers up to a whopping 1TB of internal storage to accommodate your library of digital photos, movies and music. Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi networking delivers up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g, plus there's a total of five USB 2.0 ports, with two ports located on the new Apple Keyboard, one FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port.
Each new iMac also includes iLife '08 digital lifestyle applications featuring a new version of iPhoto and a completely reinvented iMovie. Apple also introduced a new .Mac Web Gallery for online photo and video sharing, and of course the new iMacs ship with Mac OS X version 10.4.10 Tiger operating system including Safari web browser, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth.