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Mac mavens awoke on Tuesday to news from Apple that their world has been rocked once again with the introduction of faster and more capable iMacs (left) and Mac Pros. The company also unveiled a Magic Trackpad that brings Multi-Touch gestures to the desktop. Display devotees were awarded a 27-inch LED-lit monitor, and friends of the environment a rechargeable system for batteries, reusable for up to 10 years.
Apple's all-in-one iMac computers take up so little desk space, yet embed DVD player/writers, and contain the latest Intel Core processors and powerful new graphics. The new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processors that clock in at lightning-fast speeds. They also contain some of ATI Radeon's most advanced graphics. Two models feature 21.5 inch-wide screens and two offer 27 inch-wide displays. All are LED-backlit. All include an SDXC card slot, iSight camera, 802.11n Airport Extreme Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Though the iMac comes with Apple's Magic Mouse, users can also opt for the new Magic Trackpad (right). The latter enables Multi-Touch gestures. The device enables users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image wtih their fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of Web pages or photos. It supports single- or two-button commands and tap-to-click as well as a physical click. If you've been jealous of iPad and iPod touch users, now's your chance to show them two fingers.
Another cool accessory is the new Apple Battery Charger (lef), which provides an environmentally friendly way for users to maintain a stash of fresh batteries for use in a Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard, among other devices in your home or office. The charger comes with six reusable AA NiHH batteries that are fully charged right out of the box. According to Apple, you'll finally be able to break the cycle of buying and disposing of toxic, single-use alkaline batteries, then driving to the store to pick up yet more batteries.
Apple also announced a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display monitor with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels that should be available soon.
Available in August are the new Mac Pro computers that were also just announced by Apple.The Mac Pros (left) are high-end machines that incorporate up to 12 processing cores and offer up to 50 percent greater performance than the previous generation. Embracing the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors, new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD), the new Mac Pros are designed to meet the needs of the most demanding consumers and professionals.The Mac Pro's heightened performance is built around next-generation quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors clocking in at up to 3.33 Gigahertz.
For the first time, Mac Pro customers will have the option to order a 512GB SSD for paramount reliability and lightning-quick performance. With the capability to install up to four SSDs in the systems's internal drive bays, the new Mac Pro can provide ultra high-speed disk bandwidth and random disk performance that is twice as fast as the average hard drive, according to Apple.
Mac Pros will now contain two Mini DisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port. The extra DisplayPort enables users to attach two LED Cinema Displays without an added graphics card or adapter. The dual-link DVI port supports legacy DVI-based displays with up to a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.