Magic Trackpad


As predicted by the rumour mill, Apple has launched several updates on their Mac computer line up.

The entire iMac line has been replaced with the new Core-i Intel processors with the Core i3 and Core i5 processors gracing the 21.5inch iMac and the Core i5 and Core i7 processors variants being housed in the 27 inch version of the machine.

ATI Radeon provides the graphics grunt for the iMac. ATI Radeon 4670 with 256MB of RAM and ATI Radeon 5670 with 512MB of RAM are the choices available for the 21.5inch machine. The 27 inch iMac running on the dual core Core -i processor  is paired with the ATI Radeon 5670 with 512MB of RAM. The cream of the crop quad core 27 inch iMac comes with the ATi Radeon 5750 graphics chip with 1G of RAM.

The MacPro, which is the powerhouse desktop in the Mac line comes uses Intel’s Westmere microarchitecture processor which is the successor the Nehelem processor microarchitecture. The Westmere processor architecture allows a configuration of 4, 6, 8 and 12 cores. Further info on the tech specifications and customizations are available from Apple’s website.

The MacPro is a very expensive machine which is, safe to say, is a niche product whilst the iMac is a more consumer (and wallet) friendly desktop. The iMac would probably be of greater interest to those looking for an all round Mac desktop.

An interesting addition to their “magical” and “revolutionary” product line up is the Apple Track Magic Trackpad. This is essentially a larger version of the glass trackpad that is present on their laptops. It intends to replace the mouse and bring the multitouch experience to desktop users. I’ve tried Apple’s Magic Mouse and I think the Magic Trackpad may be a better alternative as the former intends to adapt the multitouch experience in a conventional mouse form factor, which isn’t absolutely ideal.

The ever resourceful Engadget team have had their hands on time the Magic Trackpad and you can read what they have to say via this link.

It is noteworthy that Apple has taken some time to update its desktop line, especially the Mac Pro. It probably reflects the company’s focus on mobile devices such as the iPhone and the iPad as the way forward.