Apple released a new raft of shiny new Macs yesterday. There are three products: a MacBook, a Mac Mini and an iMac range complete with a 27inch screen version and the visionary new Apple mouse. Basically all specs on all models have been ramped up. But a few changes stood out:
The 13 inch Macbook - Apple's best selling computer - has now got a lot of features previously only on the Macbook Pro, putting them in the average consumer's price range.
1. New Macbook is now "unibody", with the case made of a single piece of plastic - making it more durable, and more smooth
2. It's LED-backlit, which is more energy efficient, removes the mercury and arsenic in normal computer screens. [OMG moment: there's mercury and arsenic in normal computers. Don't eat them.] Giving it instant full-on brightness.
3. The touchpad is better with an improved "glass multi-touch" technology previously only in the Pro.
4. The battery is bigger than the old model and so lasts for longer - up to seven hours we're told- with the downside being that it's not replaceable. "Instead of the space you need for replaceability, we put extra battery in."
Have bumped up the specificiations, and - responding to people using the Mac Mini as a kind of server - have released a 1Terabyte version.
At 27" this is huuge. Other improvements to the screen include better resolution, a pixel density of well beyond HD. Can be specced up and has space for SD cards. Comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and the new Apple mouse (of which more later).
Also energy efficient - to the extent where it powers down in between key-strokes.
Macbook - from £799
Mac Mini - from £499
IMac - from £949 (21") or £1199 (27")
All from www.apple.co.uk