Today Apple announced updates to the iMac, Mac Pro, and LED Cinema Display product families along with two new products. Both the the iMac and Mac Pro lineups have been expecting updates for sometime now, however the new systems did not receive USB 3.0 or the faster FireWire as recent rumors had suggested. The iMac family does however include the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors which have been seen several times here on OCC. The Mac Pro, a customizable desktop aimed at audio and video professionals, now include quad and hexa-core Intel Xeon Processors with up to 32 GB of memory. To complement the power on the Mac Pro Apple also released a 27-inch LED Cinema Display with a 2560x1440 resolution and a 178 degree viewing angle.
The two new products introduced by Apple today include a trackpad designed for the desktop. The 'Magic Trackpad' is 80 percent larger than the standard trackpads found on the MacBook, and brings full multitouch gestures to the desktop.
Probably the most interesting of all the products released by Apple today is the new Apple Battery Charger. For $30 it includes 6 NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) batteries, which Apple says will maintain a high capacity for hundreds of charges and has a life of up to 10 years. Apple says the charger is compatible with NiMH batteries from other manufacturers as well. If you are the energy conscious type, you might like to know that the Apple Battery Charger only uses 30 mW of power on standby, compared to the average charger's 315 mW power draw.