Apple updates full desktop Mac line-up
Mini. iMac. Pro. All change.
It's all go at Apple: the company has just rolled a stack of new desktops: the Mac Pro, the iMac and the Mac Mini have all been updated.
The Mini's long awaited revamp sees the small machine gain Nvidia's GeForce 9400M integrated graphics as Apple's laptops now possess. As early leaked pics revealed, the new model has five USB ports, a Firewire 800 connector, Mini DVI and Mini DisplayPort.
The Core 2 Duo CPU's set to 2GHz, backed by a choice of 1GB or 2GB of 1066MHz DDR 3 memory with 120GB or 320GB of hard drive space, respectively. Prices are $599/£499 and $799/£649.
The iMac tweak sees the 20in model's price fall to $1199/£949 and gain the 9400M IGP. So does the entry-level 24in iMac, which likewise gains a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo CPU. It has 4GB of DDR 3 memory to the 20in's 2GB, and a 640GB HDD to the lesser model's 320GB. It's priced at $1499/£1199.
Two more 24in models, priced at $1799/£1499 and $2199/£1799 gain, respectively, 2.93GHz and 3.06GHz CPUs, and GeForce GT 120 and GeForce GT 130 graphics. The slower model has 640GB of hard drive capacity - the top-end unit tops out at 1TB. Both have 4GB of DDR 3.
The two new-spec Mac Pros come with, respectively, one and two 2.66GHz 'Nehalem' Xeon CPUs; 3GB and 6GB of triple-channel 1GHz DDR 3 ECC memory; a base 640GB hard drive; 18x dual-layer multi-format DVD writers and GeForce GT 120 graphics. They're priced at $2499/£1899 and £3299/2499.
The iMacs and Mac Minis are available now, Apple said, while the Pros will ship in a few days' time. ®
Ah well, buy an iMac in Oz you get a better deal.
Seems like you pay less for iMac in Oz than in USA. So you save yourself $50 USD on every model in the iMac line.
Top end iMac 24-inch 3.06 GHz. AUD 3699 * .9 (take off 10% GST) = 3329
Google: 3329 AUD in USD = 2,137.55 USD
Price in USA for same kit = $2,199.00 USD
Still, it sucks to have the Aussie Dollar.
Paris--because I need to think of something else right now.
Britain? Aussie users take it in the dark hole around back!
No Mac can be bought anymore in Oz for under $1,000.00 Yep the mini costs more than that!
World Economy you say? When AUD hit near perfect price parity with the USD Apple still charged us $800+ for a mini. It was cheaper to buy US then have a friend ship the box to you in Oz.
I'd go for it if the whole PC industry moved in the same pricing direction but Apple has re-jiggled the prices in Oz and the PCs are still selling for the old pricing points. Hrmmm
Apple, feck off! My next Mac will be a hackintosh if you keep the prices like this!
@ Mac Phreak
Not so long ago the exchange was around $2 for £1 (or £1 for $1 for Microsoft Windows Vista )
Now its different, £1 buys $1.41 & US prices are without state sales tax which varies between 0 & 7.25%
So a difference but hardly a rip off & no ones forcing you to buy it.
Oh! Bolleaux - Re Rip-off Britain
My embarrassed apologies to all. I will now go away, sit in a corner, and suck something.
Only apple would dream of hiking their prices up like this in one of the worst ever recessions. Guess whos sales figures will be showing a massive plummet later this year