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Welcome to 2010, Apple iMac!
Apple has indeed updated its iMac line, as anticipated, beefing up the line's speeds'n'feeds and adding support for the new SDXC memory card format. The new models sport a selection of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and come with 4GB of 1333MHz DDR 3 as standard. Apple iMac summer 2010 And Apple has dropped Nvidia …
Welcome to 2010, Apple iMac!
No USB 3.0!
Failed before they hit the shops!
What does USB3 do that Firewire 800 can't do better?
Firewire pro audio hardware is in widespread use. USB3 isn't yet.
USB3 is lacking in PC hardware as well, apart from the top end products. I couldn't care less about USB3 until Intel finalizes their silicon and brings faster and more mature products than the NEC chips in use today. The USB3 devices are in their infancy as well. I don't dispute the fact that USB2 is a bottleneck for external storage.
However, Apple has made several poor decisions on the hardware front:
- Blu-ray is still not an option for these machines (because Apple knows what's best for consumers, right?)
- Displayport is fine, but why, oh why the Mini version? It's not like this computer didn't have space for a regular one.
- Only 4 USB ports. Double that would be the standard in a PC.
- Firewire 800 - a dying breed even in Apple's eyes. Many (H)DV cameras are supplied with only USB these days.
I have an Asus Board with an i7 and that came with a PCIe 1x card with USB 3.0 ports. Ok, faster than USB 2, but ought to be on a 4x or 8x slot to run at full speed.
But if you touch the keyboard on the bottom left corner...
iMac owners can now use processors that have only been out for a few years :D Congratulations.
Unlike Windows, OSX is so efficient it could whip Windows7 running on half the processor power Win7 needs to do the same job!
But all the work's going into iOS instead of Mac OS X. The newest updates are mostly updates to the latest versions of the free stuff in it (Samba, CUPS, etc...) and bug fixes.
We've only just got APIs to get graphics card hardware acceleration in 10.6.3 (and then 10.6.4 borked it for nVidia cards).
"iMac owners can now use processors that have only been out for a few years :D Congratulations."
The 3.2 GHz dual core i3 used in the 27" iMac was released end of May., the quad 2.8GHz i5 they're using in the high end 27" iMac looks to have been released on July 18th.
1 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_i3_microprocessors#Dual-Core_Desktop_processors
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_i5_microprocessors#.22Lynnfield.22_.2845_nm.29
Bought that i7 CPU back in the 80s but had to wait for another wormhole in the 90s until I got the board supporting it.
Isn't delusion grand?
I need a smiley whose eyes are too far apart for this one.
Wow. It looks like Apple have finally launched something resembling a replacement to one of the TouchWorks products they killed off after buying up the company back in 2005, in the form of the new Magic Trackpad. What's the betting that everyone will see this as some kind of amazing Apple innovation, rather than a shiner but more limited version of hardware invented elsewhere and Borged by them?
That is all.
So everything is going to be 16:9 now? How wide do we need computer screens to get? I hope we never get to the point of 22:7 or whatever the actual cinema aspect ratio is, this is getting a bit insane.
Now where did I leave those massive 4:3 CRTs...
Having recently bought a 27" monitor, the fact it's 16:9 and not 16:10 is a non-issue when the screen's almost 34cm high and you've got a vertical resolution of 1440 pixels. A 16:10 27" is less than 3cm higher.
And no, I can't see 2.35:1 aspect screens (presumably the "cinema aspect" to which you refer, although a monitor whose aspect ratio is an approximation of pi might be worthy of geek cred) becoming mainstream. The MSOffice ribbon would take up have of the screen.
Those massive CRTs of yours probably cost more than a 27" IPS LCD does today...
...how W7 will behave with its touch capabilities -using VMware or BootCamp- using the Magic Trackpad.