Apple Introduces new Mac Pro, Cinema Display, Magic Trackpad

Apple unveiled a few new goodies for the Mac loving pro this morning. The products include a new Mac Pro line, with up to 12 processing cores, a 27-inch cinema display, and Magic Trackpad.

Mac Pro

The new Mac Pro desktop computers utilize the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD).

The quad-core and 6-core processors run at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. And where it matters most with those who deal with images, the Mac Pro now comes with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1GB of memory and customers can configure-to-order the even faster ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of memory. Mac Pro users can also order a 512GB SSD, with the ability to install up to four SSD drives in the computer’s internal drive bays. SSD drives are considered by some to be more attractive because they don’t have the moving parts that traditional hard drives use.

The Mac Pro also now features two Mini DisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port. The additional Mini DisplayPort output allows users to connect two LED Cinema Displays without an additional graphics card or adapter and the dual-link DVI port supports legacy DVI-based displays up to a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Every Mac Pro comes with Apple’s Magic Mouse with the option to order the new optional Magic Trackpad. It will ship with the Snow Leopard OS, and iLife suite of programs.

The new Mac Pro will be available in August.

The new quad-core Mac Pro, with an MSRP of $2,499, includes:

  • one 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3530 processor with 8MB of fully-shared L3 cache;
  • 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

The new 8-core Mac Pro, with an MSRP of $3,499, includes:

  • two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 processors with 12MB of fully-shared L3 cache per processor;
  • 6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include:

  • one 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3565 processor for the quad-core Mac Pro;
  • one 3.33 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon W3680 processor for the quad-core Mac Pro;
  • two 2.66 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5650 processors (12-cores) for the 8-core Mac Pro;
  • two 2.93 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5670 processors (12-cores) for the 8-core Mac Pro;
  • two ATI Radeon HD 5770 cards with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • one ATI Radeon HD 5870 card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • up to 16GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the quad-core Mac Pro;
  • up to 32GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the 8-core Mac Pro;
  • up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD); or
  • up to four 1TB or 2TB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm;
  • Mac Pro RAID card;
  • dual-channel or quad-channel 4Gb Fibre Channel card; and
  • up to two 18x SuperDrives with double-layer support.

27-inch LED Cinema Display

The new Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display offers 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. It has a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe connector. The display utilizes in-plane switching, a premium display technology to provide a brilliant image across a 178 degree viewing angle. Also new on the 27-inch display is an ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the display brightness based on external lighting conditions and uses only as much energy as necessary to provide an optimum viewing experience. The LED Cinema Display requires a Mac with Mini DisplayPort connection.

Compatible with both Mac desktop computers and the MacBook family of laptops, the display is priced at $999. Apple will be shipping the new cinema display in September.

Magic Trackpad

The Magic Trackpad gives desktop users the ability to navigate through their computing the way Mac notebook users have done for years. The Magic Trackpad is wireless, and features a glass surface. It can be configured to support either single or two-button commands, and also supports tap-to-click as well as a physical click. The Trackpad features the same stylish look, angle and height of use as the Apple wireless keyboard, for seamless side-by-side ergonomic use. The Trackpad is powered by two AA batteries; and uses Bluetooth, so no wires will get in the way. It requires the use of OS X Snow Leopard, v.10.6.4 and the latest software update. The Magic Trackpad has a price of $69 and is available now.

— Diane Berkenfeld

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