Apple introduces Magic Trackpad!

Today has been an awesome day for Apple fans, not only did we see several updates to existing products, but Apple released the long awaited, long rumored Magic Trackpad, a multitouch input device for your Mac desktop. The wireless, Bluetooth-powered Trackpad behaves much like the multitouch trackpads on recent MacBook Pros, incorporating a host of swipes and gestures to better navigate your computer.

According to “Apple’s Magic Mouse has been a big hit, according to the company. So Apple decided to build a standalone trackpad to bring the same experience to its desktop users.”

The Magic Trackpad is a single surface; the trackpad is the button—again, just like the trackpads on recent MacBook Pros. The device sits at the same level of incline as Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, meaning you should be able to move your hands back and forth between the keyboard and the trackpad with ease.

Apple says that the new Magic Trackpad is “nearly 80 percent larger than the built-in trackpad on the MacBook Pro,” which by my math means the device will be just shy of 7.4 inches across, by 5.4 inches tall. The company suggests that you could use the Magic Trackpad as a standalone mouse replacement, or in conjunction with your existing mouse instead.

The Magic Trackpad costs $69 and is shipping now. It requires a Bluetooth-enabled Mac, Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later, and a Magic Trackpad software update. It can be purchased as a customize-to-order option alongside the default Magic Mouse or bought separately for existing Mac users.


Apple releases 27-inch LED Cinema Display

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It has really been a long time since Apple last updated the Cinema Display, but finally today is the day, Apple added a new 27-inch LED model that will ship later this year. With its 2560 x 1440 resolution, your pixels will enjoy 60% more elbow room than on the 24-inch LED model.

In addition to the extra real estate, this model offers an iSight camera, mic and speakers, plus a powered USB 2.0 hub (3 ports) and MagSafe connector to charge your laptop. The display includes ambient light sensor, which adjusts the display’s brightness in response to the light in a room.

We can’t wait for this new screen which is slated to hit stores in September for US$999. It is important to remember that the display will require a Mac with a Mini DisplayPort in order to work.

Apple releases software update to support the Magic Trackpad

Earlier today Apple unveiled their brand new Magic Trackpad, with a release date set for August, however the Cupertino company has already released the OS update to make it work with your Mac, and is downloadable through Software Update on your Mac.

According to Apple this update also enables three-finger drag gesture and inertial scrolling for older Mac portables listed on this support page for the update. This update also installs a Trackpad System Preferences pane for configuring Magic Trackpad on Intel-based Mac desktop computers that support Mac OS X v10.6.4 and above.

Apple releases 12 core Mac Pro

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Apple has refreshed its Mac Pro, giving the desktop workhorse up to 12 processing cores for a top speed of 3.33GHz, boosting performance by up to 50 percent. The refresh also provides users the option of four 512GB solid state drives.

“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50 percent, and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want.”

Along with new quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors, the unit also includes a new L3 cache design enabling the chips to share up to 12MB. Also, the device sports an integrated memory controller for speedier memory transfers and Hyper-Threading with 24 virtual cores. Like the iMac refresh, the new Mac Pros include the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1Gb of memory.

Also available are two MiniDisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port. The connections permit LED Cinema Displays to connect without needing another graphics card and supporting the DVI-based Cinema Display’s 2560×1600 resolution.

The new quad-core 2.8GHz Mac Pro has a suggested price of $2,499, while the eight-core 2.4GHz Mac Pro lists for $3,499. The machines are available in August.