Kanex Unveils SnapX Switch , Connect Several Macs to One Monitor

Kanex just unveiled its SnapX today, a $69 switch that connects a single 24- or 27-inch Apple Cinema Display to a pair of Macs and allows toggling between the two.

The SnapX will connect to practically any Mac — iMac, MBA, MBP, Mini, you name it — through the display (or Thunderbolt) port. Beside standard video output, iSight camera images and audio can also be output through the connected Cinema Display.

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Apple Releases New Sandy Bridge Mac Minis and Thunderbolt Display


When Apple release Lion they also released a bunch of hardware at the same time, more specifically Apple released an update to its Mac mini line, bringing Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform to the diminutive desktop computer along with new support for the Thunderbolt connectivity standard being pushed by Apple and Intel. The new Mac mini lineup consists of two standard stock configurations alongside a “server” model. Notably, all models drop the optical disc in favor of an optional external SuperDrive.Standard models
– 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 500 GB hard drive, 2 GB RAM: $599
– 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM: $799Server model
– 2.0 GHz, dual 500 GB hard drives, 4 GB RAM: $999Additional build-to-order options include an upgrade to 8 GB of RAM, up to 750 GB hard drives, and an external SuperDrive. The high-end standard model and the server model can also be configured with one (standard) or two (server) 256 GB solid-state drives.The new Mac mini delivers up to twice the processor and graphics performance of the previous generation in the same amazingly compact and efficient aluminum design.* Starting at just $599 (US), the new Mac mini is available for order today and in stores tomorrow.

“Mac mini delivers the speed and expandability that makes it perfect for the desktop, living room or office,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With faster processors, more powerful graphics and Thunderbolt in an incredibly compact, aluminum design, the new Mac mini is more versatile than ever.”

All Mac mini models ship with OS X Lion pre-installed.


Alongside the new Mac mini models, Apple also announced a new Apple Thunderbolt Display. Appearing nearly identical to the previous 27-inch LED Cinema Display, the primary upgrade to Apple’s sole standalone display offering is Thunderbolt compatibility, enabling the device to be used within daisy-chained configurations of the new high-speed data and display connectivity standard. With the new standard, users can for the first time run two displays off of a single Thunderbolt port on Macs offering enough graphics horsepower to support the pixel load.


The upgrade to Thunderbolt also allows Apple to turn the display into an “ultimate docking station”, with the new display now offering a built-in FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 speaker system, three USB ports, one Firewire 800 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and a second Thunderbolt port to enable daisy chaining. An integrated MagSafe cable for powering connected notebook computers also continues to be offered.“The Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.” With just one cable, users can dock with their new display and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.”

The new LED Cinema Display will be available within the next 60 days and is priced at $999.

Apple updates MacBook Air!

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As rumored over the past few weeks, the MacBook Air has been updated hot on the heels of the release of OS X Lion. The update sees a few welcome upgrades to the hardware, including the return of backlit keyboards and an upgrade of the base RAM from 2 to 4 GB. The 11-inch MacBook Air now comes with a 128 GB SSD, far roomier than the cramped 64 GB last generation’s base model had.

The MacBook Air’s CPU has seen significant upgrades to Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” architecture. The base CPU is an Intel Core i5 clocked at 1.6 GHz, and build-to-order options exist to bump the CPU as high as a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7. These are by far the fastest processors the MacBook Air has ever had, and while it’ll likely be a couple days before they’re benchmarked, they have the potential to be around as powerful as a 2008-model MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Air has also gained a Thunderbolt I/O port, bringing it in line with the MacBook Pro and iMac updates from earlier this year. The Thunderbolt port replaces the MacBook Air’s former Mini DisplayPort and gives it the fastest port yet seen on Apple’s ultraportable line.

Tech specs of the new MacBook Air models are below.

11-inch:

  • 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU (1.8 GHz Core i7 build-to-order)
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • one model with 2 GB RAM and 64 GB SSD; another with 4 GB and 128 GB SSD
  • Thunderbolt, Two USB ports
  • OS X Lion
  • Available now for US$999 and $1199

13-inch:

  • 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU (1.8 GHz Core i7 build-to-order)
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB build-to-order)
  • 128 or 256 GB SSD
  • Thunderbolt, Two USB ports, SD Card port
  • OS X Lion
  • Available now for $1299 (128 GB) or $1599 (256 GB)

The latest models will go on sale online today and starting tomorrow Thursday, July 21 in retail stores.


Apple Releases Thunderbolt Cable.

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The latest addition to Apple’s online store is a fancy new high-speed Thunderbolt cable designed to connect your Thunderbolt-equipped devices to the latest iMacs and MacBook Pros.

Thunderbolt technology supports blazing-fast data transfer with two independent channels of 10Gbit/s each. Use the Apple Thunderbolt cable to connect your Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals to your new iMac or new MacBook Pro.

The cable is 2 meters long and costs $49 in the U.S. and £39 in the U.K.

New 27-inch iMacs Can Drive Two External Displays Simultaneously

The new iMacs are here, and they are fantastic, but one thing that’s worth making a note of is that the new 27-inch iMacs have dual Thunderbolt ports… which means that you can now attach two external displays to your top-end desktop.

Buy a pair of Apple’s official 27-inch LED Cinematic Displays and you’ve got 81 inches of desktop to play with. That’s a huge perk, given that the previous solution to driving multiple displays on your Mac either resulted in lag (though wireless solutions) or didn’t support 3D (through USB adapters).

The iMac line just got a heck of a lot more appealing not just to video professionals, but to gamers. And here I am rocking a 27-inch iMac with only one Mini DisplayPort like some sort of sucker.

APPLE UPDATES iMAC WITH THUNDERBOLT

As we predicted earlier Apple has refreshed its iMac all-in-one desktop line with upgraded CPUs and a few other new features. The key upgrades for the iMac refresh are the new quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and theThunderbolt I/O port . The iMac has also seen an upgrade to its GPUs, which are now three times faster than the previous model.

The iMac comes in two 21.5-inch and two 27-inch models, as detailed below:

iMac 21.5″

  • Price: Starting at US$1,199
  • CPU: 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 4GB (2 x 2 GB)
  • HDD: 500 GB or 1 TB hard drive
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6750M or AMD Radeon HD 6770M
  • Other: Single Thunderbolt port, FaceTime HD camera, aluminum and glass design, IPS LED-backlit high resolution display, Mini DisplayPort, One FireWire 800 port, Four USB 2.0 ports, SDXC card slot, Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive, Audio in/out, Gigabit Ethernet, IR receiver, 802.11 a/b/g n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and an Apple wireless keyboard with a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

iMac 27″

  • Price: Starting at $1,699
  • CPU: 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 4GB (2 x 2 GB)
  • HDD: 1 TB hard drive
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6770M or AMD Radeon HD 6970M
  • Other: Two Thunderbolt ports, FaceTime HD camera, aluminum and glass design, IPS LED-backlit high resolution display,Mini DisplayPort, One FireWire 800 port, Four USB 2.0 ports, SDXC card slot, Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive, Audio in/out, Gigabit Ethernet, IR receiver, 802.11 a/b/g n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and an Apple wireless keyboard with a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

The new iMacs are available now on Apple’s online store.

The Apple Store is down, updated iMacs coming?

Well this is interesting, the Apple Online Store is down, could this mean that our prayers have been heard and Apple will release a new iMac today???

In the past we have speculated that the new lineup of iMacs, would be boasting Intel’s newest family of Sandy Bridge processors and the company’s Thunderbolt technology.

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans revealed to AppleInsider over the weekend that updated iMacs would launch today, May 3rd, just as stock of the current models has slowly diminished.

We’ll keep you updated and let you know when the store’s back up.

Apple to update iMac in April?

In February we saw an update of the MacBook Pro line, in March we saw the release of the iPad 2, so now the rumors are circling the net, will Apple release an updated version of the iMac in April?

Apple’s product release cycle can seem mysterious if you’re new to the fold, but old hands know roughly when to expect the next refresh of each of Apple’s product lines. According to the MacRumors’ Buyer’s Guide a new iMac should be just around the corner.

It will be interesting to see if Apple adds Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors in this year’s Macs, as well as improved resolutions in the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, We would also like to see if Apple will add the ThunderBolt port to the iMacs.

It will be interesting to see, we will of course keep you up to date!

2011 MacBook Pro freezes under heavy load!!!

The new MacBook Pro seems to have a lot of smaller issues, so far many owners of 15-inch and 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pros are reporting that their notebooks are freezing up entirely under extensive load.

At first it was rumored to be single episodes, however one user reported on the Apple forum that he was able to reproduce it on every MBP at his local Apple Store.

Apparently, owners of 2011 MacBook Pros are reporting that under heavy load, their notebooks will freeze, even as sound continues. The cursor will still be movable, but the computer is completely unresponsive, and the only way to solve the problem is a hard reboot.

A rather lengthy thread, more than 41 pages, on Apple’s discussion forum describe brief blackouts and flickering when hooking up  a 2011 MacBook Pro to a 24-inch Cinema Display via the new Thunderbolt port, which is backwards compatible with DisplayPort. The fact the built-in display isn’t affected might suggest a problem with the Thunderbolt port, although it’s most likely software-related.

Apple hasn’t yet acknowledged these persistent glitches. They are reportedly aware of these problems, some users wrote, and are investigating them.

Apple Introduces Thunderbolt

Not only the Apple Store got a major new release, the whole Apple site got an overhaul and now includes information about a lot of their new cool features. The website now includes an overview of Thunderbolt, which they all-but-confirm is Light Peak and designed in collaboration with Intel Labs (who has their own press conference scheduled for later this morning).

According to Apple Thunderbolt is up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and twice as fast as USB 3.0. It’s a single cable that consolidates almost all existing ports, from FireWire to USB to miniDisplay to eSATA. This is one cable to rule them all.

And even though the new MacBook Pros come with only one Thunderbolt port, it shouldn’t matter for end users: two 10Gbps channels on the same connector mean you can daisy chain multiple high-speed, data-intensive devices and multiple displays to the same port without using a hub… and without reducing performance.

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“Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”