iMacs, MacBooks Share Spotlight at Big Apple Launch Event
iMac Continues Its Evolution
Since its launch in 1998 as Steve Jobs' remedy for the company's sales doldrums at the time, the iMac has morphed from a stubby, heavy, transparent-skinned PC into the elegant, relatively lightweight, wide-screen product that it is today. Apple unveiled 21- and 27-inch-monitor iMacs at the Oct. 23 launch.
Certainly the iPad Mini was the cute little star of Apple's second major product launch in six weeks that was held Oct. 23 in San Jose, Calif. Apple introduced the iPhone 5 a little more than a month ago on Sept. 12. But for Apple's growing base of professional customers, more important news involved the launches of a new 13-inch-screen MacBook and two new iMac desktop workstations, plus a new server for small-office environments. The new iMacs feature the more power-efficient A5 processor, a new hybrid NAND flash/Serial ATA (SATA) power drive called the Fusion drive. Besides the faster and more power-efficient processors, the new iMacs also offer thinner and lighter physical frames, and other feature improvements. The new MacBook Pro has a more power-efficient 2.5GHz i5 processor along with 8GB RAM, 128GB NAND flash and optional Retina display. They also feature SD card, High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and USB 3 ports. As promised earlier this week, here in this slide show are more details about the new Apple products. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)