While we still have to wait a while to be able to get our hands on one of the new iMacs or MacBooks, some international sites have already published their first impressions of them and their respective accessories. Below, we have gathered some extra information about the main Apple news released yesterday, based on what has been highlighted by these vehicles so far.
For some reason, no one was interested in talking about the Mac mini, which received a modest update accompanied by an edition with Snow Leopard Server. Either way, we’ll hear from them soon, so let’s focus on the iMac and MacBook.
iMac (Late 2009)
- Comparing the new models with its previous generation, the Gizmodo found that they are thinner: the iMac with a 21.5 inch screen is 23mm thick (against 24.1mm from the previous, 20 inch), while the top of the line 27 inch is 27.1mm (against 31.5mm the previous one, 24 inches). However, the black backs of previous models give the impression that they are thinner than new ones, entirely built on an aluminum frame.
- Apple has also reduced the height of the "chin" of the machines, where you insert RAM and the speakers are still located, there are people who for some reason do not like it, will know …
- Jason Snell of the magazineMacworld, note that the widest screens, in pattern widescreen 16: 9, make the new iMacs look much bigger than they really are, especially in the case of the 21.5-inch model, which is little bigger than the previous 20-inch model.
- Wider monitors also provide improvements in speaker audio and thermal envelope, further separating the CPU from the GPU and allowing the use of three fans at minimum speed. In addition, it is now possible to install four memory sticks, against two of the previous models.
- There are more interesting details about the monitors: they have professional quality, not only because they use IPS technology to improve the viewing angle, but also because they contain a much higher pixel density and 8-bit depth, displaying 16 million colors for designers But users will also be able to use the DisplayPort of the 27-inch iMacs to turn them into monitors that can be used with a variety of devices, including other desktop Macs, MacBooks and Blu-ray players, which makes up for the lack of a “bag”. hit ”?
- I don't have a confirmation, but I think the SD slot of the new iMacs has greater compatibility with other sizes of memory cards than the MacBooks Pro, which basically require adapters for almost all types.
- The machines quad-core can only be set up / purchased in November, but those that arrived at the hands of Macworld, of Engadget It's from Gizmodo (with 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo processor) are faster than the previous ones.
MacBook (Late 2009)
- THE Gizmodo says they killed removable batteries for Apple laptops. This is true, but the multi-part structures, LCD displays, FireWire 400, PC trackpads (at least now they are _so_ PCs :-P), DDR2 memories… also forgot something?
- It may not have been clear, but the machine's anti-slip design was made of rubber base on the bottom of its housing. I hope that nobody tries to throw it down the stairs to test resistance…
- Speaking of displays, the quality of the backlit LED used on this MacBook is already being considered questionable. Jason Snell ofMacworld, tells that it is possible to notice a yellowish color tone when changing your angle of view. Above the monitor, there is only the iSight (now round) and its operating indicator the microphone has been moved to the upper left area of the keyboard.
- The LED display is not covered by a glass panel. This decreases the incidence of reflexes, but they still persist.
- The way plastic was used in this design unibody made the machine acquire a “fat and heavy” look. However, the dimensions are almost equal to the previous model and it weighs 136 grams less.
- The design of the outside MagSafe adapter has changed on the new MacBook; resembles that of the MacBook Air.
- Interestingly, the machine does not support 8GB of RAM. But those who work with graphics will notice a performance gain in the use of the integrated GPU, thanks to DDR3 memory. In addition, DisplayPort brings the same monitor connection capabilities as MacBooks Pro.
Magic Mouse & Wireless Keyboard 2009
- much thinner than its predecessor. Despite the “different” appearance, the Engadget note that it adapts well to different surfaces for handling, but the Macworld already says that the movements on any surface are not so smooth.
- There are only two buttons on the new left and right mouse, the latter must be configured in System Preferences. A pity: I really liked the possibility of having Expos and Dashboard activation on the Mighty Apple Mouse.
- Ergonomics and ease of use vary from person to person. In the opinion of those who have used it, the click surface is solid and does not provide confusion or “false clicks”, but the “aerodynamic” style does not make it appropriate for those concerned with ergonomics.
- With the new surface, you don't have to take your finger off the mouse to double-click. You can click with one finger and drag another across the surface to make selections on the screen.
- The scrolling appears to be the most positive point of the Magic Mouse, as it is smooth in a wide space almost the entire surface of the mouse (~ 75%) multi-touch, going close to the Apple logo and dispensing with the central button of the previous mouse. But it will take some adaptation time to stop accidentally clicking the mouse while scrolling.
- However, other gestures appear to be complicated to perform. THE swipe for example, it requires considerable control and adaptation, otherwise the mouse will not be 100% static on the surface when dragging two fingers to the right or left.
- Do not confuse its purpose with that of a multi-touch trackpad. Gestures with more than three fingers would be impractical on a surface of such dimensions. Furthermore, a gesture tap-to-click on its surface it would make any user accidentally click several times.
- There is only one aspect of the keyboard that deserves to be highlighted: it uses an AA battery unless its predecessor. According to Apple, both it and the Magic Mouse can be used for up to four months with two alkaline or rechargeable batteries.
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