OS X Lion and the MacBook Air weren’t the only things Apple had up its sleeve today. Apple’s Cinema Display also got an update today, as did the Mac mini.
The Cinema Display is now called the “Apple Thunderbolt Display” so, as you can probably guess, it now comes equipped with Thunderbolt (how weird would it be if it was named that and didn’tÂ have Thunderbolt?).
For those that don’t know, Thunderbolt is a new, faster connection for transferring data. According to Apple:
“Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data between your devices and your computer with unprecedented speed. With two channels of 10-Gbps throughput in both directions, itâ€™s up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800. And it allows you to connect as many as six devices through a single, compact port.”
The Thunderbolt Display also featuresÂ Gig Ethernet, Firewire 800 and USB 2.0 connections. What’s more, Apple built in MagSafe connections, which makes hooking this thing up to your MacBook a breeze.
The new 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display will run you $999. You can check it out in the online store here. This thing is definitely hot, but is it worth a thousand dollars?
Apple also updated the Mac mini. Not surprisingly, it comes equipped with Thunderbolt. As far as processing power goes, customers have the option of Intel’s i5 or i7 chips. Furthermore, considering this thing is packingÂ Â AMD Radeon HD graphics, it’ll make a perfect pair with that nice new Cinema Display.
One not so great aspect of the new Mac mini is the fact that it no longer features an optical drive. It really seems as though Apple wants to eliminate physical discs in favor of virtual downloads. Though, it still would have been nice to have.
Prices start at $599 for the 2.3 GHz, dual-core i5 model with 2GB of memory and 500 gigs of storage. The price jumps to $799 for 4GB of memory. And, if you want the 2 GHz quad-core i7 processor with 4 GB of memory, it’ll cost you $999. And, in case you were wondering, every model ships with Lion.
However, possibly the most interesting development today isn’t a new product, but the absence of one. A quick look at the Apple website will tell you that Apple did notÂ announce a new MacBook today. What’s more, it seems they’ve eliminated the old one!
The white polycarbonate 13-inch MacBook is totally absent from Apple’s online store. There were rumors suggesting that Apple was going to revamp the entry-level MacBook, but instead it looks like the company decided to discontinue the product. I can’t say I’m too surprised, though. The MacBook was pretty old and, like the iBook before, it couldn’t last forever.
Unfortunately, though, this means that the cheapest MacBook available is the Air. And, if one were in search of a more traditional laptop, the cheapest Pro is $1199, which really isn’t cheap at all. I will be interested to see if Apple lowers the price of the 13-inch Pro to fill the void left by the MacBook. I hope it does because, as you all know, Apple products are good, but incredibly expensive. It was nice to have a cheaper model that still offered all the great features customers knew and loved from their Macs.
So what was your favorite new feature today? Personally, I’m very excited to upgrade to Lion, but that new Cinema Display looks pretty appealing too. Let me know how you’re feeling about this stuff in the comments below, or you can send me a tweet.