Apple updates iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro

As expected Apple has upgraded a few of its products today. New updates to the Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro are now live on Apple's website. You can check out the new products here.

Apple has kept to its standard of upgrading the specs of but not the prices. It's a tried and true business model for Apple and there is no cause for deviation now.

The new upgrades will help keep Apple products at a more competitive price point. As the economic downturn continues consumers will be spending less and retailers need to keep the offers attractive so that consumers feel that they are getting a good value.

New Product Breakdown:

Mac Mini updates:

$600 - $800 base configuration

2.0GHz Core 2 Duo processors
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
8x SuperDrives
1-2GB of RAM
120 or 320 GB hard drive

Mac Pro updates:

Price Range

$2499 - $3299 base configuration

Quad Core or 8 Core Nehalem CPUs
3-6 GB of RAM
640GB hard drive space
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB
18x double-layer SuperDrive

iMac Updates:

Price Range $1199- $2199 base configuration

Core 2 Duo from 2.66 - 3.06
2-4GB of RAM
320GB-1TB of hard drive space
All have 8x double-layer SuperDrive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 256MB memory, or NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 with 512MB memory GPUs

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I certainly won't be buying an iMac this year.

The iMac updates are a joke. Especially for Canadians!

$200 price increase for speed bumps and larger HD's, and slightly better graphics.

My Core Duo (2006) is still kicking, and will be even better with Snow Leopard.


The new Macbook Pro seems like a good deal now, since the prices stayed the same. Might get one of them + a cinema display which pretty much = an iMac, but portable :)


Glad they did updates but where is the Quad-core chips in the Imacs? And man the Mini should have 5.1 audio, I love my current Mini hooked up to the LCD tv and if it had good surround sound I would jump onto a new one in a minute. Big ass TV, Mini with ram boosted, Logitech 5500's connected via fiber cable. Toss in Boxee and you have the best and smallest media center out there.

I was going to get a Mac Mini, but no way on earth I'm paying $A1049 for it. I'll be sticking with a Windows 7 PC, which will be faster for less money. I'm very disappointed.

I have to admit that Apple does have some reliable systems but fak in heaven, the prices are just flipping ridiculous.

$2599 (up from $1899) for the baseline iMac, which has a nVidia 9400? I can by an i7 (with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard-drive) machine here for less than that (and I know this because we brought one last week at work).

And now the number pad is missing on your wired keyboard?

Thanks for the update Apple, and now I've seen what you've got to offer, it's safe to say you won't be getting any of my money.

Just looked at Dell UK and for the price of the "high end" Mini, £649, you can get a i7 920/2GB/500GB/ATI HD 3450 never mind for the price of an iMac.

Mac Pro top of the line, $20,429.95 CDN, not including taxes, i wonder if the shipping is free lol, think i'll buy a skidoo and work on my igloo for awhile instead... :P

artfuldodga said,
Mac Pro top of the line, $20,429.95 CDN, not including taxes, i wonder if the shipping is free lol, think i'll buy a skidoo and work on my igloo for awhile instead... :P


For that price I'd want intercourse with Steve.

Apple has once again failed to fill in that Gaping Hole in their desktop lineup (between the iMac and the Mac Pro). What makes it all the more galling is that a Q9xxx-based mid-tower-style Mac (Performa II, anyone?) could be built VERY easily using (except for the processor) parts ALREADY in Apple's bins!

Clueless, Mister Jobs (still).

well it looks like the applefans aren't happy today, judging by the comments here and elsewhere, i can understand why though... $949.00 CDN, can't forget taxes so, $1100 not including applecare? what the f*ck, pricing only goes up from there...

Does no one else besides me feel that the iMac should only include pure desktop components (instead of mobile parts)? Why doesn't Apple get the fact that lots of people need a machine between the iMac and the other expensive luxury item?

I am. IMO this is the most important machine for Apple since 2-3 years. Why? Simply because it's the machine who will make them get all the switchers.

iMacs are insane machines, but at a price. The advantage of the Mac Mini remains, but it's losing nearly all of it with such a poor upgrade. For the basic config, I was thinking more along the lines of :
2.33 GHz C2D
2GB of DDR3

The base mini should have been priced at $499 and the "high end" one should have been about $100 extra as the only difference is a gig of RAM and a bigger hard drive.

PsykX said,
I am. IMO this is the most important machine for Apple since 2-3 years. Why? Simply because it's the machine who will make them get all the switchers.

Exactly! Its what made me switch. I would love to get a higher end mac but simply cant afford it, maybe some day. I would of considered selling my current mini for the upgraded one and pay the difference. But seeing the upgrade they gave it now, I can do just about do all the upgrades to my current mini for cheaper

Wow, you can get the specs in a Mac Mini (BYO display and inputs) in a PC laptop (display and inputs provided) for less money. That's absolutely pitiful.

Apple has kept to its standard of upgrading the specs of but not the prices. It's a tried and true business model for Apple and there is no cause for deviation now
Ha ha ha ha, you're kidding, right? Apple didn't "invent" this business model. For a long, long time, you could get a higher-end computer, with everything, for about $3,000. Over time the price stayed pretty much the same as the specs came up. Several years ago, this price started to decline a little faster than the specs improved and now you can get a decent, higher-end PC for $1500.

Apple, of course, resisted this trend. You pay at least $3,000 for their higher end model.

The commends already made about Apple's prices speak for themselves. Their customers justify it by comparing themselves to elite owners of high-end vehicles. Now that's what I call reality distortion field.

C_Guy said,
Wow, you can get the specs in a Mac Mini (BYO display and inputs) in a PC laptop (display and inputs provided) for less money. That's absolutely pitiful.

Apple has kept to its standard of upgrading the specs of but not the prices. It's a tried and true business model for Apple and there is no cause for deviation now
Ha ha ha ha, you're kidding, right? Apple didn't "invent" this business model. For a long, long time, you could get a higher-end computer, with everything, for about $3,000. Over time the price stayed pretty much the same as the specs came up. Several years ago, this price started to decline a little faster than the specs improved and now you can get a decent, higher-end PC for $1500.

Apple, of course, resisted this trend. You pay at least $3,000 for their higher end model.

The commends already made about Apple's prices speak for themselves. Their customers justify it by comparing themselves to elite owners of high-end vehicles. Now that's what I call reality distortion field.

At least high-end vehicles truely are high-end. What makes Apple sad is the fact that they are trying to pass off low-end w/ high-end and the sheep eat it all up.

Woops...double post. Well, I'll use this opportunity to modify my statement. Apple isn't sad, they are freaken marketing pioneers... now their consumers on the other hand....well...

LOL! Looks like Apple tax is high this year. I've owned a Mac before. Been there, done that, wasn't impressed. I guess white shinny things just don't do it for me. I'll stick with my PC <3 :).

At least you tried it. Like, you're not whining for nothing, you know what you're talking about. Too few people try Macs, but a lot whine and most of the time their arguments don't apply.

Anyway, yeah the Apple tax is freaking high. Even I who love to defend Apple, don't know what yo say really. My main problem is with Mac Minis and the 8GB config of the iMac...

$600 for a Mac Mini with 1gb of ram??? WTF is Apple thinking. At least make it 2-3gb minimum like all the other competitors!

I bought a low end HP computer this past summer, $400 and had 4gb of DDR2 RAM

Titoist said,
$600 for a Mac Mini with 1gb of ram??? WTF is Apple thinking. At least make it 2-3gb minimum like all the other competitors!

I bought a low end HP computer this past summer, $400 and had 4gb of DDR2 RAM

But was it white and shinny? lol

Wow, getting a geforce GT130 will only cost me $2200 and I can still get an aging core 2 duo. Color me impressed.

Just tell me if the mini display port is enabled for multichannel audio and all may not be lost.

I am not trying to Apple bash here...but them not lowering their prices in these economic times proves that they are only interested in $$$. PC prices are staying the same (still much cheaper for the same specs) and I have even seen better deals now that the economy blows.

Think Apple needs to rethink this or consumers will just buy win7 when it comes out and load it on their PCs. Whats good about Win7 is that it will run on older hardware just fine when Vista would not. So people are going to look at the $150 or so price tag for Win7 and choose that over a Mac.

techbeck said,
I am not trying to Apple bash here...but them not lowering their prices in these economic times proves that they are only interested in $$$.

They're an American for-profit corporation. If they're not interested in money, what are they interested in?

PC prices are staying the same (still much cheaper for the same specs) and I have even seen better deals now that the economy blows. Think Apple needs to rethink this or consumers will just buy win7 when it comes out and load it on their PCs.

World+dog is going to end up with Windows 7 whether or not it's any good. If the positive press holds true at launch the take-up might be more rapid, but I don't think any realistic Apple investor expects to see a significant (

lol price going up $300-$500+ here what a joke i wonder if they really see spiking prices so high like that on all products in the current financial situation is such a bright idea.

There were apparently other changes to the store as well:

The AirPort Extreme Base Station also gets updated priced at $179 now feature simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz dual-band networking for optimal performance, range and compatibility. An innovative Guest Network feature allows setting up a secondary network for friends and visitors with Internet-only access so you dont have to hand out your WiFi password.

Time Capsule 1TB combines an 802.11n router and server-grade hard disk for automatic wireless back-up with Time Machine, and is immediately available in two models: a 500GB model for $299 and a 1TB model for $499.


Source: http://techfragments.com/news/558/Hardware...w_Products.html

They should of dropped their prices. With all the good reviews and press Windows 7 is getting, Apple may have shot themselves in the foot here.

They need to outwit the credit crunch somehow, increase the prices of their hardware knowing a select few (the same few who would buy apple trolleys) will still buy them.

Some other changes:

- English wired keyboard no longer has a numpad - you'll need the International English one if you want that
- iMacs no longer come bundled with Apple Remotes, they're an extra as they are with the Macbooks
- ITS ALL REALLY EXPENSIVE NOW

what said,
ITS ALL REALLY EXPENSIVE NOW

It's been expensive for years! The very least they could do is charge Europeans the same price as in America. They wonder why not many people buy Macs in the UK, it's because an iMac starts from £800!

They're as high as their prices... The mini is worth about $250. I'll spend the $120 for a new copy of Windows 7 instead. What are they (not) thinking?

Intel 2.4GHz - $72
Intel MicroATX board - $75
1GB compatible memory - $11
160GB HD - $42
Total: $200
All prices from newegg.com

Mini does not come w/keyboard/mouse/monitor. Throw in a copy of OSX for an addition $109 if you have to have it. I'm sure the "OEM" copy doesn't cost Apple retail to include.

The case and form factor is not worth $400+ more.

GreyWolfSC said,
Intel 2.4GHz - $72
Intel MicroATX board - $75
1GB compatible memory - $11
160GB HD - $42
Total: $200
All prices from newegg.com

Mini does not come w/keyboard/mouse/monitor. Throw in a copy of OSX for an addition $109 if you have to have it. I'm sure the "OEM" copy doesn't cost Apple retail to include.

The case and form factor is not worth $400+ more.


Nice! GreyWolf just put the smack down! ;-)

Forgot the slimline DVD burner. Does it come with firewire? Wireless? Bluetooth?
Don't forget the stylish case (You noted this in your post)

$250 now? No I didn't think so either.

But 400ish would be FAR more reasonable.

No, but the board (DG33TL) has 12 USB ports, so just plug in a $15 Bluetooth dongle. It has 2 firewire ports, 6 SATA, and IR. Slim combo drive is $34 for ATAPI or SATA, your choice. A nice little black micro tower case is $44.

(Adding OSX as an OS is $109; Vista Home Premium is $99.)

That makes it $293 for the computer price. Subtract the $599 for the lower model Mini and Apple is charging $306 for OSX and a case.

(Note I could not find a 2.0GHz C2D at newegg so I equipped my "mini" with a 2.4GHz one, which Apple doesn't do. They charge you an extra $200 for another $11 stick of RAM and a $59 hard drive.

I still don't see it. You just mentioned a few parts... and no case? Does the motherboard come with a 9400? Who's gonna assemble all that? What's the size of the case so far? No wireless N? No DDR3? No internal BT? No DisplayPort? Sorry, doesn't even come close... Even if assembling it myself was an option.

To prove I'm not an Apple fanboy..

I'm disgusted at the pricing. Like.. so disgusted. I thought I was in with a shot at a decent incremental upgrade of my iMac and to get anywhere near where I hoped to be, I'll have to spend an additional £800 on top of what I'd sell my iMac for. Screw Apple. I'm so disappointed right now.

It's an adjustment for the value of Sterling against the Euro. Apple Europe is based in Ireland and so their costs are in Euros. The way it had been for the last few months, prices for Apple gear in the UK were about 15% cheaper than in the Eurozone.

Kudos said,
It's an adjustment for the value of Sterling against the Euro. Apple Europe is based in Ireland and so their costs are in Euros. The way it had been for the last few months, prices for Apple gear in the UK were about 15% cheaper than in the Eurozone.

But as some people said on MacRumors (and I agree with this) the prices didn't balance the other way when the dollar was weaker against Sterling - Apple didn't DROP their prices in the UK.

Regardless of what the reasons are for the price adjustments, I just think they've spectacularly dropped the ball. I just don't think they represent anything remotely approaching value for money any more.

So, so disappointed.

They simply had to adjust it, I know plenty of people who were importing from the UK rather than buying in the Eurozone. As a result this was hitting Apple's pockets more than just in the UK. You won't get an argument from me that their markup is already high enough, but Sterling was effectively a price drop of 15% across Europe through the UK.

Better to get a sale from anywhere than not. Correct me if I'm wrong, but, base model is up 25% in the UK? (£400 to £500)
Personally, I can't see them selling many at that price, with the white MacBook at £719...

StevoFC said,
he can just return it...they give 14 days.

They're required to give minimum of 7 working days by EU distance selling laws. That's providing they didn't buy it in a local store.

shakey_snake said,
Don't feel bad, a friend of mine just bought an iMac yesterday...

They'll replace that no problem.

I really don't see how they can justify a £100 price bump for the mini - I mean, come on - £500 for a computer with 1GB of ram (all be it 1GB of DDR3)? £400 was steep for what it was, £500 is just ridiculous.

Can't you only return within a certain amount of days if you haven't opened the box? That's what it's like at M&S, where I work. We won't accept any technology product back if it's been opened, even if a user bought it the day before a new version came out

CalumJr, that's a pretty crappy return policy that store has. How is anyone supposed to know the product they bought is the wrong one, doesn't work correctly or as expected, isn't compatible with what they've got already, etc. etc. if they don't open the box, install it and try it first? No major chain in the US works that way...they'd be out of business in a heart beat. Where is M&S located?

lol, sarcasm is at least more funny to read than complaints, thanks ;)

Anyway, yeah as a Mac user I'm also not happy with the pricing, and can only hope my laptop won't break down too soon after the warranty runs out. Because I can actually see myself using it for a longer time than usual thanks to the good hardware being involved here. (and also because I find myself having to upgrade due to software needs more and more rarely, including Windows boxes) But still -- it's damn pricey good hardware, unfortunately.

Jugalator said,
lol, sarcasm is at least more funny to read than complaints, thanks ;)

Anyway, yeah as a Mac user I'm also not happy with the pricing, and can only hope my laptop won't break down too soon after the warranty runs out. Because I can actually see myself using it for a longer time than usual thanks to the good hardware being involved here. But still -- it's damn pricey good hardware, unfortunately.

He complains a couple of posts down

yert* said,
What was the previous hardware? And what the hell is a NVIDIA GeForce GT 130. Thanks.

It's basically a re-badged 9600GT, though what I'm trying to figure out here, is that the card from the desktop version, or the mobile one? If it is the mobile version, I will be very disappointed.

All in all, very disappointing, especially the Mac Mini as at the very least they could give it a new look instead of sticking to a design that has lasted for almost 3 years! I have no problems with the iMac design but give some love to the Mac Mini for goodness sake, Apple!

Oh and for the record, the GT 120 is a re-badged 9500GS, which is a re-badged of the 8600GT . Whoever made those decisions at Nvidia should start bashing their heads on the walls for their pathetic and absolute stupidity in giving out version numbers.

Scirwode

yert* said,
What was the previous hardware? And what the hell is a NVIDIA GeForce GT 130. Thanks.

Check amazon.com and they still have the older models/specs listed.

Your US prices are good, man. Our Canadian prices are atrocious and I don't have enough words in my mind to express how expensive it is in Europe.

Galley said,

The 24-incher now starts at $1499.00.

There were 4 models, there are now four models, the prices of each model stayed the same...each one got performance increases.