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The Complete Guide to the new Updated Mac line this Fall

Once again, Apple has not disappionted with one of their announcement events; today announcing an upgrade to most of their Mac line, as well as not one, but TWO brand new iPads.

But let’s talk about the Mac.

Most eyes were fixated on the impending iPad Mini announcement, with understandable reasoning. But not to be completely outdone, the Mac line has been greatly improved with a 13″ MacBook Pro Retina, some improved internals of the Mac Mini, an ambitious redesign of the iMac line, and a new SSD/spinning-disc hard drive combo called Fusion Drive.

13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Let’s start with the 13″ MacBook Pro Retina. The first and most obvious thing is the much improved screen, with Retina Display capabilities. This mean you get 227 pixels per inch and a 2560 x 1600 screen resolution. The increased resolution allows for a 75% reduction in reflections, making it easier to view your screen from a variety of angles. The device is also much thinner, coming in at 0.75 inches thick. It comes with 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and your choice of 128GB or 256GB flash storage.

The price points start at $1699 for the base model, and then rise to $1999 for the 256GB of flash storage.

Mac Mini

Long a popular choice for desktop enthusiasts who just want a cheap, yet reliable Mac, the Mac Mini has also received an upgrade (however, incremental) in its specs. Now sporting an Ivy Bridge processor, the Mac Mini will include a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor, with 4GB of RAM, and 500GB of hard drive space. If you want to bump things up a notch, the next tier boasts a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor with two 1Tb drives.

Priced: $599 and $999, respectively.

iMac

The most ambitious Mac update of the whole announcement, the iMac line saw a new redesign, giving way to an incredibly thinner shell. Keeping the 21.5″ and 27″ screen size, the shell now measures at 5mm at the edge, providing a sleek and razor thin look. With i5 and i7 processors, plenty of space for RAM, and the ability to utilize Apple’s new Fusion Drive technology, this is a very solid update to Apple’s desktop line.

The new iMac starts at $1299 for the 21.5 inch display and $1799 for the 27 inch display.

Fusion Drive

One of the other things that Apple announced wasn’t exactly a brand new technology, but was definitely an interesting and clever way to increase speed on your Mac. If you get the $999 Mac Mini or the $1499 and up iMac, you have the option of utilizing the Fusion Drive, which combines a 128Gb solid state hard drive and a 1Tb or 3Tb spinning disc hard drive. Applications and the device’s OS will be located on the SSD, while documents and files will be stored on the traditional hard drive. The more you use the computer, it learns what you use the most and moves those applications and files over to the SSD for super fast recall.

So, it’s been quite a day just for the Mac line, and one that has left me quite excited for when I’m going to be upgrading my machines. What are your thoughts? Were these updates enough to get you to bust out your wallet at your nearest Apple Store?

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