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Every Mac made by Apple includes a stunning display, all except the Mac mini and Mac Pro. If you want to buy a display for those Mac’s or you want an external display for the other Mac’s, you have two options:

  1. Drop 1 Grand for Apple’s Thunderbolt Display
  2. Buy any display from any company at any price

But when you have an Apple Mac, won’t it be great to have it all in sync and also have an Apple Display. Yeah that would be great. But there are couple of problems.

First: The Thunderbolt Display is a stunning at 27″. But for some people that’s HUGE. Way to big. They either don’t need that much space or they don’t have room on their Desk.

Second: The Thunderbolt Display costs 1 Grand! you could buy a MacBook Air for that. The really high price point could drive people away from buying the Display. Hey Apple, people might be willing to pay a Grand for a Mac, but not for a Display.

Third: Apple makes a 21.5″ and 27″ iMac. The Thunderbolt Display is also 27″ so it’s a perfect match for the 27″ iMac. What about the 21.5″ iMac. If people want to buy a Display they have to get the 27″ display that would dwarf the smaller iMac.

These were some reasons that would stop people from buying this display. But I do believe there is a solution. Apple should make a smaller 21.5″ Display at around $699. It would be perfect! Great Price, Great Size, and a Great Companion for the 21.5″ iMac. If Apple made this imaginary Display I bet it would sell a lot better than the 27″. Tell me what you guys think in the comments.

-MacMusings

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Thursday Apple updated their MacBook Pro line of Notebooks. Many Tech Blog’s have been predicting this update for quite a while, as it has been almost a year since it’s last update. There have been four major upgrade for the MacBook Pro; new Graphics Card, Intel’s new Sandy Bridge Processors, a FaceTime HD Camera,  and a new High-Speed Transfer I/O Port called Thunderbolt.

Graphics Card: 13in. Model has an Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000. While the 15in. and 17in. model have an Intel graphics and a AMD Radeon HD graphics card with either 256MB or 1GB. For the larger two models the computer can sense if more powerful graphics is needed than it turns on the AMD Radeon HD Card’s on, other wise it will be using the just the Intel Graphics.

Processors: 13in. MacBook Pro has two models; one with 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and the other has a 2.7GHz Dual Core Intel Core i7 Processor. The 15in. MacBook Pro also has two models; one has a 2 GHZ quad-core Intel Core i7 while the other has a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. Lastly the 17in. has only one model the 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. All of these processors are really powerful Sandy Bridge Processors with either dual-core or quad-core CPU’s. A change in the architecture of these chips are that most of the major parts are all on the same chip. So data doesn’t need to travel very far between chips. Everything is very close together. Another major feature is called Turbo Boost. Turbo Boost let’s you shut down or 1 or 2 cores and raise the speed of active cores to up to 3.4GHz. Now that is extremely fast! One last major feature is Hyper-Threading. Hyper-Threading is kind of confusing. So what it does is that it can run two actions at the same time as if you are using the power of two cores with only one core. So at the end Mac OS X can sense the chip as up two 8-Cores. Making the machine very powerful.

Thunderbolt: Thunderbolt is a new type of data/transfer connection. It can send Data to and from peripherals and Macintosh HD.  The technology was first developed by Intel under the code name Light Peak. The main thing is to be able to connect PCI Express based peripherals. But PCI ix an internal connection in the laptop so, you can know use Thunderbolt. The new technology not only can use peripherals for Data Transfer but also for Display Connection. The Thunderbolt connection is exactly the same connection, which on older laptops was know as Mini DisplayPort, that’s why it also allows for Display Connection. Speeds for Thunderbolt are said to be at up to 10GB per second. That’s blazing fast even compared to USB 3.0 which has 5 Gbps. Put it in to perspective of  copying 2 Full HD movies in around a minute.

HD FaceTime Camera: Now the MacBook Pro come with an HD FaceTime Camera that can record 720p wide screen video. Before the latest MacBook Air, camera’s on the display’s were called iSight Camera’s, but now everything is following the iOS path and calling it FaceTime, which is Apple’s answer to Video Calling. FaceTime is also now out of Beta and the full version is on the newer computers. For older Mac’s you can buy the full version on the Mac App Store for 99 cents.

To get information on pricing click this link and to read more about the features of the MacBook Pro click this link.

-MacMusings

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