There usual fanfare greets these new arrivals, but there's nothing that exciting to be honest.
New Apple kit tends to excite people. I dunno if it is the shiny whiteness, fashionable branding or fact that the whole line is soon to become redundant as Apple adopts Intel processors (?!) but whatever it is, it does. Sadly the new stuff isn’t that exciting, but feel free to get worked up about it is you want.
First up (at least in my head) are the upgraded iBooks and the big disappointment here is the expected widescreen models have not materialised. Instead we have mildly improved 12in and 14in G4 models that run at 1.33GHz and 1.42GHz respectively using their (kicked to the curb) Power PC CPUs. Memory is boosted to 512MB (the minimum I would recommend for anyone buying any machine with these days) and the graphics have received a minor spruce from an ATI Radeon 9200 chip to a 9550, but the 32MB of video memory remains the same so there’s really no gaming action to be had here.
As for the other features there is a clear size related hierarchy (did that come out wrong?), with the 12incher getting a DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive and a 60GB HDD and the 14incher receiving a DVD-R/CD-RW drive and an 80GB HDD, while Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11g wireless are now standard features on both (as they jolly well should be).
Moving to the Mac minis (little “m” cos their “mini” – ”awwww”), we see three new babies, a 1.25GHz, 40GB HDD, DVD-ROM/CD-RW newborn and two 1.42GHz toddlers with 80GB HDDs – one with a DVD-ROM/CD-RW and the other with a DVD-R/CD-RW. ATI Mobility Radeon 9200s are featured all round with 32MB of VRAM, with there’s half a gig of 333MHz DDR RAM in each of them.
£349, £429 and £499 are the respective asking prices for the minis, while the iBooks will set you back £699 or £899 respectively. Bundled software across the board includes a copy of Tiger and iLife. See, it wasn’t that exciting really…