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Apple refresh iMac 2011 with quad-core Sandy Bridge, FaceTime HD and Thunderbolt!

iMac 2011 Refresh!

Apple have finally refreshed their iMac line for 2011 with Quad-Core Sandy Bridge Processors, Thunderbolt and FaceTime HD. Of course they also added new AMD Graphics Cards which are reported to be 3 times faster than previous, but the most interesting update is still thunderbolt, and Apple is adding 2 thunderbolt for 27 inch iMac!

So exactly how fast is Thunderbolt? Check out the diagram below:

2 Thunderbolts on 27 inch iMacs!

Thunderbolt is really pretty fast, and although 21.5 iMacs will come with only 1 thunderbolt ports, each port can actually daisy-chain up to 7 devices, which is really impressive. But do note that 27 inch iMacs have 2 thunderbolt ports, which means that you can actually have 14 devices hook up to your iMac!

Of course FaceTime HD is added to all iMacs so you can FaceTime with your fellow iPhone owners or Macbook Pro family. Better graphics cards are added to help in gaming and movie rendering.

What I feel about the upgrades

Overall, I feel it is just an yearly update of processor and graphics, but of course we welcome the newly added Thunderbolt Ports and FaceTime HD! So do check out the new iMac 2011 at Apple.com!


Macbook Pro 2011 comes with Sandy Bridge, FaceTime HD and ThunderBolt

After much wait, Macbook Pro 2011 finally launched! Although we don’t see Liquid Metal Case, nor SSD standard set, but it is a pretty good upgrades. Let’s go into details:

  • All Macbook Pros even the 13inch is getting minimum i5, the rest will get i7
  • All Macbook Pros have 4 GB of RAM, very sufficient for current computing
  • Harddisk range from 320GB to 750GB 5400RPM
  • As usual, 13″ MBP will only have 1 Graphics Card which is the Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15″ and 17″ gets another better graphics card from AMD Radeon HD 6490M to 6750M

  • All Macbook Pros will be having FaceTime HD which support Video up to 720p

  • All Macbook Pros will get 1 Thunderbolt Port supports up to 10Gbps
  • MacBook Pro line starts from USD$1199 just $200 more than MacBook Air

Thunderbolt Port – The ALL-IN-ONE Wonder Port!

Overall the refresh didn’t have alot of “WOW” factor other than Thunderbolt which is quite incredible. Not only Thunderbolt is very fast, it support data transfer up to 10Gbps, it also can be daisy chain to support up to 6 devices. It can be connect to Raid arrays, video capture solutions, USB and FireWire peripherals, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini Display Port display Plugs which can be connected to HDMI, VGA displays! In short Thunderbolt is a ALL-IN-ONE Wonder Port!


Macbook Pro 2011 Specification Leaked!

Fscklog posted a image of what we think might be the Macbook Pro 2011 13 Inch Model Specification! Seems like it will be a usual refresh with some new technology as predicted in our previous blog post! Below are the details:

  • 2.3 GHZ Sandy Bridge Dual Core Intel Core i5 Processor with 3MB L3 Cache
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 320GB Hard disk (disappointed that is no SSD, but it should be available as an add on option)
  • 13.3-inch LED backlit display with a 1280×800 pixel resolution.
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB RAM
  • FaceTime HD Camera
  • 8X Superdrive
  • Thunderbolt (Which we suspect should be Light Peak Technology which Apple has been working on for quite some time)
  • SDXC SD Card Slot which seems to be able to support up to 2TB of Storage

We have gotten some of the main upgrades correct in our previous Macbook Pro 2011 Predication, but we didn’t expect Light Peak or Thunderbolt to be out so soon and the new SDXC SD Card slot which supports card storage up to 2TB. This 2 were out of our exceptions, but I’m pretty disappointed we ain’t getting any SSD as a standard package for the 13 inch model. Although we have no idea if 15 or 17 inch MBP will be getting SSD as its standard setup.

We have seen in Macbook Air that SSD really boost the notebook performance even from a low powered processor in the MBA. Really hope it will be included.

Although we can’t be sure that Thunderbolt is Light Peak, but it seems to be as seen in the picture above. Light Peak are a high speed IO technology which can transfer data at a very high speed of 1-10Gbps! Very cool technology but I’m sure it will take some time to gain popularity.

Another interesting technology is FaceTime HD which means that Macbook Pro users can now FaceTime at HD quality to fellow iPhone and iPod Touch and the future iPad 2.

Stay Tuned with us for more Macbook Pro 2011 details!