It’s been a little while but we have the latest from Apple in this new edition of News, Notes and Rumors. Apple released a few new products, including the Magic Trackpad and a new 27” LED Cinema Display. We also got the goods about the new Mac Pros, and it’s all in detail below.
Apple Releases Something Called the Magic Trackpad
Thanks to leaked photos around the internet and researched FCC registrations, it came as no surprised that Apple released a new device called the Magic Trackpad. It is the first multi-touch trackpad designed to work with your Mac desktop computer and uses the same multi-touch technology used on MacBookPros. The new device supports a full set of gestures, such as the two-finger scrolling, pinching to zoom, rotation with your fingertips, three-finger swiping and four finger recognition. Tapping or double tapping on the surface of the Magic Trackpad acts like clicking a mouse. Apple is selling the product for $69 and has an optional battery charger (it uses two AA batteries) for $29.
Also New – 27” LED Cinema Display
Another new product will appear at the Apple Store and at the online store with the new 27” LED Cinema Display that has a resolution of 2560×1440. This new screen also features an iSight video camera, microphone and speakers. It is designed to act as the perfect complement to a MacPro or MacMini, and gives iMac users an easy way to double their screen size. It also has a 3-port USB 2.0 hub in the back and an ambient light sensor that adjusts the screen’s brightness based on the lighting conditions. This new screen is selling for $999 with the old 24” LED Cinema Display now going for $799.
New Mac Pros with Up to 12 Cores Now Available
Also announced was an update to the Mac Pro line, which now offers up to 12 cores of processing power for up to 50% better performance. The Mac Pro also standard ships with the new ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card, with the HD 5870 available as an upgrade. It also has, for the first time, standard display connectivity of two Mini DisplayPorts and one Dual-Link DVI, as well as an optional 512GB solid state drive. The 1 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core with 3GB of RAM will sell for $2499 and the 2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core with 6GB of RAM will sell for $3,499.
It’s About Time! Apple Sued Over iPad
Another product, another lawsuit for Apple. This time it’s the beloved iPad which is facing a new lawsuit (according to Bloomberg) over complaints that the company’s iPad tablet device overheats too quickly in direct sunlight. Apple’s iOS has an emergency overheating mode that shuts down the device and displays a warning on the screen until things have cooled down.
iPhone OS 4.1 Beta Released to Developers
Apple released the second beta for iPhone OS 4.1 to programmers and software developers on Tuesday. This new beta seems to only change a few things aimed at bug fixes without any notable other features. The proximity sensor issue does not appear to be fixed in this latest edition of the beta.
Apple Updates Safari 5 to Add Extensions
Apple announced that it released Safari 5.0.1 which launches the “entensions” feature that it partially activated last month. Extensions from third-party developers will allow users to extend browser functionality far beyond that of the standard release. There will also now be a Safari Extensions Gallery, allowing an easy way for Safari users to browse and install featured extensions.