Apple Gives and Takes Away

Those looking for a better Mac Pro at WWDC were likely disappointed today. Apple released a modestly refreshed model with faster, 4-core and 6-core processors, but without USB3, Thunderbolt, or the new Ivy Bridge CPUs. Macbook Pros were updated with Ivy Bridge, Nvidia graphics (in the 15″ models), Thunderbolt and USB3 and continue to include Firewire 800 and Ethernet. The top of the line machine is now a 15″ model with a retina display, no optical drive, 256 GB of SSD storage, but without Firewire and Ethernet. It’s thinner and lighter at just 4.5 pounds. (A Thunderbolt to Gig-E adapter is available now and a Thunderbolt to Firewire-800 adapter is promised for next month.) The company now no longer sells a 17″ laptop. The Macbook Air line got upgraded with Ivy Bridge chips and USB3, along with faster speeds, faster SSD drives and lower price tags.

For more about the Mac Pro check out this piece at ArsTechnica. Additional coverage is available on their Infinite Loop page. Macintouch’s summary of the keynote is here. For prices and marketing videos, check out the Apple site or the Apple store.

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