Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mac mini and MacBook Air now?

If Mac OS X Lion released today, also new computers are expected... And the Mac mini and MacBook Air should be updated this week. In the Mac mini, we should move from a Core 2 Duo platform to platform Sandy Bridge. The current graphics card, the GeForce IGP 320M, would be replaced by an Intel HD 3000 and the hard drive is 500 GB standard (currently 320 GB).

We should find 2 GB of RAM as standard, with a maximum of 8 GB. Level processor, the Core 2 Duo at 2.4 GHz and 2.6 GHz would be replaced by i5 2410M (2.3 GHz, 2.9 GHz Turbo) and i5 2520m (2.5 GHz Turbo 3.2 GHz). Version of "Server" with 4 GB of RAM, two hard drives to 7200 rpm (500 GB) and a 2 GHz processor would also be in the game.

Given the frequency, a Core i7 has four cores could be in the game. The whole course in Leo Server. In all cases, the machines should be compatible Thunderbolt. For the MacBook Air, the low voltage Sandy Bridge, with a TDP of 17 W, should advantageously replace the Core 2 Duo, while the IGP is slower than Intel's current IGP NVIDIA.

Thunderbolt is obviously the game. For the 11-inch model, the basic configuration would use a 1.6 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB SSD. A model with 4 GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD is also proposed and the Apple Store would have the option of a MacBook Air with a 1.8 GHz processor and 256 GB SSD.

For the 13-inch 1.7 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD would be the norm, with 256 GB optional. A model with a 1.8 GHz processor would be available through the Apple Store. Many also hope the return of the backlit keyboard, trademark of Apple laptops in recent years. Also note the expected output screen Thunderbolt, designed for new machines.

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