Among other shiny new things announced at the opening of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference were a new MagSafe adapter dubbed āMagSafe 2ā, an Apple TV-like AirPort Express, and refreshed MacBook Air and Mac Pro models.
Together with the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple announce a redesigned MagSafe Power 2 adapter with a new magnetic connector. The good news is that the connector has a longer but slimmer profile, meaning we’ll probably get thinner laptops when the entire non-Retina display MacBook Pro line is redesigned along the lines of the new one (our fearless forecast). The bad news is that your new MagSafe won’t work be able to charge your old MacBook laptop because the connector won’t fit. Apple makes a slight concession by offering a $10 magnetic adapter to let you use your old MagSafe adapter to charge your new MacBook laptops with the MagSafe 2 connectors.
Apple also released a completely redesigned Airport Express, its portable wireless access point. It’s about the size of the new Apple TV (fits in your palm), and now features dual-band 802.11n, and an Ethernet LAN port. A free iOS utility lets you manage the access point form any iOS device, which comes in very handy when you want to travel without your laptop. It’s a bit pricey, though, at $99, especially when compared to similarly-sized travel routers.
The MacBook Air also got a bit of love, with new Ivy Bridge processors and improved integrated graphics, USB 3.0 compatibility, faster RAM and SSD drives, as well as a price drop for some models. The 128GB 11-inch MBA is now $1,099, down from $1,199, while the 13-inch models are both $100 cheaper at $1,199 and $1499.
And, finally, in a sign that Apple is nearly completely a consumer-focused company, it āupdatedā the Mac Pro models with what a friend called āa totally pathetic insult of an upgradeā since, despite the higher specs, the Mac Pro still has two-year old technology inside. No USB 3.0, no new RAM chips, no Thunderbolt. They might as well have declared the Mac Pro and end-of-life machine.
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