Apple New Product Updates & Accessories

2012 Apple Product Updates and Accessories
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while many were probably distracted by the eye-watering Retina Display on the newly announced 15″ MacBook Pro, Apple also made a few more subtle announcements that didn’t quite make it to the stage of the WWDC 2012 or even if they did, they were likely by overshadowed by the first laptop to sport a 5.2 million pixels display. yeah. we know it because we were among those who are drawn to the MacBook Pro with Retina Display when it was introduced. not even the new iOS 6 with its all new Apple Maps did anything to draw us away from the new thinner and lighter 15-inch laptop. anyway, here’s a little round up of what’s happening that could help you in your shopping endeavor – that’s if you happen to be shopping around for Apple gadgets and accessories.

1. Updated MacBook Air
highlights: latest Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, up to 512GB of SSD, 4GB of DDR3L RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), Thunderbolt port, two USB 3.0 ports, and FaceTime HD camera. price: from $999 (11-inch model); from $1,199 (13-inch model).

2. New Airport Express Base Station
highlights: completely redesigned compact enclosure (it look nothing like its predecessor), simultaneous dual-band 802.11n WiFi, an audio-out port, support for AirPlay wireless streaming (obviously), a USB 2.0 port for sharing of printer wirelessly, and an Ethernet port. price: $99.

3. Updated Mac Pro
highlights: up to Intel Xeon 12-core processor, ATI Radeon 5770 graphics with 1GB GDDR5, up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. well, these are just a touch on the surface. like the rest of the Mac computers, the Mac Pro is offered with a wide variety of configurations and along with it, a price tag that is not for your average consumers. we are sure you are aware of that, don’t you? price: from $2,499.

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4. MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter
it is a very minute item and would be something that most individuals will over look. the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter let you use the MagSafe connector on your Apple peripherals such as the LED Cinema Display, Thunderbolt Display, or MagSafe Power Adapter to charge your MagSafe 2-equipped Mac computer. basically, it bridges the gab between the old and new before the new standard becomes the standard issue. get it? price: $9.99.

5. iPad Smart Case
honestly, we love the Smart cover but the fact that it leaves the back of the iPad unprotected leaves much to be desired. apparently, the folks in Cupertino heard wind about the consumers’ concern and decided it is time to have your iPad’s back covered, and thus the iPad Smart case is born. on the front end, it still works like the Smart cover that you expected but with the addition of a thin case back to protect your shiny gadget’s back. a solution that would give current back-only third party iPad case a run for their money. crafted from polyurethane (PU aka faux leather) and available in six colors. price: $49.

6. Updated current generation MacBook Pro
highlights: the 13-inch model get a boast from the latest Intel Core i5 or Core i7 dual-core processors, while the 15-inch model now comes with the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card. both models gets up to 1TB hard drive or 512GB of SSD and equipped with the usual lone Thunderbolt port, along with two USB 3.0 ports. price: from $1,199 (13-inch model); from $1,799 (15-inch model).

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