Apple updates desktop line
Desktops aren't a huge part of the company anymore, but sales are still strong.
So it's nice to see Apple rolling out a long-overdue update to its desktop line. The company beefed up its iMacs, adding new processors from Intel (INTC) and new graphics chips.
It will also begin selling a new Mac Pro tower with up to 12 processing cores, MarketWatch reported. And it debuted a new $69 trackpad for desktops that is similar to what's already in the portable MacBooks.
Desktop sales are still strong at Apple -- growing at a brisk 18% from last year -- but they just don't add as much to the company's bottom line anymore. Two years ago, desktops were responsible for 18% of all sales, writes Dan Gallagher. Now, that's dropped to a piddly 8%.
according to The Wall Street Journal. That swanky new Mac Pro will start at $2,499.
Here are more details from Apple.
Tech observers were mostly unimpressed by the news, which was largely expected. Apple shares were up slightly Tuesday to about $263.
"I am pretty certain I am not buying any of those new Mac machines, but I am most certainly going to pick up the $70 Magic TrackPad," writes Om Malik.
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