Apple Updating Mac Desktops, Releasing Wireless Multitouch Trackpad?

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Coming off the news that Mac desktop sales are surprisingly strong, rumors are circulating that Apple will be spending tomorrow updating their stores and site with new Cinema Displays and Mac Pros – as well as launching a new product entirely.

It wasn’t so long ago that Apple released the exciting new 27-inch iMac – unfortunately, they left Cinema Display fans yearning.  Topping out at 30 inches, the Apple Cinema Displays are gorgeous, but the 2560×1600 resolution feels just a bit last-gen when the iMacs offer a whopping 2560×1440 in a form factor thats three inches smaller. For those playing along at home, that’s roughly 101 pixels per inch versus 109 pixels per inch, respectively.

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Jon Gruber, famed Apple enthusiast and owner of the Daring Fireball blog, is suggesting that tomorrow will bring a number of updates, including, finally, a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display with the same resolution as the 27-inch iMac all-in-ones. Does that mean the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display will be discontinued, sold as is, or replaced by an even higher resolution screen? The first of these is the most likely, but anything could happen.

The Mac Pro is also due for a substantial update, with almost eight months since its last speed bump.  The Mac Pro is one of the most beautiful and elegant desktops currently sold by manufacturers, but its iconic metal case hasn’t been changed in close to four years, and even then it was barely changed from the PowerMac G5 tower, released seven years ago last month. Given the recent radical updates to the Mac Mini design, an updated Mac Pro look is sensible, but by no means certain.

Finally, there are a number of rumors floating around concerning Apple’s introduction of a wireless, Bluetooth-enabled, multitouch trackpad device meant for use with desktops such as the iMac and Mac Pro (and presumably any PC, should drivers be made available for Windows).

Ever since the company introduced the multitouch-capable Magic Mouse, rumors have been circulating regarding the trackpad’s existence. Ever since Engadget posted a leaked picture, the rumors have been flowing faster and faster, with further claims supporting the possibility of some sort of handwriting recognition in addition to the (at least two-finger) multitouch operation.



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