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Macworld's new Speedmark 7 benchmark suite

Now that the Mac OS has entered the Lion era, its time to bring Macworld’s overall system performance test suite, Speedmark, up to date. With this latest version, Speedmark 7, we’ve updated all of the applications to their current versions, increased files sizes that some tests use, and changed our 3D game test to a more recent title.

Remains of the Day: Supersize me

It's a mega-giganta-humungo edition today, as we cover everything from Apple losing yet another prototype iPhone, to a neighborly Steve Jobs, to Tim Cook's email habits.

Customized Core i7 Mac mini offers iMac-like performance

Want iMac-like performance, without having to buy an iMac? You can get such a machine from Apple if you customize the new Mac mini. Macworld Lab has tested a build-to-order Mac mini, and the results are very close to that of a standard configuration 21.5-inch 2.5GHz Core i5 iMac.

Apple turns to Tim Cook to replace Steve Jobs

Apple chief operating officier Tim Cook is taking over as CEO following Steve Jobs's resignation. Here's a crash course on what to expect from the man tasked with taking over the company.

Apple issues updates for Boot Camp, iMac graphics firmware

Apple on Wednesday released updates to fix issues in Lion with Boot Camp and with certain iMacs' graphics cards.

HighPoint unveils USB 3.0 expansion card for Mac Pro

If you have a Mac Pro and a USB 3.0 hard drive, you can take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds by installing HighPoint’s new RocketU Quad USB 3.0 PCI-E card.

iFixit's Mac Mini kit lets you add a second hard drive

If you just purchased a brand new Mac Mini and want to add an additional drive without paying $750 for a solid-state drive addition or $999 for a Mini with Lion Server, iFixit has the $70 kit for you.

Apple unveils $999 education-only iMac

Apple on Monday unveiled a stripped-down, $999 iMac available only to educational institutions.

New MacBook Airs and Mac Minis

Jason Snell, Dan Frakes, and James Galbraith join Philip Michaels to talk about our reviews and lab tests of the new MacBook Air and Mac Mini models.

New Mac minis add Thunderbolt, lose optical drive

Like the MacBook Air, the Mac mini got a Thunderbolt-inspired update Wednesday that also introduces more powerful Core i5 processors and a model with discrete graphics. The revamped mini also ships without an optical drive.

Apple now offering Thunderbolt accessories, firmware update

Apple on Monday released a firmware update for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs and on Tuesday began offering Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals in its store.

Lab Report: Core i7 SSD iMac is the fastest Mac we've tested

At $2699, it might be expensive, but the 27-inch iMac we customized with a 3.4GHz Core i7 quad-core processor and a 256GB SSD is the fastest Mac we’ve tested to date.

SSD gives new 21.5-inch iMac signifcant speed boost

In our ongoing effort to provide benchmark data to help you choose the right iMac, we now present test results from a 21.5-inch 2.7GHz Core i5 iMac with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). You can use these results to compare with the standard-configuration iMacs and two build-to-order (BTO) models with Core i7 processors.