Don't-Miss Desktop Stories

Mac mini (Late 2009)

Just seven months after giving the Mac mini line its biggest update ever, Apple has bumped the performance of the company's smallest desktop computers. While the improvements are modest, the latest Mac minis address a few of our biggest criticisms of the Early 2009 models.

Mac Mini Core 2 Duo/2.26 GHz (Late 2009)

This round of Mac mini updates offers comparatively minor improvements from the models introduced in the spring of 2009. The processors are faster, the hard drives are bigger, and the included Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics now take advantage of 256MB of shared memory.

Mac Mini Core 2 Duo/2.53 GHz (Late 2009)

This round of Mac mini updates offers comparatively minor improvements from the models introduced in the spring of 2009. The processors are faster, the hard drives are bigger, and the included Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics now take advantage of 256MB of shared memory.

Mac mini (Late 2009) benchmarks

Macworld Lab has the Mac minis, and we put them through our benchmark tests. Our result show that the new Mac minis are impressively faster than the models they replace.

Bluelounge CableDrop

Tired of losing your unconnected cables behind your desk, or trying to keep track of which cable goes where? Bluelounge's CableDrops may be the solution.

NoteBook 3.0

Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.0 is a terrific notetaking program bursting with useful ways to organize your life.

Benchmarks: 2.93GHz Xeon-based Mac Pros

Macworld Lab tested a couple of different Mac Pro configure-to-order systems and the results include our first Speedmark 5 score to top 400.

Quad-Core and Eight-Core Mac Pros (2009 editions)

With its improved graphics, memory bandwidth, and reduced memory latency, the 2.66GHz quad-core Mac Pro was faster than the 2.8GHz eight-core Mac Pro, and at $2,499 costs $300 less. It would be a fine purchase for anyone replacing an older Mac or buying a new one for the first time.

Mac Pro/Quad-Core Xeon 2.66GHz

The first update to Apple's high-end desktop in more than a year features a new system architecture along with Nehalem versions of Intel's Xeon processors. Nehalem is the code-name Intel has given a new micro-processor architecture that features on-chip power management and a memory controller that's integrated on the processor for faster access to data stored in memory. This particular model also features a $300 reduction on its price tag from the previous entry-level Mac Pro.

Mac Pro/8-Core Xeon 2.26GHz

The first update to Apple's high-end desktop in more than a year features a new system architecture along with Nehalem versions of Intel's Xeon processors. Nehalem is the code-name Intel has given a new micro-processor architecture that features on-chip power management and a memory controller that's integrated on the processor for faster access to data stored in memory. This system features a pair of quad-core 2.26GHz processors, though upgrade options abound.

20- and 24-inch Aluminum iMacs (Early 2009)

The iMac continues to be a desktop Mac that’s powerful enough to please both general consumers and professionals. Which one you prefer depends on how much screen real estate, graphics, and gaming power you need.

Lab results: New iMacs show speed boost

We have benchmark results on the four new iMacs. The speed improvements over the iMacs released in April 2008 are significant, and there are also some interesting performance observations between the new iMac models.

24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.93GHz

This model's 2.93GHz processor puts in the middle of the three 24-inch configurations. It also features discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics with 256MB of GDDR3 memory to better graphic-intensive apps.