Apple updates its computer range and sheds optical drives

On top of the iPad mini, Apple also unveiled the new 13-inch Macbook Pro, which boasts a Retina screen, as well as its new range of Mac Minis and iMacs, and all of these new devices have shed the optical disc drive (ODD).

The device that Apple says is most popular among its clients is the 13-inch Macbook Pro. Boasting a Retina display (2560x1660 pixels) and fast flash storage, the new version is 20 percent thinner (less than 2cm) and 500g lighter than previous models, weighing in at 1.6kg.

The least expensive version runs on two 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processors, and other specs include 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage, two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port. Its battery delivers seven hours of wireless productivity and up to 30 days on standby. Its starting price is set at $1699.

A thinner and faster iMac range

Apple's redesigned iMac is lighter and finer than previous versions by "up to 40 percent less volume" with an edge just 5mm thin in some places. A new display reduces reflection by 75 percent, according to the company.

Its standard specs include quadcore third-generation Intel Core i5 processors and 8Go of storage coupled with a 1TB hard drive. Users can boost their device's memory up to 32GB and its storage capabilities to 3To. The new iMac includes two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 ports. The 21.5-inch version will be available in November from $1299 and its 27-inch counterpart will hit stores in December with a starting price set at $1799.

As for the new Mac mini, it will run on dualcore Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, making it twice as fast as its predecessors. The standard version of the Mac mini will ship with 4GB of memory that can be boosted to 16GB. Its storage capibilities start out at 500GB and can reach 1TB. The new Mac mini is now equiped with four USB 3.0 ports on top of its Thunderbolt, HDMI, SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire 800 ports. Pricing starts at $599.

None of these devices include a CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive, which confirms Apple's strategy to move towards the cloud.

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