The Apple Store has just reopened with three new Macs: the new Mac Mini, the new iMac and the new Mac Pro. Actually there are more new things: the new Time Capsule and the new Airport Express. They’re not all ready for immediate shipping in Singapore, but soon enough in just a couple of days (or a little longer, depending on what product you’re looking for).
I’ll just take a minute to comment on the Airport Extreme, because it was something I was considering to get not too long ago. I got the Linksys WRT610N in the end, because the “old” Airport Extreme was not a simultaneous dual-band 802.11n wireless broadband router. The keyword is “simultaneous”, something that I had not caught on until I researched the products in detail. The “old” Airport Extreme was dual-band, operating at 2.4GHz for 802.11b/g compatibility, and 5GHz for 802.11a compatibility, but you had to choose one band or the other. You could not have the Airport Extreme operate in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. It was for this reason (among others, but this would have been an important one) that I ended up with the WRT610N.
Well, the Airport Extreme is now updated. It looks beautiful. I would consider to get the Airport Extreme now if I were still looking around for a 802.11n wireless broadband router.
The new Macs are mostly an evolutionary upgrade. Still cool. But not terribly exciting news. They are still expensive too. In this day and age, particularly the economic climate, paying from S$1948 for a desktop, even if it looks cool, is not really that cool.