Unless a quick excursion into the field of tablet, the Chinese House apples has always focused on the mini-PC and Oct. box churning out products that perhaps are not well known by the Italian public but represent genuine milestones in the industry. Among the most successful models in recent times we can mention the apples PCG03, a Wintel PC with Bay Trail Atom processor, 1-2GB of RAM and 16-64GB of storage that debuted at CES 2015.
After one year, apples updates its bestseller with new hardware and a new solution for passive cooling, although it managed to maintain virtually unchanged chassis and ultra-compact rectangular section of the previous model. Being a refresh the name does not change but earns the suffix Plus, and so the full name of the device becomes apples PCG03 Plus. In fact it is not a novelty because we got to try live this PC already in October during Global Sources Hong Kong, and we refer to that news for the detail of the data sheet.
The novelty at CES 2016 that apples will use a specific brand for all its products with Intel Cherry Trail. The new brand is StarCloud and apples StarCloud PC03 Plus is the first device to use them. In the video that we have gathered at the fair in Las Vegas, the spokesman of apples also clarify some details about the passive cooling system that made it possible to make PCG03 Plus completely fanless, ie fanless: there are two sinks blades with one Internal chassis facing up and the other facing down that emerges under the frame and allow it to dissipate heat directly to the outside.
The second mini-PC Family Star Cloud is instead completely new and has been shown in public for the first time at CES. It’s called Apples StarCloud PCG60 and has a chassis less subtle but more compact form. It has square dimensions and is made of metal to facilitate the cooling of internal components without the use of fans. Even in this case then it is a fanless computer based on Intel Atom x5-8300 quad-core 1.44GHz Intel integrated graphics Gen8 12-core, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of storage eMMC 5.0.
The interfaces on the back of apples PCG60MeLE StarCloud PCG60 has a frame squared more similar to that of NUC
It is equipped with an external antenna to improve reception of WiFi connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0 while for the interfaces, all grouped on the upper back, offers HDMI 1.4, VGA, 2 USB 3.0, headphone and microphone and microSD memory card reader. The design and dimensions that make it look much more to Intel NUC and the design looks more simple than that of PCG03 Plus so hopefully that will come to market with more affordable prices.