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Apple speeds up iMac line with faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors


April 30, 2008

Apple update: 20" and 24" iMacs

Apple update: 20" and 24" iMacs

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April 30, 2008 Apple has updated its all-in-one iMac line with faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 6MB L2 cache and a 1066MHz front-side bus across the line. The new iMacs come with 2GB of memory as standard in most models, but support up to 4GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory, and for the first time, the 24-inch iMac features an optional NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB of video memory, delivering up to two times standard performance for graphic intensive applications in tests conducted by Apple.

The new iMacs also provide the full range of high-performance connectivity options we’ve come to expect from Apple such as built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi networking for up to five times the performance of 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet as well as a built-in iSight video camera, a total of five USB 2.0 ports (including two on the Apple Keyboard), and one FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port. Every Mac in the Apple lineup comes with iLife ‘08, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, including iPhoto and iMovie and every Mac also includes Leopard and Mac members can use the new Back to My Mac feature to browse and access files on their home computer from a Mac over the Internet while on the road.

Build-to-order options and accessories include a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB of video memory and up to a 1TB Serial ATA hard drive on the 24-inch iMac; up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM and up to 750GB Serial ATA hard drive on the 2.66 GHz 20-inch iMac; and up to 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM and up to 500GB Serial ATA hard drive on the 2.4 GHz 20-inch iMac.

Demonstrating Apple’s commitment to minimizing the environment impact of their computers every model in the iMac line is rated EPEAT Silver and the power-efficient iMac also meets the stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption. The iMacs are also made from highly recyclable and durable materials including scratch-resistant glass and professional grade aluminum and customers who purchase any qualifying Apple computer can recycle their old PC or Mac for free via the Apple Recycling Program.

The new iMac line is available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers with prices starting at US$1,199 for the new 20-inch 2.4 GHz iMac.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag. All articles by Darren Quick
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