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Apple's sleek new all-in-one iMac in 20 and 24 inch designs

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August 7, 2007

The new iMac

The new iMac

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August 8, 2007 The unveiling of Apple’s new all-in-one iMac comes on the back of several other notable product releases including a new slimline aluminum keyboard design – available in wired and wireless versions – and a Bluetooth wireless “Mighty Mouse” that boasts enhanced laser tracking, four independently programmable buttons and a new scroll ball that lets users scroll in any direction.

Encased in an aluminum and glass enclosure, the new iMac is available in 20- and 24-inch widescreen displays and features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, a new, ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard and a built-in video camera for conferencing.

Redefining Apple’s signature all-in-one design, the new iMac integrates the entire computer system into a sleek, professional aluminum enclosure for a striking, clutter-free desktop. An elegant glass cover joins precisely to the aluminum frame creating a virtually seamless front surface.

The new iMac includes the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors running up to 2.8 GHz with 4MB of shared L2 cache and up to 4GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory. The iMac line features ATI’s next generation of graphics with the ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and the ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory. The iMac now offers up to a huge 1TB of internal storage to accommodate a user’s growing library of digital photos, movies and music.

Connectivity options designed to quickly and conveniently transfer digital photos, music and video include built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi networking, delivering up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g; Gigabit Ethernet; a total of five USB 2.0 ports (including two on the new Apple Keyboard); and one FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port.

The new iMac features highly recyclable and durable materials including scratch-resistant glass and professional grade aluminum. The power-efficient iMac also meets the stringent new Energy Star 4.0 requirements.

Every iMac also includes iLife ’08, the most significant update yet to Apple’s suite of digital lifestyle applications, featuring a major new version of iPhoto and a completely reinvented iMovie, both seamlessly integrated with the new .Mac Web Gallery for online photo and video sharing. The new iMac also comes with the Mac OS X version 10.4.10 Tiger, including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth.

New Apple Keyboard

The new ultra-thin anodized aluminum Apple Keyboard measures just 0.33 inches thin at its front edge. The extended layout has a full complement of keys, including document navigation controls, a numeric keypad and special function keys for Mac features such as brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, Exposé and more. The Bluetooth wireless version has been cut down for portability and ease of use.

Two USB 2.0 ports provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera and other USB-based electronic devices.

Mightymouse

Mighty Mouse completes the cable-free desktop option with a new laser tracking engine 20 times more sensitive than standard optical mice that works on a wider range of surfaces according to Apple. The wireless Bluetooth 2.0 based multi-button mouse retains the simplicity of a single-button mouse but can also be used as a multi-button mouse depending on the user’s preference – the unit has a single, seamless enclosure with programmable touch sensors that act as primary or secondary buttons. For example, clicking on the upper right or left side of the mouse gives users access to features such as contextual menus found in Mac OS X and other applications and the two other buttons are activated by pressing its Scroll Ball and squeezing its sides.

Pricing & Availability

Pricing for the 20-inch iMac begins at US$1,499 and the 24-inch iMac starts at just US$1,799. The new iMac line is available now and the Apple Wireless Keyboard will ship by the end of August and will be available as a build-to-order option with the new iMac through the Apple Store (www.apple.com) for a suggested retail price of US$30, or US$50 when purchased along with the wireless Mighty Mouse, and as a standalone purchase for a suggested retail price of US$79.

The wireless Might Mouse costs US$69. Visit Apple.com for full details.

About the Author
Noel McKeegan After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted Gizmag.com in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007.   All articles by Noel McKeegan
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