(Source: Apple)

  (Source: Apple)
Apple provides a fix for its iMac and updates its MacBook notebooks

DailyTech reported in early October that some iMac users were experiencing freezing problems with their machines. The root cause of the freezes was traced back to the drivers used for the ATI Radeon HD graphics cards included with the iMacs.

"A small number of iMac users have made us aware that a recent software update issued by Apple can sometimes cause their iMacs to freeze, requiring them to restart their iMac," said an Apple spokesman in October.

"We are tracking down the root cause of this bug, and will issue a software update which corrects it as soon as we can -- most likely later this month."

Apple didn't reach their October estimate for releasing the update, but it's doubtful that many will complain that the update is available a few days into the month of November. The update is listed as "recommended" and is for 20" and 24" iMacs with 2GHz, 2.4GHz and 2.8GHz processors.

Apple has two separate updates available for download: iMac Software Update 1.2 for Tiger and iMac Software Update 1.3 for Leopard.

In other news, Apple has quietly updated its MacBook notebooks to Intel's Santa Rosa platform. Apple’s MacBook lineup was last updated in mid-May with new Core 2 Duo processors.

With the latest round of updates, $1,099 will get you a 13.3" MacBook with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, an 80GB HDD and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive. $1,299 will upgrade you to a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor 120GB HDD and dual-layer DVD burner.

Both of the above models are available only in white.

The top of the line $1,499 MacBook comes in black and only adds a 160GB HDD to the mix. All MacBooks include the Intel GMA X3100 integrated GPU, so expect to see some significant gains in graphics performance.

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