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Apple continues to roll out new products

Not content with running up the scoreboard when it comes to quarterly earnings, Apple today unveiled a slew of new products aimed at pulling more consumers into its Mac-centric family. The new product onslaught includes new new iMacs, a revamped Mac mini, a new MacBook, and a new multi-touch Bluetooth mouse.

First up is the the new iMac line which now features high resolution 16:9 displays. The new iMacs are available in 21.5" and 27" flavors in resolutions ranging from 1920x1080 to 2560x1440. The "low-end" 21.5" model will come packing a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo processor, GeForce 9400M graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD. The 27" model will be available with ATI Radeon HD 4670 or ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics -- Core i5 and Core i7 quad-core processors will also be available next month. Prices will start at $1,199 for the 21.5" iMac and $1,699 for the 27" iMac.

Moving on to the Mac mini, Apple has made the usual spec bumps here and there to keep the product relevant in today's market. Base systems now come with a 2.26GHz processor and 2GB of RAM -- the price tag is a still hefty $599 and you still have to purchase a monitor to get it running.

Perhaps the more interesting addition to the Mac mini family is a new model priced at $999 which comes pre-installed with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server. This particular model incorporates two 500GB HDDs. Other features include a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of RAM.

Moving on to the notebook side of things, Apple has finally updated the look of its hugely popular MacBook. The new MacBook features a "unibody" polycarbonate body, LED-backlit 13" display, multi-touch trackpad, and a built-in battery which offers up to 7 hours of battery life. The 4.7-pound notebook comes equipped with a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 250GB HDD, 2GB of RAM, and a GeForce 9400M IGP. The MacBook no longer features a Firewire port -- you'll have to upgrade to the more expensive MacBook Pros to get that feature. The MacBook retains its price of $999.

Finally, Apple is taking yet another stab at creating a mouse for its computers. Apple's previous attempts at mice have been less than popular with users, but the company hopes to strike gold with the new Magic Mouse. The Bluetooth mouse -- for better or worse -- continues with just a single button. However, it has multi-touch capabilities similar to the multi-touch trackpads on the current MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The mouse will retail for $69.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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