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New all aluminum iMac  (Source: Apple)

New aluminum Apple keyboard  (Source: Apple)

Apple aluminum wireless keyboard  (Source: Apple)
Everything is clad in aluminum when it comes to Apple's new iMac

Apple today announced a new line of iMacs that replaces the old line of plastic, all-in-one machines the company became famous for. The new line of iMacs bring along upgraded specifications as well as an all new design.

The new iMacs all ship with Intel Core 2 Duo processors running up to 2.8GHz. Improved graphics are also provided thanks to new ATI Radeon HD 2000 series GPUs. Memory capacities increase to a total of 4GB from the previous 2GB limit while users can configure systems with up to TB of storage space.

Apple will have two 20-inch models of the iMac and one high-end 24-inch. The entry-level 20-inch features a 2.0 GHz mobile Core 2 Duo processor, ATI Radeon HD 2400XT GPU and a 250GB SATA hard drive. Stepping up to the mid-range 20-inch model yields a 2.4 GHz mobile Core 2 Duo processor, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro GPU and a 320GB SATA hard drive.
The stock 24-inch model has similar specifications as the $1,499 20-inch model, except with a larger screen. However, Apple offers a custom order 2.8 GHz processor upgrade, exclusive to the 24-inch model. The 2.8 GHz processor is a mobile Core 2 Extreme X7900 processor.

All models have 802.11n wireless networking capability, 1GB of system memory and 8x SuperDrives. The processors employed in the new iMacs are Merom-based processors. Apple prices the new iMacs at $1,799 for the 24-inch flagship, $1,499 for a fully loaded 20-inch and $1,199 for an entry-level model.

In terms of design, all plastic surfaces have been replaced with a full aluminum outer shell. The display is also now glass instead of plastic. The new design follows the recent motifs of the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and even the iPod Nano.

Accompanying the release of the new iMacs is a brand new wireless keyboard of the same design. The new keyboard uses Bluetooth for connectivity and is all aluminum -- except for the keys. Key structure is similar to that of the keyboard found on the MacBook, with the keys popping out slightly above the surface.

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I may be the only one
By lufoxe on 8/7/2007 3:39:21 PM , Rating: 2
*prepares for down rating* but it looks like a car "remodel" they just changed the material on the it, upgraded the innards. and called it a day. I personally was expecting something revolutionary, like the previous changes with the imacs crt to LCD (ping pong looking one), Ping pong imac to the all in one. While for some it may be the best thing since sliced bread (those in the church of jobs), I honestly expected more out of apples design team. Yay for improvements, boo for lack of creativity

RE: I may be the only one
By tim851 on 8/7/2007 3:47:26 PM , Rating: 2
You just don't get the iMac ;)

Ever since the 1st one the philosophy has been to try to "hide" the computer in the display. First, they had it in the case of a CRT. Then in the base of an LCD. The last one already had it in the case of an LCD and this one too, it's just thinner, so the goal of "removing the tower" is almost accomplished.

So there was never anything revolutionary about the iMac generations. And with the currend model, Apple has gotten really close. Even at the 2nd and 3rd look, you could just take it for a display.

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