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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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RE: Awesome looking stuff!
By FITCamaro on 8/7/2007 3:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
$1200 will build you one hell of a desktop machine. Even if you include the $250 price for a good 20" widescreen monitor, Windows, keyboard, and mouse. Figure after those 4 things you'll have $750 to build the PC. For that you can easily get a better system than this, stepping up the CPU, GPU, and definitely the RAM.

As others have said, it might look nice, but when it comes to hardware, its pretty lacking considering what you're paying. You don't have to get an ugly PC case either building it yourself. Cooler Master's Centurion 5 case looks great in my opinion, has excellent build quality, and is cheap.

And I'd always rather pay more and have the option to upgrade than pay less and not be able to. With media center systems and file servers becoming more common, you'd think Apple would release PCs to fit this market. Even with Apple TV, only their higher priced desktop form factor line has any room for additional hard drives, and that case only fit 2 drives the last time I saw one. I personally won't consider any case unless it fits at least 4 drives.


RE: Awesome looking stuff!
By Wightout on 8/7/2007 5:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
You seem to forget the software package that comes with it. Looking for all that software at comparable prices is not worth my time.

The simplicity of the machine is also very attractive.

=)


RE: Awesome looking stuff!
By DragonMaster0 on 8/7/2007 8:14:20 PM , Rating: 3
On Windows there is that thing called *good freewares* (the bad ones are stuffed with ads), which is something almost inexistant on MacOS X.

You want to open some hard-to-find compression formats? Buy the software for it.

You need a certain codec to read a video? Buy the software for it.


RE: Awesome looking stuff!
By kelmon on 8/8/2007 2:56:00 AM , Rating: 2
You what? Pardon my ignorance but would you care to back this statement up with examples? An awful lot of my Mac software is freeware and it works great. If you'd care to supply some examples of freeware that is lacking on the Mac then I can do some research for you since I don't recognise the problem that you seem to think exists. For example, with the exception of Protected Windows Media files (which Microsoft won't allow on the Mac) I haven't encountered a video codec problem since the release of Perian a good while ago. I certainly have never had to pay for a video codec.


RE: Awesome looking stuff!
By FITCamaro on 8/8/2007 12:14:02 PM , Rating: 1
You also assume you have to buy that. For someone who's never owned a PC, maybe. The rest of us already have software.


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