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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'm disgusted...
By daftrok on 8/7/2007 7:37:48 PM , Rating: 2
Not by the design, but by the specs. Once again they're doing multiple choices for only two distinct products. What does that mean to you? There are two 20-inch models available with a 300 price range difference. Suppose you want to put more than 500 GB of memory into the lower end model. You can't. Why? Because for some odd reason, you can only go up to 500 and can't go any further without dishing out 300 more dollars to get the higher end model which allows you to go up to 750 GB. I'm sick and tired of Apple doing this. JUST HAVE ONE MODEL AND LET THE CONSUMER CHOOSE WHAT SPECS THEY WANT. They do this with every single computer they have less the Mac Pro. And on top of that, they chose horrible lamentable video cards for this model. The video cards on their NOTEBOOKS outperform the video card on their iMac. Its a wonderful design, but these multiple choices for same model crap has me disgusted.

RE: I'm disgusted...
By Wightout on 8/7/2007 7:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
I may be wrong, but being that the space is limited inside the machine. The model with the larger monitor also has additional space, thus something like hard drives can be larger. I don't know how much space is really back there, but I doubt they have much to work with.

Seeing other Apple products insides being as pact as they are, I very much doubt Apple didn't try to use the space available to its fullest.

Though I could be wrong...

get an external HD. Its cheaper Gigs/$wise. if you don't like the idea of having something ugly in your space, or don't want extra wires, attach it to your network and connect via wifi...

RE: I'm disgusted...
By daftrok on 8/7/2007 9:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
Go to the Apple Store site and look at the lower end 20 inch model and the higher end 20 inch model specs. For some reason, you can add up to 500 GB to the lower end model and 750 GB to the higher end model. Why? They want the moneys. They're all 3.5" HDD. You can fit a 1 TB HDD in all models because 1 3.5" TB HDD is the same size as a 3.5" 250 GB HDD.

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