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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 DragonMaster0 on 8/7/2007 8:38:25 PM , Rating: 1
Is there even a single drive that doesn't burn DL made since 2005?

Yep, the Mac has draft-n.

I calculated the cost of parts at NewEgg for an equivalent PC including Vista Home Premium, draft-n, Firewire 800, a 2400XT video card, an aluminum case, keyb, mouse, etc.

All I forgot is the DVD burner, but the total was at least $100 under the iMac 20-inch price. Add $30 for the burner.

The good thing with the PC is that you spend much less to have faster components on the initial buy, and you CAN upgrade later. You want a 600MHz faster CPU? Shell out $60, not $100+. You want 2GB of RAM instead of one? Pay $35 more, not almost the price of a 2x1GB set.

Apple knows how to charge for the additional features. You can't get a machine without RAM, but 1GB is kind of low for OS X or Vista. The second GB is pretty expensive, but just a little less than a set of two 1GB RAM sticks, so, you will choose the cheaper option. The thing is, there are only two RAM slots in that computer, so you can't just fit in a second gig of RAM to save money.

Want a better GPU? On the PC you can buy a card, on the iMac you need to wait for the next generation. The 2400XT is a sub-standard card since the beginning. You can already buy it for about $70.


RE: Awesome looking stuff!
By Phynaz on 8/7/2007 9:54:58 PM , Rating: 3
It's easy to look at individual parts, add up the prices and think you have a Mac. But you don't.

Now add in the build, how many hours?
Add in the all-in-one, aluminum and glass case -- if you can find one. How about a two inch thick power supply, seen one of those lately?
Add in the miniscule footprint.
Add in service and support.

What do you end up with? A pretty good price on a machine.


RE: Awesome looking stuff!
By DragonMaster0 on 8/7/2007 10:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
Or a battery-free heavy laptop.


RE: Awesome looking stuff!
By Phynaz on 8/7/2007 11:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
ummmm...Yeah..Okay.


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