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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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You guys are forgetting something
By Dug on 8/7/2007 10:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
All of you that are trying so hard to configure a pc that matches the iMac aren't even close. You are forgetting Bluetooth, Firewire 800, wireless n, built in speakers, built in camera, microphone. And not having wires hanging all over the place. Yes, you can upgrade the iMac. People have been upgrading processors, memory, hard drives forever. Video cards you can't, but the way things go on the PC side, you are upgrading mb, ram, cpu, video card anyway.

The biggest reason though, is the software. It's obvious to read someone's post that hasn't used a Mac for any length of time. Everything works on a Mac You don't have to worry about most of the things you need to on a pc.
You should watch some videos on making a video on a Mac, or using iChat. Try finding a program that can even come close to Quicksilver. Have you ever seen someone try to set up video conferencing on a PC, its a joke. Takes a few minutes on a Mac. iLife and iWork are hands down the best productivity software out there. The Mac saves so much time and effort compared to the PC. The list goes on and on.

No the Mac is not for everyone, but if you want to get something done right away without thinking about it, a PC can't compare.

By kelmon on 8/8/2007 4:29:09 AM , Rating: 2

Look, I'm a Mac user and have been for a few years now. I'll stand up and refute a lot of the stupid comments that people make about Macs based on bugger-all experience or what they read somewhere. However, I can't agree with everything that you are saying. I do agree that upgradability isn't much of an issue since when I ended up upgrading my old PCs I did typically end up replacing most of the internal components in order to remove bottlenecks that would prevent me from getting the maximum from the other parts bought. I don't agree, however, that iWork is the "hands down the best productivity software out there". If you need basic functionality then it's fine but Office 2007 does wipe the floor with it. I'm going to buy iWork '08 for home use but will continue to use Office 2007 at work since it simply provides the features that I need, not to mention the software (the Mac still lacks a version of Access unless you're prepared to pay for FileMaker). To suggest that iWork is better than Office 2007 is, frankly, bonkers. They aren't, however, expected to compete much so I don't see it as a problem, particularly given the price differential as iWork, frankly, costs peanuts.

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