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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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Compare to Dell XPS M2010...
By aliasfox on 8/8/2007 12:03:23 AM , Rating: 2
And the 20" iMac looks like a freakin' bargain. Both are one piece units, though the Dell is technically a laptop - a 20 lbs monstrosity of a laptop.

To all those saying "I can build one for cheaper" or "where's the expandability?" - That's not Apple's market. Apple doesn't build a machine that competes with Inspiron Desktops (is that really what they're called now?) or Emachines towers in Best Buy. It builds iMacs for its $1000 to $2000 systems.

The rest of the market thinks that the average consumer wants a tower. Apple disagrees. And it has a point - how many average consumers ever open up their machine? Or do they pass it on to their kids/sell it after 3-4 years and buy a new one?

Some people are arguing "but I want to keep my monitor for my next computer!" Again, does the average consumer really do that? Four years ago, most people got 15" or 17" LCDs with their computers. Four years before that, 17" or 19" CRTs. Most of us wouldn't consider using a 15" or 17" LCD as a primary desktop display, much less an old CRT. A 20" LCD may be beautiful and cutting edge now, but 4 years from now there will probably be something else that the average consumer will be lusting after - SEDs, holographics, whatever.

So if the average consumer thinks about it, they really don't treat their computer system much differently than they treat their cell phones. Apple realizes this, and builds computers to satisfy that need - something stylish, relatively painless to set up and use, and when the time comes, get rid of it and buy a new one. We don't think like that, but most consumers do.

That said, and as a Mac user, I'm disappointed. A 2600 Pro as the highest end option on a nearly $2k computer? Correct me if I'm wrong, but that generally is no faster than the GeForce 7600 GT that the old 24" had as an option, and that's been out for nearly a year already. And the 2400XT is comparable to an x1600 pro, which is in the ballpark of my old Radeon 9700 Pro? Not exactly stellar graphics performance they're putting into these machines.




By maxplanck on 8/8/2007 2:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
Of my six or seven PC-owning friends (most people I know have Macs, yes), almost all of them have Dells. They range in usertype from total computer idiot, through sometime-gamer, to accountant and finally hardcore engineer/CAD designer with the big blue XPS thingy. Not ONE of them has ever opened or expanded their machine, apart from the engineer, who replaced the drive with a bigger one. Ooo. And yet they all put up with these pointlessly over-large boxen in their living rooms or bedrooms, whooshing away like a passing Cessna, wires sprouting out of them like hairs from your Grandad's nose, empty slots and gaping spaces awaiting drives and cards that will never be installed.

Seems completely crazy to me, and increasingly to them. In the meantime, I simply don't want to endlessly upgrade an old computer architecture (and maintain all those damn drivers and firmware), and instead buy a new Mac every three or four years. Because they hold their value so well, I was able to sell my Dual 800 G4 for $900 last year, meaning it cost me $500/yr over the four years I owned it and I rocked a couple hundred thousands of dollars work out of it into the bargain. Seems reasonable to me.


By crystal clear on 8/8/2007 3:11:52 PM , Rating: 2
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So if the average consumer thinks about it, they really don't treat their computer system much differently than they treat their cell phones. Apple realizes this, and builds computers to satisfy that need - something stylish, relatively painless to set up and use, and when the time comes, get rid of it and buy a new one. We don't think like that, but most consumers do.


You are right on this-Apple sent its peoples out into the market to find out what the average consumer wants.

They give them just want they want,& it will sell.

Majority of the guys on Dailytech have no idea what goes on in the market.
They think they know it all-when in fact they KNOW NOTHING about what goes on in the market-for that you got be in the business of selling.

Outside their server rooms/office they are like some lost satelite in space.


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