Apple Announces iMac Updates

Apple today updated iMac line with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and the most powerful graphics ever available in an iMac.

The iMac now includes faster processors with 6MB L2 cache and a faster 1066 MHz front-side bus across the entire line, and 2GB of memory standard in most models. The 24-inch iMac now offers a 3.06 GHz Intel processor and the high-performance NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics as options, extending iMac’s lead as the ultimate all-in-one desktop computer for both consumers and professionals.

Here are the details:

Specifications:

Packing dual-core performance into the convenience of a striking all-in-one design, the new iMac includes faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors across the line; a 1066 MHz front-side bus; up to 4GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory; and a widescreen flat-panel display supporting millions of colors. For the first time, the 24-inch iMac features an optional NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB of video memory, to deliver up to two times standard performance for graphic intensive applications. The iMac includes built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n Wi-Fi networking for up to five times the performance of 802.11g**; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; Gigabit Ethernet; built-in iSight video camera; a total of five USB 2.0 ports (including two on the Apple Keyboard); and one FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port.

The iMac furthers Apple’s commitment to environmental progress with recyclable and durable materials including scratch-resistant glass and professional grade aluminum. Every model in the iMac line is rated EPEAT Silver and the power-efficient iMac also meets the stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption. Customers who purchase any qualifying Apple computer can recycle their old PC or Mac® for free via the Apple Recycling Program.

Pricing & Availability

The new iMac line is available immediately through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new 20-inch 2.4 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:

  • 20-inch widescreen LCD display;
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 1GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB;
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

The new 20-inch 2.66 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

  • 20-inch widescreen LCD display;
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB;
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

The new 24-inch 2.8 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

  • 24-inch widescreen LCD display;
  • 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB;
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

Build-to-order options and accessories include: a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB of video memory and up to a 1TB Serial ATA hard drive on the 24-inch iMac; up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM and up to 750GB Serial ATA hard drive on the 2.66 GHz 20-inch iMac; and up to 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM and up to 500GB Serial ATA hard drive on the 2.4 GHz 20-inch iMac. Additional options include: Apple Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mighty Mouse; AirPort Express® and AirPort Extreme Base Station; the AppleCare Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork® ’08, Logic® Express 8, Final Cut® Express 4 and Aperture™ 2.

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