Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Apple Announces New iMacs

Apple announced the availability of new iMacs today. All Intel iMacs now use the faster Core 2 Duo processor, and the top-of-the-line now features a 24-inch screen, a faster video chip (both the 20- and 24-inch models offer optional processors and video chips), and FireWire 800. Prices have dropped across all models. The 24-inch model has become appropriate hardware for some graphics work by narrowing the hardware gap between the iMacs and the high-end Mac Pro computer workstations. I can now recommend the 24-inch Core 2 Duo iMac to some graphic arts professionals.

Also revised, the Mac mini computer has been "speed bumped" and the single-core model has been dropped entirely.

Major product news is also expected from Apple next Tuesday during a scheduled press event. Although Apple shrouds new products in mystery, speculation and rumor ranges from the likely announcement of MacBook Pro laptops based on the Core 2 Duo processor, new iPods, an iTunes movie store, to the more ephemeral iPhone.

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