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Apple Unveils New iMac with Intel Core Duo Processor
Posted on 11-Jan-2006 08:24 | Tags Filed under: News


Apple Unveils New iMac with Intel Core Duo Processor
Apple has unveiled the highly expected iMac featuring Mac OS X running on the new Intel Core Duo processor, promising a performance that is up to twice that of previous models.

All new iMac comes with iLife ’06, a new version of Apple’s suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and introducing iWeb, a new iLife application that allows users to create websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac.

The new iMac is the first of a new generation of Macs featuring Intel processors that Apple will roll out during 2006.

The new iMac features Apple’s Front Row media experience and the Apple Remote, a simple way for customers to enjoy the content they have on their iMac, including songs from their iTunes music library, photo slideshows from iPhoto, videos including TV shows, Podcasts, iMovies and DVDs, and popular movie trailers streamed from apple.com, from across the room.

Every new iMac comes with a built-in iSight video camera for out-of-the-box video conferencing using Apple’s iChat AV software, or recording a video Podcast or iMovie using iLife '06. The built-in iSight video camera takes advantage of the Intel Core Duo processor to deliver up to four times the resolution over the previous model. Each iMac also includes Photo Booth, Apple’s application that lets users take quick snapshots with the built-in iSight video camera, add visual effects and share these pictures with friends.

The new iMac comes standard with a SuperDrive for burning DVDs, 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB, hard drive storage capacity up to 500GB, and ATI Radeon X1600 PCI Express-based graphics with 128MB of GDDR3 memory.

Users will find a built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort Extreme for 54 Mbps wireless networking, built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), a total of five USB ports (three USB 2.0) and two FireWire 400 ports.

The new iMac now includes mini-DVI video output to connect up to a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display. Users will benefit of a new iMac extended desktop mode feature.

Mac OS X Tiger includes a software translation technology called Rosetta that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly.

The new 17-inch 1.83 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of US$1,299, includes:

  • 17-inch widescreen LCD display;
  • 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
  • 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 2GB;
  • 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • PCI Express-based ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the infrared Apple Remote, Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

    The new 20-inch 2.0 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of US$1,699, includes:

  • 20-inch widescreen LCD display;
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
  • 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 2GB;
  • 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • PCI Express-based ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the infrared Apple Remote, Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

    Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB and 500GB Serial ATA hard drives, up to 256MB of GDDR3 video memory on the 20-inch iMac, iWork ’06 (pre-installed), AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Wireless Mouse, Apple USB Modem and the AppleCare Protection Plan.





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