Apple Updates the iMac Lineup

This morning, in a surprise announcement from Apple, a new 24” iMac was released.  According to Apple, the new display is 40% brighter than the display used in the previous 20” iMac.  In addition to the new display size, Apple updated the entire iMac line to include Intel’s new Core 2 Duo processors.  Dual core, just as the previous generation, but these new chips yield a significant increase in performance… up to 50%!

The current line of iMacs offer screen sizes of 17”, 20”, and 24”.  The low end 17” iMac sells for as little as $999.  But for $200 more, shoppers get a faster processor (2.0GHz, up from 1.83GHz), twice the L2 cache, twice the RAM (1GB, up from 512MB), Bluetooth, a SuperDrive, and a discrete graphics chip replaces the integrated chip.  All in all, a lot of upgrades for the money!  Its worth noting that the base 17” model is the only iMac that does not offer an Apple remote control.

All things considered, the specs of the new 24” model are nothing short of impressive.  It comes standard with a 24” screen (1920×1200 resolution), 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4MB of L2 cache, 1GB or RAM (2x512MB SO-DIMMs), 250GB hard drive, 8x double layer SuperDrive, a discrete video chip (NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT with 128MB GDDR3 memory), Airport, Bluetooth, and remote control.  All for $1999.  For $250 more, the processor can be upgraded to 2.33GHz.  RAM is expandable to 3GB, and the hard drive can be upgraded to 500GB.  For $125 more, the video processor can be upgraded to a NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT with 256MB SDRAM.

The iMac product line has come a long way since the days of the toxic blue 233MHz 15” CRT!


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