Apple Unveils New iMac with Intel Core Duo Processor

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Apple Unveils New iMac with Intel Core Duo Processor

Post by Apoptosis » Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:57 pm

Apple Unveils New iMac with Intel Core Duo Processor

New iMac is Twice as Fast as Predecessor
MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 10, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Apple(R) today unveiled the new iMac(R) featuring Mac OS(R) X running on the new Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processor, delivering performance that is up to twice that of its predecessor.* The widely praised iMac design now features dual- core processors, a built-in iSight(TM) video camera for video conferencing out-of-the-box, and the breakthrough media experience of Front Row(TM) with the Apple Remote for a simple, intuitive and powerful way for consumers to enjoy their content from across the room. Starting at just $1,299, every new iMac comes with iLife(R) '06, the next generation of Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring major new versions of iPhoto(R), iMovie(R) HD, iDVD(R), GarageBand(TM) and introducing iWeb(TM), a new iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. The new iMac is shipping today, and is the first of a new generation of Macs featuring Intel processors that Apple will roll out during 2006.

"The iMac has already been praised as 'the gold standard of desktop PCs,' so we hope customers really love the new iMac, which is up to twice as fast," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "With Mac OS X plus Intel's latest dual-core processor under the hood, the new iMac delivers performance that will knock our customers' socks off."

The new iMac features Apple's breakthrough 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(R) music library, photo slideshows from iPhoto, videos including TV shows, Podcasts, iMovies and DVDs, and popular movie trailers streamed from apple.com -- all 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 award-winning 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 fun-to-use application that lets users take quick snapshots with the built-in iSight video camera, add entertaining visual effects and share their pictures with the touch of a button.

The new iMac comes standard with a SuperDrive(TM) for burning professional-quality 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 for outstanding graphics performance and realistic game play. With the latest high-performance connectivity options, the new iMac includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort(R) Extreme for fast 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(R) 400 ports. The new iMac now includes mini-DVI video output to connect up to a 23- inch Apple Cinema HD Display. With mini-DVI and the new iMac's extended desktop mode feature, users can more than double their available screen real estate.

The new iMac was designed to be the perfect computer for iLife '06, the next generation of Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and introducing iWeb, a new iLife application that makes it super- easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. All the iLife '06 applications are Universal applications that run natively on the new Intel-based iMacs for maximum performance.

Every new iMac comes with the latest release of the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.4 "Tiger" including Safari(TM), Mail, iCal(R), iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, running natively on Apple's first Intel-based desktop. Mac OS X Tiger includes an innovative software translation technology called Rosetta that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly.***

Pricing & Availability

The new iMac is shipping today and will be available through the Apple Store(R) (http://www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new 17-inch 1.83 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), 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(R) 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 $1,699 (US), 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(TM) '06 (pre-installed), AirPort Express(TM) and AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Wireless Mouse, Apple USB Modem and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The new iMac line is also available to education customers in the US and Canada through the Apple Store for Education at http://www.apple.com/education/store or by calling an Apple education sales representative at 800-800-APPL.

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Interesting specs....

Post by Digital Puppy » Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:31 pm

Cool specs for this new PC, er...um, Apple. :|

Anyone notice the shift from Nvidia's 6800 to ATI's X1600.

Anyone think the PC2-5300 memory will make a difference?
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Post by Kerii » Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:58 pm

Hilarious how Jobs manages to put a spin on everything that he gets his hands on, and even more hilarious when those die hard addicts listen to him. :lol:

I believe it was but only a few months ago when he was still touting the G5 to be twice as fast as Intel's offerings? :lol:
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Post by Bio-Hazard » Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:42 pm

Just a intel system in Apple skin......... :shock: And they still won't beable to beat AMD, that's been proven time after time no matter how you slice them apples........... 8)

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Post by pointreyes » Tue Jan 10, 2006 4:37 pm

Wish they would get moving on upgrading the MacMini. I don't need a stupid 17" monitor system but would love to have a family computer like the Mini hooked up to my KVM using the 20" Widescreen I have. Small and easy to use for wife and kids and then protects them from accidently running any of my x86 based software that could quite literally wreak havoc on my network.

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Post by FZ1 » Tue Jan 10, 2006 4:58 pm

I just bought and hooked up a MAC mini for my parents. Nice compact little box (smaller than those old metal kid's lunch boxes). Zips right along. They mostly only do internet and e-mail so there requirements were rather low to say the least. In fact, they were using the original iMAC 400mhz until this one.
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Post by pointreyes » Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:41 am

Vstrom wrote:I just bought and hooked up a MAC mini for my parents. Nice compact little box (smaller than those old metal kid's lunch boxes). Zips right along. They mostly only do internet and e-mail so there requirements were rather low to say the least. In fact, they were using the original iMAC 400mhz until this one.
Just ordered one today. It was the 1.25Ghz with 512Meg of RAM but the price was right, it was a refurb through Apple with the same warranty as a new machine for $429 with free shipping. Might need the $80 saved for upgrading to iLife '06 if '05 looks promising for the family. I was shocked to see how much kids software I have that plays on the MAC. Should hopefully get the system by Friday next week. Don't need the DVD burner because I have an external firewire/USB Plextor 716a. Finally have switched to a Sound/USB/DVI KVM so I already have that part of the hook up covered as well. Having an Intel proc in it might have been nice but I can't help but wonder if it's going to take close to two years before the switch to Intel is fully implemented for hardware and software functionality.

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Post by Apoptosis » Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:56 am

When does it come on? If you could post up picture I'd love to see it... Heck even more so on the inside.

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