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Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 01:00 pm PT (04:00 pm ET)

Apple offers transition developers free iMac Core Duo

Mac OS X developers who rented a Developer Transition Kit (DTK) from Apple last year can now trade those systems in for a brand new Intel iMac, the company has announced.

In June, Apple began renting to developers a $999 Developer Transition Kit, allowing them to begin developing universal binaries of their applications for Mac OS X Intel. The kits included a 3.6GHz Intel Pentium 4-based system housed inside a Power Mac G5 enclosure.

The new DTK Exchange Program will reward those developers who began transitioning their code early with a free 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo 17-inch iMac. Unlike the 3.6GHz transition kit systems — which developers agreed to return to Apple — the iMacs will be theirs to keep.

"This program will put a new Intel-based Mac in your hands to help you finish and ship your Universal Binary," Apple said. "Each Developer Transition Kit you have may be exchanged for a new Intel-based iMac at no charge."

Apple also said it will provide developers with the iMac prior to them returning the DTK to allow them time to move resources from the DTK to the iMac.

Developers have until 5:00PM PST on March 31, 2006 to processes their DTK Exchange Requests.

Only developers who ordered a DTK system from Apple between June 6, 2005 and January 10, 2006 may participate in the DTK Exchange Program.