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Monday, April 28, 2008, 06:00 am PT (09:00 am ET)

Apple refreshes iMac line, now up to 3.06GHz

Apple on Monday updated its iMac family with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn mobile processors and the most powerful graphics ever available in the all-in-one desktop line.

With prices starting at just $1,199, the new iMacs also include 6MB L2 cache, a faster 1066 MHz front-side bus, and 2GB of memory standard in most models (expandable to 4GB).

Meanwhile, the new 24-inch Extreme configuration offers a 3.06 GHz Intel processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics card with 512MB of video memory, which Apple claims will deliver up to two times the standard performance for graphic intensive applications.

“The iMac’s gorgeous aluminum and glass all-in-one design has been an incredible hit with our customers and is just one of the reasons Mac sales are growing three and a half times faster than PC sales,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the latest Intel processors, a faster new graphics option and more memory, customers now have even more reasons to love the iMac.”

New Configurations

The new iMac line is available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new 20-inch 2.4 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:
  • 20-inch widescreen LCD display
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus
  • 1GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB GDDR3 memory
  • built-in iSight video camera
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

The new 20-inch 2.66 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
  • 20-inch widescreen LCD display
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus
  • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB GDDR3 memory
  • built-in iSight video camera
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

The new 24-inch 2.8 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:
  • 24-inch widescreen LCD display
  • 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus
  • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB GDDR3 memory
  • built-in iSight video camera
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

The new 24-inch 3.06 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $2,199 (US), includes:
  • 24-inch widescreen LCD display
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus
  • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB GDDR3 memory
  • built-in iSight video camera
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.


New Apple iMac


The new iMacs further Apple’s commitment to environmental progress with highly recyclable and durable materials including scratch-resistant glass and professional grade aluminum. Each new model is rated EPEAT Silver, the company said, adding that the power-efficient systems also meet the stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption.

Apple is also now offering more reasonable pricing for iMac memory upgrades, with an upgrade from 1GB to 2GB costing $100, and an upgrade from 2GB to 4GB fetching just $300.

Each iMac ships with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and iLife '08.

Those readers looking to purchase a new iMac may want to check out MacMall, which is offering up to $100 in rebates (plus a free Epson Printer and copy of Parallels Desktop 3.0) with each purchase.