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Apple Introduces Updated, Cheaper iMac

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Apple today announced updates to its iMac and Mac mini and Mac Pro. One of the biggest pieces of news is the 24-inch iMac priced more affordable than ever. For the same price as the previous generation 20-inch iMac ($1,499), the new 24-inch iMac delivers a 30 percent larger display with twice the memory and twice the storage space.

The 20-inch iMac starts at $1,199 with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive and an Nvida GeForce 9400M. The 24-inch iMac (with 1920x1200 pixel widescreen display) includes up to a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a 640 GB or 1 TB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics with Nvidia GeForce GT 130 or ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics.

Both are available now. Aesthetically, you wont see a difference, really. Same glass and aluminum casing we’ve all seen before.

Here are the pre-configured variants that Apple is now offering:

The new 20-inch 2.66 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:

  • 20-inch widescreen LCD display;
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 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);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse.

The new 24-inch 2.66 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

  • 24-inch widescreen LCD display;
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 640GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse.

The new 24-inch 2.93 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

  • 24-inch widescreen LCD display;
  • 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120; with 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM memory;
  • 640GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse.

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 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 130; with 512MB GDDR3 memory;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse.

Build-to-order options and accessories for the iMac include: a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, up to 1TB Serial ATA hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 130, or ATI Radeon HD 4850 with 512MB GDDR3 memory on the 24-inch iMac, and up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM and up to a 1TB Serial ATA hard drive on the 20-inch iMac.

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    StupidRabbit , March 3, 2009 2:20 PM
    Quote:
    The 24-inch iMac (with 1920x1200 pixel widescreen display) comes with the old 20 inch-price tag of $1,499 and includes up to a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a 640 GB or 1 TB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce 9400M


    Quote:
    The new 24-inch 3.06 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $2,199 (US), includes:


    did i miss something? is it as of now $1499, and the suggested retail price of $2199 is no longer valid?
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    JMcEntegart , March 3, 2009 3:19 PM
    Pardon me sir, let me edit that. :) 
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    bob boblaw , March 3, 2009 3:41 PM
    That's nice. Got anymore Crapple ads? And why is this filed under CPU?
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    captaincharisma , March 3, 2009 4:21 PM
    wow there are still no imac's selling under $1000? go apple keep those paperweights coming
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    jsloan , March 3, 2009 4:45 PM
    too expensive for people who just want to play around. and you still have to add iwork ilike, software. so the price is much higher when you add the goodies. plus on low end imac the gpu is pathetic. NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics, no crysis for you!
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    sandmanwn , March 3, 2009 5:23 PM
    lol @ the headline
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    tayb , March 3, 2009 5:34 PM
    That $1,499 model is a total ripoff. You get a larger hard drive and double the ram for $300 but are stuck with the game Nvidia 9400m. For $300 I should expect a GPU upgrade. Ram and a larger HDD aren't worth $300. That model won't sell well at all.
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    dlvonde , March 3, 2009 6:00 PM
    you see it as a rip-off, the mac elite see it as a status symbol
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    eddieroolz , March 3, 2009 7:23 PM
    Quote:
    One of the biggest pieces of news is the 24-inch iMac priced more affordable than ever. For the same price as the previous generation 20-inch iMac ($1,499), the new 24-inch iMac delivers a 30 percent larger display with twice the memory and twice the storage space.


    I lol'd.
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2009 7:42 PM
    If you were going to buy the top 24" iMac, would you get it with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 130; with 512MB GDDR3 memory? Or would you pay $50 more for the ATI Radeon HD 4850 with 512MB GDDR3? Apple says the ATI tests better, but the technically-oriented people I know prefer the NVIDIA. I'd really appreciate input here.
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2009 7:53 PM
    If you were going to purchase one of the new 24" iMacs, would you get the NVIDIA GeForce GT 130, or pay $50 more to upgrade to the ATI Radeon HD 4850?

    A lot of technical people I know really favor the NVIDIA cards, but Apple is saying the ATI is a better card. (I'm thinking for game play and things like Final Cut Studio HD video editing. Thanks for any input.
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2009 8:52 PM
    New iMacs were announced today! I've been waiting 6 months for the new iMacs so I could get a replacement for my three year old 20" G5. I cannot wait; I'm ready to order today! What do I want? I want a 20" iMac with great graphics performance. Can I get what I want. Apple says ABSOLUTELY NO!

    I am a small, short woman who enjoys using my 20" screen. I do not want the overwhelming 24" screen, but I want the performance of the GeForce GT 130M. So, can I get this from Apple? Apple says NO!

    Not everyone thinks that bigger is better. As a computer professional, when I advise friends who are looking for a computer, and they want good graphics performance, but it needs to fit into the space they have in their house set aside for a computer, can I recommend an Apple? Not any more. 24" is too big for lots of families; they don't have the space. So, they'll go buy a Dell, and there's nothing I can do about it.

    I think that Apple needs to consider the rest of the customers they should be serving. Not everyone wants a huge screen; not for their TV and not for their computer either.

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    ag3nt smith , March 3, 2009 9:35 PM
    Yay! Apple finally made a better door-stop! Would make a great computer if you're accustomed to Cold-War era computer technology.
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    RiotSniperX , March 3, 2009 10:22 PM
    ag3nt smithYay! Apple finally made a better door-stop! Would make a great computer if you're accustomed to Cold-War era computer technology.


    HEY! This computer isnt outdated! ...It has a built-in camera!!!




    /sarcasm
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    hillarymakesmecry , March 4, 2009 10:57 AM
    @ newcastlelinda

    I've never seen anyone complain about a larger monitor on a desktop computer before. Who doesn't have the space for a 24"? If people live in mobile homes then they shouldn't buy a $1,500 computer anyways. I question your 'computer professional' credibility.
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    Yoder54 , March 4, 2009 4:39 PM
    Oh boy...come on folks. I use both Windows and Mac OS X. The Mac OS blows away my Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit machine, 4Gb DDR3 1333, etc. I am curious how many of you who dish Apple have tried one? Then with the new OS that Apple will roll out here shortly will come OpenCl...what will MS bring to the table? Hell, MS is still trying to write a stable OS. I guess if you like trouble shooting and fighting with your OS then Windows is the way to go.

    For those of you who dog Apple and its pricing, you should know by now that Apple refuses to produce an inferior product. Here is a recent report saying that the iMac is priced better than its competition http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/03/04/new_imacs_offer_more_value_than_competition_report.html

    I still have not seen any Windows machine produce the kind of graphics that Apple does on all of its boxes...if you want good graphics on a Win box, then you will pay...it comes with an Apple. If you want extreme, try the Mac Pro. Granted, you cannot modify the Apple hardware, but then not everyone wants to. I prefer to write code and the Mac is just fine. If I need Windows, then I dual boot.

    Is there panic in the air? Is MS loosing its market share? Take out the corporate sector and you will see MS popularity falling like a brick from heaven. I guess there should be concern from those on the side of MS...besides, what have they done new and original lately? Hmmm...not much.
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    RiotSniperX , March 4, 2009 5:54 PM
    Yoder54Oh boy...come on folks. I use both Windows and Mac OS X. The Mac OS blows away my Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit machine, 4Gb DDR3 1333, etc. I am curious how many of you who dish Apple have tried one? Then with the new OS that Apple will roll out here shortly will come OpenCl...what will MS bring to the table? Hell, MS is still trying to write a stable OS. I guess if you like trouble shooting and fighting with your OS then Windows is the way to go.For those of you who dog Apple and its pricing, you should know by now that Apple refuses to produce an inferior product. Here is a recent report saying that the iMac is priced better than its competition http://www.appleinsider.com/articl [...] eport.html I still have not seen any Windows machine produce the kind of graphics that Apple does on all of its boxes...if you want good graphics on a Win box, then you will pay...it comes with an Apple. If you want extreme, try the Mac Pro. Granted, you cannot modify the Apple hardware, but then not everyone wants to. I prefer to write code and the Mac is just fine. If I need Windows, then I dual boot.Is there panic in the air? Is MS loosing its market share? Take out the corporate sector and you will see MS popularity falling like a brick from heaven. I guess there should be concern from those on the side of MS...besides, what have they done new and original lately? Hmmm...not much.

    Would you care to explain why Photoshop CS4 64-Bit is a PC exclusive? And becuase mac AREN'T for graphics, they cant run any 3rd party sofware unless approved by Apple, I find Mac fine for everyday computing, you apple fanboys really need to get it out of your head that Mac isnt a supermachine and most PC's offer things Macs cant. Can you upgrade a mac along the line? No. I only see mac doing good in the laptop market.
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    ag3nt smith , March 4, 2009 6:22 PM
    @ Yoder54:

    So how much were you paid to write that? I can pick out a flaw in everything you said. Macs will ONLY do good in the laptop market if Netbooks fall, based on polls Netbooks are killing MS and Apple lol. I prefer modern-day hardware; not cold-war based systems.
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    Yoder54 , March 4, 2009 7:42 PM
    CS 5 will be 64-bit for the Mac OS. Apple is working on an OpenCL platform that will take full advantage of the parallel processing capabilities of multi-core processors...something that cannot be done with the Windows OS. So why not 64-bit for the CS 4 Suite? Probably because the 64-bit kernal of the Mac OS runs the 32-bit version as fast as the PS 64-bit for Windows...MS finally caught up. If you remember your software history, PS was first designed for the Mac platform. Talk to somebody in Hollywood and see what they use...predominantly Apples or very high-end workstations that run on Unix. Win is good for scientific computing...to a point...and then Unix takes over.

    One big problem with MS machines is all of the crap software out there...just because there is a lot of crap available does not mean you are better. Besides, most professionals use PS, Maya, etc...all of which are ported to Macs. Anybody can write software for a Mac, you just need Apple's ok to sell it at their store. Oops.

    If you like netbooks then more power to you. I like power computers with nice big monitors, not cheap toys made for third world markets. So, how many Windows machines have the same computing power of the Mac Pro? You think the Mac Pro is a cold-war based system? Wake-up man.

    You guys are quick at name calling, but missed the part where I said I run a Vista 64-bit at home and use it everyday. I use my iMac everyday also, and the Mac OS is far superior...sorry, but the sun seems to be setting in Seattle. I will continue to build Windows boxes, but my computer of choice...my work machine...will be a Mac.

    Oh BTW, I work in a building that has 30-5 year old eMac's that run circles around the new over 400 new Dells that they are installing. The Dells have that nice washed-out look while the older eMac's are far superior in color rendering. To compare my iMac's at work to the upper-end MS workstations is not fair. I am beginning to sense some jealousy...c'est la vie.
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    ag3nt smith , March 4, 2009 8:01 PM
    I'm just calling them as their hardware specs are m8. Anyway I'm pulling out of this debate :)  No chance in debating something someone worships like a God like this "Bow down before Steve Jobs the mighty God!" (Kinda glad he's got cancer so this 'empire' of corruption can fall)
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