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Apple Introduces Updated, Cheaper iMac

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.

  • StupidRabbit
    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

    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
    Pardon me sir, let me edit that. :)
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  • bob boblaw
    That's nice. Got anymore Crapple ads? And why is this filed under CPU?
    Reply
  • captaincharisma
    wow there are still no imac's selling under $1000? go apple keep those paperweights coming
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  • jsloan
    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
    lol @ the headline
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  • tayb
    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
    you see it as a rip-off, the mac elite see it as a status symbol
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  • eddieroolz
    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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  • 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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