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Aluminum iMacs Announced by Apple

by Paul Strauss

As expected, Apple today took the wraps off their new iMac models, and boy do they look slick. The new models will come in 20-inch and 24-inch versions, and will offer all of the capabilities that you’d want in an all-in-one computer.

New Aluminum iMac

The new models’ industrial design is a beautiful combination of aluminum and glass, making them look more like Apple’s gorgeous Cinema displays that past versions of the iMac. All models come with a slot-loading SuperDrive, and a built-in iSight camera too. You’ll also be able to easily upgrade RAM up to 4GB, or up to 1TB of disk.

They’re loaded with just about every connection you could need: USB 2.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800, and mini-DVI for video. There’s also built in 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.0 wireless connectivity.

New Aluminum iMac Keyboard

Apple also showed off a cool new keyboard design that includes direct access to media control features and screen brightness/dimming too. The new keyboard measures in at a ridiculously svelte 0.33″ thick, more than 60% slimmer than old models. I’m am a bit concerned about the Chiclet-like ergonomics of the new keys though. There’s an optional Bluetooth wireless version available too (without the numeric keys, though.)

Base configurations of the aluminum iMacs are as follows:

  • $1199 configuration: 20-inch widescreen (1680×1050), 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM, 250GB SATA Hard Drive, Radeon HD 2400 XT Graphics, 8X SuperDrive
  • $1499 configuration: 20-inch widescreen (1680×1050), 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM, 320GB SATA Hard Drive, Radeon HD 2600 Pro Graphics, 8X SuperDrive
  • $1799 configuration: 24-inch widescreen (1900×1200), 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM, 320GB SATA Hard Drive, Radeon HD 2600 Pro Graphics, 8X SuperDrive

All the new iMac models are available immediately, and should be on the Apple Store shortly.

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Comments (3):

  1. KennyP says:

    Nice! And that’s the FIRST real picture I’ve seen of one (instead of one snapped at today’s press conference). Looks like a visit to the Apple store is in order. I may not replace my Mac Pro, but a new, wireless keyboard may be in order.

    Speaking of which, I have my mouse and iPhone USB’ed into my keyboard. I guess I won’t be able to do that. Of course, the new keyboard probably comes with a wireless mouse too.

  2. technabob says:

    Actually, the included keyboard is wired. The wireless version doesn’t have a numeric keypad (BOO!) and costs an additional $79.00.

    More details here:

  3. the scholar says:

    that is so flippin cool. if i didn’t already have 2 computers i would ask for this for christmas…

    and you DO have the best photos of all the posts i’ve read on this news, FYI… good work!

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