Yesterday, Apple help a media event to promote its new offerings, including newly redesigned iMacs, new major software suite releases and new enhancements to its .Mac service.
Today, the Apple website is available and updated to reflect the new releases, which are as follows.
The new iMacs feature the sleekest design, yet. The all-in-one units puts the entire computer into an aluminum enclosure, so it looks just like a monitor sitting on a very cool stand. The screens showcase the new glossy displays in both 20-inch and 24-inch. They are widescreen LCD displays that promise incredibly crisp images.
As for the guts, the new iMacs come with the following.
Core 2 Duo processor up to 2.8GHz
4MB of shared L2 cache
1GB memory, up to 4GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory
Hard drive up to 1TB
AirPort Extreme 802.11n
Five USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port
The 20-inch iMac has a starting price of $1,199, with the 24-inch iMac starting at $1,799.
A new optional wireless keyboard is now available. It boasts an ultra-thin design of just .33 inches at the front edge of the keyboard. Two USB ports, 2.0, are on the keyboard. If you combine this new wireless keyboard with the wireless Mighty Mouse, you can have a really clutter-free desktop.
iLife 08 and iWork 08 boost numerous updates and enhancements. Among these new features are:
Automatic organization of photos into events, to make keeping track of digital photos in iPhoto a piece of cake.
Live web widgets for iWeb that include Google maps and Google Adsense support.
A new spreadsheet application, called numbers, that is part of the iWork suite. Numbers is particularly innovative because it introduces a brand new concept in spreadsheets.
There are also a few updates to the word processor, Pages, and the presentation program, Keynote.
In addition, some exciting new features have been added to the .Mac service. I’ll cover these in a future blog, where I can be offer more comprehensive coverage about .Mac.
Mary Ann Romans also writes for the Frugal Living Blog here at Families.com, where she shares money saving tips for today’s families.