September 7, 2006

Apple releases new 24" iMac and updates 17" and 20" iMacs

The best desktop computer in the market today just got better! Apple adds more to their iMac range with a new 24" iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor. They also announced updates to their existing 17" and 20" iMacs as they move from G5 to Intel Core 2 Duo. The processor speed ranges from 1.83 Ghz to 2.33Ghz, Apple also claims a 50% performance increase then previous 20" iMac. The 2.00, 2.16 and 2.33 Ghz processor have 4 MB of L2 cache and the 1.83 GHz has 2 MB of L2 cache.
The standard options on all new iMacs include iSight camera, wireless, Bluetooth, Apple remote, Keyboard, Mighty Mouse, 2 Firewire, 3 USB 2.0, gigabit Ethernet, optical audio out, built-in Microphone and Built-in stereo speakers. Specs of the 17" lower end model are a 1.83 Ghz processor, Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of shared memory and combo drive at a reasonable $999.
You can also get your 17" iMac with 2.0 or 2.13Ghz processor, hard drive upgrade option upto 500GBs, 8x Superdrive, 128MB GDDR3 ATI Radeon X1600 Graphics card and 1GB DDR2 memory starting at $1199.
The new 24" iMac comes with 1920x1200 resolution screen, 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB memory, 250 GB hard drive, 8X superdrive NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT graphics card with 128 MB GDDR3 (option of 7600GT 256MB card) and other options same as 20" iMac. They are priced from $1999 onwards.
Apple claims 24" iMac screen is 40% brighter then the previous 20" iMac and the viewing angle is also highest in iMac for 24" screen. Typical brightness on the 24" screen is 400 cd/m and the contrast ration is 700:1. For 17" and 20" the brightness is 250 and 280 cd/m, contrast ratio is 500:1 and 800:1 respectively.

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