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iMacs get new 24" model, faster Core 2 Duo

updated 08:55 am EDT, Wed September 6, 2006

Apple revamps iMacs

Apple today announced that its entire iMac line now features the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor in every model, delivering up to 50 percent faster performance than the previous iMac. The company also launched a new 24-inch iMac with a 24-inch widescreen display--in addition to its 17- and 20-inch models. iMacs are now available starting at $1000. Apple's iMacs include a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing out-of-the-box; Apple's Front Row media experience; and iLife '06, the next generation of Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications. "Every iMac-from the $999 model up through the new dazzling 24-inch widescreen model now features blazing Core 2 Duo performance," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "And the new 24-inch widescreen iMac is the fastest, biggest and brightest iMac we've ever made." The 24-inch iMac also includes FireWire 800 port.

The new iMac lineup includes four models: a 1.83 GHz and a 2.0 GHz 17-inch, a 2.16 GHz 20-inch and the all-new 2.16 GHz 24-inch iMac, and features the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor which delivers up to 50 percent faster performance than the previous 20-inch iMac running industry standard benchmarks, according to Apple.

The 24-inch iMac features a 24-inch widescreen LCD display with a 1920-by-1200 pixel resolution that offers 30 percent more screen real estate than the 20-inch model and a brighter display. It features a 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB of shared L2 cache, 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory, a 250GB Serial ATA hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 128MB of GDDR3 memory and a SuperDrive for burning professional-quality DVDs. Delivering greater customization for performance and expansion needs, users can configure the new 24-inch iMac with a 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 3GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory, a 500GB Serial ATA hard drive and the NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory for graphics performance.

The new iMac line is shipping today and will be available through the Apple Store.

by MacNN Staff




  1. dawho9

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What else on the 12

    Well, you can scratch that off the announcements for the Sept 12th event.

    So movie download and new iPod on the 12th? I would have to imagine there would be more.

  1. theKiwi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Way to keep 'em guessing

    Good One Steve - keep those Rumours sites off guard - so much for 12 September

    So what will happen on 12 September, apart from the iTunes Movie Store?

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The phone rumor has been beaten to death, not that it means it won't happen. I am expecting unlocked (i.e. carrier-agnostic) quad-band GSM device with clickwheel, large screen, 1.2 megapixel camera and, of course, iTunes integration with (at least) 512MB. And it should be no more than $350.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Merom or Conroe?

  1. howdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969


    24 inches!

    Boy I was on the fence when I heard about a 23" iMac....but a 24" version seals the deal! Boy, what am I going to do with that extra inch!?! I can't believe Steve pulled the wool over the entire tech industry by blowing the doors of the rumors and coming out with a new iMac that is a whole inch bigger than was expected! Now I know those rumor sites are worthless! Ha.....

  1. popshed

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Because Steve wants to get away form the whole keypad idea the phone will be sold already packed with every phone number already in it. You just use the scroll wheel to delete the ones you do not require. It will also include every text message you could possibly want to send including: "Thanks John, see you Monday", "I'm running late, see you in 20 minutes" and the ubiquitous "Fancy a pint Dave?"

    You just scroll down to the message you want to send, no preemptive text just every possible message pre-written. Of course they'll be categorised into different sections such as Personal, Work, Secret Affair etc and you can build up your own playlist of regularly used text messages.


  1. trbgln

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: chip

    probably merom, since the specs say "667 Mhz front bus, so the slightly slower, but cooler. I think appleinsider predicted that a few days ago.

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Rumors sites off again. Video iPod + Movies for the 12th. Word of FCC filings would have been leaked by now if iPhone was ready. Although, it would be great if Steve says "Thanks for coming", goes to leave and an iPhone starts ringing in his pocket...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: ha

    Although, it would be great if Steve says "Thanks for coming", goes to leave and an iPhone starts ringing in his pocket...

    No. What would be funny is if all you say happened, and then everyone starts drooling and going "oh man! Its an iphone, its an iphone!" and then he pulls out....his standard cell phone and just starts talking on it while leaving the stage, completely ignoring the mind-numbed crowd who could've sworn that it was the phone! Oh, to get a video of the crowd at that point.

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no iPhone

    "it's Showtime" didn't even hint at new iMacs, etc. It's going to be the obvious movie related announcements (movie downloads, new iPod)

    I'd be willing to bet no iPhone, but am extremely interested in the rumor of this streaming hardware thingy? More details of what this could be?

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