updated 08:10 pm EDT, Tue August 7, 2007
New iMacs, iLife '08
On heels of its announcements this morning, Apple began showcasing the new iMac lineup at its California store locations, including its flagship San Francisco store -- which received both the low-end 20-inch iMac and the 2.4GHz 24-inch offering, but there was no sign of the overclocked 24-inch iMac running at 2.8GHz. The store also continued to showcase its older white/previous-generation iMacs. When we arrived, employees had roped off the new iMac area and were busy setting up the new iMacs, shining and testing them, and installing the demo software while a crowd began forming around the area.
Store officials said that the new sleeker iMacs are expected to continue to arrive daily -- one even joked hourly, but there was no word on whether its retail stores would soon be stocking the high-end 2.8GHz model. The new models seemed to be popular among the crowd -- especially the new slimmer keyboard, the higher resolution, built-in iSight camera, and the brilliant colors on its glossy display.
The new iMacs also attracted curious store employees who were eager to explore the new iLife '08 applications, including the all-new iMovie HD application, which brought a new interface and several new features. Users were also eagerly exploring new options on in iWeb '08. The store did not have new wireless keyboards in stock and said they didn't know when to expect them.