Apple Unveils New iMac with Intel Core Duo Processor

by Hadley Stern Jan 10, 2006

New iMac is Twice as Fast as Predecessor

  MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Apple(R) today unveiled the new iMac(R) featuring Mac OS(R) X running on the new Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processor, delivering performance that is up to twice that of its predecessor.* The widely praised iMac design now features dual-core processors, a built-in iSight(TM) video camera for video conferencing out-of-the-box, and the breakthrough media experience of Front Row(TM) with the Apple Remote for a simple, intuitive and powerful way for consumers to enjoy their content from across the room. Starting at just $1,299, every new iMac comes with iLife(R) ‘06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring major new versions of iPhoto(R), iMovie(R) HD, iDVD(R), GarageBand(TM) and introducing iWeb(TM), a new iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. The new iMac is shipping today, and is the first of a new generation of Macs featuring Intel processors that Apple will roll out during 2006.

  “The iMac has already been praised as ‘the gold standard of desktop PCs,’ so we hope customers really love the new iMac, which is up to twice as fast,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With Mac OS X plus Intel’s latest dual-core processor under the hood, the new iMac delivers performance that will knock our customers’ socks off.”

  The new iMac features Apple’s breakthrough Front Row media experience and the Apple Remote, a simple way for customers to enjoy the content they have on their iMac—including songs from their iTunes(R) music library, photo slideshows from iPhoto, videos including TV shows, Podcasts, iMovies and DVDs, and popular movie trailers streamed from apple.com—all from across the room.


  Every new iMac comes with a built-in iSight video camera for out-of-the-box video conferencing using Apple’s award-winning iChat AV software, or recording a video Podcast or iMovie using iLife ‘06. The built-in iSight video camera takes advantage of the Intel Core Duo processor to deliver up to four times the resolution over the previous model. Each iMac also includes Photo Booth, Apple’s fun-to-use application that lets users take quick snapshots with the built-in iSight video camera, add entertaining visual effects and share their pictures with the touch of a button.

  The new iMac comes standard with a SuperDrive(TM) for burning professional-quality DVDs, 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB, hard drive storage capacity up to 500GB, and ATI Radeon X1600 PCI Express-based graphics with 128MB of GDDR3 memory for outstanding graphics performance and realistic game play. With the latest high-performance connectivity options, the new iMac includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort(R) Extreme for fast 54 Mbps wireless networking,** built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), a total of five USB ports (three USB 2.0) and two FireWire(R) 400 ports. The new iMac now includes mini-DVI video output to connect up to a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display. With mini-DVI and the new iMac’s extended desktop mode feature, users can more than double their available screen real estate.

  The new iMac was designed to be the perfect computer for iLife ‘06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and introducing iWeb, a new iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. All the iLife ‘06 applications are Universal applications that run natively on the new Intel-based iMacs for maximum performance.

  Every new iMac comes with the latest release of the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.4 “Tiger” including Safari(TM), Mail, iCal(R), iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, running natively on Apple’s first Intel-based desktop. Mac OS X Tiger includes an innovative software translation technology called Rosetta that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly.***

  Pricing & Availability

  The new iMac is shipping today and will be available through the Apple Store(R) (http://www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

  The new 17-inch 1.83 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:

  —17-inch widescreen LCD display;

  —1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;

  —512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 2GB;

  —8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL / DVD+/-RW / CD-RW);

  —PCI Express-based ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;

  —built-in iSight video camera;

  —built-in AirPort(R) Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;

  —160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;

  —mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold

    separately);

  —built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and

  —the infrared Apple Remote, Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

  The new 20-inch 2.0 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:

  —20-inch widescreen LCD display;

  —2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;

  —512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 2GB;

  —8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL / DVD+/-RW / CD-RW);

  —PCI Express-based ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;

  —built-in iSight video camera;

  —built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;

  —250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;

  —mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold

    separately);

  —built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and

  —the infrared Apple Remote, Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

  Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB and 500GB Serial ATA hard drives, up to 256MB of GDDR3 video memory on the 20-inch iMac, iWork(TM) ‘06 (pre-installed), AirPort Express(TM) and AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Wireless Mouse, Apple USB Modem and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

  The new iMac line is also available to education customers in the US and Canada through the Apple Store for Education at http://www.apple.com/education/store or by calling an Apple education sales representative at 800-800-APPL.

  *Based on estimated results of industry-standard SPECint and SPECfp rate

tests. SPEC(R) is a registered trademark of Standard Performance Evaluation

Corporation (SPEC); see http://www.apple.com/imac for more information.

  **Actual speed will vary based on range from the base station, environmental conditions and other factors.

  *** See http://www.apple.com/rosetta/ for information on Rosetta supported Apple software. Contact the manufacturer directly for 3rd party software.

Comments

  • Does this thing do Windows?

    Traveller had this to say on Jan 10, 2006 Posts: 1
  • No!

    I can’t believe people still expect Apple to let their Macs run Windows…

    Luke Mildenhall-Ward had this to say on Jan 10, 2006 Posts: 299
  • One more thing…

    This was all very disappointing.
    A $2000 laptop is beyond the reach of most.

    There had been some hype about Apple trying to increase its share of the mobile market.

    Forget that.

    For many of us who waited… the wait was in vain… and it is time to buy a Dell laptop.

    koreyel had this to say on Jan 10, 2006 Posts: 22
  • That $2000 is about the same price as a Dell Intel Duo laptop of comparible stats.

    This is only the start of the Intel laptops. They went high-end because releasing an Intel iBook faster than Powerbooks would be absurd. They’re 6 months early, the iBook will definately be Intel by then.

    The only thing I found dissapointing was the name. MacBook Pro sounds so lame.

    shrimpdesign had this to say on Jan 11, 2006 Posts: 16
  • Price is indeed the same as other OEM’s notebooks. The only thing I don’t like is that prices aren’t the same in all continents. European ones are almost 1/4 more expensive!!! I don’t understand this, we aren’t living in 18th century. Why else do we have cross rates? Damn, I hate this so much. The U.S. isn’t the only country on the globe!

    HELL, APPLE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!

    Tomovich had this to say on Jan 12, 2006 Posts: 16
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