New iMac from Cupertino
By Shean Nasseri
A new iMac, a new design and some nifty new gadgets.
The people at Apple have been working overtime to bring some great new products out for the masses. It seems that their hard work has paid off. The new generation of the iMac with the Intel Core Duo proves that great things can come in small packages.
This new iMac still has the rectangular design of the previous model of the iMac and still comes in a 17-inch and 20-inch size, but Apple has made some subtle and not so subtle changes. On the outside, each iMac still provides 2 firewire ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports (plus 2 more USB 1 on the keyboard), an audio port, and built-in Ethernet port for you Internet connection. The number of firewire and USB ports should be enough to plug in speakers, a printer and a firewire drive to backup your data, but you may find that an extra hub might be useful down the road. I have seen USB hubs anywhere from $10-50 and firewire hubs anywhere from $25-$100, depending on the brand and number of ports
on the hub. A standard Apple keyboard and Mighty Mouse are still included in the box and you still have the option to upgrade to a wireless keyboard and mouse for an additional $60. New to the box is an Apple Remote Control for the Front Row interface which lets you summon forth your music, movies and photos from across the room.
The iMac still comes packed with a wide variety of applications that will have you doing things that you never thought was so easy to do. The iMac comes preloaded with a Unix based operating system 10.4, lovingly called Tiger. Within Tiger is Safari 2, Mail 2, Address Book 4, iChat AV 3, iCal 2, Frontbook 2, DVD Player 4.5, Preview 3 and Xcode 2. iChat 06 is yet another software bundle packed in which includes the latest versions of iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, Garageband, iWork (30 day trial), Appleworks, Quicken 2006, World Book 2006, Microsoft Office (30 day trial), Front Row, Photobooth, Big Bang Board Games, Comic Life and OmniOutliner. Whew!
The inside is a different story. The new 17" and 20" iMac sports a new Intel Core Duo processor. What this means is iMac brings a new generation of power to the amazing things it can do. The Intel Core Duo processor and a whole new architecture give iMac literally twice the horsepower it had previously.
The 17" iMac boasts a 1.83Ghz Intel Core Duo Processor which includes 512MB RAM
(expandable to 2GB), 160GB hard drive (expandable to 500GB), an 8X Superdrive
(which means that you can read and write both CDs and DVDs) and an ATI Radeon
X1600 with 128MB VRAM. The 20" includes a 2.0Ghz Intel Core Duo Processor with
512MB RAM (expandable to 2GB), 250GB hard drive (expandable to 500GB), an 8X
Superdrive and ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB VRAM which can be upgraded to the
X1600 with 256MB VRAM. Both iMac models come preinstalled with Bluetooth 2.0,
an Airport card for wireless technology and a built-in iSight camera for video chats and teleconferencing.
The 17" model is an excellent computer for the average home user, but if you are more of a professional user and it is in your budget, it might be worth the extra dollars to upgrade to the 20" model. Also, while 512MB of RAM is sufficient to start, you will find that the machine will get a little slower once you start downloading music, videos, and other files onto your computer. I would recommend expanding the RAM to at least 1GB.
With its small footprint, powerful processing and award winning design, it's no wonder why this machine has become the center of digital life for thousands of people. If you are interested in this machine or any Mac product, please call us at (323) 937-4600 or (818) 840-8466.
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