The new iMac: thin is in

Summary:The theme of the day in San Jose today was thin. In addition to the new iPod with video playback, Apple used today's "One More Thing" media event in San Jose to announce revisions to it's all-in-one iMac line.

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The theme of the day in San Jose today was thin. In addition to the new iPod with video playback, Apple used today's "One More Thing" media event in San Jose to announce revisions to it's all-in-one iMac line.

The new iMac is more than just a speed bump though. Even though it's got faster 1.7 and 2.1GHz G5 processors and more RAM—it's now much thinner too. In fact, the new 20-inch iMac is thinner than the 17-inch model it replaces. Another bonus is the built-in iSight video camera (that tiny pinhole above the display bezel) and a wafer-thin six-button remote control that looks like a recycled iPod shuffle.

The built-in iSight video camera is great for video conferencing with iChat and you can use it as a virtual Photo Booth with Apple's namesake software. The new Photo Booth application takes still pictures that can be emailed or used as your buddy icon and includes a bunch of display effects out of the box. No word yet on whether you'll be able to use the software with an original iSight camera.

The most interesting component of the new iMac is the included Front Row remote control that turns the iMac into a media center, allowing you to easily switch between music, movies, photos and DVDs—then back to your computer desktop.

The new iMac ships with built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 8x SuperDrive and Mighty Mouse standard. The 17-inch costs $1299 and the 20-inch $1699, both are available now.

Topics: Hardware

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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