The redesigned iMac desktop range emerges

The redesigned iMac desktop range emerges

Summary: Apple wants to be ready for the back-to-school and holiday spending spree and in preparation has unveiled a new, thinner iMac line.

TOPICS: Hardware, Apple

Apple wants to be ready for the back-to-school and holiday spending spree and in preparation has unveiled a new, thinner iMac line.

I'll have more specifics later, but what I do know is that the new iMacs will have a thinner aluminum casing and sport 20 to 24 inch displays (the 17 inch line has been discontinued).  Prices of the new systems will be between $1,199 and $1,799 depending on configuration.

If you're in the market for the 24-inch iMac then I have some good news for you - the price has dropped by a cool $200.

Other things we know [UPDATED]:

  • Up to 2.8GHz dual-core processor
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT in the 20 inch model, ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO in the 24 inch model 
  • Up to 1TB of storage
  • Up to 1GB of RAM
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • New aluminum wireless keyboard 
  • Firewire 400 and 800 support
  • No HDMI
  • iMovie '08 will support AVCHD and offer one-click YouTube integration

Topics: Hardware, Apple

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  • I think it will be a hit

    I priced comparable desktops with dual core 2Ghz with average components and 20" screens at both Dell and HP, and they came up to $1069 and $1045 respectively. (Both the Dell and HP came with 2 gig ram free, the above says UP TO 1 gbyte) so I would say that $1199 price and likely cooler factor will heat up the back to school market a lot.

    I didn't try to compare the 24", too many variables.

    It'll be interesting to compare apples to apples (pun intended) once the complete specs are listed.

  • Correction..

    The new iMac has a 4GB RAM capacity.
  • Add to that Apple's school discount

    And we are looking at a good deal for back to school kids.
  • Apples to HP's

    The store is back up.

    Apple 20" $1199
    HP A6150 with same (10 gbyte less HD, but everything else about the same.), came to $1044.19.

    When you look at the form factor though, heck, it's a thin monitor with a mouse, it makes me want one and I am not really a fan of Apple. :-D

    I think this will be the computer to have. Anyone feel like spec'ing the high end model with say Dell?

    • As for notebooks

      Well, you would have to be crazy to pay Apples prices. 15" starts at $2K.

      • Unless

        you go with the MacBook, which starts at about half the price -
        especially with the educational discount. After dragging a 15"
        through more airports than I can remember the smaller form factor
        of the MacBook is very appealing to me.
      • Or pay Dell 2,133 for something close to it

        • Nope

          I have scoped the iBook against Dell/HP/etc many times. When it comes to recommending to friends/relatives. I would love to give OS-X into hands of complete newbies, but there is still about a 50% price premium when you compare hardware. There isn't for the desktop lines, as I found out, so it is easier to recommend Apple for newbies if they want a desktop.

          • Check out the MacBook, not the iBook

            The MacBook is rather impressive, especially with the educational
            discount. Adding memory from a good 3rd party company also
            keeps the price down. Be sure to compare notebooks with the
            same processor and you'll probably be pleased with what Apple is

            Just as important for a newbie is iLife and Apple has done some
            very good things in this area. Steve Jobs did a demo on it on the
            iMac release and it's worth watching at before
            advising newbies. (You can skip through the iMac intro if you

            On the newbie side I think Macs are good options simply because
            the complexity of the underlying Unix is hidden unless you
            specifically call it up. Macs avoid a lot of the technical side, like
            defragging a HD, and you can easily set up a dock for the apps
            that will be used, tossing out the ones that won't. iLife handles a
            lot of the tasks that new users will want, especially in the area of
            pics & music and the new iMovie can be handled by a lot of

            I was surprised at the enhancements to ilife 08 (and iWork 08)
            and I think you will appreciate how easily you'll be able to set up
            someone new to computers. You'll also be pleased with the
            reductions in phone calls for help with problems. Especially if
            you recommend Apple Care where first rate customer support is
            included for three years.

            On the software side I'd recommend checking out an ad free
            listing of 18,000+ OS X apps (
            Apps covering ever one from kids & grammies to geeks, ranging
            from freeware to full, expensive (for me) commercial apps.
          • Good Info

            I must be missing something (education discount doesn't apply to an old guy like me :D ), but all I see are the macbooks.

            The 13" is small, but the lowest priced 15" macbook (under the pro line) starts at $1,999.

            There is a lot to be said for real ease of use, but with 17" almost the norm now, it is a tough sell to get someone to pay 1K for the 13" macbook.

            Anyone who I am not directly supporting who needs a desktop, the new line is what I will reccommend. For all those who i do support, PCLinuxOS is what they get. :D

  • On the consumer side

    The inclusion of iLife is worth the difference in price for many.
    During most of the demos I have seen it is the demo of iLife that
    sells the Mac.