Apple refreshes iMacs, as expected

iWork '08 debuts with 'Numbers,' new spreadsheet; Mac Mini lives

Apple Tuesday refreshed its iMac desktop line, dropping the model with the smallest screen, cutting the price of the top-end system, and tweaking the design for a thinner, trimmer look.

In an event held at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, CEO Steve Jobs introduced three new iMacs -- two with 20-in. LCD screens, the third boasting a 24-in. monitor -- priced between US$1,199 and US$1,799. All are available immediately in Apple's retail stores and at the company's Web site.

The entry-level iMac, now priced US$200 above the previous cheapest model, includes a 20-in. screen, a 2.0-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. The US$1,499 middle model, which also has a 20-in. screen, features a 320GB drive, a 2.4-GHz processor and a faster ATI graphics card. At the top of the lineup, the 24-in. iMac, which sells for US$200 less than the previous top-end model, contains the same innards as the US$1,499 model but features a larger screen.

The 20-in. screens offer 1680- by 1050-pixel resolutions; the 24-in. screen has a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels.

All three sport FireWire 400/800 connections and a CD/DVD optical drive, they also support Bluetooth and 802.11n wireless. A new keyboard -- which was the focus of rampant Internet speculation over the last week -- is more MacBook-like and comes in an optional wireless version.

Jobs also demonstrated new features in iPhoto, part of the revamped iLife '08 suite; new links between both iPhoto and Apple's iPhone, and the company's .Mac online service; and other iLife '08 applications, including a refreshed iWeb and a totally redesigned iMovie. "We're still calling it iMovie," quipped Jobs, "but we're giving it a new icon to show it's a whole new app." The iLife '08 suite, which retails for US$79 separately, ships with all new Macs.

Apple's second major suite -- iWork -- received an update, too. The entry-level application bundle, which last got an upgrade in January 2006, now includes a spreadsheet, dubbed Numbers, to complement the Keynote presentation maker and the Pages word-processor-cum-document-designer, which made up earlier editions. Numbers, according to the slide Jobs threw up on the screen, is "the spreadsheet for the rest of us," a reference to the original 1984 Macintosh advertising tagline.

iWork's price remains at US$79, Jobs said.

Some scuttlebutt, which included rumors of the demise of the screenless Mac Mini and enhanced MacBook notebooks, didn't pan out. The Mini remains in the Apple portfolio, and in fact has been slightly enhanced, said Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook in a short Q&A near the end of the rollout. (The new Minis come with faster CoreDuo processors.) The portables, meanwhile, which were last updated in June when the MacBook Pro shifted to Intel's Santa Rosa chip set and began shipping with screens backlit by LEDs, stayed static.

As usual, the Apple online store in the U.S. and the U.K. went offline prior to Jobs' presentation, and displayed the familiar "We'll be back soon" sticky note. It was expected to come back to life soon after Jobs wrapped up.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?