Unwrapping the Mac

Apple has unveiled the new iMac, redesigned around a 15-inch LCD flat screen with a resolution of 1024 by 768.

Inside it’s base, the new iMac features either a 700 MHz or 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processor and Apple’s SuperDrive for playing and burning CDs, up to 1 Gbyte of memory, a 60GByte hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics with 32MByte of DDR memory.

Three models of the new iMac are available, starting at $1,299. All of them include Apple’s iMovie 2 video editing software and iTunes 2, digital music software that lets users burn custom CDs and synchronise to Apple’s new iPod portable digital music player.

Additional features of the new iMac line include 2 FireWire and 5 USB ports for connecting to digital devices such as digital MP3 players, still cameras and DV camcorders, a built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and 56K V.90 modem and an internal 18W digital stereo amplifier. The system ships with Mac OS X version 10.1.2, Apple’s next-generation operating system pre-installed as the default OS, as well as Classic Mac OS 9.2.2.

The new iMacs will be available starting with the release of the 800 MHz iMac with SuperDrive in late January.

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