The new Apple iMacs, LED-backlit 21.5-inch and 27-inch models replace the former 20-inch and 24-inch iMacs, and are priced starting at $1,199. The two models comes with the fastest Intel Core 2 Duo processors starting at 3.06 GHz, and Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors, wireless keyboard and the new magic mouse.
From Apple’s Press Release, The iMac features improved graphics across the line with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics in the 21.5-inch model, and ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics in the 27-inch model. The new iMac line now also features 4GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 memory and capacity up to 16GB across four SO-DIMM slots. Every iMac features a built-in iSight® video camera, mic and stereo speakers integrated into the thin aluminum and glass design. iMac includes built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a total of four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire® 800 port and a new built-in SD card slot.
Check out these four new ads from Apple which fires back at recent Microsoft’s lame PC ads. The four ads are Biohazard suit, Time traveller, Legal copy and Stacks.
The Conficker worm on April 1 has begun to phone home for instructions to 15 million computers but so far no doomsday scenarios have emerged. This is due to the high publicity the worm has received since early this year and the threat is overblown by the media.
Vincent Weafer, from Symantec said, We believe the software is geared towards making money. The characteristic of this type of worm is to keep it slow and low, keep it under the radar to slowly maximise profits over the long term.
Apple has now introduced a more affordable iMacs, including a 24-inch iMac, with new integrated graphics. From Apple press release, For the same $1,499 price as the previous generation 20-inch iMac, the new 24-inch iMac delivers a 30 percent larger display, twice the memory and twice the storage.
Only the two higher end iMacs will use dedicated graphics card. So if you are a gamer, check it out first before buying the lower end systems. Now the iMacs only support USB and Firewire 800. So no more Firewire 400.
Tim Cook, Apple’s COO said, “Our flagship 24-inch iMac with twice the memory and twice the storage is now available for just $1,499.”
For full specs, read the press release after the jump.
Apple revealed a refresh Mac Pro that features Intel’s latest quad-core Xeon processors (Nehalem not iCore7) and a $300 price cut. The Mac Pro retail at $2,499. The new internal system architecture, delivers up to twice the performance of the previous-generation Mac Pro. The Mac Pros can now support up to eight 30-inch displays.
Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing said, “The new Mac Pro is a significant upgrade and starts at $300 less than before. The Mac Pro features an advanced system architecture, new faster processors and our best-ever graphics options to deliver a faster, more powerful system that our professional customers are going to love.”
Full press release after the jump.
Apple is selling the new Mac Mini for a pricey $600 but it does include some cool specs. The new mini are 6.5 by 6.5 by 2-inches and comes with 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, up to 320GB Serial ATA hard drive, five USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, Mini DisplayPort or DVI connections.
Apple claims that this mini is energy efficient using up to 10 times less power than a typical desktop PC.
Lenova is aiming squarely at Apple’s iMac by announcing the IdeaCenter A600 All-in-One Desktop PC. The IdeaCentre A600 features a 21.5-inch frameless screen with 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920×1080p Full HD resolution, Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs, optional ATI Radeon graphics, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and an up to 1TB hard drive. This PC also has facial recognition technology, and a motion sensitive remote control that can also be used as a VOIP handset.
The IdeaCenter A600 will set you back at a starting price tag of $999 and Lenovo will start selling this in April. Full press release after the jump.
Mac clone maker Psystar latest justification of selling unauthorized Mac systems by claiming Apple does not hold any copyright for its Mac OS X operating system. Psystar also claims that Apple’s Leopard OS, has a stealth code running in the background, which restricts only hardware sold by Apple. The next trial is in April 2009.
Are there bigger corporations backing up Psystar? Apple think so and in fact they said there are 10 corporations behind this case.
According to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, Apple will introduce the new all-in-one NVIDIA-based iMacs at the MacWorld conference in San Francisco. Report said that Qanta, the Taiwanese manufacturer supplier, is contracted to begin shipping 800,000 production units per month to Apple.
The new generation iMacs will be available in January 2009. Will these iMacs the new 2.33GHz and 2.8GHz Intel quad core chips?
Dell VP Bob Pearson criticises Apple for its MacBook “Greenest Family of Notebooks” ads. He said on his blog post:
Several Dell folks were surprised and perplexed to see Apple’s new “green” MacBook ad since its release last month and we’ve been watching the discussions in the blogosphere. After chatting with our environmental teams about the topic, we realized that instead of ignoring it, we should have a conversation about the real meaning of being green from the viewpoint of a Fortune 500 company.
Dell should focus more on their product than criticising Apple’s effort in environmentally-focused MacBook ads.
Source: The Real Meaning of Being Green