Apple Updates iMac and Mac Mini Desktops

Rumors have been circulating for months about new updates to the iMac and Mac Mini desktops, and today Apple finally confirms these rumors with the announcement of updates to both consumer desktop lines.

Starting with its most-affordable offering, the new Mac Mini maintains its small form-factor, measuring 6.5x6.5x2.0-inches. The Mac Mini is powered by a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and now uses Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics, which Apple claims offers "up to five times better graphics performance" than the previous iteration (which used integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics). The new Mac Mini now also has the ability to drive dual displays via Mini DisplayPort or DVI. Apple further claims that the Mac Mini uses "less than 13 watts of power at idle, up to 10 times less power than a typical desktop PC, [making] the new Mac mini is the most energy efficient desktop in the world."

The Mac Mini comes in two versions: one at $599 and one at $799. They both feature a slot-loading 8x SuperDrive, 802.11n wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.1, Gigabit Ethernet, five USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and audio in and out ports that support both analog and digital connections. The $599 version comes with 1GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM and a 120GB 5,400-rpm SATA hard drive. The $799 version comes with 2GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM and a 320GB 5,400-rpm SATA hard drive. Both iMacs can be upgraded to a total of 4GB of RAM. In addition to these two standard models, the Mac Mini can also be built-to-order with up to a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 4GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM ($1,049) and a variety of peripherals, software, and services. It is important to note that these prices do not include keyboard, mouse, or display.

The new iMacs come in four different models as well as build-to-order configurations. They all share the same thin aluminum-style chassis and glossy display, as well as coming with a Mini DisplayPort connector (which can also output video to VGA, DVI, and Dual-Link DVI displays with optional adapters), built-in iSight camera and microphone, slot-loading 8x SuperDrive, stereo speakers, 802.11n wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.1, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and audio in and out ports that support both analog and digital connections. Unlike the Mac Mini, the iMac comes with a keyboard and mouse.


20-inch iMac with 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 processor ($1,199)
  • 2GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
  • 320GB 7,200-rpm SATA hard drive

24-inch iMac with 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 processor ($1,799)
  • 4GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
  • 640GB 7,200-rpm SATA hard drive

24-inch iMac with 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 processor ($1,499)
  • 4GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 120 with 256MB GDDR3
  • 640GB 7,200-rpm SATA hard drive

24-inch iMac with 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 processor ($2,199)
  • 4GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 130 with 512MB GDDR3
  • 1TB 7,200-rpm SATA hard drive

All new iMacs can be configured with up to 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. The top two models are also available with the option of upgrading the graphics to ATI Radeon HD 4850 with 512MB. All Mac Mini and iMac models come with Mac OS X Leopard and iLife 09. As is par for the course for Apple, all new Mac mini and iMac models that were announced today, are available now for purchase from Apple and should be in retail stores within the next few days.
Via:  Apple
Tags:  Apple, iMac, Mac Mini
Comments
bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Good to see them getting rid of the intel integrated crap.

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