Apple Rolls Out Faster iMac, Mac mini Models

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Apple Announced the immediate availability of updated iMac and Mac mini models on Tuesday. The new iMac lineup sports lower prices across the board, and the new Mac mini gained the same Nvidia GeForce 9400M video processor found in the unibody MacBook.

The new iMac line includes a Core 2 Duo processor starting at 2.66GHz with 6MB shared L2 cache, Nvidea GeForece 9400M graphics, four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, a Mini DisplayPort, built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, built-in iSight camera and microphone, stereo speakers, glossy LCD display, an 8x SuperDrive, keyboard and a Mighty Mouse.

Faster processors, same look.

The 20-inch iMac ships with a 2.66GHz processor, 2GB RAM with support for up to 8GB, and a 320GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive for US$1,199. The 2.66GHz 24-inch model includes 4GB of RAM and a 640GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive for $1,499.

The 2.93GHz iMac ships with 4GB RAM, Nvidea GeForce GT 120 graphics with 256MB memory, and a 640GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive for $1,799. The 3.06GHz 24-inch iMac sports 4GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 130 graphics with 512MB memory, and a 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive for $2,199.

The new Mac mini is available with a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache, Nvidea GeForece 9400M graphics, five USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, a Mini Display port and mini-DVI port for video out, Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, an 8x SuperDrive, and audio in/out ports that support analog, digital and optical signals.

The new Mac mini: Same on the front, more on the back.

The 1GB RAM and 120GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive model is priced at $599, and the 2GB RAM 320GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive model costs $799. A build to order 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor is also available.


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Let the complaining commence!


“The new iMac lineup sports lower prices across the board…”

Unless you live in the UK, in which case change the word ‘lower’ to ‘much higher’, then curse the rubbish exchange rate.

Also, ?800 to upgrade RAM from 4GB to 8GB?  Crazy insane.

Let the complaining commence, indeed.

Tim Harness

How shocking, it looks like the spy pictures that were supposed to have been fraudulent. And I’ll likely be retiring my G4 mini.


Yup - the world’s economy is tanking. People are losing jobs all over the place.
And Apple…

...raise the price of their entry level system by 20%.

Yay! Hooray for clear thinking. Nothing quite sends the message “screw you don’t bother us” like a 20% price hike in a recession.


Just ordered a 2.93 GHz iMac.  Twice memory standard, same price as old model.

Now the waiting begins (Mar 17-19)...

Happy shopping!

Lee Dronick

“Let the complaining commence!”

Head over to CNET, the trolls and iWhineBoys have crawled out in force.

Lee Dronick

I may be mistaken about this, and I couldn’t find any info about it on the Apple website, but it looks like the new iMacs come with keyboard without a numeric keypad. By the photos it looks like a wired version of the wireless keyboard that already was “numberless.”


... and they’ve put up the price of a 500gb Time Capsule by another ?60 as well.  Why they think simultaneous dual band is worth that much I’ve no idea!


Hey, folks. If you don’t like the prices, don’t buy. Pretty simple.


Firewire 800 only?  Have they fixed the problems that Firewire 800 has with camcorders?


THe keyboard that is standard does not have the numeric keypad, but when yo order there are a bunch of choices, one of them is the keyboard with numeric keypad, no extra cost. I noticed this after I ordered, I called Apple and they changed keyboards for me.

Delivery mar 17-19.  I guess I need to program a wait loop for myself. wink

Gonna be great replacing my 1st gen (2004) iMac G5.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Faster processors, same look.

They look faster to me. Anyone else?


Apple RAM prices have almost always been high. I am impressed with the Mini.  The specs are similar to the MacBooks we just got. I can see one of those replacing our aging G4 tower. Not immediately mind you but down the road.

Hmm…A Mini with maxed out RAM, external HD for backup via Time Machine,, and OS-X Server. I like it.


Oh, yeah, forgot to mention.  When you order the iMac through the Education Store, the AppleCare is not on the same page as the other options.  You have to go to another page to order the AppleCare.

I told Apple, they seemed surprised, so I guess they will correct it soon.

BTW:  Apple store reps said (surprise, surprise) the store both online and phones is extremely busy today.


Other than the price difference which isn’t really that much, is there a compelling reason to get an AppleTV rather than a Mini? Can’t you do the same thing with a Mini, and a lot more? Is there something about the AppleTV that the Mini CANNOT do?

Unless I’m missing something here…


Yes, protected Apple Store content can’t be played on Mac Mini via DisplayPort.


Egad, my error.  The new Mac mini has built-in mini-DVI, which just means a mini-DVI to HDMI or DVI adapter for protected Apple Store content.  Thank goodness.  I thought for a moment the Display Port basically rendered the new Mac Mini blind to Apple Store videos.  Thank goodness there is still a mini-DVI port.


Good point. But if I have a very new TV with a secure HD input it would, right?

Are these even available yet?


Went to CNET, saw the whining. Nobody there thought to post the fact that when OS 10.6 ships, it may well end all support for G4s completely, which means a virtual EOL for those machines. Yes, they’ll still work, NO they won’t work with new software. Apple has learned the planned obsolescence game that other makers mastered so long ago. I will have to replace my two 7 year old G4 machines.

And I wouldn’t be investing too much in G5 technology considering by 10.6.5, those will be EOL too!


And I notice nobody else has pointed out that the Mini now officially supports two displays. It’s about time!


Too bad about the glossy LCD display.
Otherwise, the iMac specs look great.

To this day, no one at Apple or Apple Media has sufficiently explained to me why the necessity to add both glass AND glossy screens to Macs, while eliminating the matte screens that were better to so many of us.

It’s funny how Apple’s pictures of their Macs always show the “reflection/glare” effect right in their ads. (on the right side of the display)

Environmentally greener, but ergonomically worser:  can you say eye-fatigue, red eye, headaches!


“Yup - the world?s economy is tanking. People are losing jobs all over the place.
And Apple?

...raise the price of their entry level system by 20%.

Yay! Hooray for clear thinking. Nothing quite sends the message ?screw you don?t bother us? like a 20% price hike in a recession.”

How is $599 to $599 a 20% increase?


I live in the UK.
The price of the Mini has gone from ?399 to ?500.
That’s a 20% increase. Or is that 25%?
My percentage skills are not too hot.


Ah, of course…

Europeans often find themselves screwed by Apple’s pricing, though.

I remember having to pay a few hundred $$ more for my PowerBook in France than I would have paid in the US.

Oh well…

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