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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Apple Unveils New iMac, MacBook With LED-Backlit Display


Apple today unveiled an all new iMac line featuring LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays in a new glass design, and updated its MacBook with a new polycarbonate unibody design featuring a LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch trackpad and Apple's built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life.

New iMac With 21.5 and 27-inch Displays

Apple's new iMac line features LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays in a new glass design and seamless all aluminum enclosure. The new iMac line, starting at $1,199, is the fastest ever with Intel Core 2 Duo processors starting at 3.06 GHz, and Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors. Every new iMac ships with a wireless keyboard and the all new wireless Magic Mouse, the first mouse with Multi-Touch technology pioneered by Apple on the iPhone, iPod touch and Mac notebook trackpad.

The new iMac features stunning LED-backlit displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The new 21.5-inch iMac features a high resolution 1920-by-1080 pixel display. The 27-inch iMac features a 2560-by-1440 pixel display that offers 60 percent more pixels than the previous 24-inch model. Both 21.5 and 27-inch displays use IPS technology to deliver consistent color across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle.



The iMac comes standard with a wireless keyboard and the new Magic Mouse featuring Apple's Multi-Touch technology. Instead of needing mechanical buttons, scroll wheels or scroll balls, the entire top of the Magic Mouse is a seamless Multi-Touch surface. Using gestures, a user can scroll through long documents, pan across large images or swipe to move forward or backward through a collection of web pages or photos. The Magic Mouse can be configured as either a single button or two button mouse, according to the user's preference. The wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse work with the iMac's built-in Bluetooth capabilities to provide a cable-free desk top.

Magic Mouse comes standard with the new iMac and is available at the end of October through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $69 (US).



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.

Apple today also announced that the Mac mini is now faster, offers more storage and comes standard with double the memory. Starting at $599, the entry level Mac mini features a faster 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, a 160GB hard drive, five USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics and a SuperDrive. The $799 Mac mini features a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of memory and a larger 320GB hard drive. Apple now offers a $999 Mac mini that is specially configured with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server. Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server features two 500GB hard drives for a total of 1TB of server storage in the tiny 6.5-inch square by 2-inch tall Mac mini enclosure.

The new iMac now features LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system, and iLife, Apple's suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.

The new 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac and Mac mini lines are now shipping and available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The Intel Core i5 and i7 quad-core iMacs are available for order and will begin shipping this November. Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server is available from the Apple Store and Apple?s retail stores.



MacBook Gets a LED-Backlit Display

Apple also updated its MacBook with a new polycarbonate unibody design featuring a LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch trackpad and Apple?s built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life. The Macbook is available for $999. The new MacBook features a unibody, polycarbonate enclosure that makes it lighter and more durable. The new design includes a non-skid bottom surface and at just 4.7 pounds, the sleek MacBook slides easily into a backpack or briefcase. MacBook comes standard with a LED-backlit display with the same wide-angle viewing technology used in the MacBook Pro line. The new MacBook has a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics.

The new MacBook includes Apple's built-in notebook battery for up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge, and up to 1,000 recharges. Depleted batteries can be replaced for $129, which includes installation.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system and iLife, Apple's suite of applications.

The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $999 (US), includes:

* 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
* 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
* 1066 MHz front-side bus;
* 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
* 250 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
* Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
* built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
* Gigabit Ethernet port;
* built-in iSight? video camera;
* two USB 2.0 ports;
* one audio line in/out port, supporting optical digital out and analog in/out;
* glass Multi-Touch trackpad; * built-in, 60WHr lithium polymer battery; and * 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, or 320GB 5400 rpm, 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.


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