Product DescriptionThe new iMac. Faster. Bigger. Brighter.
Cast your gaze on the ultimate eye-opening experience: the new faster, bigger, and brighter iMacs. Starting at just $999, the most personal of personal computers comes out packing a powerful punch. That's thanks to the new 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor, you'll find in each and every new iMac.
All in the family
The fastest iMac ever, the 24-inch iMac provides professional performance along with the convenience of an all-in-one design. Like its 17-inch and 20-inch siblings, it features the new 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor with speeds ranging from 1.83GHz to 2.33GHz. The new processor delivers up to 50% more performance than the previous 20-inch iMac. It also doubles the amount of L2 cache, the twin cores sharing 4MB between them.(2) The result? Turbocharged performance, making it easier -- and more fun -- than ever to work with digital photos, movies, music, and the web.
Whether you're surfing the web, editing video, managing photos, or enjoying face-time with far-flung friends, you'll thoroughly enjoy the lush visual experience of working on iMac. With excellent color saturation, all three models feature a cinematic 16:10 wide aspect ratio that's perfect for watching movies. And iMac delivers a beautifully bright display with the new 24-inch model lighting the way. In fact, it's a full 40% brighter than the 20-inch model.
It's a wonderful iLife
iMac comes with iLife '06, a suite of easy-to-use applications that make the spectacular a regular part of your everyday life. Enhance, organize and share your photos via iPhoto. Make an epic starring your kid in iMovie. Turn your photo and movie creations into professional DVDs with iDVD. Create original music in GarageBand, even if you can't carry a tune. Make podcasts and blogs. Then publish them online via your .Mac account and the all-new iWeb (3).
The ultimate see and say
There's an iSight camera built into every new iMac, so you can start a video chat (or join one) at a moment's notice. There's nothing extra to buy(4), nothing to attach, no cords to fumble with, no software to install or configure(5). Simply start up iChat AV, click your buddy's video icon and you're ready to chat with sight and sound -- with up to three friends at once(6). Proper attire suggested.
With iMac, you've got the best seat in the house. The full-screen Front Row media experience -- with its intuitive menus, large text and brilliant graphics -- lets you browse the music, photos, and videos on your iMac as easily as you browse music on your iPod. And the new Apple Remote lets you do your browsing from anywhere in the room. So gather your friends and dazzle them with a slideshow of your vacation pics, a home movie or a DVD. iMac was born to entertain.
iMac Performance Benchmark
SPEC performance: Up to 50% faster than previous 20-inch iMac.(1)
Integer calculation (estimate)
-- iMac Core Duo 2.0GHz: 32.4
-- iMac Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz: 48.7
-- Improvement: 1.5X
Floating-point calculation (estimate)
-- iMac Core Duo 2.0GHz: 27.3
-- iMac Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz: 37.2
-- Improvement: 1.4X
iMac At a Glance
Up to 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Get the big picture with a 17-, 20-, or 24-inch widescreen flat-panel display
Elegant, modern design
See and be seen with built-in iSight camera and iChat AV(5)
Enjoy truly personal theater with Front Row and Apple Remote
Burn DVDs or CDs with 8x SuperDrive(7)
Banish clutter with built-in wireless networking
Connect your digital life with three USB 2.0 ports and two FireWire 400 ports
Extend your desktop on your TV, display or projector with optional adapters
Connect to a Windows network
Organize and share music, movies and photos with iLife '06 featuring iWeb
Enjoy Mac OS X Tiger, the world's most advanced operating system
24-inch iMac features:
-- NVIDIA 7300 GT graphics card, offering up to 60% faster performance over the 20-inch model.
-- FireWire 800, making it easy to connect high-bandwidth drives
-- 24-watt digitally amplified speakers
1. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2006 using preproduction 24-inch iMac units with 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors; all other systems were shipping units. All systems were configured with 1 gigabyte of RAM. SPEC(R) is a registered trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC); see their site for more information.
2. The 17-inch iMac model with a 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor has 2MB of L2 cache.
3. Some features require .Mac. The .Mac service is available to persons age 13 and older. Annual membership fee and Internet access required. Terms and conditions apply.
4. Provided you already have an Internet connection, of course.
5. Okay, so you might have to set up your iChat AV buddy list. And sign up for a free .Mac(2) trial account.
6. Requires broadband Internet connection; fees may apply.
7. The 17-inch iMac model with 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo processor features a 24x Combo Drive that can burn CDs but not DVDs. See the specs for full details.
Intel Core 2 Duo
iMac has always made it fast and easy to do the most amazing things. And now the fast and easy part comes via the Intel Core 2 Duo. A single chip that consists of two processors, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor gives iMac up to 50% faster performance than it had previously, executes 64-bit instructions, and is available at speeds up to 2.33GHz.(1) Yes, this is one fast iMac.
Two Cores. Exceptional Performance.
Based on Intel's next-generation Core microarchitecture, the Intel Core 2 Duo offers a second-generation chip born of Intel's new 65-nanometer process. That process lets Intel create incredibly small transistors -- small enough, in fact, to fit a hundred inside a single human cell. With two powerful processors designed to share resources and circuitry so unimaginably small, Intel Core 2 Duo achieves far higher levels of performance while actually consuming less power.
And, with its 64-bit processor architecture, the Intel Core 2 Duo can manipulate data and execute instructions in chunks that are twice as large (64 bits versus 32 bits), delivering advanced computational power to iMac. That adds up to exceptional speed and agility, improved performance you'll notice when working with photos in iPhoto or Aperture, creating Keynote presentations, editing video in Final Cut Pro or playing Doom.
Speedy System Architecture
Augmenting the advanced Core 2 Duo processor is an equally advanced system architecture. It includes, for example, 4MB of shared L2 cache.(2) That's double the amount previously available, and it really lets iMac fire on all cylinders. With such substantial L2 cache, data instructions can be kept close to those two processor cores, greatly increasing performance and allowing the entire system to work more efficiently. And, because the processors share the 4MB of L2 cache, either of the processor cores can use the entire amount if the other core happens to be idle.
And let's not forget the enhanced, 128-bit SSE3 vector engine that the Intel Core 2 Duo processor introduces to the iMac family. Able to handle 128-bit computations in a single clock cycle, the SSE3 vector engine accelerates data manipulation by simultaneously applying a single instruction to multiple data. That means you can get more done in less time. So, the next time you use iMovie HD, Final Cut Express, or Final Cut Pro to render effects, you can thank the SSE3 vector engine for the snappier performance.
Software just works
Not to worry. Though the Intel Core 2 Duo may take you to a higher performance realm, the world of iMac remains blissfully uncomplicated. So when it comes to running software on your Intel-based iMac, prepare for the expected: it just works. Applications with the Universal symbol take full advantage of the performance advantages offered by the Intel-based iMac computers. And most existing applications will run on your Intel-based iMac, too. Simply launch them as always. Thanks to the Rosetta technology in Mac OS X, they look and feel just like they did before.(3)
1. While it comes standard with a 2.16GHz processor, you can order your 24-inch iMac with a 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
2. The 17-inch iMac with a 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor offers 2MB of L2 cache.
3. Get more information on Rosetta supported Apple software. Contact the manufacturer directly for 3rd party software.
Music, movies, photos, blogs.
Music. Movies. Photos. Blogs. Podcasts. Books. Calendars. Postcards. iLife '06 is the easiest way to make the most out of every bit of your digital life. Use your superspeedy iMac to collect, organize, and edit the various pieces. Transform them into mouth-watering masterpieces with Apple-designed templates. Then share the magic moments in beautiful books, colorful calendars, dazzling DVDs, and attractive online journals. All starring you.
Share photos in a whole new way
The easiest way to import, organize, edit, and share your digital photos, iPhoto 6 offers blazing-fast support for 250,000 of them. New photocasting, one-click iWeb publishing, and custom calendars and cards guarantee no one will miss a single smile.(1)
Turn video into home cinema
Give yourself the green light with iMovie 6 featuring new Apple-designed movie themes. Create Hollywood-style movies using full-screen editing, new audio tools, and real-time Core Video effects, then share them online with one-click iWeb publishing.(2)
Create stunning DVDs
Author and burn movies, photos, and music to widescreen DVD. From instant gratification with Magic iDVD to next-generation themes, iDVD 6 makes it so easy to make professional-looking masterpieces that your friends will hardly realize they've sat through vacation photos.
Record your next hit show
The best way to create music on a Mac is now the best way to create podcasts, too. Podcasting in GarageBand 3 puts you in the control room of your own full-featured radio station. And new iWeb integration gets your voice on the Internet in minutes.(2)
Put your life on the web
The Internet is calling. Answer. Use iWeb to create websites and blogs complete with podcasts, photos, and movies, and get them online, fast. Just drag, drop, and design using your choice of web templates, then publish live to your .Mac account.
The Center of Your Digital Life
iMac makes it easier to use just about anything digital. Just plug it in.
Connect your camera over USB or FireWire and iMac imports your pictures to iPhoto. Automatically. You can use a media card reader the same way. No drivers. No installation.
Connect your DV camcorder via FireWire and iMac automatically starts up iMovie HD. No drivers. No installation. All action.
USB Musical Keyboards
Play audio and MIDI devices in GarageBand over USB or FireWire.
iMac features built-in support for many USB printers, from color inkjets to all-in-ones to laser printers. Plug them directly into iMac -- or an optional AirPort Express for the uncluttered cable-free look.
Listen to your latest podcast. Share the newest pictures and videos. (Also plays music.)
1. iPhoto print services are available in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and select European countries. Requires Internet access; fees and terms apply.
2. Photocasting and 1-click web publishing require .Mac. The .Mac service is available to persons age 13 and older. Annual membership fee and Internet access required. Terms and conditions apply.
Now showing on iMac. Put your digital life on widescreen display with elegant Front Row software and Apple Remote.
Music: Control the mood of the room with instant access to your iTunes music library, playlists, and album art.
Photos: View all your slideshows from your iPhoto library, complete with dazzling transitions and music from your library.
Videos: Watch home movies, music videos and TV shows. Put together a humorous video playlist and pass the popcorn.
DVD: Do the math. Remote control + iMac + the latest DVD = the most popular dorm room on the floor.
iMac changes the way you look at computers. Especially when you're looking at the newest member of the iMac family. The amazingly bright and astonishingly fast 24-inch iMac. Of course, whichever iMac you choose to bring into your life, you'll enjoy -- and share -- your music, photos and videos from any seat in the house with the Front Row media experience and Apple Remote.(1)
The entertainment capital of your world
Dazzle your friends with an elegant full-screen media display. Front Row transforms movie night into a blockbuster Hollywood premiere -- and you can preview Hollywood blockbusters from the Apple.com QuickTime movie trailer website. Control the mood of the room with instant access to iTunes music and playlists. View slideshows from your iPhoto library, complete with transitions and music. Watch home movies, music videos, TV shows, and more. Hit play and pass the popcorn. Enjoy your music, video, photos and DVDs exactly as you wish.
All in the family
Let iMac and Front Row entertain you by playing songs, slideshows, and videos from other computers in the house.(2) Buy new music in the kitchen, play it in your living room. iMac automatically finds networked computers under your roof -- whether they be wireless or wired. Sounds like magic, but it's just the Bonjour instant networking technology built into every Mac.
The Apple Remote(1) makes it as easy to navigate through all the cool stuff on your computer as it is to navigate the songs in your iPod. A minimalist six buttons is all you really need. Play. Pause. Skip. Rewind. Crank up the volume. Whatever your pleasure, wherever you sit. Tip: you can use the Apple Remote to put your iMac to sleep. Simply press and hold the pause button for three seconds, just like iPod. Then, press any button to wake it up again.
The Versatile 24
If you'd like to show off your new 24-inch iMac -- in a kiosk, hung on a wall (as pretty as a picture), or mounted on an articulating arm -- the optional VESA mount adapter offers considerable flexibility, letting you choose any VESA-compliant mounting solution.
The remote's a really useful device to have around. And you can always keep it handy. Thanks, that is, to the small magnet on the right side of iMac (just below the optical drive slot), which lets you neatly park it for safekeeping.
1. The Apple Remote is available as an option when you purchase a 17-inch iMac with a 1.83GHz processor. It comes standard in all other models.
2. Sharing photos requires iPhoto (i.e. a Mac). Sharing music and videos requires iTunes 6.0.4 or later. Video playback capabilities may vary against network bandwidth.
Built-in iSight = built-in fun.
Emoticons are so last century. Say it face to face with the iSight camera seamlessly integrated into every iMac. Perfectly positioned to put your best face forward, you can snap a photo or set up a video chat with friends around the world with just a click.
Atop the sleek iMac is a high-quality iSight camera so neatly integrated, you'll hardly notice it's there. That is, until you launch iChat AV, Photo Booth or iMovie HD. Then it's time to smile. No need to worry about installing or configuring. (But you might want to dress up.)
Video chat with your friends and family over the Internet. Simply launch iChat AV, then click the video icon of a buddy to turn on iSight and you're set to communicate in style.
It's that easy.
Taking pictures of yourself has never been more fun. Add a special image effect -- Sepia, Black & White, Glow, Comic Book, X-Ray, Colored Pencil, Thermal Camera, Spotlight, Bulge, Dent, Twirl, Squeeze, Mirror, Light Tunnel, Stretch, Fish Eye. Click. See the screen flash white. (How's that for cool?) And there you have it -- a high-quality photo you can save as your iChat buddy picture, email to your friends or put in your iPhoto library.
It's that fun.
And now iLife '06 makes the built-in iSight even more astounding. You can record a short clip right inside iMovie HD. Email it to family. Introduce your DVD. Or use iWeb to create a video blog entry or a podcast.(2)
It's that amazing.
iChat Your Way
One-to-One Video Chat: Now Grandma can read stories to the kids at bedtime whether she's down the street or across the continent, with no additional long distance charges.
One-way Video Chat: Even if the person you want to chat with doesn't have an iSight camera (lucky you), you can still wave hello with a one-way video chat. Just hold down the Control button as you choose a name from your buddy list and select 'Invite to Video Chat.'
Multi-way Chat: With support(1) for video chats between up to four people and a stunning, three-dimensional view, with four times the resolution of previous iSight, iChat AV practically puts your friends and family in the room with you. See their faces reflected into space, just as though you were sitting around a (very polished) table together.
Audio Chat: Already a versatile instant text messaging application, iChat also lets you hold audio chats with up to 10 people. High-quality audio compression gives you crystal-clear conversations, while full-duplex sound lets everyone speak naturally.
1. 384-Kbps Internet connection (up/down) required to initiate four-way video chat; 100-Kbps Internet connection required to participate.
2. Some iWeb features require .Mac. The .Mac service is available to persons age 13 and older. Annual membership fee and Internet access required. Terms and conditions apply.
Maximum computer. Minimum space.
Yes, there really is a computer in there. The iMac -- from the popular 17-inch to the impressive new 24-inch model -- stands as a paragon of great design, suspended gracefully in mid-air, perfectly balanced. With hardly any desktop footprint, iMac offers an extraordinary range of features to enhance your digital life. That's no easy feat.
Providing a brilliant combination of performance, simplicity, and design, iMac makes both work and play delightful experiences. Though they may appear the same as their immediate predecessors on the outside, their stunning exteriors conceal such new features as a high-performance Intel Core 2 Duo processor (running at up to 2.33GHz) and a powerful graphics card in the 24-inch iMac that offers even faster graphics performance.
A place for everything
The iSight camera is built right into iMac's display, ready to spring into action when you want to snap a picture or video chat with friends around around the world. The simple six-button Apple Remote gives you control over your music, movies and photos from anywhere in the room -- and it stows away neatly (and magnetically) on the side of your iMac when you're not using it. An array of rear ports makes it easy to connect your iPod or just about any other digital device. Though it's hard to believe, iMac's slim shape contains everything from the power supply (no unsightly power brick to deal with) to a pair of high-quality speakers for beautiful stereo sound. The battle over desktop clutter is over -- and you won.
Consider yourself liberated. Every iMac includes AirPort Extreme and most come with Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.(1) You decide exactly how wireless you want to be. Add an AirPort Express Base Station with AirTunes and feel the magic -- you can print, connect to the Internet, and play your iTunes library through your home stereo with nary a wire in sight.(2) Add the optional Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse and your desktop is suddenly immaculate.
Hearing is Believing
Music -- and game -- fans will love the sounds emanating from the new 24-inch iMac. With its 24-watt digital amplifier, it really pumps up the volume.
Even when it's sleeping, iMac thinks about what's best for you. In low-light environments, a sensor detects the room's ambient light and adjusts the sleep light to match -- so you and your iMac can both catch some Zs.
Adventure in Every Port
There's almost no end to the devices you can add to iMac. On the back, there's a full array of expansion ports for audio, video out, USB 2.0, FireWire and Ethernet.
1. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR comes standard on all models except the 17-inch iMac model with a 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
2. Wireless Internet access requires Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort. Wireless printing requires a compatible printer.
Your digital life. Now as big as life.
Wide open. That aptly describes your iMac display options. Because now you have three widescreen models to choose from -- including the most spacious of them all, the new 24-inch iMac. Powered by the NVIDIA 7300 GT graphics card, it offers a dramatic 1920-by-1200-pixel view of the world. How wide do you fancy your horizons?
You get the picture
Whether you've got your eye on the 17-inch, 20-inch, or breathtaking 24-inch iMac, you'll enjoy a splendid widescreen performance from every seat in the house. And, talk about performance, graphics on the 24-inch iMac are powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT, which delivers up to 60% performance increase over the 20-inch model. It comes with 128MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and offers great games performance and sensational response for video and photo editing. Of course, if you'd like to climb to the performance peak, you can outfit your 24-inch iMac with the NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM for up to 2.3 times faster performance than the 20-inch iMac.
Get cinematic perspective
All three models of the new iMac feature a 16:10 wide aspect ratio. That's perfect for watching DVD movies, so you better prepare for one amazing Front Row experience. No matter which model you bring home.
And how do the three iMac models compare? Good question. Offering a resolution of 1440 by 900 pixels on its flat-panel LCD screen, the 17-inch iMac provides the same screen area as a 19-inch CRT monitor.
The 20-inch widescreen iMac, with its 1680-by-1050 resolution, provides even more real estate than the 17-inch iMac -- 36% more onscreen viewable area, to be exact.
As for the head of the family, the 24-inch iMac not only offers the brightest display of the three, but with its panoramic resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels, it delivers 30% more screen real estate than its 20-inch sibling. You can really get the big picture with a 24-inch iMac.
Take in more pixels
Designed to live in any room of the house, iMac also offers features that make it every bit at home in the office. For example, all three iMac models let you use a second display in extended desktop mode -- in addition to simply mirroring the first. The mini-DVI port lets you connect to DVI displays, VGA monitors and projectors, and S-Video and Composite connectors, with the appropriate adapter (sold separately). Imagine running Aperture with a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display connected with your 24-inch iMac. Get the picture?
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