Apple gives mini and iMac line a boost

Written by Brett Thomas

September 6, 2006 // 3:42 p.m.

Tags: #apple #imac #mini

In a lead-up to Apple's (keynote-less) press event on September 12, the whole line of iMacs and Mac minis have been given a boost. Since Apple has moved to all Intel chips, the company has decided to reflect the newest Core Duo offerings in its products - along with the release of an all-new 24" version of the popular iMac.

Most people were expecting a 23" model to be released sometime, so the 24" is a nice little bonus. The unit comes with a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo (Allendale) processor, 1GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, and an NVidia 7300GT (128MB RAM) for graphics. The graphics seem a little underpowered to play most things at the supported 1920x1200 resolution, which would actually strain a 7900GTX most days...but the card isn't any slouch, either.

The iMac and mini lines have also each received an increase in base specs, as all of the machines have moved over to Core 2 Duo processors. The minis go up to 1.83GHz with 512MB RAM standard (2GB max), but still use integrated graphics. The iMac 17" and 20" models go up to 2.16GHz, with 512MB and 1GB RAM respectively, and Radeon X1600 graphics.

The new models are available today from any Apple store and online.

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