Apple updates the iMac; lowers price on iMac and eMac

Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday updated its flat panel iMac all-in-one consumer computer, giving the system a speed bump and many of the same technologies added to the Power Mac line last week. Apple also dropped the price of the iMac making the low-end version available for $1,299. Apple's eMac computer also received a price cut today, but did not get updated with technologies or speed increases.

"The announcements this morning are all about making the products more affordable and more capable," Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Hardware Product Marketing, told MacCentral.

The new 17-inch widescreen model features a 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor and 133 MHz system bus; 256MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory; a faster 4x SuperDrive; and internal support for AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth, for US$1,799. The new 15-inch flat panel model features an 800MHz G4 processor and is now priced at $1,299 -- $200 less than its predecessor. The new iMacs also includes Apple's iLife software bundle. Read the full story at MacCentral.

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