An iMac is Born

I'm not in Paris this year for Apple Expo (it's sunny -- and sleepy -- Los Angeles for me) -- but my colleague Jim Dalrymple is, and, as I type this, he's filing a live report of Phil Schiller's keynote. The highlights thus far:

* A look at the iPod Apple created for HP; * An overview of Tiger, recapping the preview of the OS X update from June's Worldwide Developer's Conference; and * Oh yeah -- a new iMac.

According to Jim's initial report, the iMac features an industrial design similar to the Cinema Displays introduced at WWDC -- Apple is calling this the world's thinnest desktop computer. You find ports and connectors on the left side of the monitor and a slot-loading optical drive on the right. The machine comes with either a 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz G5 processor and a 600MHz frontside bus. There are three models -- a 1.6GHz 17-inch iMac ($1,299) with a Combo drive, a 1.8GHz 17-inch system ($1,499) with a SuperDrive, and a 20-inch 1.8GHz iMac with a SuperDrive.

You'll find more extensive details in Jim's report linked to above. Apple has also posted pictures at its Web site. And Macworld editors will be weighing with commentary and analysis throughout the day in this very space.

Especially once the caffeine kicks in.

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