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Bowing to consumer pressure for less expensive consumer computers, the online Apple Store today shows a new low-end model added to the company's arsenal: a US$799 iMac available in Indigo only. At $799, it's now $200 less than the next step up in the iMac line.

Billed as the "Entry" model, the system features a 500MHz G3 processor -- the same speed as the previous entry-level model. The system sports 512K of Level 2 Cache operating at 200MHz -- twice the amount but less than half the speed as the next best iMac in Apple's line. The new entry-level iMac also features less SDRAM on board -- 64MB.

For data storage, the entry level Indigo model features a 20GB Ultra ATA drive, but to cut costs, it eschews the CD-RW drive standard on other iMac models for a CD-ROM drive only. As a result, owners of the new entry level iMac will need to purchase an external USB or FireWire-based CD-RW from a third party if they want to burn their own CDs.

Otherwise, it's business as usual -- the new entry-level iMac features the same RAGE 128 Ultra graphics chip with 16MB of dedicated graphics RAM that can be found on other iMacs; a 10/100baseT Ethernet interface; a 56K fax modem; 15 inch display; two USB 1.1 ports and two FireWire ports. It comes with iTunes, iMovie 2, AppleWorks 6 and other software pre-installed, also.

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