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Apple introduces the 24-inch iMac
A creative tool for the digital age

By Scott Manngard

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With the new 24-inch iMac, Apple combines the home theater experience with professional-level digital production capabilities; it comes loaded with powerful video, audio and imaging software and its wide screen 24" LCD monitor makes it perfect for use as the central hub of a digital lifestyle. So sit back, pass the popcorn and enjoy the show - or sit down and create it on the 24-inch iMac.

Designed to appeal to both entry level users and seasoned professionals, the 24" iMac combines high-speed performance with the familiar all-in-one design. The real news is under the hood; the new 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz (or optional 2.33GHz) processor and increased L2 cache deliver up to 50% more performance than previous iMacs. Also, the new 24-inch cinematic display isn't just bigger — it's a full 40% brighter.

What does this mean to you? It is now easier than ever to work with digital photos, movies, music, and the web. Working with high-resolution digital cameras and HDV video cameras requires more computer processing power — the new iMac provides it in spades. When your work is done you can enjoy the results on the 24-inch widescreen display and easily share it with the world on DVD or CD using the built-in SuperDrive.

The iMac comes with Front Row; a very user-friendly program for playing music, controlling slideshows or watching video. With the included infrared Apple Remote, home audiophiles and videophiles can easily navigate through the wide array of menu choices without ever leaving their comfy chair. Throw in an optional wireless keyboard and mouse and you can almost guarantee the lawn will never be mowed again!

The computer is pre-loaded with Mac OS 10.4 Tiger and iLife '06; software that essentially turns the iMac into a high power creative center for the digitally inclined. Organize digital photos, edit video, record your own podcasts, record or listen to your favorite music, create a website — all done simply and beautifully with the user-friendly interface. The iLife '06 suite of applications, consisting of iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand and iWeb, brings the power of producing a full multimedia production right to the desktop.

Connectivity has also been expanded with high-performance options such as built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a total of five USB ports (three USB 2.0) and two FireWire 400 ports. Other features unique to the new 24-inch iMac are FireWire 800, making it easy to connect high-bandwidth drives, and 24-watt digitally amplified speakers. The built-in iSight camera allows you to participate in video conferencing using the included iChat AV software or easily setup a web cam.

Whether you're doing simple word processing or accounting at home, are a student looking for a full resource tool for your dorm room, or an audio/video producer creating your next work of art, the new iMac is an essential component for anyone, no matter how you slice this Apple.

A wide variety of iMacs, including several versions of the 24-inch Apple iMac, are available on the B&H website.

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