Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Apple Computer updated its professional desktop line, the PowerMac, just last week. This week they follow with an update to its consumer line, the iMac.

The new iMacs include the latest version of the Mac OS, the Mac OS X Tiger that was also released last week.

The newest machines include a choice of a 1.8GHz G5 or a 2.0GHz G5 processor. A 160GB hard drive is standard on the lower two models and a 250GB drive on the top-end model. All three models will have 512MB of RAM and feature an ATI Radeon graphics chip with 128MB of video memory. The new iMacs start at $1,299USD with a 17-inch LCD, 1.8GHz G5 CPU, 512MB of DDR RAM, and a 160GB Serial ATA hard drive.

Apple also updated its eMac line of computers targeted at the education market. The two new systems both have a 1.42GHz PowerPC G4 and start at $799USD.

From Apple’s PR site:

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.

Shares of Apple Computer (AAPL) closed at $37.15 Wednesday, up $0.94.

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