Breaking: Apple announces new iMacs, Mac Minis, iLife and iWork

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At a press conference in Cupertino today, Apple unveiled a wealth of new hardware and software to members of the press. As expected, the fully redesigned iMac was announced, as well as the rumored new keyboards and .Mac and iLife updates. Apple surprised a few folks, however, with updates to the Mac Mini as well as the iWork suite, which now features an Excel-like spreadsheet program. Here’s the full skinny on all the latest gear:



– New brushed metal and glass look

– Super-slim profile

– All new thin keyboard (see photo below)

As expected, there are now only two sizes: 20" ($1199) and 24" ($1499-$1799)

– Intel Core 2 Extreme processors up to 2.4Ghz 2.8Ghz

– ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics

– Up to 4GB of RAM, user expandable

– Up to 1TB of storage

– Glossy LCD display

– USB 2.0, Firewire 400 / 800, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11n WiFi

– 8x slot-loading SuperDrive, built-in iSight camera

– Available now


Mac Mini

– 1.83Ghz/2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo

– 1GB RAM standard

– 80GB/120GB hard drive

– Up to 2GB RAM/160GB hard drive

– Includes Apple Remote, Front Row, iLife ’08, Mac OS 10.4, DVI-to-VGA adapter

– $599/$799 base price

– Ships within 24 hours


New Keyboards

– Available in full size (wired, USB 2.0) and small (wireless Bluetooth) models

– New ultra-thin, anodized aluminum look

– Flat, MacBook-style keys

– Includes dedicated keys for screen dimming/brightening, Expose, volume and optical drive eject

– $49.99 wired/$79.99 wireless

– Available now


iLife ’08

– iPhoto: "Events" for easy organization of photo albums, .Mac web gallery for photo sharing/publishing, iPhone photo synching

iMovie: iPhoto-like library features, support for higher-rez video formats, video sharing via .Mac gallery, encoding for iPod/iPhone/Apple TV, encode/upload direct to YouTube

– Available now, $79.99


iWork ’08

– New spreadsheet app: Numbers, supports Microsoft Excel import/export

– Keynote: new text effects and transitions, new themes, easier access to animation tools


– Pages: contextual format bar, built-in change tracking, improved compatibility with Microsoft Word, new document templates

– $79.99 ($99.99 family pack)

– Available now



– Integrates with iLife ’08

– Allows for creation of web-based photo and video galleries

– Supports direct iPhone synching of web galleries

– 10GB storage/100GB monthly transfer

– $99.95 per year

– Available this week


For more on the new Apple products:
– visit Apple’s website
– and check out Engadget‘s hands-on with the new iMac and keyboard