Product Notes: Apple iMac
April 28, 2008
Apple announced updates today to its iMac line of 20-inch and 24-inch models that feature Intel's higher-end Penryn microprocessors. Other changes in these latest iMacs include a higher bus speed and the availability of a more powerful discrete video card on the 24-inch model.
Notable in what is not included in this update are BlueRay optical drives or increased maximum RAM beyond 4.0 GB.
This useful but not earthshaking update is the first iMac refresh since the major redesign in August 2007. These new iMacs meet or exceed the specifications in the newly-revised Performance PC Buyer's Guide.
Both versions of the iMac have received a Silver rating from EPEAT and are Energy Star 4.0-certified.
Configuration & Ordering Notes
Several notes when ordering an iMac:
ISC sees the updated iMac as being a solid choice among desktop systems available in mid 2008 and the iMac will continue to serve as the Apple component in the University's Desktop Recommendations. Continuing increases in the standard specifications once again have dropped the barrier to entry for appropriately configured models.
iMac graphic courtesy of Apple
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (April 28, 2008)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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