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Apple goes big with 20-inch iMac

The new 20-inch iMac joins the 15- and 17-inch models in the popular consumer desktop line and offers twice as much screen area as the 15-inch display model, enabling users to view more than two fullpages side-by-side. The new iMac also includes Apple’s latest operating system, Mac OS® X version 10.3 “Panther,” pre-installed, offering over 150 breakthrough new features, including Exposé forinstantly viewing all your open windows at once; iChat AV, the ground-breaking video teleconferencing software; and Fast User Switching, to easily enable the iMac to be shared among multiple users.

“The new iMac builds upon the revolutionary, all-in-one, adjustable design that remains unmatched in the industry,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “By offering a huge, gorgeous 20-inch widescreen display, Apple has once again raised the bar on what customers can expect from an all-in-one desktop.”

The new 20-inch iMac with its widescreen display and pixel resolution of up to 1680-by-1050 is ideal for tasks such as video editing, creating or watching DVDs or browsing the web with multiple pages open at once. The brilliant LCD display gives you flicker-free images with twice the brightness, twice the sharpness and twice the contrast ratio of a typical CRT display.

Designed around an ultra-compact base, the iMac flat-panel display appears to float in mid-air, allowing users to effortlessly adjust its height or angle with just a touch. All iMac models include two FireWire® 400 and three high-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast, simple, plug-and-play connections to devices such as digital cameras, DV camcorders, the iPod™ and the iSight™ video conferencing camera. They also offer the latest in wireless communications with support for 54Mbps AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking and optional built-in Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to a range of peripherals such as cell phones and PDAs, as well as the new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.

The iMac line sports PowerPC G4 processors running at 1.25 GHz in the 20- and 17-inch model and 1.0 GHz in the 15-inch model. All models include 256MB of fast 333 MHz DDR SDRAM and an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard disk drive running at 7200 rpm. The 20- and 17-inch models also include NVIDIA’s GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics processor with 64MB of DDR video memory, for incredible graphics performance.

Every iMac ships with Apple’s iLifeâ„¢ applications, a completely integrated suite offering iTunes® 4 for managing and purchasing digital music, iPhotoâ„¢ 2 for organizing and sharing digital photos, iMovie® 3 for making movies and iDVDâ„¢ 3 for burning DVDs that play in consumer DVD players. Also included is a collection of productivity and entertainment titles such as Quicken 2003 Deluxe, World Book 2003 Edition and the recently introduced Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.

The new 20-inch iMac comes with Panther pre-installed to deliver over 150 breakthrough new features. In addition to Exposé, iChat AV and Fast User Switching, Panther also offers a completely new Finderâ„¢ that provides one-click access to a user’s favorite files and folders; FileVault, which uses the latest security standards and 128-bit encryption technology to ensure that data in the home directory is kept secure and private at all times; and enhanced Windows compatibility that ensures files, printers and network services can easily be shared with Windows users.

Pricing & Availability
The new 20-inch iMac, in addition to the 15- and 17-inch models, are available immediately through the Apple Store® (http://www.apple.com/), at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 15-inch flat-panel iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:

  • 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine;
  • 256MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM;
  • 32x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics processor with 32MB video memory;
  • Two FireWire 400 and three USB 2.0 ports;
  • Internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth;
  • 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive running at 7200 rpm; and
  • Apple Pro Speakers.

The 17-inch widescreen flat-panel iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

  • 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine;
  • 256MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM;
  • 4x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics processor with 64MB video memory;
  • Two FireWire 400 and three USB 2.0 ports;
  • Internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth;
  • 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive running at 7200 rpm; and
  • Apple Pro Speakers.

The 20-inch widescreen flat-panel iMac, for a suggested retail price of $2,199 (US), includes:

  • 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engineâ„¢;
  • 256MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM;
  • 4x SuperDriveâ„¢ (DVD-R/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics processor with 64MB video memory;
  • Two FireWire 400 and three USB 2.0 ports;
  • Internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth;
  • 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive running at 7200 rpm; and
  • Apple Pro Speakers.

Build-to-order options and accessories include additional memory, AirPort Extreme Card, AirPort Extreme Base Station, Bluetooth, Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse, 160GB Ultra ATA hard drive and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

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