iMac gets processor upgrade, price cut

A week ahead of its September 12 media event, Apple has updated its iMac line with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and introduced a new iMac model with a 24" 1920x1200 wide-screen display. All iMacs are now outfitted with Core 2 Duo chips running between 1.83GHz and 2.33GHz, and they start at $999 for the base 17" model—$300 cheaper than the previous Core Duo-powered version. The new top-of-the-line 24" model does cost $1,999, though, and it goes up to $2,249 with the fastest 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo chip. This model also comes with a choice of Nvidia's GeForce 7300 GT and GeForce 7600 GT graphics cards, while the other configurations still have either ATI Radeon X1600 or Intel GMA 950 graphics.

Along with the iMac, Apple has also quietly updated the Mac mini, albeit not with a Core 2 Duo. The cheapest $599 Mac mini has done away with its Core Solo processor and moved to a 1.66GHz Core Duo, so both Mac mini models now have dual-core chips.

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