Apple reveals Intel-based iMac and MacBook Pro

Apple's Steve Jobs has officially unveiled the company's first Intel-based machines. 17" and 20" iMacs will be shipping today with Intel Core Duo processors and Radeon X1600 graphics, but little else has changed about their designs. According to Jobs, the new iMacs will be two to three times faster than their predecessors thanks to the Intel chips. The Core Duo is a 32-bit processor, though, so users will lose out on the G5's oft-touted 64-bit capabilities. I'm sure the RDF can adjust.

At the end of his keynote address, Jobs also revealed a Core Duo-powered MacBook Pro notebook that's apparently four to five times faster than the PowerBook G4. The MacBook Pro weighs 5.4lbs and has a 15.4" widescreen LCD that's supposedly bright as Apple's Cinema Display. However, MacBook Pros won't ship until February, and the 15.4" model looks like the only available size. The lack of a smaller option is disappointing, especially given the number of slick 12" and 13" Core Duo notebooks that were on display at CES.

Mac OS X 10.4.4 is apparently running natively on Apple's Intel-based systems, and new versions of iLife and iWork use universal binaries. Apple's professional-grade apps won't make the move to universal binaries until March, though.

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