Aug 08

At Tuesday’s Apple Media Event, Steve Jobs presented the next-generation iMac systems as well as updated iLife and iWork suites.

From the Apple press release:

Apple® today unveiled an all new all-in-one iMac® line featuring gorgeous 20- and 24-inch widescreen displays encased in elegant and professional aluminum and glass enclosures. The entire new iMac line features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and a new, ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard, built-in iSight® video camera for video conferencing and iLife® ’08, making it the ultimate digital lifestyle desktop computer for both consumers and professionals. The 20-inch iMac now starts at just $1,199, $300 less than the previous 20-inch model, and the 24-inch iMac starts at just $1,799, $200 less than the previous 24-inch model.

The iLife and iWork application suites were updated to “’08”:

Apple® today introduced iLife® ’08, the most significant upgrade ever to Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, featuring a major new version of iPhoto® and a completely reinvented iMovie®. iPhoto ’08 automatically organizes photo libraries into Events that let users more easily manage their growing photo collections, and iMovie ’08 introduces an entirely new way for users to quickly make movies and share them online. Both iPhoto and iMovie integrate seamlessly with the new .Mac Web Gallery, Apple’s new service for .Mac members to instantly create and host stunning online websites for their photos and videos. iLife ’08 also features iWeb™ ’08, with live web widgets such as Google Maps that let users create even more dynamic websites, and GarageBand™ ’08, with its new Magic GarageBand feature that makes it fun and easy for both musicians and non-musicians to create great sounding songs.

Apple® today introduced iWork™ ’08, a significant upgrade to Apple’s productivity software suite featuring new versions of Pages® and Keynote word processing and presentation applications, and introducing an innovative new spreadsheet application called “Numbers.” Numbers introduces the concept of intelligent tables on a flexible canvas, a new approach that makes it easy to organize information, create calculations, analyze results and make spreadsheets look as great as they work. Pages ’08 now features distinct modes for streamlined word processing and flexible page layout, a new contextual format bar and change tracking, and Keynote ’08 now includes text effects, transitions and themes that help users easily compose spectacular presentations, and Smart Builds with easy-to-set-up A-to-B animations that make impressive animations easy for anyone to create.

All new Macs now ship with iLife ’08 standard, and include a 30-day free trial of iWork ’08.

Not mentioned at the media event:

The Mac Mini was finally updated, with Core 2 Duo processors at speeds of 1.83 and 2.0Ghz, up to two gigabytes of RAM and a 160-gigabyte hard drive. No other system specs or prices were changed from the previous revision.

The Airport Extreme now features gigabit Ethernet ports in place of 10/100-base-T Ethernet.

One Response to “Apple releases new iMacs, iLife, iWork, Mini, and Airport Extreme”

  1. Says:

    The new iWork and iLife application suites are outstanding. Although there are some anomalies with the new iMovie, these new apps are generally greatly improved. Also, Numbers, Apple’s Excel-Killer, is a joy to work with.