Apple launches new widescreen iMac

Apple has launched a new 20-inch widescreen iMac, which boasts the largest flat-panel display ever available in an all-in-one desktop.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  December 16, 2003

Apple has launched a new 20-inch widescreen iMac, which boasts the largest flat-panel display ever available in an all-in-one desktop.

The new 20-inch iMac offers twice as much screen area as its 15-inch predecessor, allowing users to view more than two full pages side-by-side. The latest iMac also includes Apple's new "Panther" operating system, Mac OS X version 10.3.

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

Designed around an ultra-compact base, Apple claims the iMac flat-panel display appears to "float in mid-air." It is at least simple to adjust the height or angle with just a touch. The new model includes two FireWire 400 and three high-speed USB 2.0 ports and also offers good options on the wireless communications front, with support for 54Mbps AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking and optional built-in Bluetooth connectivity. Apple has designed a range of wireless keyboards and mice to work with the Bluetooth connectivity.

Boasting a widescreen display and pixel resolution of up to 1680 by 1050, the LCD display gives you flicker-free images and has twice the contrast ratio of a typical CRT display. The iMac line sports PowerPC G4 processors running at 1.25 GHz in the 20 inch model and it also includes 256MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM and a 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard disk drive running at 7200 rpm. Also included is NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics processor with 64MB of DDR video memory.

Every iMac ships with Apple's iLife applications, a completely integrated suite offering iTunes 4 for managing and purchasing digital music, iPhoto 2 for organising and sharing digital photos and iMovie 3 for making movies. You also get iDVD 3 for burning DVDs that play in consumer DVD players.

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