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New iMacs and Minis


August 7, 2007 03:57 PM PST

Apple today announced new iMacs, new specs for the Mini, iWork 2008 and updated features for .mac.

This post is all about our comments. Mine are that the new iMacs look nice (although they need to lose that bottom bezel) - they're looking more and more like the iPhone! The new mac mini configurations look like a great value. This is the first time that I've seen the lowest end $599 model actually have a usable amount of RAM and dual core processor. I don't use iWork and I feel that .mac should be free with the latest OS updates (either that or the latest version of the OS is provided free to current subscribers).

Comments (7)

John, August 7, 2007 10:21 PM:

Overall not a bad announcement. I'm glad to see the mini has not been killed. It really is the only thing in its class. The iMacs look very nice. I think the default should be with a wireless keyboard and mouse though. Seems dumb to go to all that effort to avoid wires, then use some you don't need to use in this day and age. I still think they should come with an ipod dock on the top to avoid yet another wire, but Steve just won't listen to me. Speaking of wires, did you go to the apple site and see the comparison of the iMac with the Dell. Pretty funny. Looks like a rats nest. I swear they coiled up 10 ft cables just to make it look worse. But fair enough on the actual number of cables.

I like the new keyboard. From the few times I've played with the Macbook keyboards I find them very usable. I actually prefer the shorter throw of a notebook keyboard for typing. The MS keyboard I'm waiting to get released also has a short throw and is very thin. I don't get why the only bluetooth option is the tiny one though. It is missing keys I use all day long, like page up, page down, home end. How do you type those? And of course I'm one of the few people that use the 10 key over the top row almost exclusively.

iWork: Cool that they have rounded it out with a spreadsheet now. And the price is good compared to office. Minus points for including with with Macs as a 30 day eval. I think they have a Mac vs. PC ad that mocks just that same sort of thing about PCs coming bundled with all kinds of crippled stuff. Oh well.

Paul, August 7, 2007 10:36 PM:

Hey John, post a link to that slim Microsoft keyboard!

Paul, August 7, 2007 10:44 PM:

The home / end / page up / down keys are Fn+arrow on my Powerbook, so I'm guessing it's the same here, but that is awkward to type. The keyboard I'd like to see is the wired one but with everything to the right of the cursor keys removed. And also the Caps Lock.

John, August 7, 2007 11:20 PM:

This is the pig dog I'm interested in. It is really a media center remote keyboard, but it doubles as a slick desktop keyboard. It is bluetooth, and has a built in nav pad (aka thumb mouse) for driving the PC / spinning up your media from your couch. It is also curved, thin, wireless, rechargeable (has a dock) and has slick prox sensing backlit keys.

Paul, August 8, 2007 01:07 AM:

iMac vs Dell. Of course, they don't show the iMac cords for the iPod, iPhone, network (which could be 802.11n), or external speakers...

John, August 8, 2007 01:33 AM:

What are you saying? Apple uses deceptive advertising? Oh BTW I'm assuming that black blob on top of the CPU case is an IR transceiver for a media remote. I've got one from MS and it looks like the same thing to me.

John, August 9, 2007 12:05 AM:

Oh and they don't show the external flash reader that is required since Apple won't be bothered to build them in like Dell does. My Dell monitor has a multi format reader in the side and my laptop has a built in SD reader which is handy for pulling pictures / movies out of my camera and for syncing audio books quickly to my Pocket PC.

On the positive side, after watching the keynote I really like the new iMovie. For quick and dirty editing it looks way better than what I've been using. 'Skimming' is, how does Jobs say it? Oh yeah, Pretty cool.

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