Apple Updates iMac Line, Offers Magic Trackpad

Apple has updated its iMac line of desktop computers, with the Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and new graphics capabilities. Starting at $1,199, the new iMac line is supposed to have extremely fast processing speeds.

The new Magic Trackpad, with a smooth glass and aluminum design, gives iMac users the same intuitive Multi-Touch gestures that Mac notebook customers have and is available separately for $69, says Apple.

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”

Every iMac comes with Apple’s Magic Mouse and customers can also order the new Magic Trackpad as an option. The Magic Trackpad brings the intuitive Multi-Touch gestures of Mac notebook trackpads to the desktop.

With its glass surface, the wireless Magic Trackpad enables users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image with their fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of web pages or photos.

The Magic Trackpad can be configured to support single button or two button commands and supports tap-to-click as well as a physical click.

Every Mac also comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system, and iLife, Apple’s suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.

Apple says the new iMac line is shipping now and available through the Apple Store (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple authorized resellers.

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