Apple unveils new iMacs and software

Computer giant Apple last night unveiled a “revolutionary” new laptop computer, which it says is four to five times faster than its predecessor plus a significant upgrade to the iLife software suite. It also uses a third less battery power.

The new iMacs will be available in two versions, one with a 17-inch display and 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor and the other with a 20-inch widescreen display and 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor. Both will include built-in iSight video cameras and AirPort Extreme wireless networking plus Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, along with built-in stereo speakers and microphone. They will be supplied with the infrared Apple Remote, Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

The MacBook Pro is just one inch thick and weighs 5.6lb. Its increased speed is down to a new Intel chip, the first time Apple has used Intel processors. The chip will be used in all new Mac machines this year.

The collaboration between Apple and Intel has sent shockwaves through the computer industry and their latest joint products will add a new dimension to the ultra-competitive marketplace.

The new notebook computer has a 15.4in screen and a built-in camera, so users can access video conferencing “on the go” or make their own films, claims Apple.

Apple’s new version of iLife, which comes with upgraded versions of its multimedia programs like iPhoto, iMovie and Garage Band also introduces iWeb, which will allow a person to set up Web sites with photos, blogs and podcasts and publish them on a Mac machine.

Apple has also updated its iWork suite adding new image-editing functions within the Pages and Keynote applications, including creation of 3-D charts featuring realistic wood grain, metal and marble textures and fully control the viewing angle. New iPhoto-like image-editing tools are also provided so users can enhance photos directly within documents and presentations.

The MacBook Pro will be available next month priced at £1,429 to £1,779. The new iMac will be exported from today and will cost £929.