It's that time of year again. Apple has decided to catch up with the rest of the PC world by installing the latest CPUs and graphics cards in its iMacs. From this day forth, the uber-stylish all-in-ones will use 'Penryn'-type Core 2 Duo CPUs, the successor to the previous models, which were codenamed 'Santa Rosa'.
The entry-level 20-inch iMac now ships with a 2.4GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive for £799. £949 buys you a slightly quicker version of the 20-incher, thanks to its 2.66GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM and 320GB hard drive.
The cheapest 24-inch iMac is similar to the second-tier 20-inch iMac, but benefits from a 2.8GHz CPU. Most interesting of all is the top-spec 24-incher, which uses a 3.06GHz CPU, up to 4GB of RAM and an optional Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS graphics card with 512MB of dedicated memory.
Why should you be interested? Because Penryn Core 2 Duo CPUs are more efficient than their predecessors. They run at higher clock frequencies, are better-equipped to handle multimedia and -- according to Intel -- can give you as much as a 20 per cent boost in performance.
The new iMacs are on sale now. Well done,
Apple Intel. -Rory Reid
Update: Read our full Apple iMac (2008 Edition) review.