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New iMac, Mac mini, Magic Mouse, more

Apple has announced a refresh to its Mac lineup today, as well as the new and improved (and scroll ball free) Multi-Touch Magic Mouse.

Multi-Touch is the future. Today, Apple took yet another step in that direction, introducing the Magic Mouse, now shipping with the new iMac and available on its own ($69). Also included in Apple's announcement today were enhancements to the iMac (now available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio displays and the optional quad-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors). Mac mini and MacBook were also updated.

Magic Mouse
Apple's Magic Mouse promises to be a Godsend for those of us secretly plotting the demise of our Mighty Mouse scroll ball. The new Multi-Touch approach allows users to swipe and scroll, click or double-click, anywhere along the surface of the device. And don't worry, Apple says Magic Mouse knows exactly what you're trying to do thanks to a chip located inside. It even knows when you're simply resting your hand.

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With technical specifications that make you double-take, the new iMac is as sweet on the inside as it looks on the outside. The new dual-core Intel processors start at speeds of 3.06GHz while users that feel like they need a little more "oomph" can upgrade to the new quad-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor (only available on the 27-inch models). Complementing the power inside is the bold design outside. The new 21.5-inch and 27-inch LED-backlit displays, with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio are perfect for HD video content and maximizing your workspace.

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The entry level MacBook also received an update today. Now enclosed in a sleek, thinner, and lighter unibody structure, the base MacBook joins its silver siblings in being more durable. The battery received a major improvement with the new built-in power lasting up to seven hours. The MacBook also sports an LED-backlit display and a glass Multi-Touch trackpad.

Mac mini
The refreshed Mac mini sports a faster processor (now up to 2.66GHz) and higher memory capacity (up to 4GB). Apple continues its efforts to be green, advertising the Mac mini as the world's most energy-efficient desktop computer. Also of interest is a new bundle offer with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server preinstalled on the mini, making it easy to setup and run.

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