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Apple Leaps Ahead With Intel-Based Computers

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled new Intel-powered desktop and notebook computers, along with new digital lifestyle software, at the 2006 Macworld Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday morning.

Starting today, Apple is selling a retooled iMac with the new Intel Core Duo processor. It's available with a 1.83-GHz Intel dual-core chip for $1,299 or with a faster 2.0-GHz dual-core processor for $1,699.

The company is also taking orders for the MacBook Pro, its successor to the PowerBook G4, which is slated to ship in February. The new 15" notebook comes in with either a 1.67-GHz Intel Core Duo for $1999 or 1.83-GHz Intel processor for $2499.

Jobs also announced upgrades to Apple's consumer content creation suite, iLife '06 ($79/free on new Macs), and to its presentation and productivity package, iWork '06 ($79/30-day free trial on new Macs). iLife '06 includes new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and Garageband, along with a new app, iWeb, a Web site creation, blogging, and podcasting program tied to Apple's .Mac Internet hosting service.

Apple's increasing effort to integrate its software with its .Mac service was the only nod to the concept of convergence—the effort to marry television and the Internet that companies like Microsoft and Intel were trumpeting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.

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