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First Macs powered by fast Intel chips arrive

Antony Savvas

Apple has launched a range of Macintosh computers driven by Intel processors, including a new high-end laptop range and an upgraded iMac line-up.

The machines, launched at this week’s Macworld show in San Francisco, incorporate Intel's new Duo dual-core chip to boost processing speeds.

The new MacBook Pro laptop will be available next month, according to Apple. All Apple’s new Macs would be equipped with Intel processors by the end of this year, said Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs.

Apple announced it would be migrating away from the Power PC processors supplied by IBM last year.

The new iMac line will include a 17in, 1.83GHz device, selling for £765, and a 20in, 2GHz machine, selling for £1,000.

MacBook Pro laptops will include a model running at 1.67GHz for £1,175, and a 1.83GHz version costing £1,470. Both models have 15.4in screens.

In addition to the new Macs, Apple has launched a new version of its iLife software suite, equipped with iWeb, which makes it easier to create websites with video, audio and content such as blogs.


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