Apple unveils three new iMacs, revamped iLife

UPDATE – Read our hands-on review of the new iMac hereUPDATE – Read our on-the-spot blog hereWe've been camped out in Cali since the beginning of the week, patiently waiting for Steve Jobs to spill the beans on the latest additions to the Apple family. And we can now reveal that it's a trilogy of new iMacs – kitted out in a brand-new wardrobe.Mere minutes ago, Steve Jobs took to the stage to "talk mainly about iMacs". First up, he revealed that the new models would look slicker than ever, chucking in a Pro finish of aluminum and glass.The shiny new triplets are also slimmer than predecessors, and they'll come in three differently specced packages. First up, a 20in/2GHz/250GB model (£799), plus a higher-specced 20-incher with 2.4GHz and 320GB for £949. Finally, a 24-incher weighing in at £1149.

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Fanboys take note: there will also be some shiny new accessories to match the new range, including a new slimline keyboard, complete with dedicated keys for brightness, Exposé, Dashboard and media functions.The other big news is the "radically revamped" iLife '08. iPhoto  has been reworked "to a whole new level" to include an "Events" sort system, the ability to hide certain, ahem, "sensitive" pics and an improved search function. .Mac will now allow one-click uploading straight from iPhoto to give a "rich web 2.0 experience", while your mates can now contribute pics to your web gallery from anywhere – making it more akin to Facebook or Flickr. You can also also email snaps to your web gallery straight from the iPhone. To accommodate this visual love-in, .Mac storage space will be upped to 10GB, while data transfer will now max out at 100GB per month.iMovie whas been completely revamped to support hi-def AVCHD format, while a share menu will let you export to iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and .Mac galleries. Oh, and there's also YouTube sharing. Click through for even MORE news...

iWeb '08 comes next – you can now add Google Maps in your pages, or use any web clipping – "live" web widgets such as YouTube. Plus, the more entrepreneurial will be pleased to note the addition of Google Adsense.GarageBand isn't left out of the loop (see what we did there?), with the inclusion of an entertaining if not especially useful "Magic GarageBand" feature: a stage with instruments on it that you choose to play loops.And ending on a high... drumroll, please... iWork will be "dramatically enhanced", with new features in Keynote including new text effects and "Smart Builds" to allow flashy animations. Oh, and there's also a new spreadsheet app, Numbers. Whoa, Nelly. We can't wait to try out those on our new iMacs.All new iMacs will ship with free iLife '08, but you'll have to fork out extra for iWork.EssentialsApple iMac: 20-in 2GHz, 20-in 2.4GHz, 24-in 2.4GHz, iLife, iWorkPrice: £799, £949, £1,149, £55, £55On sale: Now Contact: AppleRelated links:Live from the Apple lunch at Cupertino

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