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iWork, iPhone, iMac - Apple's Ready To Go Back to School

Pretty, sexily anorexic, redesigned aluminum and glass 20- and 24-inch all-in-one iMac desktops with a wireless keyboard

Apple has got itself a couple of pretty, sexily anorexic, redesigned aluminum and glass 20- and 24-inch all-in-one iMac desktops available with a wireless keyboard.

They're easier to recycle and priced competitively at $1,199 and $1,799 to start, $200-$300 cheaper than their predecessors, and can be pushed in the important back-to-school season. There's no more 17-inch model.

The top-of-the-line can be had with 2.8GHz Intel Dore 2 Duo chips, 4GB of memory and up to a terabyte of storage.

Apple also refreshed its iLife, .Mac and $79 Microsoft-compatible iWorks software.

The later now has a spreadsheet "for the rest of us" called Numbers as well as presentation and word processing. Meanwhile, Microsoft says it can't get its way pricier Office for the Mac act together until at least January and Excel has been important to Apple's small business users.

Apple reminded people that Macs are moving at three times the industry average and contribute about 60% of Apple's revenues. Leopard, the operating system postponed because of iPhone, comes out in October (or at least "later this year"), leaving people to anticipate another sales tickle. Apple's market share is still a lowly 5% or less.

Apple shipped 1.76 million Mac in the June quarter, up 33% year-over-year, worth about $2.5 billion, 634,000 of them were desktops, bringing in $956 million. The last new iMac, the first 24-inch model, came out last September.

And apparently Google, or at least Google folk have been buying a lot of iPhones.

Meanwhile, VMware announced the general availability of VMware Fusion, its answer to SWsoft's Parallels product, which will let Mac users run Mac OS X and Windows or Linux simultaneously, both 32- and 64-bit Windows. It's going through retail including the Apple stores for $80. There were 250,000 downloads of the stuff during beta.

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