Want to buy the latest thing from Apple Inc., but don’t want to stand in line? No problem. Just show up at your nearest Apple store and pick out a brand new iMac.
That’s a personal computer, in case you’ve forgotten. Personal computer sales have been sliding for over a year. The Mac is not exempt. Its sales are down nearly 8 percent, largely because existing personal computers — Windows PCs as well as Macs — are good enough for almost anybody.
Today's iMacs range in price from $1,299 to $1,999. I borrowed one of the big ones from Apple and the huge screen a delight to the eyes. Its maximum resolution is actually higher than that of a standard 1080p high-definition television Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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