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Setting up a brand new iMac
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This article goes through setting up a brand new iMac. All the intermediate pictures of the setup screens are included.
 
Table of Contents

Apple iMac – the beauty unwrapped

Figure 1. Apple iMac – the beauty unwrapped

Figure 2. Apple iMac – the beauty unwrapped (annotated)

Figure 3. Apple iMac – beauty from the side

Figure 4. Apple iMac – beauty from the back

Apple iMac – DVDs and Docs

Figure 5. Apple iMac – DVDs and Docs

Apple iMac - Ports

Figure 6. Apple iMac – Ports

Apple iMac – Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Figure 7. Apple iMac – Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Setting up the iMac

Switching on the wireless mouse

Figure 8. Using the wireless mouse for the first time with iMac

Choose the language

Figure 9. Choosing a Language

Setup the keyboard

Figure 10. Setup the keyboard

Setup Contry

Figure 11. Setup the country

Select Keyboard Layout

Figure 12. Select Keyboard Layout

Transfer Information

Figure 12. Transfer Information

Setup Wireless

Figure 13. Setup Wireless

Provide Apple ID

Figure 14. Provide Apple ID

Registration

Figure 15. Registration Information

Create Account

Figure 16. Create Account

Setup Picture

Figure 17. Setup Picture

Mobile Me

Figure 18. Mobile Me

Final Setup Screen

Figure 19. Final Setup

First Screen of a fully setup iMac / Mac OS X

Figure 20. First Screen of a fully setup iMac

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Apple iMac – the beauty unwrapped

These pictures below show the iMac fully unwrapped. For some additional information about how we got here (and the price and configuration of this 24-inch iMac), please refer to the following article:

Opening a brand new 24-inch iMac

Figure 1. Apple iMac – the beauty unwrapped

Figure 1. Apple iMac – the beauty unwrapped

Figure 2. Apple iMac – the beauty unwrapped (annotated)

Figure 2. Apple iMac – the beauty unwrapped (annotated)

Figure 3. Apple iMac – beauty from the side

Figure 3. Apple iMac – beauty from the side

Figure 4. Apple iMac – beauty from the back

Figure 4. Apple iMac – beauty from the back

Apple iMac – DVDs and Docs

The paper and install disks shipped with iMac are pleasantly simple. Following is the list:

  • A simple guide to Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse
  • A simple guide to Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Everything Mac: A simple guide to setting up iMac
  • Everything else: Mac OS X install discs
  • iWork: if you bought it

Figure 5. Apple iMac – DVDs and Docs

Figure 5. Apple iMac – DVDs and Docs

Apple iMac - Ports

The Apple iMac comes with the following ports:

  • three USB 2.0 ports
  • one FireWire 400 port
  • one FireWire 800 port
  • one Ethernet port
  • one Mini-DVI port
  • audio in port
  • headphone out port

Figure 6. Apple iMac – Ports

Figure 6. Apple iMac – Ports

Apple iMac – Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Apple Wireless Keyboard needs three AA batteries to operate. And the Apple Wireless Mouse needs two AA batteries. That would definitely reduce the clutter of wires.

Figure 7. Apple iMac – Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Figure 7. Apple iMac – Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Setting up the iMac

Following are a few pictures of iMac right after it has been switched on. The steps to follow are very simple. These pictures would tell you what to expect.

Switching on the wireless mouse

This iMac came with a wireless mouse. The wireless mouse takes two AA batteries. After placing the batteries and switching the mouse on, the iMac would automatically recognize the mouse.

Figure 8. Using the wireless mouse for the first time with iMac

Figure 8. Using the wireless mouse for the first time with iMac

Choose the language

Choose the language of your choice for the iMac. This setup uses English as the main language.

Figure 9. Choosing a Language

Figure 9. Choosing a Language

Setup the keyboard

This iMac came with wireless keyboard. It takes three AA batteries. Batteries go from one end (left) of the keyboard. The other end (right) has a switch to turn on the keyboard. With that, the keyboard will be found automatically.

Figure 10. Setup the keyboard

Figure 10. Setup the keyboard

Setup Contry

Choose the country. With English as primary language, following countries are shown: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

Figure 11. Setup the country

Figure 11. Setup the country

Select Keyboard Layout

Figure 12. Select Keyboard Layout

Figure 12. Select Keyboard Layout

Transfer Information

You can transfer information from another Mac or from a Time Machine backup.

Figure 12. Transfer Information

Figure 12. Transfer Information

Setup Wireless

If you have wireless setup for other computers, choose that wireless network. For a security-enabled wireless network, you would have to provide the password.

Figure 13. Setup Wireless

Figure 13. Setup Wireless

Provide Apple ID

Probably you used this ID to purchase the iMac.

Figure 14. Provide Apple ID

Figure 14. Provide Apple ID

Registration

Most of the information for registration is automatically obtained from the Apple ID.

Figure 15. Registration Information

Figure 15. Registration Information

Create Account

Figure 16. Create Account

Figure 16. Create Account

Setup Picture

Since the iMac comes with a built-in camera, the picture that shows up in the snapshot window below is yours (i.e. whoever is sitting in front of iMac). Very cool!

Figure 17. Setup Picture

Figure 17. Setup Picture

Mobile Me

Figure 18. Mobile Me

Figure 18. Mobile Me

Final Setup Screen

Figure 19. Final Setup

Figure 19. Final Setup

First Screen of a fully setup iMac / Mac OS X

Following is the snapshot of a fully setup iMac with a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse.

Figure 20. First Screen of a fully setup iMac

Figure 20. First Screen of a fully setup iMac

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