Apple today announced that it has begun shipping the high-end iMac configuration. Additionally, Apple has taken more than 150,000 pre-orders for the new iMac, more than all of the pre-orders it took for the original iMac in 1998. “It’s sure looking like the new iMac is going to be a huge hit with both Mac users and PC switchers,” Phil Schiller, Apple VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, said in a statement.