off the Press - Product News
Aug 31,10:30 AM (Some Info From Reuters)
by Chuck Brown, Assoc Editor - News
All New G5 iMac " All-In-One"
Computer unveiled, after a two-month delay, its new G5 powered iMac
desktop computer on Tuesday which integrates disk drives and processors
into a smart looing flat LCDdisplay that's less than two inches thick.
Debuts New G4 iMac at Paris Expo
"Now we have the world's thinnest desktop computer," Phil
Schiller, head of worldwide product marketing, said in a keynote presentation
at the annual Apple Expo in Paris.
Schiller said that the new iMacs will be available in mid-September
and the computer would be available in 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz G5 processor
speeds, but all share a Front Side Bus (FSB) architecture and support
for 400MHz DDR RAM. Two display versions are a 17-inch (1440 x 900)
and a 20-inch TFT screen (1,680 x 1050), with wireless keyboard and
Apple said in July
the launch of the new iMac would be delayed until September. It put a
dent in the share price of the company which has been at the forefront
of computer innovation for decades, but whose global market share has
been eroded to less than 5 percent amid competition from lower-priced
PCs running on the Windows operating system from Microsoft.
chores should be handled aptly by a Nvidia GeForce 5200 Ultra graphics
with 64MB of VRAM. There are also a bounty of external connection
ports on the back the new G5iMac; however it's surprising that there
is no FireWire 800 port!
Retail prices of the new iMac will start at $1,299 for the 17-inch model,
or 1,399 euros in Europe. The slightly thicker 20-inch model will cost
$1,899, or 2,049 euros.
"This is a much more affordable line (of personal computers),"
Schiller told a cheering audience of Macintosh (news - web sites) users.
He declined to give sales targets.
Compact Design and it Tilts for
The model will take over from the current iMac, which created a buzz when
launched a few years ago with its minimalist design featuring a thin display
perched on a stainless steel pole above a white hemispherical base.
are the new iMacs also include AppleWorks, Quicken 2004 for Mac, WorldBook
Encyclopedia 2004 Edition, iLife '04 and the games Nanosaur 2 and MarbleBlast
Needed a Makeover -
Sales of the iMac have slowed in recent quarters, but Apple's portable
notebook computers have still been doing well.
"7.5 million iMacs have been sold over the last six years. It's time
for an entirely new iMac," Schiller said.
Analysts agreed the iMac had been in need of a makeover. The new design
would take less space on a desk and this would push existing Apple users
to trade in their old iMac. But the new design would not be enough to
convince Windows users to switch, they said.
The new model, designed by the same team that developed the iPod portable
music player, works on G5 microprocessors.
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