Apple announces faster iMacs

Apple today announced significant enhancements to its popular line of iMac desktop computers, including faster PowerPC G4 processors running up to 1.25 GHz, faster 333 MHz DDR memory, faster NVIDIAgraphics and the move to the faster USB 2.0 standard.

“The iMac, with its high quality 15- or 17-inch widescreen displays and bundled iLife applications, is the ultimate computer for working with digital photos, digital music and digital video,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The ease-of-use and stunning design of the iMac remain unparalleled in the industry.”

The new iMacs sport faster PowerPC G4 processors running at 1.0 GHz in the 15-inch model and 1.25 GHz in the 17-inch model. Both models include 256MB of faster DDR SDRAM running at 333 MHz and an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard disk drive. The 17-inch model also includes NVIDIA’s GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics processor with 64MB of DDR video memory.

Designed around an ultra-compact base, the iMac’s flat panel display appears to float in mid-air, allowing users to effortlessly adjust its height or angle with just a touch. The iMacs offer two FireWire 400 and three high-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast, simple, plug-and-play connections to devices such as digital cameras, DV camcorders, the iPodâ„¢ and the iSight video conferencing camera. The iMac also offers the latest in wireless communications with support for 54Mbps AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking and optional built-in Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to a range of peripherals such as cell phones and PDAs.

Every iMac includes Mac OS X “Jaguar” and Apple’s iLife applications, a completely integrated suite offering iTunes® 4 for managing and purchasing digital music, iPhoto® 2 for organizing and sharing digital digital photos, iMovie® 3 for making movies and iDVDâ„¢ 3 for burning Hollywood-style DVDs. Also included is a collection of productivity and entertainment titles such as Quicken 2003 Deluxe, World Book 2003 Edition and the recently introduced Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.

Pricing & Availability
iMac desktops are available immediately through the Apple Store® (http://www.apple.com/), at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 15-inch flat panel iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:

  • 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engineâ„¢;
  • 256MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM;
  • 32x Combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive;
  • NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics processor with 32MB video memory;
  • two FireWire 400 and three USB 2.0 ports;
  • internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth;
  • 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive running at 7200 rpm; and
  • Apple Pro Speakers.

The 17-inch widescreen flat-panel iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

  • 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine;
  • 256MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM;
  • 4x SuperDriveâ„¢ DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive;
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics processor with 64MB video memory;
  • two FireWire 400 and three USB 2.0 ports;
  • internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth;
  • 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive running at 7200 rpm; and
  • Apple Pro Speakers.

Build-to-order options and accessories include additional memory, AirPort Extreme Card, AirPort Extreme Base Station, Bluetooth, 160GB Ultra ATA hard drive and the AppleCare® Protection Plan.

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