FEBRUARY 21, 2001
On the professional front, he revealed that NVidia GeForce 3 cards will be available as build to order options on G4 desktops beginning in March. The cards, which will appear in Macs before Windows machines, will be available for $350 extra on higher-end models, $450 extra on lower-end models. Jobs referred to the chip as "the most advanced" ever. With more than 57 million transistors, it's able to perform 800 million operations per second, including 76 billion floating point operations per second (GigaFLOPS). The model is powered by the new NVidia nfiniteFX engine and the LightSpeed Memory Architecture. It features 64 MB DDR SDRAM frame buffer. It supports resolutions up to 2,048 x 1,536 at 32 bits per pixel. At the Apple Store, the new graphics card appears to be available on all desktop Macs. It is not available as an option for the Cube.
He also announced a new line of iMacsthis time sporting more than just new colors. Among the new features to be included in the line are new G3 processors running 400 MHz to 600 MHz, some featuring on chip cache. The new lineup also features ATI RAGE 128 Pro or Ultra graphics cards with 8 MB or 16 MB SDRAM, up to 40 GB hard drives and CD-RW drives (in two of the models). The new line ranges in price from $899 to $1,499. The low-end model comes with a CD-ROM drive. All come with FireWire, iMovie and iTunes and are AirPort-ready. The iMac line is now available in two colors, indigo and graphite, as well as two new patters, "Flower Power" and "Blue Dalmatian." All the new iMacs are available now, according to Jobs.
G4 Cube prices have also been lowered, and a new model has been introduced that comes with a CD-RW for $1,599. The older Cube now goes for $1,299. Also receiving a price reduction is the Apple 22" Cinema Display, now priced at $2,999.
On the ultra-consumer front, Jobs also announced a 1.1 update to iTunes that makes the audio jukebox software compatible with 25 third-party CD burners, rather than just the Apple-branded models.
For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.
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