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Apple Revamps Entire Desktop Line

Dual-processor models start at $1,699 By Dave Nagel
Apple has completely revamped its lineup of professional and consumer desktop computers. The company started shipping two new dual-processor towers (starting at $1,699) that will be available this week and will ship a third high-end dual-processor model by the end of September. The company has also introduced new eMacs and lowered the prices on iMacs.

On the professional front, all G4s now include dual processors, starting with a dual 867 MHz. The mid-range model is now the dual 1 GHz. And the high-end model, set to ship in September, will feature a dual 1.25 GHz G4 processor. But the processors only tell part of the story. The new machines now use faster PC2100 and PC2700 DDR SDRAM (expandable to 2 GB) and feature system bus speeds of up to 167 MHz. They also feature the ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card (Nvidia GeForce4 MX in the low-end model). And they run on Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar). The models ship in the following configurations:

  • Low-end ($1,699): Dual 867 MHz G4 processors; 256K level-2 cache and 1 MB level-3 cache per processor; 133 MHz system bus; 256 MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM; 60 GB hard disk; combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive; Nvidia GeForce4 MX; and a 56 Kbps internal modem.
  • Mid-range ($2,499):Dual 1 GHz G4 processors; 256K level-2 cache and 1 MB level-3 cache per processor; 167 MHz system bus; 256 MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM; 80 GB hard disk; SuperDrive (combo DVD-R/CD-R); ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card; and a 56 Kbps internal modem.
  • High-end ($3,299):Dual 1.25 GHz G4 processors; 256K level-2 cache and 2 MB level-3 cache per processor; 167 MHz system bus; 512 MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM; 120 GB hard disk; SuperDrive; ATI Radeon 9000 Pro; and a 56 Kbps internal modem.

The mid-range and high-end configurations also feature dual ATA interfaces (ATA/100 and ATA/66) for support for up to four ATA devices and four DIMM slots for memory. As with previous lines, the new models offer four 64-bit, 33 MHz PCI slots and one AGP 4x slot; gigabit Ethernet; two FireWire ports; and two USB ports. They also include stereo line in and out; Apple speaker minijacks; and a front headphone jack. The new models also include room for a second optical drive.


On the consumer end, Apple has revamped the eMac and iMac. The eMacs now include the following configurations:

  • High-end ($1,499): 800 MHz G4 processor; SuperDrive; Nvidia GeForce2 MX; 256 MB RAM; 60 GB hard disk; 17-inch CRT display.
  • Low-end ($1,099):700 MHz G4 processor; combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive; Nvidia GeForce2 MX; 128 MB RAM; 40 GB hard disk; 17-inch CRT display.

On the iMac front, models now include:

  • Widescreen ($1,999):800 MHz G4 processor; SuperDrive; Nvidia GeForce4 MX; 256 MB RAM; 80 GB hard disk; Apple Pro Speakers; 17-inch widescreen LCD.
  • High-end ($1,799): 800 MB G4 processor; SuperDrive; Nvidia GeForce2 MX; 256 MB RAM; 60 GB hard disk; Apple Pro speakers; 15-inch LCD display.
  • Mid-range ($1,499): 700 MHz G4; combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW; Nvidia GeForce2 MX; 256 MB RAM; 40 GB hard disk; 15-inch LCD display.
  • Low-end ($1,299): 700 MHz G4; CD-RW; Nvidia GeForce2 MX; 128 MB RAM; 40 GB hard disk; 15-inch LCD display.

All of the iMac models are available now. The eMac with the SuperDrive will be available by the end of the month. For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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