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Apple's New iMac G5 Line Delivers Faster Performance, Built-in Wireless & Mac OS X 'Tiger'


PR Newswire 8:30 am May 3, 2005

Apple(R) today unveiled a new iMac(R) G5 line with faster 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processors, built-in AirPort(R) Extreme and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and Mac OS(R) X version 10.4 "Tiger," the latest version of the world's most advanced operating system. The new iMac G5s also include faster graphics, a new 8X SuperDrive(R) with double-layer support, built-in Gigabit Ethernet for faster networking, and 512MB of memory across the line. Every new iMac G5 comes with iLife(R) '05, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, making it the ultimate consumer desktop for today's digital lifestyle.

"Reviewers have called the iMac G5 'the most elegant desktop computer in the world' and now it's getting even better," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With a faster processor, built-in wireless networking, Tiger and iLife '05, the new iMac G5 offers the best consumer desktop computing experience in the world."

The iMac G5 makes the ultimate statement in design simplicity with the entire computer, including the power supply and slot-load optical drive, built right into a two-inch thin display. The new iMac G5 offers gorgeous widescreen displays including a 20-inch model with 1680-by-1050 pixel resolution or a 17-inch model with 1440-by-900 pixel resolution. With built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless modules, it's even easier to reduce cable clutter with the optional Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.

Featuring the breakthrough performance of the PowerPC G5 processor and offering up to a 667 MHz front-side bus, the new iMac G5s include 400 MHz DDR memory expandable to 2GB and storage capacity up to 400GB. All new iMac G5s offer the ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB of dedicated video memory to deliver high-performance graphics and effects for next-generation games and provide ultra-fast, pixel-accurate image processing when combined with the graphics capabilities of Tiger.

Offering the latest high-performance I/O, the new iMac G5s include built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort Extreme for fast 54Mbps wireless networking*, built-in Bluetooth, a total of five USB ports (three USB 2.0) and two FireWire(R) 400 ports for easy plug-and-play connections to popular peripherals such as Apple's market-leading iPod(R) digital music player, digital video camcorders, digital still cameras and printers.

Every new iMac G5 includes Tiger, the fifth major release in four years of the world's most advanced operating system. Tiger delivers more than 200 new features and innovations including Spotlight(TM), a revolutionary desktop search technology that lets users instantly find anything stored on their Mac(R), including documents, emails, contacts and images; and Dashboard, a new way to instantly access important information like weather forecasts and stock quotes, using a dazzling new class of applications called widgets.

The new iMac G5 includes iLife '05, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto(R), iMovie(R), iDVD(R), GarageBand(R) and iTunes(R), the world's number one online music store. iLife '05 continues to lead the industry with the most innovative and comprehensive suite of software for organizing, editing and sharing digital photos; creating stunning digital movies and DVDs; and purchasing, managing and creating digital music.

A collection of productivity and entertainment titles is included with every iMac G5, including AppleWorks, Quicken 2005 for Macintosh(R), 2005 World Book Multimedia Reference Suite, Nanosaur 2 and Marble Blast Gold.

Pricing & Availability

The new iMac G5 line is available immediately through the Apple Store(R) (www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new iMac G5, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes: -- 17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440-by-900 pixels; -- 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor; -- 512MB of 400 MHz DDR SDRAM; -- 24X Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive; -- ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB video memory; -- Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR; -- 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet networking, 56K V.92 Modem; -- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm; -- Two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, two USB 1.1 ports; and -- Built-in stereo speakers and microphone. The new iMac G5, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes: -- 17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440-by-900 pixels; -- 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor; -- 512MB of 400 MHz DDR SDRAM; -- 8X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive; -- ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB video memory; -- Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR; -- 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet networking, 56K V.92 Modem; -- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm; -- Two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, two USB 1.1 ports; and -- Built-in stereo speakers and microphone. The new iMac G5, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes: -- 20-inch widescreen LCD with 1680-by-1050 pixels; -- 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor; -- 512MB of 400 MHz DDR SDRAM; -- 8X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive; -- ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB video memory; -- Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR; -- 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet networking, 56K V.92 Modem; -- 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm; -- Two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, two USB 1.1 ports; and -- Built-in stereo speakers and microphone. Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 2GB of RAM, 250GB and 400GB hard drives, AirPort Express(TM) and AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The new iMac G5 line is also available to education customers in the US and Canada through the Apple Store for Education at www.apple.com/education/store or by calling an Apple education sales representative at 800-800-APPL.
 

Blue Velvet

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Wonder where you scooped that from... :) :p

Right, we're getting one of these to replace our crap plasma PC at work.
 

wordmunger

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mad jew said:
But the store's not up yet. :eek:

After the Amazon thingy, Apple won't be very happy about this at all (assuming this is right).
I think a 30-minute leak is a little different from a several-day leak.
 

Josh396

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I'm glad to see this update. I love the double layer superdrive and the APE + BT 2.0 standard. I just wish the 400 GB drive was a little cheaper but I guess a for a 150% increase $200 isn't that bad.
 

Josh396

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Looks like Apple forgot to update the description of the available hard drives on the 20". They only say 80 GB and 160 GB are available but they only offer a 250 GB and 400 GB. Someone must have started to change it but stopped since the 250 GB was available in the first one.
 

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Today Apple updated the iMac G5 line of desktop computers. The new models come in three configurations as before, with two 17" models and a 20" model. Processor speeds are now 1.8 and 2.0 Ghz, with an ATI 9600 video card, built-in bluetooth wireless/airport extreme and 512 MB of RAM as standard equipment. Shipping times from the Apple online store are from 1-3 days, so availability should be immediate. The new machines are as follows:

17-inch widescreen LCD - $1299
1.8GHz PowerPC G5
600MHz frontside bus
512K L2 cache
512MB DDR400 SDRAM
160GB Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load Combo Drive
ATI Radeon 9600
128MB DDR video memory
56K internal modem

17-inch widescreen LCD - $1499
2GHz PowerPC G5
667MHz frontside bus
512K L2 cache
512MB DDR400 SDRAM
160GB Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (double-layer)
ATI Radeon 9600
128MB DDR video memory
56K internal modem

20-inch widescreen LCD - $1799
2GHz PowerPC G5
667MHz frontside bus
512K L2 cache
512MB DDR400 SDRAM
250GB Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (double-layer)
ATI Radeon 9600
128MB DDR video memory
56k internal modem
 

jrober

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Jan 22, 2003
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Excellent upgrade

This is a great update especially the power / price level on the 20" model. Is this a Tiger related upgrade and if so are there related iBook updates close to ensure they are graphically up to the full Tiger experience?

John

P.S. Installed Tiger this weekend and was blown away by the new features even on my lowly 1.33Ghx 12in Powerbook.
 

germ war

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Man, I sort of feel foolish going to the store to buy a 20" ACD yesterday now. I *knew* the iMac updates were coming this week, but I just couldn't wait. I bought the display solely for my Powerbook. I actually get a discount through my work, so the new iMac would've only cost me about $400 more (since I didn't go for the discount on the display because I was antsy and wanted it right away!).

Of course, I did buy it as sort of a bridge to eventually buy a Power Mac, so I guess by the time I'm ready to get one they will be updated once or twice more and should hopefully be pretty sweet, but the new iMacs now come standard with everything I wanted to BTO anyway.

D'oh!
 

JRM PowerPod

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Mar 7, 2005
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Those updates are awesome

for AU$3000

You can get a:

2.0GHZ G5 processor
2GB RAM
160GB
BT2
AirPort
17" Widesceen LCD
128mb Graphics Card

SIMPLY AWESOME!!!

From those dodgey PM updates to this.

Seems as if the 9600 is the new 5200Ultra