“The G4 Cube is simply the coolest computer ever,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “An entirely new class of computer, it marries the Pentium-crushing performance of the Power Mac G4 with the miniaturization, silent operation and elegant desktop design of the iMac. It is an amazing engineering and design feat, and we’re thrilled to finally unveil it to our customers.”
The Power Mac G4 Cube uses a revolutionary cooling design that does not require a fan, so it runs in virtual silence. Cooling is provided by the air flowing through the Cube’s center vertical cooling channel. In addition, the Cube’s entire electronics assembly can be easily lifted out of its enclosure within seconds, providing access to every major component and allowing the easy addition of memory or an AirPort™ card.
The G4 Cube includes a 450 MHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine (configurable to 500 MHz through the Apple Store); 64MB of memory expandable to 1.5GB; 20GB of storage (configurable up to 40GB through the Apple Store); a slot-loading DVD drive on the top of the G4 Cube for easy access; two FireWire® and two USB ports; 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K V.90 modem.
The Power Mac G4 Cube comes complete with Apple’s new optical mouse and pro keyboard, as well as a pair of Apple designed Harman Kardon speakers. The Apple Pro Mouse provides precise positioning without a mouse pad on almost any surface, an ergonomic full surface button and a comfortable elliptical shape. Apple is the first company to provide an optical mouse standard with all of its desktop systems. The sleek new Apple Pro Keyboard offers full-size function, navigation, volume control and disc eject keys, as well as two USB ports.
The G4 Cube also comes preinstalled with Apple’s iMovie™ 2, the next version of the world’s most popular, easy-to-use consumer digital video editing software. iMovie 2 features a refined user interface that’s even easier to use, dramatically improved audio editing capabilities, enhanced controls for titles and transitions, and new effects such as speeding up or slowing down video clips, adding sepia tone and creating soft focus.
Apple today also unveiled a completely new family of displays that are the perfect complement to the new G4 Cube. The new displays include: the 17 inch (16 inch viewable) Apple Studio Display CRT; the 15 inch Apple Studio Display flat panel and the 22 inch Apple Cinema Display™, the largest all-digital flat panel ever brought to market. Each display incorporates three advances to clean up the desktop cable mess:
- Each display is powered from the computer, eliminating a separate power cord;
- Each has a two port powered USB hub for convenient connection to desktop USB devices, such as keyboards, USB speakers and digital cameras; and
- Each utilizes the Apple Display Connector, an innovative new cable and connector which carries analog and digital video signals, USB data and display power over a single cable and connector.
Pricing and Availability
The 450 MHz Power Mac G4 Cube will be available in early August through the Apple Store (
) and Apple Authorized Resellers for $1,799 (US). A 500 MHz Power Mac G4 Cube will be available through the Apple Store for $2,299 (US).
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