“iMac has evolved into an entertainment center, where you can create desktop movies, manage your digital music library and burn custom music CDs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iMovie and iTunes are so easy to learn and use, even your parents can use them without getting confused.”
iTunes, which has been downloaded more than 750,000 times since its debut in January, lets users import songs from their favorite CDs into their iMac and compress them into the popular MP3 format; organize their music using powerful yet easy to use searching, browsing, and play list features; watch stunning visualizations on their computer screen; and create custom music CDs with the new iMac’s CD-RW drive.
All iMac models come preinstalled with Apple’s iMovie 2, the latest version of the world’s most popular, easy-to-use consumer digital video editing software, and offer two FireWire ports for easy connection to a variety of high-speed peripherals such as digital camcorders and digital cameras. Movies can be saved back to the camcorder, copied to videotape or posted to a user’s own website using iTools, Apple’s suite of free Internet services.
Every iMac comes standard with Apple’s optical mouse and full-size Apple Pro Keyboard, and is AirPort™ ready. AirPort, Apple’s revolutionary wireless networking solution, provides totally untethered Internet access at speeds up to 11 megabits per second.
iMac’s other great features include near-silent operation, reducing noise levels to half that of competitive systems; ATI RAGE 128 Pro accelerators for outstanding graphics; built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet for easy DSL and cable modem access and an all-digital sound system designed in collaboration with Harman Kardon.
Pricing and Availability
The new iMac models are available immediately on The Apple Store™ (www.apple.com) and through Apple Authorized Resellers in three standard configurations:
- iMac, available in Indigo, features a 400 MHz PowerPC G3 processor and contains 64MB of PC100 SDRAM, 512K backside cache, a 10GB Ultra ATA hard disk, a slot loading CD-ROM drive, ATI RAGE 128 Pro with 8MB of SDRAM, a built-in 56K V.90 modem, two FireWire ports and two USB ports, VGA video mirroring and is AirPort ready for a suggested retail price of $899 (US).
- iMac, available in Indigo, Blue Dalmatian and Flower Power, features a 500 MHz PowerPC G3 processor and contains 64MB of PC100 SDRAM, 256K on-chip backside cache, a 20GB Ultra ATA hard disk, a slot-loading CD-RW drive, ATI RAGE 128 Ultra with 16MB of SDRAM, a built-in 56K V.90 modem, two FireWire ports and two USB ports, VGA video mirroring and is AirPort ready for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US).
- iMac Special Edition, available in Graphite, Blue Dalmatian and Flower Power, features a 600 MHz PowerPC G3 processor and contains 128MB of PC100 SDRAM, 256K on-chip backside cache, a 40GB Ultra ATA hard disk, a slot-loading CD-RW drive, ATI RAGE 128 Ultra with 16MB of SDRAM, a built-in 56K V.90 modem, two FireWire ports and two USB ports, VGA video mirroring and is AirPort ready for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US).
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