Apple Debuts New Power Mac G4s with Dual Processors
Up to Twice the Processing Power at No Additional Cost
Macworld Expo, New York—July 19, 2000—In a move that makes the world’s fastest personal computers even faster, Apple® today unveiled an all new Power Mac™ G4 line featuring two models that are the first mainstream personal computers to come standard with dual processors. The 450 MHz and 500 MHz Power Mac G4s each contain dual PowerPC G4 processors with Velocity Engine™, delivering up to 7 billion calculations per second. When running applications like Adobe Photoshop*, the dual processor 500 MHz Power Mac G4 is as fast as a 2GHz Pentium III is expected to be upon its release a year or more from now.
Apple also announced that the new Power Mac line comes standard with Gigabit Ethernet, an industry first. All three G4 models feature 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet built-in on the motherboard, making the G4 the ultimate networked client for transferring large files, such as image and digital video files, around a network.
“Apple is the first to make dual processors a standard feature in high-performance personal computers—and we are doing it without raising prices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “These machines are wicked fast, leaving Pentiums in the dust, and we think our customers are going to love them.”
The new Power Mac G4s come standard with the new, innovative optical Apple Pro Mouse and the new Apple Pro Keyboard. The Apple optical 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 new Power Mac G4 also comes pre-installed 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 Power Mac G4. 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:
Pricing and Availability
The new G4 line is available immediately through the Apple Store™ (www.apple.com) and Apple Authorized Resellers in the following configurations:
Power Mac G4 with single PowerPC G4 400 MHz processor with 1MB level 2 backside cache, 64MB of PC100 SDRAM memory, ATI RAGE 128 Pro AGP 2X with 16MB video SDRAM, a 20GB Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drive, DVD-ROM drive with DVD Video playback, FireWire® and USB ports, three full-length 64-bit, 33 MHz PCI slots, 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet and a built-in 56K V.90 modem is priced at $1,599 (US);
Power Mac G4 with dual PowerPC G4 450 MHz processors with 1MB level 2 backside cache per PowerPC G4 processor, 128MB of PC100 SDRAM memory, ATI RAGE 128 Pro AGP 2X with 16MB video SDRAM, a 30GB Ultra ATA/66 disk drive, DVD-ROM drive with DVD Video playback, FireWire and USB ports, three full-length 64-bit, 33 MHz PCI slots, 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet and a built-in 56K V.90 modem is priced at $2,499 (US); and
Power Mac G4 with dual PowerPC G4 500 MHz processors with 1MB level 2 backside cache per PowerPC G4 processor, 256MB of PC100 SDRAM memory, ATI RAGE 128 Pro AGP 2X with 16MB video SDRAM, a 40GB Ultra ATA/66 disk drive, DVD-RAM drive with DVD Video playback, three full-length 64-bit, 33 MHz PCI slots, 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet and a built-in 56K V.90 modem is priced at $3,499 (US).
The Power Mac G4 is available in more than 69,000 build-to-order configurations through the Apple Store (www.apple.com).
* Based on internal tests and theoretical calculations
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