Apple unwraps iMac G5

Apple's iMac computer range with G5 processors. The screen of the new iMac is suspended above the desk like that of its predecessor, but its processor, hard disk and DVD drive are concealed behind the screen rather than in the base.

The top-of-the-range model has a 20in wide-aspect LCD display with a resolution of 1680x1050. It has a 1.8GHz G5 processor, 160GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive, plus DVD burner, and costs $3199 ($400 less than an entry-level Dual 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 tower model, without screen). The new iMacs have two FireWire 400 and three USB 2.0 ports, plus audio line-in, optical audio-out, video-out, 56Kbps modem and a 10/100 Ethernet connection at the back of the screen. The speaker grilles are concealed in the base of the screen and bounce sound off the desktop to the user.

The other two models have 17in widescreen displays, 80GB SATA hard disks and "combo" optical drives that can burn CDs and read DVDs. The 1.6GHz model sells for $2199 and the 1.8GHz model for $2499.

The machines have GeForce FX5200 Ultra 64MB video cards and can hold up to 2GB of 400MHz DDR RAM, connected via a 600MHz front-side bus. The slot-loading optical drive is mounted vertically, top-right of the machine, with the processor bottom left. The iMac is cooled by three computer-controlled quiet fans.

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