Jobs Announces New Power Macs, iMacs, G4 Cubes

In a MacWorld tradition, Jobs had a series of announcements to make during his keynote speech, sparking cheers from an appreciative audience of Mac fans. One of the biggest cheers came when Jobs said the extra processors and more storage would be added to the Power Macs at no extra cost over current pricing.

There are two versions of the Power Mac G4 Cube: a 450MHz model with a 64M-bytes of RAM, a 20G-byte hard drive, priced at $US1,799 without a monitor; and a 500MHz model with a 128M-bytes of RAM and a 30G-byte hard drive, priced at $US2,299 without a monitor. Jobs announced three new Apple monitors that could be used with this new machine. The Cube machines will be available in August, Jobs said.

"We're taking all the power of the Power Mac G4s and miniaturizing it," Jobs said.

Jobs noted this is the first time Apple has added a new category of machine to its basic product lines in two and a half years.

There will be three new Power Mac G4 models all based on the PowerPC chip: a 400MHz model with a 20G-byte hard drive, a 450MHz model with a 30G-byte hard drive and a 500MHz model with a 40G-byte hard drive. The new Power Macs are available today.

Jobs said that, like all Apple desktop machines from today on, the Power Mac models will come with a new Apple optical-tracking mouse and a new ergonomic keyboard. The two higher-end models will come standard with dual processors.

There will also be four new iMacs: an entry level iMac with a 350Mhz processor, 64M-bytes of RAM and 7.5G-byte hard drive, priced at $US799; the iMacDV with a 400MHz chip, 64M-bytes of RAM and a 10G-byte hard drive, priced at $US999; the iMacDV+ with a 450MHz chip, 64M-bytes of RAM and a 20G-byte hard drive, priced at $US1,299; and the iMacDV Special Edition with a 500MHz chip, 128M-byte RAM and a 30G-byte hard drive, priced at $US1,499.

All iMacs come with a CD-ROM drive and all are available today, except for the entry-level machine, which will be available in September, Jobs said. New colors for the iMacs were also announced.

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