Apple Delivers New Power Mac G4 with 733 MHz PowerPC G4 Processors
G4 Line Features CD-RW Standard in All Models to Burn CDs & Apple’s Revolutionary New SuperDrive to Burn CDs & DVDs
MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO—January 9, 2001—Apple® today introduced a new Power Mac™ G4 line with PowerPC G4 processors running up to 733 MHz, a new high-performance architecture featuring 133 MHz system and memory buses and five slots for increased expandability. The new Power Mac G4 line features CD-RW drives in all models. In addition, Apple unveiled its revolutionary new SuperDrive, a combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive that can read and write (“burn”) DVDs which can be played in consumer DVD players. The Apple SuperDrive comes standard in the top Power Mac G4 model.
With Apple’s new iTunes, the world’s coolest and easiest to use “jukebox” software, all G4 users can burn their own standard audio CDs with the Power Mac G4’s new built-in CD-RW drives. In addition, the Power Mac G4’s revolutionary new SuperDrive and Apple’s amazing new iDVD™ and DV Studio Pro™ software applications let Power Mac G4 users easily and affordably create professional quality DVD videos for playback on consumer DVD players.
“With the new Power Mac G4s, Apple has created the first complete solution for CD and DVD authoring,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Apple’s revolutionary SuperDrive, which can ‘burn’ both CDs and consumer player-compatible DVDs, combined with Apple’s new iTunes and iDVD applications, creates a solution that is years ahead of everyone else.”
iDVD is a breakthrough new application that lets professionals and consumers quickly and easily create professional-looking DVDs for playback on consumer DVD players. iDVD shields users from the complexity of DVD authoring by offering professionally designed themes and drag-and-drop simplicity. With one click, iDVD automatically converts iMovie™, Final Cut Pro® or any QuickTime™ video file into the required format, compresses them into the MPEG-2 compression standard required to make DVDs, and burns the DVD-R disc with Apple’s revolutionary new SuperDrive.
Apple’s new optional DVD Studio Pro application is the perfect complement to Apple’s award-winning Final Cut Pro video editing, effects and compositing software. DVD Studio Pro, the first full-featured DVD authoring tool available for less than $1,000, offers professional-quality DVD encoding, authoring and writing. With DVD Studio Pro, G4 users can encode their Final Cut Pro projects in the DVD format; author DVDs; preview finished projects in real-time; and burn DVD video discs with the G4’s new SuperDrive.
With Apple’s new iTunes, the world’s best and easiest to use jukebox software, users can import songs from their favorite CDs into their Power Mac G4; compress the files 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 Power Mac G4’s new CD-RW or revolutionary new SuperDrive.
The new Power Mac G4 line includes:
- faster 466, 533, 667 and 733 MHz PowerPC G4 processors with up to 256K of Full-Speed level 2 cache and 1MB of half speed level 3 backside cache on some configurations;
- high performance 133 MHz system bus with over one gigabyte-per-second of system throughput, with 128 to 256MB of DRAM expandable to 1.5GB;
- four high-performance 64-bit 33 MHz PCI slots with write-combining to provide up to 215 megabyte-per-second of sustained throughput—double that of previous generations;
- AGP 4x slot with new graphic card options including the new NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics card with 32MB of SDRAM;
- new digital audio sound system featuring built-in amplifier for support of multiple audio output capabilities and Apple Pro Speakers based on powerful Harman Kardon technology providing a frequency range of 70 hertz to 20 kilohertz; and
- Ultra ATA/66 hard drives to 60GB.
Pricing & Availability
The new 466 and 533 MHz Power Mac G4s are available immediately and the 667 and 733 MHz Power Mac G4s will be available in February through The Apple Store™ (www.apple.com) and Apple Authorized Resellers in the following standard configurations:
- Power Mac G4 with PowerPC G4 466 MHz processor with 1MB level 2 backside cache, 128MB of PC133 SDRAM memory, 30GB Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drive, ATI RAGE 128 Pro AGP 4X with 16MB video SDRAM, CD-RW drive, two FireWire® and USB ports, four full-length 64-bit PCI slots at 33 MHz, 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet, AirPort™ ready, built-in 56K V.90 modem, iTunes and iMovie 2 available immediately for a suggested retail price of US$1,699;
- Power Mac G4 with PowerPC G4 533 MHz processor with 1MB level 2 backside cache, 128MB of PC133 SDRAM memory, 40GB Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drive, NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with 32MB video SDRAM, CD-RW drive, two FireWire and USB ports, four full-length 64-bit PCI slots at 33 MHz, 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet, AirPort ready, built-in 56K V.90 modem, iTunes and iMovie 2 available immediately for a suggested retail price of US$2,199;
- Power Mac G4 with PowerPC G4 667 MHz processor with 256K level 2 on-chip cache and 1MB level 3 backside cache, 256MB of PC133 SDRAM memory, 60GB Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drive, NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with 32MB video SDRAM, CD-RW drive, two FireWire and USB ports, four full-length 64-bit PCI slots at 33 MHz, 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet, AirPort ready, built-in 56K V.90 modem, iTunes and iMovie 2 available in February for a suggested retail price of US$2,799; and
- Power Mac G4 with PowerPC G4 733 MHz processor with 256K level 2 on-chip cache and 1MB level 3 backside cache, 256MB of PC133 SDRAM memory, 60GB Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drive, NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with 32MB video SDRAM, CD-RW/DVD-R SuperDrive, two FireWire and USB ports, four full-length 64-bit PCI slots at 33 MHz, 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet, AirPort ready, built-in 56K V.90 modem, iTunes, iMovie 2 and iDVD software available in February for a suggested retail price of US$3,499.
The Power Mac G4 is available in more than 300,000 build-to-order configurations through The Apple Store (www.apple.com). Options include models with dual 533 MHz PowerPC G4 processors, in addition to up to 1.5GB of SDRAM, up to 72GB Ultra160 SCSI drives, AirPort Base Station and AirPort Card and Harman Kardon iSub and SoundSticks. The Apple Pro Speakers are optional for a suggested retail price of US$59. SuperDrive writes to standard 4.7GB DVD-R discs, available from The Apple Store (www.apple.com) in packs of 5 for a suggested retail price of US$49.95.
Additionally, Apple announced its award-winning 15 inch Apple Studio Display™ flat panel is now immediately available through The Apple Store (www.apple.com) and Apple Authorized Resellers for US$799.
A new server line-up offering a Macintosh Server G4 system with AppleShare® IP is also now available for US$2,999 and two new Macintosh Server G4 with Mac® OS X Server software systems, for suggested retail prices of US$2,999 and US$3,999.
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