Meet the New iMac

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  1. Michael*K

    Michael*K Screenwriter

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    Sweet! [​IMG]
    New iMac
    Have seen reports that it will run on a 1GHz G3. Not as exciting as a G4, but a big step up from the current model.
     
  2. Camp

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    Apple thinks "revolutionary" refers to looks and not the technology. They're the Bang & Olaffuson (sp?) of the computer industry.
     
  3. John Thomas

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    To continue with Camp's observation, I noticed that the article didn't say anything about technical specs; I suppose they're more concerned with "violat(ing) the sacred plane of the monitor." [​IMG]
     
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    I saw the timecanada report right before I went to bed last night before it got pulled. I'm reserving judgement for the moment - I'm an avowed mac head and use OS X on my home machine, but I want to see specs and more pics of the new iMac before I really make up my mind what I think.

    The keynote is going on right now, though...if only the clunker of a machine I have to use here at work could handle the quicktime stream...(sigh).
     
  6. MickeS

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    Woody, I got the QT stream video perfectly, but no sound. Very disappointing.

    As for the design, it looks cool, but as long as the market position for Mac/Apple is like it is, I won't buy one.

    /Mike
     
  7. Matthew_S

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    Hey MickeS,

    Do you think you could keep some of us who can't get the stream updated? I'm dying to know what's going on....

    thanks.
     
  8. MickeS

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    Matthew, since I couldn't get audio I stopped watching after a few minutes. All I saw was George Lucas talking to the audience on a video screen.

    /Mike
     
  9. Matthew_S

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    thanks anyway. If anyone wants a re-cap....MacMinute has the play-by-play.
     
  10. WoodyH

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    MacWorld keynote highlights, courtesy of MacMinute:
    • Steve Jobs has taken the stage. [09:05 PT]
    • Jobs will be offering an update on the quarter's highlights (iPod), Mac OS X, iBook, and iMac. [09:06 PT]
    • Apple sold 125,000 iPods in the first 60 days. [09:07 PT]
    • Apple retail update: 27 retail stores now open, "more in 2002." 40% of Mac buyers at retail stores have never owned a Mac before. 800,000 visitors to Apple's 27 retail stores in the month of Dec. [09:08 PT]
    • Every 7th and 8th grade student in the state of Maine will be receiving an iBook; the largest education order in history: 36,000 iBooks. [09:10 PT]
    • Mac OS X update: 500 applications in April of 2001; 2,500 applications today. Jobs commends Microsoft for Office v.X. [09:14 PT]
    • Shantanu Narayen of Adobe takes the stage to discuss Adobe's Mac OS X plans. Acrobat Reader, Illustrator, AfterEffects 5.5, have already shipped. InDesign 2.0 will ship very soon. Russell Brown takes the stage to demonstrate Adobe software under Mac OS X. Recaps today's GoLive 6.0 and LiveMotion 2.0 announcements (both are Mac OS X native). Photoshop 7.0 demonstrated (no release date announced). [09:15-09:21 PT]
    • Todd Bradley, CEO of Palm, takes the stage to discuss and demonstrate Palm's Mac OS X plans. [09:22-09:25 PT]
    • Final Cut Pro 3 discussed and demonstrated. [09:26-09:30 PT]
    • Theodore Gary takes the stage to discuss Mathetmatica for Mac OS X. [09:30-09:35 PT]
    • Mike Rogers, president of Aspyr, takes the stage to discuss Aspyr's 2002 plans. Harry Potter demonstrated (shipping in a couple weeks). The Sims: Hot Date and Star Wars: Galatica Battlegrounds (a real-time strategy game based on the Age of Empires engine) will also be arriving on the Mac during the first half of this year. [09:36-09:40 PT]
    • Dan Gregoire of Lucasflim takes the stage to discuss his company's use of Macs. George Lucas video presented to the crowd; Lucas re-introduces Gregoire. Demonstrates and explains the importance of Maya on Mac OS X. [09:40-09:44 PT]
    • Jobs announces that all new Macs will boot up into Mac OS X by default starting today, as we reported earlier. Mac OS 9 will also be included, of course. [09:45 PT]
    • Jobs recaps digital hub/lifestyle strategy. iTunes, iMovie, iDVD demonstrated. Apple has sold more than 1 million blank DVD-R discs. iPod/iTunes integration demo doesn't work ("Anyway, you know what it's supposed to do.") [09:45-09:57 PT]
    • Six million digital cameras sold in the U.S. in 2001 (30% of total camera sales in U.S.). [09:57 PT]
    • Jobs announces iPhoto. "It's killer." With one button, the software imports, catalogs, displays, and creates thumbnails of images. Basic editing tools included; streamlined printing interface for creating excellent prints. ColorSync support. "It's really about save, organize, and share." iPhoto demonstrated. "Unfortunatey, I don't have Photoshop running on OS X yet," Jobs says, demonstrating the editing capabilities. Laughter from the crowd. iPhoto integrates with Apple's HomePage iTool for creating online photo galleries with one button. Users can order Kodak prints of digital images through iPhoto. "I've saved the best for last... what I really want, is a hardbound book of my photos. We're going to let you have that." iPhoto will allow users to order a hardbound book of their images as they desire using a page layout program that's built-in to iPhoto. iPhoto is Mac OS X-only; free download available today. "Baby Gap" iPhoto television ad played to audience. [09:58-10:23 PT]
    • Jobs recaps iBook success and praise. Three models of iBook; lowers low-end iBook price to US$1,199 ($100 drop). Combo-drive (DVD/CD-RW) model reduced to US$1,499 (DVD model eliminated). High-end 14-inch iBook announced; 600MHz G3, 256MB RAM, 20GB HD; same thickness as 12-inch iBook; under 6 pounds: $1,799. [10:25-10:26 PT]
    • Apple has reduced the cost of DVD-R media to $5 a disc ($25 for a 5-pack); a $1 reduction. [10:25 PT]
    • Jobs moves on to iMac; plays various iMac ads to demonstrate how the product has evolved. Six million iMacs sold, "Thank you to those customers." Brand new iMac introduced; re-designed from the ground-up. Fifteen-inch LCD screen (1024x768), "I think this is the official death of the CRT today," says Jobs. All new iMacs have PowerPC G4 chips at 700MHz or 800MHz; SuperDrive included on some models; nVIDIA GeForce2 MX on all iMacs; standard ports; two high-end models include Pro Speakers. Screen can pan, tilt, and move forwards and backwards; disk drive slot in front, connectors in back. Round iMac base is 10.5-inches in diameter; add RAM and AirPort through the bottom. [10:27-10:41 PT]
    • Three iMac models:
    • -- 700MHz G4, 128MB RAM, 40GB hard drive, CD-RW - $1,299 (available in March)
    • -- 700MHz G4, 256MB RAM, 40GB hard drive, DVD/CD-RW - $1,499 (available in February)
    • -- 800MHz G4, 256MB RAM, 60GB hard drive, SuperDrive - $1,799 (available in January)
    • Genentech, whose CEO is on Apple's board of directors, has placed an order for 1,000 new iMacs. [10:46 PT]
    • New iMac video demonstrated. [10:47-10:53 PT]
    • Jobs closes keynote by recapping Apple's strategy and recent product releases. (Keynote ends.) [10:55-10:58 PT]
    Interesting...no speedbumps for the towers. That's a bummer - makes me wonder how much flak they might catch for that, considering the top of the line iMac is now within just a few MhZ of the tower G4s.
    (edit: Matthew...[​IMG]...I was finishing this up when you posted the link to MacMinute...lol)
     
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    The G4 towers are in limbo, most likely because of the G5.

    Here's my take:

    Apple is concerned that the G4 is not ramping up in their time schedules. Right now, Motorola has G4 7450's shipping at 1 ghz and 1.2 ghz. But with the G5 just looming on the horizon, Apple is having to make a decision, since the Towers are all about speed and performance, as opposed to the laptops and iMac.

    If they are currently working on a G5 version of OSX (64-bit), then they may be holding off to combine that with the G5 release date, much to motorola's chagrine.

    I can see SJ announcing the G5 tower, at 1.6 or 2 ghz, and then adding a low -end G4 at 1.2 Ghz.
     
  13. Kimmo Jaskari

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    Let's not start an OS war here...

    The Mac is a niche machine compared to the PC. That's just the way it is.

    I'm not knocking it technically, nor the design of the hardware, but virtually all corporations out there use PC's. The games are for PC's. Etc.

    I don't want to speak for Micke but for myself, I admire Apples design department very much, but have no intention of even considering buying a Mac until such time that die-hard Mac lovers have managed to bring it up to near-parity with PC's in the areas I care about. I'm not holding my breath at this point.

    Again... for some people Macs are great. Me, I'll stick to the PC at least for now.
     
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    I've been a long-time Windows users. I have used almost every iterations of Windows since version 1.0.

    In late 2001, I switched to Mac OS X, courtesy of Titanium PowerBook.

    True, software is the king and OS X cannot (yet) match what Windows has to offer. However, with very few exceptions (e.g., Real Player, Yahoo! Messenger), nearly everything I need is available for OS X. Not bad for a 9-month old OS. Add many UNIX applications that have been ported to OS X (most of which are free or almost free), I think I am witnessing an arrival of a winner.

    As for the new iMac, I didn't really like it at first, but after looking at the video clips, I want one badly. NOW.
     
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    It all depends on what you want to do. Me, I have a background in photo, video production and wanted something that WORKED straight out of the box . Complimented with fine looks the mac fits my needs. I too just recently switched over after years of pulling my hair out with Windows. Sure if you just play games, surf the net etc. or do just one thing with your computer (most buisiness' use just one program) a windows pc is fine and some respects less expensive.

    My dad just recently upgraded his pc to xp. To start off we couldn't get his dsl internet connection to work (my powerbook connected almost effort free, wirelessly to a linksys, pc only router). Luckily my uncle who is a networking guru was over for christmas and after much hassle got it working. His usb mouse only works every once in awhile. I think the problems are only beginning. Sure the mac isn't perfect. OS 10 is still a little sloggy and internet browsing is not nearly as fast but like I said, it just works. Usually if there is a problem it can be solved online through any number of mac related sites. My dad has to take his pc to the doctor's office every 2 months. I have yet to call tech support.
     
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