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First on AI -- In a move aimed at depleting inventory of older PowerPC Macs, Apple Computer on Wednesday slashed the price of its 20-inch 2.1GHz PowerPC-based iMac desktop.

The 20-inch PowerPC iMac now carries a suggest retail price of $1499 -- a $200 price reduction from $1699 -- Apple told its reseller partners in the United States. Apple also reduced the cost of the model in several other regions, AppleInsider was told.

Meanwhile, the company's 17-inch PowerPC iMac pricing remained unchanged. According to contacts, Apple has had little problem clearing inventory of this model at its original suggested retail price of $1299.

Last week limited inventories caused Apple to halt large reseller orders of the 17-inch PowerPC model in the United States. The model was also declared "end-of-life."

Apple's online store will continue to offer both the 17-inch and 20-inch PowerPC iMacs for individual customer orders while supplies last. The desktops are priced at $1299 and $1499, respectively.

Shoppers looking for additional savings may turn to Amazon.com, which is offering its customers $125 back on the 17-inch model ($1174.99) and $150 off the 20-inch ($1349.99).
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I'll be holding off on any new purchases at least until next year when the Pro apps are all updated and relatively bug-free. 8)

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Currently £1199 for the 20" iMac g5, vs. £1229 for the 20" iMac Intel. Subtracting VAT, that's $1813 in the UK for the iMac G5, and $1860 for the new Intel iMac. Thanks, Apple. Really.

20" Cinema Display is still a ridiculous £549 as well...
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In a move aimed at depleting inventory of older PowerPC Macs, Apple Computer on Wednesday slashed the price of its 20-inch 2.1GHz PowerPC-based iMac desktop.

On Wednesday they slashed (past tense) prices. Is it tomorrow already? How about, on Wednesday they will lower prices instead, future tense? $200 isn't slashing, I would say 1/2 price or more is slashing.
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I'll be holding off on any new purchases at least until next year when the Pro apps are all updated and relatively bug-free. 8)

This is only the G5 Model that's slashed. The intel is still 1699
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I'd have thought Apple should drop prices on all iMacs, and 15" PowerBook, right away. But I guess they've let demand dictate the price instead.

(Have bugs been a problem in native Intel apps? I'm not too worried about that. I'll jump to a new machine as soon as I see the right model--maybe a 12-13" MacBook Pro. I don't care if every app is native yet or not: new purchases of software will of course wait for native versions, but meanwhile, the PPC apps I already own will generally run faster on Intel than on my G4 anyway.)
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Apple Store customers in Canada now save $250 on the 20" iMac G5.
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Woot! Prices are updated in EDU store as well.

Just ordered
20" iMac G5 - $1399
Applecare - $119

Grand total $1518 (plus tax) from Apple Education Store

That is a deal.


Now to find a 2GB memory module without paying the $1080 Apple was asking.... should be pretty easy hahaha Hard part is paying off the credit card bill next month.

Well I'm happy now.
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Originally posted by Domino
Woot! Prices are updated in EDU store as well.

Just ordered
20" iMac G5 - $1399
Applecare - $119

Grand total $1518 (plus tax) from Apple Education Store

That is a deal.


Now to find a 2GB memory module without paying the $1080 Apple was asking.... should be pretty easy hahaha Hard part is paying off the credit card bill next month.

Well I'm happy now.

why don't you get the 20" from amazon instead? they don't charge for ship and tax. then, buy the applecare from the apple edu store.
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Originally posted by Macasaurus
why don't you get the 20" from amazon instead? they don't charge for ship and tax. then, buy the applecare from the apple edu store.

Because I'm one of the lucky few to live in a state that Amazon charges tax in.... Ordered my iBook G4 in Nov 2004 from them, no tax, free shipping plus rebate. In 2005 they added a shipping warehouse in-state, so now they add tax for Kentucky.

Taxed on both ends, the final "price" with rebate isn't too far off from Apple EDU, plus I don't have to fill out paperwork and wait 8-10 weeks for a rebate check.
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Apple Store customers in Canada now save $250 on the 20" iMac G5.

That is what? $1.50, or a a cup of coffee here in the USA?

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That is what? $1.50, or a a cup of coffee here in the USA?


$218 US as of today.
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That is what? $1.50, or a a cup of coffee here in the USA?


Think again. The U.S. dollar is rapidly depreciating against the Canadian dollar.

http://finance.yahoo.com/currency/co...submit=Convert

A Canadian dollar is now worth 1.1397 U.S.

Three years ago, it was worth about 1.60 U.S.

http://finance.yahoo.com/currency/co...CAD&amt=1&t=5y

This doesn't take into account the fact that the Chinese and Japanese governments are artifically propping up the U.S. dollar by buying U.S. dollar denominated bonds profusely. Were it not for the Chinese and Japanese governments, the U.S. dollar would be at par with the Canadian dollar, or possibly worth even less.

So, please, check your facts before making a joke at the expense of our currency.
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A Canadian dollar is now worth 1.1397 U.S.

Three years ago, it was worth about 1.60 U.S.

I think you have those backwards. US $1 was worth Cdn $1.60 but now is only worth Cdn $1.14. Right? If you change "now/was worth" to "used to cost / costs", then your original post makes sense
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So, please, check your facts before making a joke at the expense of our currency.

Wow, I can't believe you take national currencies so seriously. It's all just a con you know.

People gave up real gold for these pretty pieces of paper, and now the government can just print more of them whenever it wants, effectively giving it unlimited funds. And the only side effect is the value of *your* savings goes down! Best con in history.
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Originally posted by Hattig
Currently £1199 for the 20" iMac g5, vs. £1229 for the 20" iMac Intel. Subtracting VAT, that's $1813 in the UK for the iMac G5, and $1860 for the new Intel iMac. Thanks, Apple. Really.

The 20" iMac G5 in the UK is now £1049. Ie. they've knocked £150 off the price.

That's $1,590.916 without VAT so only about $100 more than the USA.
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Great price for the 20" iMac G5..

The only bummer about buying the G5 version is regarding the "rumored" movie store coming this year..

According to rumor, this Movie service may only be compatible with intel-based Macs.. Apparently the only DRM that the big Hollywood studios would allow is both hardware and software based.. Something that only the Intel Macs will be able to provide..

Again, this is only rumor, but it does sound plausible.. There are several stories i've read stating that apart from getting a faster chip inside the laptops, DRM and Hollywood are another major reason for the Intel switch.
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Wow, I can't believe you take national currencies so seriously. It's all just a con you know.

People gave up real gold for these pretty pieces of paper, and now the government can just print more of them whenever it wants, effectively giving it unlimited funds. And the only side effect is the value of *your* savings goes down! Best con in history.

Luckily they don´t do that (or at least haven´t done so since the 70s) because the implications would be worse than not doing so.
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The only bummer about buying the G5 version is regarding the "rumored" movie store coming this year..

According to rumor, this Movie service may only be compatible with intel-based Macs...

Which rumor?
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Originally posted by JavaCowboy
Think again. The U.S. dollar is rapidly depreciating against the Canadian dollar.

http://finance.yahoo.com/currency/co...submit=Convert

A Canadian dollar is now worth 1.1397 U.S.

Three years ago, it was worth about 1.60 U.S.

http://finance.yahoo.com/currency/co...CAD&amt=1&t=5y

This doesn't take into account the fact that the Chinese and Japanese governments are artifically propping up the U.S. dollar by buying U.S. dollar denominated bonds profusely. Were it not for the Chinese and Japanese governments, the U.S. dollar would be at par with the Canadian dollar, or possibly worth even less.

So, please, check your facts before making a joke at the expense of our currency.

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The 20" iMac G5 in the UK is now £1049. Ie. they've knocked £150 off the price.

That's $1,590.916 without VAT so only about $100 more than the USA.

Ah, they did that after I looked.

That isn't a bad deal really, if you need a new Mac now.

I'll hang onto my iBook for now, see what comes out later this year and next year.
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Originally posted by ciparis
I think you have those backwards. US $1 was worth Cdn $1.60 but now is only worth Cdn $1.14. Right? If you change "now/was worth" to "used to cost / costs", then your original post makes sense

I stand corrected
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Originally posted by solsun
Great price for the 20" iMac G5..

The only bummer about buying the G5 version is regarding the "rumored" movie store coming this year..

According to rumor, this Movie service may only be compatible with intel-based Macs.. Apparently the only DRM that the big Hollywood studios would allow is both hardware and software based.. Something that only the Intel Macs will be able to provide..

Again, this is only rumor, but it does sound plausible.. There are several stories i've read stating that apart from getting a faster chip inside the laptops, DRM and Hollywood are another major reason for the Intel switch.

I don't get it. Why is hollywood willing to access software-only DRM for music but insists on software + hardware DRM for movies?

Also, I haven't heard anything about Apple doing anything with the TPM except use it to prevent OS X from being installed on commodity hardware.
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I don't get it. Why is hollywood willing to access software-only DRM for music but insists on software + hardware DRM for movies?

Hollywood and the music industry are not one and the same. A lot of them are owned by the same people, but that doesn't make them one big happy family. Even within one company there can counter-intuitive situations. A friend of mine works for kids WB. They shot a lot of their "back-lot" teaser footage on another companies space because the actual Warner Brother's back-lot wanted them to pay rent and it was too high for them to afford.

Also, one possible justification for bigger pain in the ass DRM for movies is the fact that a movie is a lot more expensive to produce than a song. Making them available in a downloadable form represents a much bigger risk to movie studios so they're bound to want to be mummified in security blankets.
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Originally posted by Hattig
Currently £1199 for the 20" iMac g5, vs. £1229 for the 20" iMac Intel. Subtracting VAT, that's $1813 in the UK for the iMac G5, and $1860 for the new Intel iMac. Thanks, Apple. Really.

20" Cinema Display is still a ridiculous £549 as well...

Don't blame Apple. They charge whatever the currency rate is. They don't have you pay any more there for the same percentage of profit than they do here.

Blame your government for adding those vast amounts of usually hidden taxes that you have to pay. Taxes that hurt low income people more than high income people.
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Originally posted by ciparis
I think you have those backwards. US $1 was worth Cdn $1.60 but now is only worth Cdn $1.14. Right? If you change "now/was worth" to "used to cost / costs", then your original post makes sense

yeah, i don't live there anymore, but the thing that really sucks is that prices have not been adjusted to the strength of the dollar. I was visiting a few weeks ago, and it seems that all prices are still hovering around the 150% of the US equivalent range. so if you're earning Canadian dollars, it's actually buying you LESS these days. I have no idea if these prices are set by the companies, or if there is a governing body to keep prices in line or what., but if the two currencies come any closer together, something's going to need to be done.
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They also have all the G5 Powermacs with 20-25% off on the UK Apple Refurb Store which just happens to be open every day. Any significance (other than some very cheap Quads...)?
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Don't blame Apple. They charge whatever the currency rate is. They don't have you pay any more there for the same percentage of profit than they do here.

Blame your government for adding those vast amounts of usually hidden taxes that you have to pay. Taxes that hurt low income people more than high income people.

I had already factored out the VAT. Sadly Apple always adds on another 10% to the price, it is never charged 'whatever the currency rate is'.

And VAT is never hidden in the UK, unlike sales tax in the US. "But the price tag says this!" ... so annoying.
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I had already factored out the VAT. Sadly Apple always adds on another 10% to the price, it is never charged 'whatever the currency rate is'.

And VAT is never hidden in the UK, unlike sales tax in the US. "But the price tag says this!" ... so annoying.

Sales tax is NEVER hidden in the USA. In fact, it is illegal to do so! Tax is Always added onto the price of the goods at the end of the sale. If you are a different area than you are familliar with, just ask what the rate is.

When I was last in England, the VAT was already in the price of the goods. It can take some effort to find out just how much it is, as it varies with the type of item. In Some European countries it's worse, because they won't even tell you how much it is.
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Sales tax is NEVER hidden in the USA. In fact, it is illegal to do so! Tax is Always added onto the price of the goods at the end of the sale. If you are a different area than you are familliar with, just ask what the rate is.

When I was last in England, the VAT was already in the price of the goods. It can take some effort to find out just how much it is, as it varies with the type of item. In Some European countries it's worse, because they won't even tell you how much it is.

The US system sucks because the price tags say $x, and you mentally have to add on the tax to find out what you have to pay. I'm sure some places actually put the tax inclusive prices on the tags as well, but the last time I was in the US that wasn't the case in the places I went.

The British system sucks because it tells you what you have to pay. IMO that's more useful than having tags that don't say what you are going to pay ultimately. Online companies usually show both non-VAT and VAT prices of course, as it is useful for businesses. However I guess most people don't have a need to know the non-VAT price ever.

Basically the systems are different, and suck to anyone used to the other system.
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Originally posted by solsun
Again, this is only rumor, but it does sound plausible.. There are several stories i've read stating that apart from getting a faster chip inside the laptops, DRM and Hollywood are another major reason for the Intel switch.

They won't do it. There were 208 million PCs sold last year that don't have hardware DRM built in. 200 million or so the year before and so on. None of these would support a hardware based movie store. It'd be stupid.
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Originally posted by Hattig
The US system sucks because the price tags say $x, and you mentally have to add on the tax to find out what you have to pay. I'm sure some places actually put the tax inclusive prices on the tags as well, but the last time I was in the US that wasn't the case in the places I went.

The British system sucks because it tells you what you have to pay. IMO that's more useful than having tags that don't say what you are going to pay ultimately. Online companies usually show both non-VAT and VAT prices of course, as it is useful for businesses. However I guess most people don't have a need to know the non-VAT price ever.

Basically the systems are different, and suck to anyone used to the other system.

I would prefer to know the price of a product, up front, and have to add the 0 to 9% tax to that price (depending on where you are in the country), than to know that there is an often hidden tax up to 30% on the goods I'm about to buy.
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The US system sucks because the price tags say $x, and you mentally have to add on the tax to find out what you have to pay. I'm sure some places actually put the tax inclusive prices on the tags as well, but the last time I was in the US that wasn't the case in the places I went.

I've never in my entire life seen a U.S. store that also had a tag that incorporated the sales tax.

When I was in NZ/AUS, I really enjoyed knowing the price you saw was the price you were paying. Especially in restaurants.


Plus, it varies here state by state what is exempt from sales tax. For instance, clothes are exempt from sales tax here in Minnesota, but not in Michigan (where I'm origonally from).
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When I was in Britain, I liked that the price I saw was what I was going to pay. Of course, that's just one way of trying to slide that 17.5% VAT under your nose.
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New iMac G5 20" for 699 or 750 $ right now... or a bit less sometime soon. That'd be asking for almost too much, I know, but MUCH less than a full 64-bit OS X which'd be really asking for too much. Or an OS X that'd run on non-Apple PCs... which'd be asking for really, really too much ;-) LOL
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in singapore

17" iMac s$2388
20" iMac s$2688 (used to be 3088 ), biggest slash in last 3 years, 400 bucks

bad that APPLE just price products based on currency rates, Dell prices are different in different countries (may be the offering too)

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shanmugam is that including sales tax for singapore? please clarify

Australia (including sales tax [GST])

iMac g5 17" $1,999
iMac g5 20" $2,299

iMac CoreDuo 20" $2,649

for Australia, $350 price cut on the iMac for the g5 20". shipping shows ships within 24hours for iMac g5 20"...
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Yes sunilraman, including GST (5%)

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