MOVED: Press Release Wording on new iMac G4s

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
[quote]CUPERTINO, California?February 4, 2003?Apple® today announced its <strong>Spring line</strong> of iMac® computers, featuring two new models. The new 17-inch widescreen model features a 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor and 133 MHz system bus; 256MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory; a faster 4x SuperDrive? for playing and burning CDs and DVDs; and internal support for AirPort® Extreme and Bluetooth, for just $1,799 (US). The new 15-inch flat panel model features an 800 MHz G4 processor and is now priced at just $1,299 (US)?$200 less than its predecessor. Apple also announced lower pricing on its line of eMac? consumer and education computers. <hr></blockquote>Spring line of iMacs? Considering that we had a whole 13 months without an update on the iMac, the usage of "Spring line of iMacs" puts a sort of finite schedule of when these will be updated again



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  • Reply 1 of 14
    (www.apple.com/uk/promo/office/)



    Buy any Mac and Microsoft Office v. X* between October 28th, 2002, and April 30th, 2003, and save up to £275 (UK) or ?475 (Ireland) including VAT.

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  • Reply 2 of 14
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    [quote]Originally posted by Stratosfear:

    <strong>(www.apple.com/uk/promo/office/)



    Buy any Mac and Microsoft Office v. X* between October 28th, 2002, and April 30th, 2003, and save up to £275 (UK) or ?475 (Ireland) including VAT.

    Order now through the Apple Store, or visit a participating Apple Authorised Reseller.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I doubt that has any correlation to an iMac refresh date. Spring ends in mid June, and I expect Apple to wait at least that long.



    April 30th would be a nice time to roll out some new laptops though.
  • Reply 3 of 14
    jaredjared Posts: 639member
    No FireWire 800... BAD MOVE APPLE!
  • Reply 4 of 14
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    [quote]Originally posted by Jared:

    <strong>No FireWire 800... BAD MOVE APPLE! </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Care to explain what use 800 MBit/s is in a consumer machine?
  • Reply 5 of 14
    bungebunge Posts: 7,329member
    [quote]Originally posted by Chucker:

    <strong>



    Care to explain what use 800 MBit/s is in a consumer machine?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Connect to your HDTV.
  • Reply 6 of 14
    [quote]Originally posted by bunge:

    <strong>Connect to your HDTV.</strong><hr></blockquote>First of all, where is the software included with the iMac to stream video to a TV? The only case this would work would be when playing back an iMovie. Is that alone really worth it?



    Second, show me some HDTVs that have a FireWire 800 port either already on the market or announced to be released in the very near future (before fall '03).
  • Reply 7 of 14
    programmerprogrammer Posts: 3,409member
    The lack of FW800 in the iMac line isn't really going to hurt the sales of them over the next few months -- its too new. It provides a bit more differentiation for the Pro lineup as it gets them another feature bullet point on the spec sheet.



    Back to the original topic... "Spring Lineup" certainly implies that there will be a "Fall Lineup", doesn't it? Given that it seems highly probably tha the PowerMac will be going 970 in the fall, and that Motorola will have delivered sufficient quantities of the 7457 to Apple by then, I'd guess that we'll see a significant speed bump of the iMac in the fall. The PowerMac performance will jump way up and that will leave the iMac (with its new low power 7457 w/ 512K L2 cache) to rise to the PowerMac's current levels. Pure speculation about fastest: 1.4 GHz, 167 MHz bus, DDR333, no L3 cache. The slowest model would become the current fastest model.
  • Reply 8 of 14
    kidredkidred Posts: 2,402member
    [quote]Originally posted by DHagan4755:

    <strong>Spring line of iMacs? Considering that we had a whole 13 months without an update on the iMac, the usage of "Spring line of iMacs" puts a sort of finite schedule of when these will be updated again </strong><hr></blockquote>



    That wouls make some sence because other then the 17" the iMac hasn't changed in almost 2 years. I'm expecting something to change, color, shape, something. Also, while the update wasn't bad, I was expecting to iMac to get a little higher then 1ghz, I think right now the iMacs are more important to Apple then the towers. Apple still has 2major machines under 1ghz. Hopefully this year all the machines will be over 1ghz (pMac over 2ghz would be sweet)
  • Reply 9 of 14
    brussellbrussell Posts: 9,812member
    I don't understand the "Spring" thing, considering it's the middle of winter.
  • Reply 10 of 14
    kidredkidred Posts: 2,402member
    March is spring IIRC so it;s the end of the winter. Once these machines are shipping and eveyon is using them, it will be the spring.
  • Reply 11 of 14
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    Well, all the puddingheads predicting (and expecting) 19" screens, sub-$1000 prices, 1.25GHz G4s, etc. need to seriously grab the reins a bit to begin with.



    Hell, the PRO stuff barely (and in some cases still doesn't) meets what many here consider "pro" features/specs.



    What are the honest chances that Apple is going to stick a 1.25GHz G4, 133MHz bus, FireWire 800, 19" screen and sell it for $1399 or thereabouts?



    I'm saying none.



    Yeah, I'm not too impressed with the new offerings. Kinda of mediocre, pedestrian upgrades...especially since it's been 13 months!



    I never expected GHz-plus speeds or 19" screens, but I kinda though that maybe the line would go to all 17", AirPort Extreme on all models, faster CD-RW, Combo Drives and SuperDrives (got that one) and a standard hard drive bump (got that one too).



    But I was hoping that top-of-the-line iMac could've been nudged down to, say, $1599 or so.



    That bottom end eMac I was REALLY hoping would go for about $799 and simply discontinue the snow G3 "classic" iMac (OR sell it for about $400, since that's honestly about what it's worth).







    All in all, no big excitement. But also no big nasty letdown because I wasn't expecting a bunch of pie-in-the-sky nonsense that some people around here just seem to pull out of their butt with total disregard for past Apple updates, history, considering other products and their features, etc.







    I still feel pretty good: I got to spend almost 11-and-a-half months with the top-end, "king of the hill" machine, thanks to Apple's amazing 13-month run of not updating the iMacs.



    That's not too bad. And it's not like my iMac is suddenly obselete and useless. The only way I would've been upset is that when I bought this thing last March for $1799 and then three weeks later they announced - out of the blue - the specs that today's $1799 model sports...AND sold it for $1499.







    THEN I'd be crying a little. Kinda like those people who bought 23" HD Cinema Displays in early January and...



  • Reply 12 of 14
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    [quote]Originally posted by BRussell:

    <strong>I don't understand the "Spring" thing, considering it's the middle of winter.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    It bears well for a 'Fall' release of PowerMacs that are actually announced in mid summer
  • Reply 13 of 14
    [quote]Originally posted by Outsider:

    <strong>

    It bears well for a 'Fall' release of PowerMacs that are actually announced in mid summer </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Yes. You guys are thinking about it wrong... "Spring" doesn't refer to the day of the announcement, it refers to the period through which they are on sale.
  • Reply 14 of 14
    bodhibodhi Posts: 1,424member
    Going to Current Hardware...
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