Several MacCentral readers indicate that they’ve received word from Apple that their 17-inch iMacs are on the way. The systems were ordered when Apple introduced the new systems at Macworld Expo in New York last month.
MacCentral has also heard from resellers, including the CompUSA store in Little Rock, AR, who have received shipments, as well. However, some customers that we heard from have received notices that the delivery of their 17-inch iMacs will be a bit longer than originally projected — so not everyone is getting their new iMacs quite when they expected.
Priced at US$1,999, the new high-end consumer Mac features the same semi-hemispherical shape as its lower-priced sibling, but in place of a 15-inch LCD panel with 1024 x 768 resolution, the high-end model features a 17-inch widescreen display set at 1440 x 900 resolution — offering the same screen area as a 19-inch CRT, according to Apple.
The 17-inch iMac also features a PowerPC G4 800MHz processor, 256MB RAM, an 80GB Ultra ATA hard drive, a “SuperDrive” capable of writing DVD-R discs, and the a graphics system equipped with 32MB of DDR SDRM and the Nvidia GeForce4 MX graphics processing unit.
Otherwise, the 17-inch iMac is similar to its lower-priced counterparts: It comes equipped with two 400Mbps FireWire ports, a total of five USB 1.1 ports, built-in modem and Ethernet, an option for wireless networking using an AirPort card, and much more.