In front of a Tokyo Expo audience and hundreds of thousands watching worldwide via satellite, Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs announced faster iMacs with two new colors, lowered the price of the Cube and announced a new 450Mhz Cube with CD-RW drive.
Jobs introduced three new iMac models:
All iMac models come preinstalled with Apple’s iMovie 2, and standard with Apple’s optical mouse and full-size Apple Pro Keyboard.
Jobs also introduced a new Power Mac G4 Cube with a slot-loading CD-RW drive for $1,599 and lowered the price of the 450MHz original Cube from $1,499 to $1,299.
Build-to-order options available on The Apple Store include 500MHz PowerPC G4 processors, memory up to 1.5GB, NVIDIA GEForce2 MX with 32MB of SDRAM or ATI RADEON with 32MB of DDR RAM, up to 60GB ATA/66 hard disk drive, a slot-loading DVD-ROM drive, AirPort Card and AirPort Base Station, and Harman Kardon SoundSticks speakers and subwoofer.
Apple also announced it is lowering the price of the 22-inch Cinema Display $1,000 from $3,999 to $2,999.
Jobs also announced Mac systems will be the first to include the GeForce 3, a next-generation graphics processor developed by Nvidia Corp. Calling it the “most advanced graphics chip ever,” Jobs said the new card has 57 million transistors and processes internally at 76 gigaflops.
“This thing is amazing, and it’s going to be available first on the Mac,” Jobs told the crowd. The card will be a build-to-order option, beginning in March, for $600.
Jobs also showed iTunes and announced a new, updated version 1.1, available immediately, now supporting more than 35 CD-recordable drives.