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Monday, August 16, 2004, 08:00 am PT (11:00 am ET)

Phil Schiller to deliver Apple Expo keynote address

Apple VP Phil Schiller will assume the role of CEO, Steve Jobs, when he kick off this year's Apple Expo with a keynote address, Macworld UK is reporting.

With Jobs out of the office until next month, Schiller will deliver the opening keynote address at Apple Expo 2004 in Paris on Tuesday, August 31. The keynote will take place at the Palais des Congrès at 10 am CET and is highly anticipated to mark the debut of Apple's new iMac G5 iMac.

Jobs is currently on leave to recover from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. And while Jobs is expected to make a full recovery, he is not expected to return to work at Apple until September.

According to AppleInsider sources, the new iMac G5 will sport all-in-one cinema display-like enclosure, with the logic-board integrated behind its LCD screen and optical disc drives vertically mounted on the side. The desktops are also said to sport single Power PC G5 processors at speeds below 2GHz, with confirmed sightings of 1.6 GHz G5 iMacs dating back to March.

Apple had originally intended to debut its the new iMac at its World Wide Developer Conference in June, but miscalculated plans for the intro. Although the company cited a lack of G5 processors from IBM as the source of the blunder, extremely reliable sources claim that a heat-related issue with the new iMac G5 enclosure was also partly to blame.