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Tuesday, May 03, 2005, 05:35 am PT (08:35 am ET)

Apple introduces second generation iMac G5 systems

Apple today unveiled a new iMac G5 line with faster 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processors, built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger."

The new iMac G5s also include faster graphics, a new 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support, built-in Gigabit Ethernet for faster networking, and 512MB of memory across the line. Every new iMac G5 comes with iLife '05, Apple's suite of digital lifestyle applications.

"Reviewers have called the iMac G5 'the most elegant desktop computer in the world' and now it's getting even better," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With a faster processor, built-in wireless networking, Tiger and iLife '05, the new iMac G5 offers the best consumer desktop computing experience in the world."

The iMac G5 makes a statement in design simplicity with the entire computer, including the power supply and slot-load optical drive, built right into a two-inch thin display. The new iMac G5 offers widescreen displays including a 20-inch model with 1680-by-1050 pixel resolution or a 17-inch model with 1440-by-900 pixel resolution. With built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless modules, it's easier to reduce cable clutter with the optional Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.

Featuring the performance of the PowerPC G5 processor and offering up to a 667 MHz front-side bus, the new iMac G5s include 400 MHz DDR memory expandable to 2GB and storage capacity up to 400GB. All new iMac G5s offer the ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB of dedicated video memory to deliver high-performance graphics and effects for next-generation games and provide ultra-fast, pixel-accurate image processing when combined with the graphics capabilities of Tiger.

Offering the latest high-performance I/O, the new iMac G5s include built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort Extreme for fast 54Mbps wireless networking, built-in Bluetooth, a total of five USB ports (three USB 2.0) and two FireWire 400 ports for easy plug-and-play connections to popular peripherals.

Every new iMac G5 includes Tiger, the fifth major release in four years of the world's most advanced operating system. Tiger delivers more than 200 new features and innovations including Spotlight(TM), a revolutionary desktop search technology that lets users instantly find anything stored on their Mac®, including documents, emails, contacts and images; and Dashboard, a new way to instantly access important information like weather forecasts and stock quotes, using a dazzling new class of applications called widgets.

The new iMac G5 includes iLife '05, Apple''s suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand and iTunes, the world's number one online music store. iLife '05 continues to lead the industry with the most innovative and comprehensive suite of software for organizing, editing and sharing digital photos; creating stunning digital movies and DVDs; and purchasing, managing and creating digital music.

A collection of productivity and entertainment titles is included with every iMac G5, including AppleWorks, Quicken 2005 for Macintosh, 2005 World Book Multimedia Reference Suite, Nanosaur 2 and Marble Blast Gold.

Pricing & Availability

The new iMac G5 line is available immediately through the Apple Store, at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new iMac G5, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:
  • 17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440-by-900 pixels;

  • 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor;

  • 512MB of 400 MHz DDR SDRAM;

  • 24X Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;

  • ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB video memory;

  • Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR;

  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet networking, 56K V.92 Modem;

  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;

  • Two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, two USB 1.1 ports;
  • and
  • Built-in stereo speakers and microphone.


The new iMac G5, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
  • 17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440-by-900 pixels;

  • 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor;

  • 512MB of 400 MHz DDR SDRAM;

  • 8X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

  • ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB video memory;

  • Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR;

  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet networking, 56K V.92 Modem;

  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;

  • Two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, two USB 1.1 ports;
  • and
  • Built-in stereo speakers and microphone.


The new iMac G5, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:
  • 20-inch widescreen LCD with 1680-by-1050 pixels;

  • 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor;

  • 512MB of 400 MHz DDR SDRAM;

  • 8X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

  • ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB video memory;

  • Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR;

  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet networking, 56K V.92 Modem;

  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;

  • Two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, two USB 1.1 ports;
  • and
  • Built-in stereo speakers and microphone.


Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 2GB of RAM, 250GB and 400GB hard drives, AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The new iMac G5 line is also available to education customers in the US and Canada through the Apple Store for Education.