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iMac G5: ‘From the creators of iPod’

Larry Angell of MacMinute.com writes “In an obvious move to gain new Mac purchasers, Apple is heavily promoting the similarities between the iPod and the new iMac G5. The main tagline on Apple’s homepage says it best. “From the creators of iPod. The new iMac G5,” the page simply reads, showing an iPod and iMac side by side. It appears Apple is hoping that the cross-platform success of the iPod will help the company to convince Windows users to make their next computer purchase an iMac. ‘Just like the iPod redefined portable digital music players, the new iMac G5 redefines what users expect from a consumer desktop,’ said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.”

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1

Cool!  But, expensive when you configure the 20” with decent memory and storage?  $2,500.

No gigabit ethernet?  That’s a shame.

Posted by Big Sid on September 1, 2004 at 2:10 AM (CDT)

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I have to say, it looks ugly for an Apple product.

Posted by hm on September 1, 2004 at 2:23 AM (CDT)

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Sadly for all the Macboyz out there this is the reasion why Apple owns only 2% of the Computer Market and why they also own 58% of the DAP Market iPod=Great Apple Computers=Overpriced - Overdesigned - Incompatable with everything (That Matters!).

If I were incliened to buy a G5 it shure as Hell would not be any of those Above! For the Price of there Highest configuation One could get the lowest PowerMac G5 which by comparison look a Hell of a lot better.

But, it’s fact time! Horray!

The lowet PowerMac has one CPU a 1.5Ghz Part (Um that’s so 1999 Folks!) even the most modest offerings on the PC Market have over 2.2GHz CPU’s in them.

The only thing Apple can do better then M$, Who’s closest Computer is sold as a Games Console ONLY!, Dell & HP. Is Design be it Graphical or Architectural. Not much to wonder about if you think that the Mac has been the Gold Standerd for those typs since the dawn of Mac’s…

I also see this as the reasion why Apple will eventualy a) Sell the iPod off, (To HP Mabye??), or just split there iPod Division away from the Main Apple Branch.

Sure my iPod has gotten me to think about makeing that ‘Switch’ I’d rathere think it was OSX’s Desktop that makes me watter at the Mouth thouzgh. ;)
Then I wake up and start to smell the ‘Maple-Nutcrunch’ (Denis Learry jk there!), and realize what overpirced Junk Apple Makes! Just like Dell, HP, AleinWare, Falcon NorthWest, Compaq And FujitsuSiemens. Every peice of OEM Crap out there is overpriced!

You know I like my Nikies and my Sony’s too. But NO-NAME Computers with an industrie wide OS is the best way to go. and thats what makes M$ Nr. 1! If Apple would just make the change to being just a Software House (al-la M$) there’s nothing that Apple couldn’t do includeing building lameassed OREVPRICED OEM Boxes!!!

Posted by Ichijoe on September 1, 2004 at 2:54 AM (CDT)

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I have to say, I kinda like this new iMac, although I wouldn’t buy any iMac, from the original to the new ones (can’t upgrade at all!).
This design saves so much space, and it makes it look like all you have is a monitor, not both monitor and computer. And with a G5 in that small an enclosure, it’s not that far from a G5 in a powerbook!
It is kinda ugly for an apple product, but that’s the only minus on this new iMac.
I don’t see any connection between the iPod and the new iMac, but whatever.

Posted by Musashi on September 1, 2004 at 3:16 AM (CDT)

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‘The lowet PowerMac has one CPU a 1.5Ghz Part (Um that’s so 1999 Folks!) even the most modest offerings on the PC Market have over 2.2GHz CPU’s in them.’

By Ichijoe on Sep 01, 04 1:54 am

Just to let you know a 1.5 ghz g5 is probably the equivalent of a 3 ghz pentium.
Why else would Intel have to change theyre. processor numbering system.

Anyway If you have any real understanding about computers you would know the processor speed alone means absolutely nothing.

The price for the new imac is actually incredibly cheap considereing everything it has to offer, without even considering its looks.

Posted by mastif in UK on September 1, 2004 at 3:37 AM (CDT)

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“Why else would Intel have to change theyre. processor numbering system.”

Because there’s about 5 different versions of the Pentium right now, that’s why.

Posted by Cad on September 1, 2004 at 3:47 AM (CDT)

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The all-in-one computer system is the primary design characteristic of the iMac. However, the G5 iMac lacks several features I had expected to be standard items for the base model:

1. All Firewire 800 ports (Firewire 400 is obsolete).
2. All USB 2.0 ports (USB 1.1 is obsolete).
3. Three versus two Firewire ports.
4. Four versus three USB ports.
5. One ready access Firewire 800 port and one ready access USB 2.0 port conveniently located on the right side of the enclosure.
6. ATI Radeon 9600 XT graphics card with 128MB DDR SDRAM.
7. 512 MB DDR400 SDRAM.

Other features I had not considered, but others have mentioned:

1. 600Mhz frontside bus (GHz:Mhz ≤ 2).
2. 120MG ATA 7200 rpm hard drive.
3. Slot for Como and Super Drives located lower on the enclosure.

Posted by meat of moose on September 1, 2004 at 4:00 AM (CDT)

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You do realize that the PowerMac does not include the monitor ?  In fact, the iMac 20” includes a Superdrive and the equivalent amount of ram and SATA hard drive as the PowerMac 1.8MP.  So, for the $1,899 you spent on the iMac, you could almost… just almost, pick up a PowerMac, but then I’d be interested in knowing what you plug it into?

Posted by MAW on September 1, 2004 at 4:14 AM (CDT)

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the imac is aimed at the average home user. not gamers, designers, musicians, businesses, etc. so all and all it is a good package and price for the demographic it is aimed at.

if you want something more than you shouldn’t be buying an imac to begin with. you’re looking at the wrong computer.

as for upgrading… the average home user never upgrades their computer. in our consumer society people feel the need to buy a new computer rather than upgrade their old one. i know i’ve been through three imacs… and probably will be on number 4 this fall.

Posted by t. on September 1, 2004 at 4:18 AM (CDT)

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The g5 is the worlds fastest and most powerful desktop computer.  The third largest supercomputer is made from 1100 off the shelf g5’s, and cost next to nothing to build.

Interesting.

The new imac g5 is cheaper to buy than my current 20” imac G4.

The OS just works, on my system it has never even blinked let alone crash.

Hmmm, remind me again why i want to buy apple products???

Posted by zachariah on September 1, 2004 at 4:49 AM (CDT)

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i’m just waiting for all the complaints to come out much like with the g5 and the g4 ipod.
apple are going down that “cram everything into a lush little box route” to the point where nothing works and it stops working. although i dont wholely agree with what some critics are saying, that apple has compromised functionality with style

Posted by ijerry in Glos, UK on September 1, 2004 at 4:52 AM (CDT)

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“the imac is aimed at the average home user. not gamers, designers, musicians, businesses, etc. so all and all it is a good package and price for the demographic it is aimed at.”

No, a $500 eMachine or entry level Dell is aimed at the average home user. There is no such thing as an Apple computer aimed at the *average* home user. When the baseline price for this comp would get you a top of the line PC or a nearly top of the line PC *notebook* there is nothing average at all in its target audience.

What it is aimed at is the same thing the other iMacs were aimed at: people who “think different” and place style above substance. Mainstream users, average or not, will opt for a PC, or if they must, a PowerMac.

Posted by Code Monkey on September 1, 2004 at 5:30 AM (CDT)

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Studies have shown that the Apple labeling system of their processor is like 2x more if they where labeled by intel so 1.5=3.0 1.8=3.6 so on.

Posted by Chris on September 1, 2004 at 5:33 AM (CDT)

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->mastif

Your right CPU by itself is virtualy nothing and then it can be everything. Sure in the Wonderfull World of the PC it’s all about those €400.00(EUR)+ GPU’s (Grachicscards). But, I gave up trying to keep up with that. Besides How many litterations of Doom can you play before you finaly start getting sick of it all!!!!

Albeit a Very good GPU can not hold up to a good solid CPU for Photoshop! or other 2D Apps…


-> Cad

Since when was choice a bad thing? BTW I do belive you forgot to give AMD it’s honerable mention. Given that AMD makes better CPU’s (at the current time) then Intel.

Again it’s about CHOICE! Choice makes things affordable! Choice is the One thing Apple does not offer it’s customers!

Posted by Ichijoe on September 1, 2004 at 5:36 AM (CDT)

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Zachariah-

Funny you would mention ‘Big Mac’ the world’s thrid fastest super computer.  In fact it’s currently not the third fastest because it is in the process of being rebuilt…so I guess right now we could say it’s the world’s biggest paperweight.

The off the shelf G5’s are being replaced with Apple Xserve G5’s…so much for Macs not crashing :)

Seriously, I know this is off topic for this thread, but I recently had a tour of the ‘Big Mac’ facility at Virginia Tech and it was quite impressive.  Funny to say that most of he techs at the lab there use PC’s as their primary personal computers.

Also, the thing is far from cheap.  It definitely didn’t ‘cost next to nothing’ as you stated.

Posted by Talking Madness on September 1, 2004 at 5:55 AM (CDT)

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AMD’s top A64 CPU only runs at 2.2 Ghz at the moment if I m not mistaken and that is the most powerful “home” cpu on the market at the moment.

I like the iMac and what noone has mentioned is that you do have easy access to all the components if I understand correctly which means you will be able to swap out a harddrive and add more RAM yourself. For me the Nvidia 5200 card is a poor choice and a could do better but then again for the people who buy these machines it is probably more than enough. This isn’t a hard core gamin rig. This is an iMac for your iLife.

Posted by loGan on September 1, 2004 at 6:03 AM (CDT)

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“Funny you would mention ‘Big Mac’ the world’s thrid fastest super computer. In fact it’s currently not the third fastest because it is in the process of being rebuilt…so I guess right now we could say it’s the world’s biggest paperweight.

The off the shelf G5’s are being replaced with Apple Xserve G5’s…so much for Macs not crashing :)”

That is retarded the G5 Powermacs used in the Big Mac where not replaced with Xservers because they crashed all the time.  They were replaced because they had a deal with Apple since Xserver G5s were slower to be released.  As well Xservers are much smaller, are rack mountable, so they take up way less space. 

Think before you speak.

Mike

Posted by Mike on September 1, 2004 at 6:13 AM (CDT)

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Exactly, the iMac won’t do everything, but what it will do, will be done very well. While Windows is designed to do everything and thats why it does everything mediocre. In regards to it’s design, I wish the screen fit the entire front of the computer, but you can’t have everything I guess.

Posted by JetPropelledKid in New York on September 1, 2004 at 6:16 AM (CDT)

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Cool, so now the G4 iMac will be cheap everywhere as shops get rid of their old stock. IMHO the G5 iMac ain’t as pretty, but it does remind me of a big iPod, or an iBook.

Posted by Tom on September 1, 2004 at 6:22 AM (CDT)

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“The third largest supercomputer is made from 1100 off the shelf g5’s, and cost next to nothing to build.”

Except for the $2,000,000 in G5’s :p

Posted by Tom on September 1, 2004 at 6:25 AM (CDT)

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