“With iPod-savvy Windows users clearly in its sights, Apple is expected to announce a bare bones, G4-based iMac without a display at Macworld Expo on January 11 that will retail for $499, highly reliable sources have confirmed. The new Mac, code-named Q88, will be part of the iMac family and is expected to sport a PowerPC G4 processor at a speed around 1.25GHz. The new Mac is said to be incredibly small and will be housed in a flat enclosure with a height similar to the 1.73 inches of Apple’s Xserve. Its size benefits will include the ability to stand the Mac on its side or put it below a display or monitor,” ThinkSecret reports.
“The new Mac is expected to have a Combo drive only, but will possibly have an upgrade path to a SuperDrive at a higher price. It is unclear how big the hard drive capacity will be, although sources indicate it will be between 40GB and 80GB,” ThinkSecret reports.
Other expected features of the iMac include:
256MB of RAM
10/100 BASE-T Ethernet
56K V.92 modem
AirPort Extreme support
“In terms of software, Apple will include a special iLife suite (minus iDVD) as well as AppleWorks, sources believe,” ThinkSecret reports.
Full article, with many more details, here.
“Apple Computer next month is expected to introduce a G4 iMac sans monitor that will retail for below (US) $600, multiple independent sources tell AppleInsider. The unit will easily plug into any display or television, sources said,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider. “The computer, which is reportedly code-named Q88, is currently under production in Asia by manufacturing contractor HonHai, otherwise known as Foxconn. HonHai currently produces Apple’s Power Mac and AirPort Express products… According to sources, the headless iMac was to include a built in iPod dock, though sources say this feature was scrapped and may reappear in future versions of the headless iMac.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: If true, you’d be able to get a new Mac for less than your 60GB iPod photo and it would be quite tempting to dump that Windows box that’s continually getting infested with adware, spyware, and assorted malware for a superior Mac OS X machine that only runs the software you want it to run (not software that marketers and others install on your machine without your knowledge). This entry-level Mac would be a massive announcement for Apple and, of course, lead to sales of higher-end Macs down the road after the entry-level iMac users get a taste of Mac OS X and look for a more powerful, fuller-featured Mac down the road. Microsoft won’t be happy if this happens.
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Headless iMac for $499? Please, Apple, let it be true! – December 29, 2004
Dr. Mac predicts ‘full-featured Apple Mac model for under US$600’ and more in 2005 – December 28, 2004