New iMac G5 represents a step forward for Apple

“It’s been a little more than a year since Apple introduced the iMac G5. While the update to the iMac unveiled last week doesn’t feature as many exterior changes, there are enough new features on the inside to stump even the most informed Mac user,” Jason Snell writes for Digit.

“According to Apple, this iMac’s slightly thinner, tapered case conceals numerous component changes that go beyond simple improvements to processors and video cards. The iMac is the first Mac to use PCI Express, a growing connection technology in the PC world that’s faster than the AGP technology previously used to connect a Mac to its video cards. It’s also the first Mac to support DDR2 SDRAM, a faster RAM technology. The screen is brighter than the previous iMac models. And, it comes with a Mighty Mouse,” Snell writes. “The faster processor, faster RAM, faster bus speed, and faster video card will all make the iMac faster.”

Snell writes, “Then there’s the built-in iSight camera, its included remote control, and the new Front Row and Photo Booth programs, all of which are currently available only on the iMac. Apple is keeping quiet as to whether Front Row will appear on other Mac hardware. It seems pretty likely that we’ve not seen the last of the Front Row interface. Whether it appears on other Macs, or in other devices, remains to be seen. It will also be interesting to see if outside developers can plug into Front Row. And it would be great if Front Row was ported to the Mac mini – a unit that could nestle right next to your TV set?”

Full article here.

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22 Comments

  1. Seems pretty obvious that iMacs are not selling as well as they had hoped and they are trying to lure all apple customers towards the iMacs. That is why they are the only mac with Frontrow.

    Perhaps their profit margins are higher with the iMac?

  2. Based on the CEO of Elgato leaving to go back to Apple (where he worked before Elgato), I am predicting a Mac mini upgrade for January MacWorld that features FrontRow and a built in EyeTV due to the announced-at-that-event Apple/Elgato partnership/buyout-with-Apple’s-cash-horde.

    You heard it here first!

    MDN word: filled

  3. “Seems pretty obvious that iMacs are not selling as well as they had hoped “

    I love how guys like you can just sit there and add 1+1 and get 5 and lob rash generalizatons without any basis of proof. “Pretty obvious?”
    They had to release it on a new machine at some point, why not the iMac?

    Come up with some numbers to prove your comment.

  4. “Based on the CEO of Elgato leaving to go back to Apple (where he worked before Elgato), I am predicting a Mac mini upgrade for January MacWorld that features FrontRow and a built in EyeTV due to the announced-at-that-event Apple/Elgato partnership/buyout-with-Apple’s-cash-horde.”

    I doubt Apple will build-in EyeTV into the mini, even if there was room inside. My prediction is that they will place an expansion port on the bottom of the mini where a TV tuner/DVR device can plug in and be controlled by the mini that would sit on top. This would open up loads of functionality possibilities for the mini.

  5. It seems pretty clear that Front Row has some other features coming, that the mac mini has room to grow and that Apple is aiming at Macworld in January to debut these features. It might be too soon but you might even see enhanced resolution videos become available around that time. According to some tear downs of the video iPod I’ve seen the chip is capable of higher resolution. True…the battery life is only 2 hours + (yet another reason to stick with shorter format media like televsion)…but that will increase. I think the consumer products and now the pro products are positioned for the holidays and for year end buying. The new year is likely to be huge for Apple with a FrontRow and surround sound equipped Mac Mini, a higher res capable ipod, and more and more content partners.

  6. Derek…The iMac is a consumer model. The updates are all directed toward the home consumer market. Doesn’t that tell you something besides iMacs not selling. The only thing that is obvious from your post is that you don’t have a clue. The path SJ/Apple has been following for the past several years is not exactly a secret.

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