Feeds

Apple preps standard, special edition iMacs

Next gen. consumer machine to be tailored for retail and other markets

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

Specifications for the next version of Apple's iMac continue to emerge on the Web, with the latest specs. coming from Mac-oriented Web site Apple Insider. With so many attempts to nail down just what Apple's next iteration of the iMac will contain, it's hard to be sure what's real and what is arguably clever obfuscation put out by Apple spin-meisters -- the difference between a leak and a company-sponsored leak is very narrow. However, some consistencies are beginning to emerge. AppleInsider's latest iMac spec. features a basic model derived from the current machine. Instead of a new, 17in display, we have a 15in CRT screen but with a larger viewable area. That's in marked contrast to recent reports that the next iMac would feature LCD an LCD screen -- a neat idea, but one that fails to take into account the current shortage of LCDs. According to AppleInsider, Apple will offer three versions of the new iMac. The first will ship with a 350MHz PowerPC 750 (aka G3) CPU, CD-ROM drive (apparently a tray-less model), and will be available in a single colour, blue. The site doesn't offer memory and hard drive specs. The second model will come in the five colours of the current iMac, sport a 400MHz G3, tray-less DVD-ROM drive, 64MB RAM, 10GB hard drive, 2x AGP Rage 128 graphics card, two USB and two FireWire (for the first time on the iMac) ports, 56Kbps modem, 10/100 Ethernet, AirPort radio networking support (via a slot for the AirPort add-in card) and, oddly, video out and two headphone socket. The third configuration ups the RAM to 128MB and the drive size to 13GB and comes in the Power Mac G4's silver colour scheme. While we can neither confirm nor deny what AppleInsider's sources have suggested, we're a little concerned about the number of models this latest spec. entails. There are seven machines in all: one 350MHz model, five standard colour 400MHz and the silver 400MHz machine. Apple had a tough time getting its channel to handle the five colours of the current iMac -- and they were all the same machine. Increasing the number of colours to six and offering multiple hardware specs. strikes us as a distinct step away from the original iMac's 'keep everything simple' approach. Indeed, having three configurations doesn't mean three configurations will ship. It's perfectly reasonable to have the five-colour version as the main release replacing the current iMac line-up, with the silver version perhaps being offered either as a limited edition model or as a demo model for shows and showrooms. The 350MHz version could well be a cut-price, diskless release aimed at schools who want to hook up cheap terminals to a NetBoot MacOS X Server system. Whatever the plan, it's certainly hard to imagine Apple putting all of these models out in the main retail channel, if only because the whole point of the iMac is that it's cheap to make, and if you start offering too many configurations that advantage is soon lost. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.