Apple unwraps tower PowerMac G4s

Big beast

Apple today let slip the new Power Mac G4 on to its web site. So let's race through some spec: it comes in three flavours, a 1GHz single-processor model, and 1.25GHz and 1.42GHz dualies. The latter are fitted with 2MB Level 3 cache. All three support 4x AGP graphics.

Prices start at $1,499 for the base single-processor version, but the cost will soon mount up with additional features which every self-respecting design professional will surely demand. Even so, Apple says that the new models are around 40 per cent cheaper than their immediate predecessors. The new mid-range PowerMac G4 kicks in at $1999 (base price for the old mid-range was $2,499), will the top-of-the-line model is $2,699 ($3,299).

There is a high degree of customisation available, with a choice of four graphics cards, two apiece from ATI and Nvidia - so honours are even; up to 2GB of DDR DRAM; up to four internal hard drives, totting up to 720GB capacity; And there's loads of connectivity options too.

And let's not forget the new PowerMac screen, a 20-in, flat panel Cinema display. It looks great, but costs a fair whack, $1,299.

You want more? Off to Apple, with you. ®