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Apple unveils new range of PCs and peripherals.

Worldwide Computer Products News-21 July 2000-Apple unveils new range of PCs and peripherals (C)1995-2000 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com

Apple Computer has introduced several new products this week, including the dual processor Power Mac G4 Cube, a new line of iMacs and an optical mouse.

The long-anticipated Power Mac G4 Cube is a new, smaller desktop machine just eight inches square, equipped with a 450MHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine (configurable to 500MHz). Thought to be the smallest 'supercomputer' available, the Cube incorporates an air flow design which eliminates the need for a fan, making it much quieter in operation. It features 64Mb of memory expandable to 1.5Gb, 20Gb of storage (configurable up to 40Gb), a slot-loading DVD drive, two FireWire and two USB ports; 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K V.90 modem.

Two models in the new Power Mac G4 line are the first mainstream personal computers to come standard with dual processors, according to Apple.

The Power Mac G4 Cube will be available from August priced from GBP1,249.

Apple's new line of iMacs is available in Indigo, Ruby, Sage and Snow colours at the lower price of GBP649+VAT. The range features PowerPC G3 processors running at up to 500MHz and larger storage up to 30Gb.

All FireWire-enabled Macs, including the Power Mac G4 Cube and Power Mac G4 systems and the new iMac will be equipped with Apple's new consumer digital video editing software iMovie 2. iMovie 2 will also be available separately in the US at the end of August priced USD49 and in the UK at a later date, yet to be announced.

Apple's new range of peripherals includes an optical mouse, which will be shipped as standard with all new Apple desktop computers, and a new full-size keyboard.

The new mouse incorporates optical technology that eliminates the mouseball and instead of clicking buttons on top of the unit it features a full surface button that is clicked by using a slight rocking motion, according to the BBC.

The Apple Pro Keyboard features 15 programmable function keys, a 6-key document navigation pad and a two port bus-powered USB hub as well as audio controls and a key to eject CDs. It is available from this September priced at GBP39.

Apple has also announced this week a new family of monitors designed to complement the Power Mac G4 Cube and Power Mac G4.

The range includes the 17" (16" viewable) Apple Studio Display CRT priced at GBP349, the 15" Apple Studio Display flat panel priced at GBP699 and the 22" Apple Cinema Display, available for GBP2,799. Each is powered from the computer, eliminating the need for a separate power cord, and features a two port powered USB hub and the Apple Display Connector, a new cable that carries analogue and digital video signals, USB data and power over a single cable.

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