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Apple refreshes product lineup
January 6, 1999
Web posted at: 4:15 PM EST
by Elinor Mills
FRANCISCO (IDG) -- Apple Computer Inc. used the first day of Macworld
Expo to expand its family of products with a new line of Power Macintosh
G3s, faster and brighter iMacs and a new server operating system based
on its Mac OS X.
Macworld attendee looks inside the new G3 PowerMac.
The new professional G3 system, which replaces the original G3 launched
in November 1997, is housed in a translucent blue and clear minitower
enclosure with a door that allows for easy access to expansion slots and
memory. The system, which is available immediately at retail prices ranging
from US$1,599 to $2,999, features the latest copper-based PowerPC processors
running at 300MHz, 350MHz and 400MHz.
The new G3 system also includes: support for up to 1G byte of DRAM in
4 DIMM slots; the newest and fastest 2-D and 3-D graphics accelerator
chip -- the ATI RAGE 128 graphics controller with 16M-bytes of SDRAM and
support for QuickDraw 3D RAVE and OpenGL; two 400 M-bits per second FireWire
ports and two 12M-bps USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports; 100MHz system
bus; increased expansion options through three 64-bit 33MHz PCI slots
and one 32-bit 66MHz PCI slot; 10/100 Base-T Ethernet; Ultra ATA-33 and
Ultra2 SCSI LVD hard drive choices; and ADB to support displays and add-ons,
the company said in a statement.
Apple also announced three new Apple Studio Displays to complement the
new G3s. Available immediately, they include: a 21-inch color-accurate
Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) display for publishing professionals for $1,499;
a 17-inch CRT display designed for a range of applications for $499; and
a new version of its 15-inch flat-panel active matrix Liquid Crystal Display
(LCD) priced at about $1,099.
Greg Lefevre's interview with
Steve Jobs at Macworld Expo
Catering to the consumer market, Apple announced five new iMacs available
for $1,199 at a processor speed of 266MHz that will be available within
the next two weeks. They will be offered in more colors: Blueberry, Lime,
Tangerine, Strawberry and Grape. The iMacs also feature a 6G-byte IDE
hard disk drive; built-in 15-inch display; Mac OS 8.5; 32M-byte SDRAM;
RAGE Pro Turbo Graphic controller and 6M-byte SGRAM; 24x CD-ROM drive;
10/100 Base-T Ethernet; 56 Kbps modem; two 12Mbps USB ports; built-in
stereo speakers and a USB keyboard and mouse.
Apple computer afficionados try out the new color iMacs.
Meanwhile, the original bondi-blue iMac remains on sale for a limited
time for $1,049.
On the software side, Apple unveiled its Mac OS X Server, billed as the
company's first modern server operating system which combines the strength
of Unix with the simplicity of Macintosh. The operating system is built
on the Mach microkernel and BSD 4.4 and includes the Apache HTTP (hypertext
transfer protocol) Web server and Apple's WebObjects 4 application server
for development and deployment of Internet and intranet applications.
It also features NetBoot, a new feature that allows a network of Macs
to be booted and configured from a single server and allows the clients
to share the same base system and applications stored on the server. In
addition, the server operating system includes scalable Apple file services
capable of supporting more than 1,000 users and thousands of open files.
Users can access files from any AppleShare client over TCP/IP or AppleTalk
network protocols and user and group information can be shared among multiple
Mac OS X Server will be priced at $999 and is expected to ship in the
first quarter of 1999 in the United States and worldwide within a few
months after that. It will be available pre-configured on a Power Macintosh
Server G3 for $4,999.
In a separate announcement at the show, Apple said it has licensed the
OpenGL application programming interface and software library from Silicon
Graphics Inc. Apple will incorporate OpenGL into future versions of the
Mac OS, starting with the next release of Mac OS 8 and the first release
of Mac OS X.
Also, Apple announced that it is expanding its online store into six
European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and
Belgium. Now, customers in those countries will be able to order Apple
software and hardware products directly over the Internet. The sites feature
local languages and the Euro currency. They are at: Belgium Store; France
Store; German Store; Italy Store; Netherlands Store; and Spain Store.
Meanwhile, the Australian site opens today. And beginning in March, Apple
will open online stores in Austria and Switzerland. The Apple Store online
is already available to users in the U.S., the U.K. and Sweden.
Elinor Mills is San Francisco
Bureau Chief for the IDG News Service.