October 15, 2004 (STAR) By Manny De Los Reyes - "Where’s the computer?"

It’s easy to understand why people ask this question after seeing the new Apple iMac G5 desktop computer for the first time. That’s because awe-struck members of the press had similar reactions when local Apple distributor MSI-Digiland unveiled last week Apple Computers’ fourth-generation iMac which features the ultra-fast G5 processor and a stunning new design that integrates the entire computer right into the monitor – and a flat-panel LCD display at that!

The iMac G5 packs a complete computer system into a mere two inches of depth, making it the world’s thinnest desktop computer. The new line offers 17- or 20-inch active matrix widescreen LCDs and 64-bit G5 processors running up to 1.8 GHz with a starting price of P93,888.

The entire computer, including the power supply and slot-load optical drive, is built right into the display and rests on a sleek aluminum foot. All the I/O ports line up neatly along the rear right side for easy access, and with optional AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless modules for fast wireless networking, cable clutter is eliminated. The new iMac also boasts whisper-quiet operation of less than 25 dB.

The 17-inch model comes with either a 1.8GHz G5 processor and a SuperDrive for professional-quality DVD-burning, or a 1.6GHz G5 processor and a Combo drive for DVD-viewing and CD-burning. The 20-inch model, on the other hand, has a 1.8GHz G5 processor and a SuperDrive.

The new iMac G5 offers up to a 600MHz front-side bus, a 400MHz DDR memory expandable to 2GB, AGP 8X graphics and 7200 rpm Serial ATA drives of up to 250GB.

It also comes standard with high-performance NVIDIA graphics with dedicated video memory for outstanding graphics performance and realistic game play.

Every new iMac G5 comes with iLife ‘04, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications. iLife ’04 includes iTunes for managing and buying digital music, iPhoto for organizing and sharing digital photos, iMovie for digital movie-making, iDVD for creating and burning Hollywood-style DVDs, and GarageBand, a revolutionary music application that turns the iMac G5 into a professional-quality musical instrument and recording studio.

The new iMac G5 desktops offer a total of five ports (three USB 2.0 and two FireWire 400 ports) for easy plug-and-play connections to peripherals such as Apple’s iPod digital music player, digital camcorders, digital cameras and printers. It also includes built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K V.92 modem for fast Internet access.

Mac OS X version 10.3 "Pan-ther" is pre-installed and delivers breakthrough features, including iChat AV, an easy-to-use desktop video conferencing solution; FileVault, which uses the latest security standards and 128-bit encryption technology to ensure that data in the home directory is kept secure; Exposé, a new way to instantly view all open windows; Instant On, which wakes the computer from sleep in just one second; and Automatic Networking, which automatically switches the network connections between Ethernet, 802.11 wireless and modem.

The new iMac G5 also comes with a collection of productivity, learning and entertainment titles, including AppleWorks, Quicken 2004 for Mac and WorldBook Encyclopedia 2004 Edition.

The entry-level 17-inch iMac with the 1.6GHz G5 processor has a suggested retail price of P93,888. The mid-level 17-inch model with the 1.8GHz G5 processor retails for P104,188, while the top-of-the-line 20-inch iMac G5, also with a 1.8GHz G5 processor, tops out at P133,388.

Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 2GB of RAM, 160GB and 250GB hard drives, AirPort Extreme Card, AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Station, internal Bluetooth module, Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse, and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The new iMac G5 line is available at AppleCenters and authorized Apple resellers.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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