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Week in Review - 11/17/03-11/21/03

Jun 11, 2003
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MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM OS 10.5.2
Source: MacMinute.com

Week in Review - 11/17/03-11/21/03

Apple News

Apple this week introduced a new 20-inch iMac, which the company says is "the largest flat-panel display ever offered in an all-in-one desktop." The new 20-inch iMac joins the 15- and 17-inch models in the popular consumer desktop line and offers twice as much screen area as the 15-inch display model, enabling users to view more than two full pages side-by-side. The 20-inch iMac carries a suggested retail price of $2,199 and features a 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 256MB of 333MHz DDR SDRAM, 4x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW), NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics processor with 64MB video memory, two FireWire 400 and three USB 2.0 ports, internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth, an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive running at 7200rpm, and Apple Pro speakers.

Apple also announced a new dual processor 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 for $2,499, and lowered the price of the single processor 1.6GHz model to $1,799. The Power Mac G5 lineup now includes three models: dual processor 2.0GHz, dual processor 1.8GHz and single processor 1.6GHz. Specifications for this new model include dual 1.8GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5s, dual independent 900MHz front-side buses, 512MB 400MHz 128-bit DDR SDRAM (8GB maximum), 160GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive, AGP 8X Pro graphics slot, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with 64MB DDR SDRAM, 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit, 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz), and a 4x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW).

In addition, Apple announced new versions of Final Cut Pro 4, DVD Studio Pro 2 and Shake 3 which have all been fine-tuned to take advantage of the performance and architecture of the Power Mac G5 and Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. Final Cut Pro 4.1 delivers simultaneous playback of seven fully uncompressed standard definition (SD) video streams with real-time effects using a dual 2.0GHz G5 and Xserve RAID. The new G5-optimized Final Cut Pro 4.1, Shake 3.0.1 and DVD Studio Pro 2.0.2, with the new Compressor 1.1 update, are immediately available for current Final Cut Pro 4, Shake 3 and DVD Studio Pro 2 customers as free software updates.

Dell Computer CEO Michael Dell said this week that his company's research and development (R&D) division is very comparable to that of Apple. In fact, Dell has more workers and spends more money than Apple in R&D, despite being known for rebranding products and using many OEM parts. "We have 3,600 folks in our R&D division and spend half a billion dollars a year, similar to the amount Apple spends," Dell said. "Just because we sell a whole lot more doesn't mean we're bad. I thought that was part of the objective." Apple says it currently has 2,500 employees working in R&D, and spent $471 million in R&D costs in fiscal 2003.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs was recognized in three major industry lists this week, including CRN's Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the IT industry, which "profiles the individuals who have had the greatest influence on the high tech industry over the past year"; Advertising Age's 2003 Marketing 50, which identifies and profiles a select group of marketers "whose vision, drive and innovation are major milestones of the year's brand success stories"; and the 2003 Scientific American 50, which "recognizes the singular accomplishments of those who have contributed to the advancement of technology in the realms of science, engineering, commerce and public policy."

Apple said that it will be holding a special shopping event at its retail stores on Friday, November 28. "You'll want to kick off your holiday shopping at the Apple Store. We'll be hosting an all-day shopping event designed especially for the music lovers on your list. Whether they're Mac or Windows users, you'll find a scintillating array of gifts, plus, a few surprises in store for you."

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