OS X is going on sale March 24th for $129. They'll start pre-loading it on Macs in July.
G4's are going to 733MHz from 500MHz. 5.5Gigaflops. 4 models. All have CD-RW, 133MHz
System & Memory Bus, AGP 4x plus write combining, nVidia GeForce 2 MX graphics cards in the
top 3 models, Gigabit Ethernet, 5 PCI slots, better sound. The systems will be 466 ($1699), 533
($2199), 667 ($2799), 733 ($3499) MHz. 533 will be available as dual-proc. 128-256 MB RAM.
30-60GB. SuperDrive: creates DVD-R discs that can be read on a consumer DVD player.
SuperDrive (shipping next month) will be bundled into the top-of-the-line G4. G4 733MHz is 33%
faster at scripted PhotoShop operations than the Pentium 4 1.5GHz. The bottom two are available
today, and the top 2 in February. Accessories: pro-speakers, 15" flat panel display dual USB $799.
iTunes is a new software product. Slick looking CD
ripping, MP3 playing, burning software. Integrates very well with MP3 players. It has a
visualizer. It even has Internet radio support. I'm not sure if it supports OggVorbis files or not.
Apple's new iDVD software allows you to author your
own DVDs that are playable in consumer DVD players. The SuperDrive allows you to burn the
DVD disc. Using the Velocity Engine on the G4, Apple was able to decrease the encoding time
from 25x to 2x original content time. iDVD is SDI. iDVD has GUI widgets that help you make DVD
menus for your own movies. Dropping a movie on the menu automatically makes a thumbnail
with a label, this is very slick. iDVD has support for themes for the menus. You can even make
custom menu elements. It also allows you to make a slide show from still images. Steve played a
DVD he made on a Sony DVD Video player. iDVD is bundled with the SuperDrive. This is a
The DVD-R discs are going to be $10 each initially.
DVD Studio Pro is their professional level
DVD authoring program and will sell for $995. It integrates well with FinalCut Pro.
One more thing... is Apple's new PowerBook.
It's a 500MHz G4. FireWire & USB ports. Built in Ethernet. AirPort ready. 1" thick. 5.3 pounds. 15.2"
widescreen. It's made out of Titanium! Stronger than steel, but lighter than aluminum. DVD
slot load drive. There's a 400MHz model available for $2599, the 500 for $3499. It's available in
January. It's .15" thinner than the Sony Vaio. Battery life is 5 hours. It got many, many ohhhs &
ahhhs from the audience.