The New iMac is Nice Enough

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Date: Tuesday, August 31st, 2004, 06:19
Category: Hardware, Mac Desktop

The best thing about the new iMac design is that it is more compact and easier to transport than the previous version. Think of the luxo-lamp G4 iMac as a desktop computer, squeezed into a half sphere with a mighty arm holding up the screen. The latest iMac is more like a laptop computer with the screen welded in place facing outward like a tablet PC. It is then simply mounted on an aluminum support that matches the recently introduced aluminum monitors.
In terms of performance, the big difference is the G5 processor cooled by three fans that pull air from the bottom of the enclosure and out through the top. It also comes with NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 graphics processor.
So, what’s not to like? Priced at US$1,299 the base model surely represents a better value than the previous G4 iMac, but Apple desperately needs to fight back against the continuing erosion in market share. When compared to the cost and performance of a G4 17″ PowerBook, price looks fantastic, but there is a need at the low end for something other than the eMac. The iMac remains a high priced, design oriented product. Until the G5 makes it into a laptop enclosure, it has a solid place in the lineup because of its superior performance.
The call for a “headless” iMac has not been heard by Apple – yet. It would be nice to see a G5 headless box priced $100 less than an eMac. The time for a Mac with a built-in CRT has passed and the eMac should evolve into a more powerful mainstream solution. One that a lot of people have been asking for.


NewerTech Announces High-capacity Replacement Battery for 1G and 2G iPod

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Date: Tuesday, August 31st, 2004, 06:47
Category: Accessory, iPod

Newer Technology, Inc. and Other World Computing (OWC) today introduced an ultra high-capacity 2100mAh Apple iPod Lithium-Polymer (Li-Polymer) replacement battery for all first- and second-generation iPod models.
The NewerTech battery is the highest capacity iPod battery on the market and provides 70 percent more capacity than standard Apple stock batteries. It is available immediately for US$39.95.
“The sad truth about first- and second-generation iPods is that in many cases their batteries start to fade after about 18 months, and there’s nothing worse for an iPod-user than to slowly become unable to access their digital music on-the-go,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “This new ultra high-capacity battery not only replaces the battery that died, but gives the iPod more life than it’s ever had before with 70 percent more capacity than the original battery.”
The 2100mAh iPod replacement battery uses the same high-quality Li-Polymer technology used by Apple Computer to make the original iPod batteries. The NewerTech battery also comes with two non-scratching installation tools and a detailed instruction manual to guide users smoothly through the installation process.