Apple unveils ‘world’s thinnest desktop’ in Paris

31st August 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 31 (AFP) - Apple Computer launched here Tuesday the newest version of its iMac model, which at two inches (five centimeters) is the world's thinnest desktop computer, the company said.

PARIS, Aug 31 (AFP) - Apple Computer launched here Tuesday the newest version of its iMac model, which at two inches (five centimeters) is the world's thinnest desktop computer, the company said.  

Worldwide distribution begins in mid-September at prices ranging from USD 1,299 to USD 1,629 (EUR 1,075 - EUR1,350).  

A G5 processor fitted behind the flat screen provides speeds of 1.6-1.8 gigahertz for a model whose styling is inspired by Apple's best-selling iPod MP3 music players.  

Apple fans applauded enthusiastically video presentations at the iMac's launch, welcoming the successor to a model that has sold 7.5 million copies over the past six years.  

Prices have been trimmed closer to those of rivals, the result of an Apple decision for more mass-market appeal, a New York analyst said.  

Apple currently holds around four percent of the market for desktop computers.  

The new model is to be distributed a few months ahead of Apple's Mac OS X "Tiger" operating system, which contains 150 new applications and should be available in early 2005, the company said.  

Its "Spotlight" research engine is a key element of the new system, allowing users to quickly find documents among the thousands that the hardrive is capable of stocking.  

In New York, a research note from the Piper Jaffray analysts said the new iMac should create a "wow factor" that could lead to greater demand and lift the company's shares.  

On Tuesday, Apple stock gained 33 cents, or 0.97 percent, to USD 34.45 in early trades.

 

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