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Apple’s New iMac

Apple released it’s new iMac and, not overly surprisingly, it looks like a giant iPod. In fact, they even mention the connection to the iPod in the first line of the product description.

What if you could fit your whole life — all your music, all your photos, all your movies, all your email — in a computer as fun and useful as an iPod? Now you can. Introducing the futuristic iMac G5 in 17- and 20-inch widescreen models. The entire computer, including a G5-based logic board, slot-loading optical drive, hard disk, speakers, and even the power supply — dwells inside the enchanting display. Modern living starts at $1299.

I’ve mentioned before that I believe we will see a huge increase in Apple computer sales as a result of the iPod and it is clear that Apple is seeing this connection. They really are a very smart company with an incredible flare for design.

In other news, I recently got a new G4 at work and have taken quite a liking to it. Although I could never have imagined myself saying this, I believe my next computer will be a Mac. With all the trouble I’ve had with my PC lately it seems like a natural fit. As more and more applications move online the OS you’re running on will mean less anyway. Plus, I really like the Apple-T command for opening new tabs in Safari. If I can be converted, almost anyone can. (For those of you still using Internet Explorer, get yourself over to Mozilla.org and download Firefox, tabbed web browsing is where it’s at. It gets rid of all those annoying windows when looking at a bunch of web pages at once.)

September 1, 2004