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Apple Ups iMac Performance


CUPERTINO, California—April 14, 1999—Apple Computer, Inc. today announced that iMac™, available in five dazzling colors—Strawberry, Lime, Blueberry, Tangerine and Grape—now features a Pentium-toasting 333MHz PowerPC G3 processor, while remaining at an aggressive price of U.S. $1,199.

“The iMac combines the simplicity and ease of use of Macintosh; the excitement of the Internet; Pentium-toasting performance; and great design,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s interim CEO. “This powerful combination is making iMac one of the most popular computers around the world.”

The 333MHz PowerPC G3 processor brings blistering performance to iMac customers. A processor comparison based on the BYTEmark integer index gives the iMac with 333MHz PowerPC G3 processor a score of 11.1, while a new Pentium III desktop running at 500MHz scored a 6.7. In real-world game performance tests comparing Dark Vengeance software, the latest iMac clocked 26.5 frames per second, beating out a Compaq 5240 with 400MHz K6-2 processor which rated 18.3 frames per second.*

iMac, the complete Internet-age computer right out of the box, features:

  • A fast PowerPC G3 microprocessor running at 333MHz with a high-speed 512k backside L2 cache;
  • Built-in 15-inch high-quality display with 1024 x 768 resolution (13.8-inch diagonal viewable image size);
  • The world’s easiest to use operating system, Mac® OS 8.5.1;
  • 32MB SDRAM, expandable to 256MB;
  • RAGE Pro Turbo Graphic controller and 6MB SGRAM;
  • 6GB IDE hard disk drive;
  • 24x CD-ROM drive;
  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet;
  • 56Kbps modem that supports V.90 and K56flex;
  • Two 12Mbps Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports;
  • Built-in stereo speakers with SRS sound;
  • Apple USB Keyboard and Apple USB Mouse.


Pricing and Availability
The 333MHz PowerPC G3-based iMacs are available immediately via The Apple Store™ (www.apple.com) and through Apple® Authorized Resellers for an estimated retail price of U.S. $1,199.

* Actual user experience may vary depending on components and software.

Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission—to bring the best personal computing products and support to students, educators, designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140 countries around the world.


Apple Editorial Contact
Russell Brady
Apple Computer, Inc.
(408) 974-6877


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