MacWorld New York - Shakes Things Up
By David Dritsas
Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs' keynote speech at MacWorld New York resembled a fashion show. New iMac colors, G4 configurations, movie-editing software, a retail relationship with Circuit City, the Power Mac G4 Cubean entirely new product for both the company and the computer industryall drew excited reactions from the audience. Meanwhile, exhibitors showed some of their latest in a growing product category of Mac peripherals.
The show-stopper was Apple's new, fifth product category. The G4 Cube is a compact, 8-inch cube with all the benefits of a G4 desktop tower, including expansion slots for extras, such as sound and graphics cards. The first-level cube will retail for $1,799 and will feature a G4 450MHz processor, 64MB of RAM with expandability up to 1.5GB, 1GB Ethernet, USB, FireWire and a slot-loading DVD-ROM drive that sits on the top of the cube, ejecting DVDs like pieces of toast. Bundled with the cube is a set of stereo speakers from Harman Kardon, which has been working with Apple since the introduction of the first iMac DVs.