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Apple releases two iMacs supporting USB2.0

Closer to the mid-month Apple will start selling new models with 17" wide-format 1440x900 LCD monitor (M9168LL/A; >$1799) and 15" 1024x768 LCD monitor (M9285LL/A; >$1299).

New models differ from their predecessors by raised PowerPC G4 clock speed that is 1.25GHz for 17" iMac and 1.0GHz for 15" model. In both cases FSB is 167MHz and basic configurations include 256Mb DDR333 (up to 1Gb) and 80Gb HDD.

Also both models feature 2 x FireWire 400 ports, 3 x USB2.0 ports (and 2 x USB1.1 ports on keyboard), VGA, S-video/composite, 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and 56K V.92 modem, Mac OS X with installed Software Mail, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, AppleWorks, Mac OS X Chess, and Classic environment; Microsoft Internet Explorer, EarthLink, AOL, Quicken 2003 Deluxe,World Book 2003 Edition, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, Deimos Rising, Sound Studio, and Acrobat Reader; Apple Hardware Test.

Besides, the higher-end iMac feature 64Mb NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics and SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW); the lower-end system has 32Mb NVIDIA GeForce4 MX and DVD/CD-RW combo.

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