Call it a case of addition by subtraction. Apple Computer has said that in order to meet demand for its top of the line Power Mac G4, it would offer a new configuration, this one minus the DVD-R (digital versatile disc writeable) drive from the original version of the machine, sporting only a CD-RW (CD-rewriteable) drive.
The move is the result of Motorola's ability to deliver more of the 733MHz PowerPC G4 chips than originally forecast, Apple said in a statement. The move will now put two 733MHz machines atop Apple's line of professional desktops: the original model equipped with Apple's SuperDrive CD-RW/DVD-R combination and the new model with just the CD-RW. The new model costs $US2999, while the DVD-R equipped model runs $3499 from Apple's online store. Australian pricing was not available at press time.
Both models come with 256M bytes of SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 60G-byte ATA hard disk, an NVidia Corp. GeForce2 MX video card with 32M bytes of SDRAM, a 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet card, a built-in 56K bps V.90 modem and iTunes and iMovie 2 software.
Apple will release Mac OS X, a fundamental revision to its flagship operating system and a product the company is pinning much of its hope for the future on, on March 24.