NEW YORK--While the focus at Macworld Expo is squarely on Apple's iMac consumer computer, plenty of new software and hardware is being rolled out for Apple Computer's "other" desktop and notebook products.
Apple itself is rumored to be readying new systems with PowerPC processors running at 333 and 366 MHz and faster system bus speeds to squeeze additional performance from its Power Macintosh G3 systems. Currently, the fastest available G3 system runs at 300 MHz. Along with new systems, price cuts could be on tap as well.
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The iMac is prominently displayed, while faster G3 systems could make an appearance.
USB peripherals for the iMac--scanners, removable storage drives, and printers--abound.
New 3D graphics and QuickTime graphics cards should attract long-time Mac loyalists.
The Mac can now run the Windows 98 operating system.
Updated versions of Web authoring tools are front and center.
A lot has been made of the iMac's unusual casing, but the USB (universal serial bus) connector will be the center of attention for potential buyers looking to expand the consumer computer's capabilities. Umax may not be offering Mac clones for much longer, but the company will offer the Astra 1220U 36-bit color scanner and will ship in September for $179.
Other iMac items include the following: