Apple Ships Industry First SuperDrive, Reads and Writes CDs and DVDs
Tuesday, February 20, 2001
CUPERTINO, California—February 19, 2001—Apple® today announced it has begun shipping its new 733 MHz Power Mac™ G4 with the SuperDrive, a combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive that can read and write CDs as well as DVDs that can be played in consumer DVD players. Apple unveiled the SuperDrive at Macworld Expo in San Francisco last month. The Power Mac G4 with SuperDrive also includes Apple’s revolutionary new iDVD™ application software that enables users to easily create professional quality DVDs for playback on consumer DVD players. “The new Power Mac G4 with SuperDrive is the industry’s first complete solution for CD and DVD authoring,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The combination of Apple’s amazing SuperDrive, super-fast MPEG2 encoding software and easy-to-use iDVD application is a real breakthrough.” iDVD lets professionals and consumers quickly and easily create professional-looking DVDs for playback on consumer DVD players. iDVD shields users from the complexity of DVD authoring by offering professionally designed themes and drag-and-drop simplicity. With one click, iDVD automatically converts iMovie™, Final Cut Pro® or any QuickTime™ video file into the required format, compresses them into the MPEG-2 compression standard required to make DVDs, and burns the DVD-R disc with Apple’s new SuperDrive. Pricing & Availability The 733 MHz Power Mac G4 is available immediately through The Apple Store™ (www.apple.com) and Apple Authorized Resellers in the following standard configuration: 733 MHz processor with 256K level 2 on-chip cache and 1MB level 3 backside cache; 256MB of PC133 SDRAM memory; 60GB Ultra ATA/60 hard disk drive; NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with 32MB video SDRAM; CD-RW/DVD-R SuperDrive; two FireWire and USB ports; four full-length 64-bit PCI slots at 33 MHz; 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet; AirPort ready; built-in 56K V.90 modem; iTunes; iMovie 2 and iDVD software for a suggested retail price of $3,499 (US).