At today’s keynote speech for Macworld,
CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the new Intel-based iMac, the first Apple computer to feature the Intel Core Duo microchip. Apple recently shifted from the IBM PowerPC chips it has used for years and expects to deploy the Intel chips in all its computer within the next two years. The new line of iMac computers will be the same shape and size as the existing G5 line of iMacs, with prices starting at $1,299.
Apple also introduced a new high-end laptop called the MacBook Pro that will replace the PowerBook. MacBooks will be available in February at prices starting at $1,999.
In addition, the company also unveiled a new version of its iLife photo as well as an iPod with remote control and FM radio capabilities. The iPod Radio Remote allows users to skip tracks and adjust the volume of their iPod even when it’s in a pocket or backpack and listen to FM radio stations while displaying station and song information on their iPod screen.
Apple finished an exceptionally strong fiscal quarter, led by holiday sales of the iPod. Financial analysts had expected Apple to post revenue of $5.04 billion for the quarter, compared with $3.49 billion a year ago, Reuters estimates.