Both front and back panel feature this mesh overlay, and the optical drive opening is sleek and flat.
The entry-level G5 comes with a 1.6GHz processor, 256MB of memory, an 800MHz system bus, an 80GB hard drive and an Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 graphics card. The mid-range system holds a 1.8GHz G5 processor, a 900MHz system bus, 512MB of memory, a 160GB hard drive and the GeForce FX 5200 graphics card. The high-end model offers dual 2GHz G5 chips, 512MB of memory, a 160GB hard drive and an ATI Radeon 9600 graphics card. All three machines come with Apple's new 4X CD-RW/DVD-R (SuperDrive).
Updates--inside and out
All three models have a new look, too. The new Power Mac's design is sleek, metallic and very squared-off, compared to the rounded look of the G4 series. From afar, the G5 looks suspiciously like a standard, beige-box PC, distinguished only by handles and, of course, the big grey apple on the side. Up close, it's somewhat squat, silver (it's encased in aluminium), and super-slick. Both the front and the back of the machine are covered with breathable mesh aluminium; the front features a perfectly flat optical-drive opening that actually retracts from top to bottom, rather than opening inward or outward. On the inside, Apple is using nine fans to cool this powerhouse's innards, but the company says that each fan runs independently, creating a machine two to three times quieter than the jet-engine-like G4.
As for connectivity, Apple finally gets into the USB 2.0 groove -- both the front and the back panel sport USB 2.0 slots. You'll get a FireWire 400 port on the front panel, along with a headphone jack; the back features another FireWire 400 port, as well as a FireWire 800 port. The high-end and mid-range models offer three full-size PCI-X slots (one 133MHz, 64-bit and two 100MHz, 64-bit openings). Multimedia lovers can appreciate the optical-digital audio in, optical-digital audio out, analogue audio in, and analogue audio out, in addition to a headphone mini-jack on the front side. No models include a standard AirPort Extreme card or built-in Bluetooth, but both are options.
The G5 ships with OS X 10.2 Jaguar -- soon to be Panther -- as well as the iLife digital-media suite, iCal, iSync, Mail and Apple's usual assortment of third-party software.