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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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iMac G5 and eMac Lines Refreshed

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Shortly after releasing new Power Mac G5 models (see "Apple Speed Bumps Power Mac G5" in TidBITS-778), Apple announced updates to two of its consumer desktop lines, the iMac G5 and the eMac.

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iMac G5 Improved -- Apple bumped up the processor, graphics card, and built-in memory of the flat-panel iMac G5. As before, it's available in two sizes and three standard configurations. The low-end 17-inch model, at $1,300, is outfitted with a 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5 processor (up from 1.6 GHz) with a 600 MHz frontside bus, 160 GB hard drive, and a slot-loading Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW). The mid-range 17-inch model ($1,500) and the 20-inch model ($1,800) both include a 2.0 GHz processor (up from 1.8 GHz) with a 667 MHz frontside bus and an 8x dual-layer SuperDrive. The 17-inch configuration includes the 160 GB hard disk, while the 20-inch beastie is equipped with a 250 GB hard disk.

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All three configurations now ship with 512 MB of RAM (with support for up to 2 GB), and an ATI Radeon 9600 graphics card with 128 MB of memory, as well as the original iMac G5's complement of ports: two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, VGA output, and S-video output. All models also come with built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR wireless networking; previously, the Bluetooth was a build-to-order option. Each runs Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and includes iLife '05.

eMac Sees Boost -- The CRT-screen-based eMac continues to be Apple's quiet inexpensive workhorse, and that's even more true thanks to last week's improvements to the all-in-one computer. The new eMac configuration includes a 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 512 MB of memory, a Radeon 9600 graphics card with 64 MB of memory, and an 8x dual-layer SuperDrive. The $800 low-end configuration now sports an 80 GB hard disk, while the $1,000 model has a 160 GB hard disk. They both ship with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and iLife '05.

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