Front Row

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Apple announced Front Row as a new feature of the iMac G5 on October 12th, 2005. On January 10th, 2006, Apple added Front Row as standard software on the MacBook Pro as well as the updated iMac (Intel). At WWDC 2006, it was announced that Front Row would be included with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).




Front Row allow users to access music, photos, videos and DVDs through an easy to use on-screen interface navigated by an integrated infra-red remote control included with the iMac G5. It is included with all new iMacs and at the time of press cannot be bought separately.

New Features

  • Instant access to iTunes music and playlists
  • View slideshows from your iPhoto library, complete with transitions and music.
  • Watch home movies, music videos and more
  • Fully featured DVD player
  • Integrated infra-red remote control

Minimum System Requirements

  • 17-inch or 20-inch iMac G5 (revision C, released October 2005)
  • 17-inch or 20-inch iMac Core Duo (released January 2006)
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro (released January 2006)
  • 17-inch MacBook Pro (released April 2006)
  • 13-inch MacBook (released May 2006)
  • Intel-based Mac mini (released Feb 2006)

Front Row on other Platforms

Very shortly after Front Row's debut, several websites started speculated over the possibility of running Front Row on other Macs. Hacked versions of Front Row soon appeared on the internet, with instructions on how to install and use on other Mac OS X systems. These are unsupported by Apple but illustrate a potential future for the software once the buzz of the new iMac G5 quietens down.

Also worth mentioning is'Backrow'. Clearly an imitation of Front Row for Windows XP.

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