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Apple Announces New 1.25GHz Dual Processor Power Mac1.25 GHz models selling for $3299 and $4999 to ship in 6-8 weeks
The new all dual processor Power Mac G4 line also ships with Apple's new Mac OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar" pre-installed, offering more than 150 new features and applications. Taking advantage of "Jaguar's" advanced UNIX-based architecture and symmetric multiprocessing capabilities, the Power Mac G4 line delivers over 18 gigaflops (18 billion floating point operations per second), and according to Apple, "runs professional applications like Adobe Photoshop up to 90 percent faster than a 2.53 GHz Pentium 4-based PC (based on commonly used operations in Adobe Photoshop 7.0)." These claims will be tested by Digital Media Net as soon as Apple provides a demo unit.
"You can now get a dual-processor G4 system with Xserve architecture and DDR memory, pre-loaded with 'Jaguar' for just $1,699," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "These are the fastest Macs ever, and 'Jaguar' really makes the dual processors sing."
In addition to the dual 1.25 GHz model, the new line also includes models with dual 1 GHz and dual 867 MHz processors; all with Velocity Engine and up to 2MB of DDR backside level 3 cache per processor to further boost performance. All models also include next generation graphics technologies from NVIDIA and ATI, including the new ATI Radeon 9000 Pro with 64MB of DDR SDRAM, with a quad-pipe 3D engine and Smartshader technology for cinematic effects and realism. The combination of powerful graphic cards and "Jaguar's" Quartz Extreme compositor provides customers with improved graphics capabilities. In addition, all Power Mac G4 models now include one ADC and one DVI port allowing users to drive two Apple flat-panel displays simultaneously.
The new Power Mac G4 line offers enhancements to its easy-access enclosure including four internal drive bays, each capable of hosting up to a 120GB ATA/100 drive, for a total of nearly a half a terabyte of internal storage; and two optical drive bays which can each hold a CD-RW, Combo or SuperDrive(TM) for burning DVDs and CDs.
"Jaguar" offers Power Mac G4 customers new features and applications including a new Mail application designed to eliminate junk mail, iChat AIM-compatible instant messenger, a system-wide Address Book, Inkwell handwriting recognition, QuickTime 6 with MPEG-4, improved Universal Access, an enhanced Finder, Sherlock 3 with Internet Services and Rendezvous, Apple's home networking technology.
The three-model Power Mac G4 line features:
802.11 wireless network ready;
Pricing & Availability
The Power Mac dual 867 MHz and dual 1 GHz processor models are available this week through the online Apple Store(R) (www.apple.com), at Apple Retail Stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers. The dual 1.25 GHz processor Power Mac G4 is expected to be available in the second half of September.
The dual 867 MHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:
The dual 1 GHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:
The dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $3,299 (US), includes:
The Power Mac G4 is available in build-to-order configurations through The Apple Store (www.apple.com). Options include a second DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive, up to 2GB of DDR SDRAM, up to .48 terabytes of ATA storage, up to 288GB Ultra160 SCSI storage, AirPort Base Station and AirPort Card, Harman Kardon iSub and SoundSticks, and Apple Pro Speakers. Standard 4.7GB DVD-R blank discs are available from The Apple Store (www. apple.com) in five-packs for a suggested retail price of $24.95 (US). For a list of compatible DVD players, visit www.apple.com/dvd/compatibility.
Mac OS X v10.2 "Jaguar" will be publicly available August 24 for a suggested retail price of $129 (US).
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