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Hot off the Press Story
Tech-Edge staff report 8/14/02

Apple "Doubles your pleasure,.." doubles your Desktop (processor)
Cupertino, California. -

Apple Computer Inc. announced today all new desktop PowerPC's, moving the entire line to dual processors. The new machines range in speed from a dual 867MHz to a dual 1.2GHz, and that is fastest G4 RISC chip Apple has ever put in any Mac.

These new PowerPC's also feature Xserve architecture which support "up to" 2GB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory at "up to" 333 MHz. They also include the ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card, an industry first and a redesigned "box" which can allow increased storage of up to nearly half a terabyte, according to Apple.

"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."

Taking full advantage of "Jaguar's" advanced UNIX-based architecture and symmetric multiprocessing capabilities, OS X 10.2

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"Jaguar" will come pre-installed on all of the new PowerPC's. According to Apple's PR, the Power Mac G4 line delivers over 18 gigaflops (18 billion floating point operations per second), and runs applications like Adobe Photoshop up to 90 percent faster than a 2.53 GHz Pentium 4-based PC as illustrated in this benchmark chart. Bruce Chizen, president and CEO of Adobe said, "These new Power Macs run Adobe Photoshop faster than any PC we've seen".

The dual 867 MHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,699. The dual 1 GHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,499. The dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $3,299, includes:

- 256K on-chip level 2 cache and 2MB of DDR SRAM backside level 3 cache per processor

- 512MB of DDR SDRAM memory

- ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64MB DDR SDRAM in 4x AGP slot

- 120GB Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm hard disk drive

- SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive.

The dual 1.25 GHz processor Power Mac G4 is expected to be available in the second half of September. All the other models are available right now.

eMac gains a SuperDrive (side note)

"Now, for the first time, users can burn their own custom DVDs on an under-$1,500 computer," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, in a statement. "Our amazing SuperDrive and award-winning iMovie and iDVD applications ushered in the era of personal DVD burning, and this groundbreaking low price point will further reinforce Apple's lead in this rapidly-growing market segment."




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