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Apple Ships Dual 800 MHz Power Mac G4

Press release from the issuing company

CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 20 - Apple today began shipping its ultrafast Power Mac(TM) G4 computer containing dual 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processors with Velocity Engine(TM). The 800 MHz dual processor Power Mac G4 includes Apple's revolutionary SuperDrive(TM), a combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive that enables users to burn DVDs that can be played in consumer DVD players. "The 800 MHz dual processor Power Mac G4 is the fastest Mac we have ever shipped,'' said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With the revolutionary SuperDrive and incredible applications such as Apple's iDVD and DVD Studio Pro, the new Power Mac G4 advances the state-of-the-art in computing for creative professionals.'' Dual processor Power Mac G4 systems benefit from the symmetric multiprocessing capability of Mac OS X, Apple's next-generation operating system. The new Power Mac G4 can do up to twice as much work in the same amount of time by automatically balancing the workload between both processors simultaneously. Harnessing that power, the 800 MHz dual processor Power Mac G4 runs professional applications like Adobe's Photoshop up to 83 percent faster than a 1.7 GHz Pentium IV-based PC.* Housed in the new "quicksilver" enclosure, the 800 MHz dual processor Power Mac G4 includes: -- 256K on-chip level 2 backside cache and 2MB of level 3 cache per processor; -- 256MB of PC133 SDRAM memory; -- 80GB Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drive; -- NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with TwinView graphics and 64MB video SDRAM for dual monitor support; -- SuperDrive combination CD-RW/DVD-R optical drive; -- two FireWire(R) and USB ports; -- five slots, including four full-length 64 bit PCI slots at 33 MHz and one 4x AGP slot; -- 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet, AirPort(TM) ready and built-in 56K V.90 modem; and -- iDVD, iTunes and iMovie(TM) 2 software. Pricing & Availability The new 800 MHz dual processor Power Mac G4 is available immediately through The Apple Store (www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $3,499 (US). Standard 4.7GB DVD-R discs are available from The Apple Store (www.apple.com) and at Apple's retail stores in packs of five for a suggested retail price of $49.95 (US). For a list of compatible DVD players, visit www.apple.com/dvd/compatibility. * Based on commonly used operations in Adobe Photoshop 6.0.