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Apple Unveils Dual-Processor Power Macs Starting at $1,699

Press release from the issuing company

Fast Xserve Architecture, DDR Memory & Pre-loaded Mac OS X v10.2 'Jaguar' CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 13 -- Apple today unveiled an all new Power Mac G4 line featuring dual PowerPC G4 processors in every model, starting at just $1,699 (US). With dual 1.25 GHz, dual 1 GHz and dual 867 MHz PowerPC G4 processors, the new Xserve(TM) high-performance architecture with support for up to 2GB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory at up to 333 MHz, the industry's first ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card and an enhanced enclosure with increased storage up to nearly half a terabyte, the new Power Macs are the fastest desktop workstations for creative professionals. 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 amazing 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 runs professional applications like Adobe Photoshop up to 90 percent faster than a 2.53 GHz Pentium 4-based PC.* "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." Bruce Chizen, president and CEO of Adobe, added, "These new Power Macs run Adobe Photoshop faster than any PC we've seen." In addition to the super fast 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 advanced 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" groundbreaking Quartz(TM) Extreme compositor provides customers with advanced workstation graphics capabilities that are light years ahead of any other platform. 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 award-winning 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 amazing 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(TM), Sherlock 3 with Internet Services and Rendezvous(TM), Apple's revolutionary home networking technology.