Apple Bumps Up Pro Towers
The latest dual-processor models top off at 1.25GHz. Do they mark the end of the Mac line for Motorola's PowerPC G4?Right on schedule, Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday nudged up the capabilities of its professional-strength Power Mac G4 systems with three new dual-processor desktop configurations topping off at 1.25GHz. The new Macs also include architectural enhancements derived from the Xserve, the companys recently introduced rack-mounted server; pack a new ATI graphics card; and come pre-loaded with Jaguar, Version 10.2 of Mac OS X, which Apple has announced will be available via retail channels Aug. 24. The arrival of the professional towers cap a spate of speculation among Mac-focused Web sites, several of which for months had predicted that Apple would introduce its next professional desktops in mid-August. The look of the new systems chassis also confirms the veracity of unauthorized photos of a pre-release model that circulated the Web in late July, prompting cease-and-desist letters from Apples legal counsel.
According to Apple specs, the dual-processor models pack Motorola PowerPC G4 processors that clock in at 867MHz, 1GHz and 1.25GHz and carry price tags of $1,699, $2,499 and $3,299, respectively. The high-end model is slated to ship in the second half of September, Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple said, while the other two will be available this week.