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Faster Macs On The Way?

Faster Macs On The Way?

by , 12:00 PM EST, January 4th, 2001

C|Net is reporting that Apple will indeed announce new Macs at next week's MACWORLD Expo in San Francisco. Originally expected for some time, the evidence for such a release continues to mount, with this week's Apple Store price drops providing the last bit of evidence. While most expected to see 600MHz MP G4's, C|Net says that we are in store for quite a surprise:

At Macworld in San Francisco, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company will introduce four new Power Mac models, including a new top-of-the-line computer with a 733-MHz G4 processor, the fastest Macintosh computer to date. Three other Power Macs will contain chips running at 466 MHz to 666 MHz.

Apple introduced dual-processor systems in July--with either 400-MHz or 500-MHz G4 processors. But the company, at least for now, is expected to return to single-chip Power Macs, sources said. Apple had hoped that many Power Mac buyers would opt for dual-processor systems, but instead a greater number bought the lower-end 400-MHz single-chip machine.

Since the release of the dual processor machines, reports have continually appeared regarding a decided lack of performance increase while also referencing several hardware related technical problems. However, most real world applications will see a far greater performance increase from the extra 233MHz on one chip than they would from a second 600MHz chip.

Also expecting to be released is the highly anticipated PowerBook G4. While the PowerBook G3/500 is a blistering fast laptop, Apple's high end portable line has not seen a significant upgrade in nearly a year. Expected to sport a stylish new case, and longer lasting battery, the PowerBook G4 is one of the most anticipated hardware releases in years.

You can find the full article at the C|Net web site.

The Mac Observer Spin:

If Apple does indeed release a 733MHz machine, that will be truly great news for the currently struggling company. As has been well documented, Apple has been stuck with a 500MHz high end machine for well over a year now. The prospect of a bump to 600MHz was underwhelming on all accounts.

More curious is the news of, at least, temporary abandonment of the MP machines. In retrospect, it seems that Apple rushed the MP G4's out the door as a hair-trigger reaction to the increasing "megahertz" gap, and the machines may not have technically been ready for prime time. If the MP's are dropped for now, that sets up a huge announcement at this summer's MACWORLD Expo in New York.

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