Faster Macs On The Way?

C|Net is reporting that Apple will indeed announce new Macs at next weekis MACWORLD Expo in San Francisco. Originally expected for some time, the evidence for such a release continues to mount, with this weekis Apple Store price drops providing the last bit of evidence. While most expected to see 600MHz MP G4is, 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, Appleis 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.

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