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2005-10-19
The News.
Apparently, Apple has upgraded the PowerBooks slightly and downgraded most of the PowerMacs whereas it has upgraded the highend PowerMac while also downgrading it. And there's a new photography pro application called "Aperture".
The 15" and 17" PowerBooks get access to the 30" Cinema Display (which has lowered in price by 500 USD, the 23" has been lowered by 200 USD) as well as better displays. Brighter and at 1440*900 for the 15", 1680*1050 for the 17" display, the PowerBooks carry the same old pricing. 1999 USD for the 15" model, 2499 USD for the 17". Gone is the combo model, all PowerBooks now sport SuperDrives. The 12" model, which hasn't got a screen update, sadly, starts at 1499 USD.
The downgraded PowerMacs are dual core but single processor for low and middle configurations at 2.0 and 2.3 GHz. So basically, they're about the same as before. At least nothing to write home about, which we're doing all the same, of course. The one big news is that the highend model is called a "Quad", because it, and it alone, sports two dual core processors. And at 2.5 GHz, too. More info on apple.com, of course. And some more on our live update page from the event. But sadly: The news there ain't much better either, because Apple didn't have much better to show. Guess that's why Steve didn't deliver the news himself, too.
Comments:
Better get your facts straight, because this 'coverage' is crap.

"PowerMacs: Dual cores, finally. But: Here's the big letdown from Apple/IBM... Two models are single processor. 2.0 and 2.3 GHz. The "big" model is a dual processor dual core model at 2.3 GHz. So basically, only the top-end model brings more power to the table. Yes, of course, there's bus speeds and new graphic cards by nVidia, but really... Aww..."

Yeah right... It's Dual 2.0, Dual 2.3 and Quad 2.5.
 
What did you expect: Quads all over?
 
Well, I did _not_ expect the low and middle configs to actually move _down_ a notch. I'd have thought that the middle config would get a dual/dual, too, yes. Corrected the mistake about the quad config, btw.
 
What do you mean by "move" down? They're still 2.0 and 2.3 GHz.

This line-up is quite normal by Apple standards. When the first G5's arrived, only the top model was a Dual.
 
Well, okay. If you're content with this upgrade, then so be it.
 
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