After much speculation regarding the next generation of Apple computers, news of the new G5 64bit processors is out. The new units come in three varieties:
1.6Ghz, 1.8Ghz and dual 2Ghz.
All models feature the new Apple/IBM developed G5 64bit processor. As Apple are proud to point out, this is the worlds first 64-bit desktop processor. With two double-precision floating-point units, advanced branch prediction logic and support for symmetric multiprocessing, the PowerPC G5 processor builds on previous PowerPC designs, combining an optimized Velocity Engine with a superscalar, super-pipelined execution core that can execute more than 200 simultaneous in-flight instructions. This high-bandwidth core has over 12 discrete functional units that process massive amounts of instructions in parallel.
Got it? Now you may be wondering where the new 64-bit applications are? Well truth is, there ain't a whole bunch, but don't worry, the G5 is fully 32-bit compatible and will happilly run your original applications - assuming that they are OSX . Unsurprisingly OSX is all this machine will run , so you won't be able to boot into OS 9 for those old favourites.
The new Macs all feature FireWire 800, USB 2.0 plus ATA serial drives and a 4x Superdrive capable of writing DVD-R/W and CD-R R/W.
Prices start from $1999.
For full details check the Apple website: