Oct 19

Apple released quite a few new products at a press event at PhotoPlus Expo in New York today. First up are the new Power Mac G5 systems, now with dual-core G5 processors across the board. The low end is represented by a single-CPU-dual-core 2.0Ghz system, midrange is a single-CPU-dual-core 2.3Ghz system, and the high end is the Power Mac G5 Quad, with dual 2.5Ghz dual-core G5 processors and up to 16GB of RAM. Standard features on all three systems are a PCI Express expansion bus, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, One FW800/two FW400 ports, four USB2 ports, two USB 1.1 ports, optical digital and analog audio ports, and built-in Bluetooth 2.0/EDR and Airport Extreme wireless connectivity. The Mighty Mouse is also now standard with all iMac/Power Macintosh systems.

Powerbooks also received an update, with the 15 and 17-inch models getting higher screen resolutions (1440×960 and 1680×1050, respectively), up to 46% brighter LCD displays, an increased hour of battery life, 8x DL Superdrives, and 128M Radeon Mobility 9700 graphics with support for the Apple 30″ Cinema Display. The 12″ Powerbook now comes with an 8x DL Superdrive, but got no other updates.

Also announced was Aperture, a “post production” editing suite for professional photographers.

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