New Apple Macs and a new OS

Apple today introduced a new line of Power Mac G4s with 733 MHz, 867 MHz and dual 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processors.

Both the 867 MHz and dual 800 MHz processors include 256K of on-chip level 2 cache running at processor speed and 2MB of level 3 backside cache per processor. NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics cards are now standard on all models, with the new NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with TwinView card for dual monitor support standard in the dual 800 MHz model.

The dual 800 MHz Power Mac G4 is claimed to run applications like Adobe’s Photoshop up to 83 percent faster than a 1.7 GHz Pentium IV-based PC.

In addition to the new boxes, Apple has previewed Mac OS X version 10.1, the first major upgrade to Apple’s new UNIX-based operating system. Mac OS X v10.1 will be available this September and will be supported by more than 1,000 third-party native applications.

‘This new version of Mac OS X incorporates many suggestions from our users, such as the moveable Dock that can be placed on the left, bottom or right edge of the screen,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. ‘We’ve fixed a lot of bugs, and added a lot of new features, like burning CDs right from the Finder and the ability to seamlessly network with Windows clients and servers.’

Mac OS X v10.1 will ship this September and will be available for current Mac OS X users as an upgrade package.

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