Apple has unveiled a new version of its workstation.
The new Mac Pro replaces the current PowerMac systems and marks the last model in Apple's line up of client computers to switch over to Intel processors.
The system is powered by two dual core 2.6Ghz or 3Ghz Intel Xeon processors from the most recent Woodcrest family. The high-end chip is commonly used in enterprise servers and high-end professional workstations.
Apple's vice president of worldwide sales and marketing Phil Schiller, during a presentation at the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, claimed that the new system offers a 300 per cent performance increase over the previous Apple model.
However, the performance increase is based on industry benchmarks. Users should expect performance increases of up to 180 per cent, Schiller said.
The systems are available as of today and start at $2,499.
Apple first unveiled its plan to replace the Power-architecture processors with Intel's x86 chips at last year's WWDC. The first Intel-powered Mac systems started shipping in January when the company launched the MacBook Intel-powered consumer laptop.
Schiller added that the company plans to switch over its Xserve server line to Intel processors by October.
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