Apple?s latest hardware offerings include a range of PCs which will run on a 300MHz PowerPC chip from IBM.
Among the upcoming products, there will also be a fresh line of faster Power Books and an all-in-one machine due to be announced and released early in May in the US.
Apple declined to comment on the products, although a spokesperson did say: ?One of the things Steve Jobs implemented was to make product launches as simultaneous as possible around the world, so it creates a communication to the customers. It removes doubt and questioning about product specifications, and the product details are more streamlined.?
The Power PCs are scheduled for release at the beginning of April, and will supersede the G3 233MHz and G3 250MHz machines.
Resellers look forward to the launches. ?PC?s will be no competition? said Dave Dellaway, assistant manager for Apple reseller Micro Anvika. ?I can?t wait to see the top of the range G3?s. The chips in the present G3 are twice as fast as in the PC, and the new ones will be even faster.?
The success of the G3 systems is one of the factors that helped the company to turn itself around financially in the last quarter, shipping approximately 66 per cent more units than expected.
Dellaway continued: ?Apple has only just gone into profit after a long time, so it must be doing something right. The G3 is cheaper to make than previous chips cost, and it?s very small so the motherboard is smaller. Manufacturing costs have also been reduced. They?ve got more physical throughput without ramping the clock speed up high. The cache has been moved to behind the processor, so it can hold the most used instructions.?
Apple's planned Build To Order (BTO) program for resellers has no firm details yet but is supposed to be online for resellers as well as education customers this spring. Simon Elkreif, president of Apple reseller Micro Serv, based in Montreal said: ?It is still a very grey area. Apple has yet to clue resellers into their plans.?
Dellaway disagreed. ?The BTO program will not affect sales negatively but positively. It will improve them because customers will see what they want on the net and come to but it from us. It will be very good for us.?
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