Apple launched the Power Mac G4 yesterday, describing it as a new generation of “revolutionary” desktop computers.
Speaking at the Seybold Conference in San Francisco, interim chief executive Steve Jobs said the new G4 had double the speed of PCs based on processors from rival Intel, describing it as a “supercomputer on a chip”.
“The Power Mac G4 is not only the fastest Mac ever, its the fastest personal computer ever,” he added.
The G4 chip was developed with Motorola and IBM and incoprorates a new execution unit named the Velocity Engine and is capable of one billion operations per second.
John Warnock, Adobe Systems chief executive and chairman, said that the G4 runs his company's image editing software Photoshop 5.5 significantly faster than any other platform. Rob Burgess, chairman and chief executive of Macromedia, said, “the new G4 is an unbelievable machine for creating compelling content that adds life to the Web.”
The G4 model is available in three standard models, based on 400MHz, 450MHz and 500MHz and comes in a translucent clear, silver and graphite minitower configuration.
The G4 400MHz will be available in the UK from mid September priced at £1,099, the G4 450MHz is scheduled to ship at the beginning of October priced £1,699 and the G4 500MHz is priced at £2,299 and will be shipped in late October.
Apple also announced that it has received advance orders for over 140,000 of its iBook consumer notebook, introduced at Apple’s annual conference in Macworld in July and due to be shipped in the UK in early October priced £1,249. (see Newswire 22 July, 1999)
“We are thrilled by the customer response to iBook, and we’re working hard to ensure that we can meet the demand,” said Steve Jobs.
Resellers had warned in August that supplies may not meet the anticipated demand. ((see Newswire 5 August, 1999))
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