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    New Apple workstations--cheaper than Dell?

    As I'm writing this, Apple just wrapped up a 1 hour 30 minute keynote presentation at their annual World Wide Developers Conference on the West Coast.

    Apple is now shipping the Mac Pro, a replacement to the PowerMac G5 machines, and is close to shipping a replacement for the XServe.

    These machines use Intel Xeon and Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and Apple reports that they are hundreds of dollars cheaper than comparably equipped high-end Dell workstations and blade servers.

    The new Intel Core Duo 2 Mac Pro is double the speed of the previous Power Mac Quad G5, and it is considerably cheaper.

    The new Intel Xeon XServe is 5 times the speed of the previous XServe G5.

    You can order a Mac Pro with 16GB RAM, and it can accomodate 4 SATA hard drives internally for up to 2TB storage.

    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard will be released in Spring 2007, and it will be the first Apple operating system that can accommodate totally 64-bit applications.

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    Re: New announcements from Apple Computer

    Apple spent a lot of time previewing features for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

    Nothing specifically music-related.

    A new application programming interface called Core Animation provides operating-system-level-support for animation.

    Leopard will have Boot Camp 1.0 which will enable users to install Windows XP on a Mac, and choose at bootup whether the computer loads Mac OS X or Windows XP.

    Apple is working on dramatic improvements with the built-in applications that come with the OS with regard to personal information management (PIM), integrating calendars, to-do lists, email, and collaborative elements.

    They are also vastly expanding on the iChat videoconferencing application and it looks like a "killer app" if you need live videoconferences in your business.

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    Re: New announcements from Apple Computer

    Apple has NOT announced any revision or upgrades to the Mac Book or MacBook Pro. Many people were expecting new Apple notebook computers with Intel Core 2 Duo processors (which are 64-bit). So we're still waiting on those.

    Also, no news regarding iPods or iTunes.

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    Re: New announcements from Apple Computer

    Here are some Web sites to visit if you want to read more about the new Apple announcements.

    http://www.macintouch.com
    http://www.macrumors.com
    http://www.maccentral.com
    http://www.engadget.com

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    Re: New announcements from Apple Computer

    http://events.apple.com/edgesuite.ne...ent/index.html

    Watch the entire keynote address from WWDC 2006 at the above link.
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    Re: New announcements from Apple Computer

    I see they dropped the price of the Apple 30" HD Cinema display by $500 to $1999.

    It won't be long before 30" monitors are affordable.

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    Re: New announcements from Apple Computer

    If by affordable, you mean costs less than filling a Hummer's gas tank with gasoline, then yes.
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    Re: New announcements from Apple Computer

    hmm.

    Well, I can at least now have an Intel-based Apple that I really want. I can start day-dreaming again. I am a little dissappointed though, in terms of speeds offered. I was under the impression that there were faster intel chips than 3 ghz. Or is that only for PCs? It is still faster than anything we Apple users are used to, but still.

    I did a "build your own" and my total, with the 3 ghz model, including 4 gb of Ram, Two 20 inch monitors, and the AppleCare program was less than $6,200. You PC users won't appreciate that, but I have been daydreaming of getting my "ultimate" system for years now. I occasionally get onto Apple's Web store and "build" my dream system, and it usually is about $13-$15k. But that has always been with EVERY extra available.

    And, for this new model, if you opt for all the 16 gb of ram, the 2 TB or hard drives, the two 30 inch displays, and all the other fixin's, that is about what it will cost. But a reasonable setup (but still way more than I have ever had, in terms of power, etc) as described above ($6,200) would be more than I need. But, knowing my luck, (and the trend of my computing life), By the time I can get this technology, it will be BELOW the minimum specs suggested for whatever New Garritan Library is being released.

    I just need to donate a kidney now and I'll have the dough!



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    Re: New announcements from Apple Computer

    I guess my dissappointment in speeds offered is not entirely warranted.

    Dual processor configurations are always lower in clock speed than single ones CAN be. And the fastest dual processor system offered currently IS 3 ghz.

    OK, no more whining.

    Jerry
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    Re: New announcements from Apple Computer

    hey everyone, I bought one of these new quad 3 ghz Mac Pro computers today with 16 gigis of ram and installed the new Universal Binary version of Digital Peformer and I opened a new project, and started to create Beethoven's 5th symphony. I started playing the four note theme for GPO's 1st violins, and the entire project was automaically finished in 2 seconds. Man those things are fast! So fast the new Macs do all the work for you before you even start. Ingenious, but if I sell my dual 2.0 ghz Mac G5 with 3.5 gigs of ram. I would only need a couple a grand for that hum dinger quad 3 ghz. dual overhead cam, 1450 horsepower with 16 cup holders and side air bags to boot... WOO HOO!

    JUST KIDDING!!
    holy cow!
    dpDan

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