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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

New PowerMacs & PowerBooks & Photo App!!



Well the Power Mac G5's got a upgrade, "Featuring dual-core PowerPC processors, a modern PCI Express architecture and wicked-fast workstation graphics" according to Apple.
the 3 models are:






Dual-core 2GHz PowerPC G5 processor
1GHz frontside bus per processor

1MB L2 cache per core
512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
160GB Serial ATA hard drive
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB GDDR SDRAM ($1,999 US)

Dual-core 2.3GHz PowerPC G5 processor
1.15GHz frontside bus per processor
1MB L2 cache per core
512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
250GB Serial ATA hard drive
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM ($2,499 US)

Last but not least the "Quad"
Two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors
1.25GHz frontside bus per processor
1MB L2 cache per core
512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
250GB Serial ATA hard drive
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM ($3,299US)

You can upgrade to NVIDIA's Quadro FX 4500 (512mb SDRAM)workstation graphics card for
$1,650 more)
can also upgrade to 2 500gb (7200rpm) Hard drives for $875U.S.
and if your crazy enough, upgrade through Apple to 16gb of ram for only $11,900U.S.
The new systems also ship with the Mighty Mouse.

New Power Books
The 15-inch model now features a screen with 1440 x 900 resolution, the same as the previous generation 17-inch model. The 17-inch model now features a 1680 x 1050 pixel display — the same resolution as Apple’s 20-inch Cinema Display.

The new PowerBooks sport 22 percent greater battery life, standard DVD-RW “SuperDrives” and built-in support for Apple’s 30-inch Cinema HD Display.
Prices start at $1,499 for the 12-inch model, $1,999 for the 15-inch model and $2,499 for the 17-inch model. All systems are shipping today.

15" spec's:
15.2-inch TFT widescreen display with 1440x960 resolution
1.67GHz PowerPC G4 processor
512MB memory (PC2-4200 DDR)
80GB 5400rpm hard drive
Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics card with 128MB DDR memory

17" Spec's:
17-inch TFT widescreen display with 1680x1050 resolution
1.67GHz PowerPC G4 processor
512MB memory (PC2-4200 DDR)
120GB 5400rpm hard drive
Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics card with 128MB DDR memory

Both offering Full-size, backlit keyboard, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 & 800, and memory is upgradable to 2gb.

Aperture
Introducing what Apple calls "the first all-in-one post-production tool for photographers." Built specifically for pro photographers, Aperture features and end-to-end RAW workflow, and makes RAW as easy to work with as JPEG.

A feature called Stacks lets photographers group sequences of shots together based on the time between shutter clicks. The software features a full-screen workspace and a completely editable environment that can span multi-image displays.

A multi-image viewer lets you check images side-by side, up to 10 or 12 on a side, at magnifications up to 800 percent.

Aperture also sports essential tools like red-eye reduction, cropping, straightening and more, and features a non-destructive workflow and versioning capabilities.

Aperture’s flexible, project-based structure features extensive metadata support, hierarchical keywording and powerful search capabilities.

Aperture users can quickly create and print comp layouts, and can customize proof sheets and contact sheets. You can also order prints online and publish online or to .Mac.
Aperture is $499US and will ship in November.

Apple's Minimum system requirements are:

Power Mac G5 with 1.8GHz or faster PowerPC G5; 17- or 20-inch iMac G5 with 1.8GHz or faster PowerPC G5; or 15- or 17-inch PowerBook G4 with 1.25GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor
1GB of RAM
One of the following graphics cards: ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition; ATI Radeon X850 XT; ATI Radeon 9800 XT or 9800 Pro; ATI Radeon 9700 Pro; ATI Radeon 9600 XT, 9600 Pro, or 9650; ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 or 9600; NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL or 6800 GT DDL; NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT; NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500
5GB of disk space for application, templates and tutorial
DVD drive for installation

Apple's Recommended system is:

Dual 2GHz Power Mac G5 or faster
2GB of RAM
One of the following graphics cards: ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition; ATI Radeon 9800 XT or 9800 Pro; NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL or 6800 GT DDL; NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT; NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500
5GB of disk space for application, templates, and tutorial
DVD drive for installation

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