“If the details that [appeared on Apple’s website appeared for about half an hour on Friday night] are correct, then the fastest of the new machines would each have two 2GHz processors made by IBM. That would make them faster, in speed terms, than normal Windows PCs, the fastest of which has a single Intel processor running at 3Ghz. This could reignite competition for speed in the personal computer world, where for years Intel has reigned supreme,” writes Charles Arthur for The Independent.
“The new machines with IBM chips would be able to do “64-bit” arithmetic. That would put them on a par with top-end scientific workstations. The current generation of PC processors, introduced around 1991, do 32-bit arithmetic. The shift would put Apple in the forefront of personal computing,” writes Arthur.
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