“Apple’s Power Mac G5 line will see an upgrade in the near future, possibly before the close of the month, sources have informed Think Secret. Poor sales of the current models is likely the driving force behind the premature revision, which will come less than six months since Apple last upgraded the line,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret.
“The April Power Mac G5 revision saw only an incremental boost in performance as the top-end model went from dual-2.5GHz processors to dual-2.7GHz. At the disappointment of many potential customers, Apple continued using the single-core PowerPC 970FX processors in the G5s and not the highly anticipated dual-core PowerPC 970MP chips, which were not ready at the time. The 970MP is said to deliver performance improvements of 50-80% in many tasks over the single-core 970FX,” Katz reports.
In July, IBM announced the PowerPC 970MP processor would be available in speeds of 1.4GHz to 2.5GHz. “The upgraded Power Mac G5 line could be introduced as early as next week around Apple Expo, despite Apple’s withdrawal from the keynote presentation,” Katz reports.
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On August 18, Apple Insider reported that Caris & Company analyst Mark Stahlman said in a research note that PowerPC 970MP processors could make their Apple debut in a revision to the PowerMac G5 line at Apple Expo in Paris which runs September 20-24.
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