“Long-awaited updates to Apple’s PowerBook and Power Mac systems, once scheduled to make their debut last month in Paris, will finally surface later this October, reliable sources have told AppleInsider. The new PowerBook G4 systems — the last Apple laptop revision to run on PowerPC processors — have been troubled by a series of small issues that have combined to delay their release by several weeks,” Kasper Jade reports for Apple Insider. “With Apple pushing to complete its transition to Intel chips ahead of schedule, the company this summer began dismantling its PowerPC engineering teams in favor of reallocating as many engineers towards its Intel projects as possible. As a result of the engineering shifts, sources told AppleInsider that Apple’s final round of PowerPC projects — including the new PowerBooks — have been met by a shortage of resources.”
“Around the same time that the new PowerBooks make their debut — and likely on the same day — Apple is also expected unveil its most powerful Power Mac systems ever. Admittedly, the exact specifications of these systems are unknown at this time, though sources say the systems will be based on IBM’s dual-core PowerPC 970MP G5 processors,” Katz reports. “Each new PowerMac will boast two of the PowerPC 970MP processors for a total of four cores of processing power. Improved PCI-E-based graphics and dual-layer SuperDrives are also a lock, sources added.”
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