Apple reveals Xeon-powered Mac Pro
At the 2006 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference today, Steve Jobs took the wraps off Apple's PowerMac G5's replacement. Dubbed Mac Pro,
the new machine completes Apple's transition to Intel processors: all
configurations include a pair of dual-core Xeon "Woodcrest" processors
running between 2GHz and 3GHz. With dual 2GHz Xeons, 1GB of RAM, 160GB
of storage, and an NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics card, the base
configuration can be had for $2,199. If money is no object, Apple lets
you crank the specs up to dual 3GHz Xeons with 16GB of RAM, 2TB of
storage, and an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500. At that point, though, you'll owe
Apple just over $12,000, and that's without a display. Apple showcases
the Mac Pro's features here,
and the machine is up for sale right now at the Apple Store. Apple quotes a lead time
of one to three business days for shipping.
Aside from the Mac Pro's introduction, Jobs' keynote also played
host to a sneak peek of MacOS X 10.5 "Leopard,"
Apple's next operating system. When it comes out next spring, Leopard
will include full 64-bit support, a built-in version of Boot Camp for dual-booting with Windows, a
Machine" system backup feature, and "Spaces," a
virtual desktops implementation. For more details, MacWorld has a complete
summary of the keynote. Engadget also has coverage with pictures.