news of 2004-10-19

Xserve with 400 GB S-ATA drives

Apple has also added new options to its Xserve line. A new 'ultimate' configuration for the Xserve offers 3x400 GB S-ATA drives (1.2 TB of storage) and the Xserve RAID can now have up to 5.6 TB (14x400 GB) of space.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-10-19 at 18:30 CET ]
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Opinion: Single processor PowerMac G5 1.8 GHz

Apple has introduced a new entry-level model to their PowerMac G5 line. 1499 USD (2299 CHF) is, while certainly not cheap for an entry level desktop computer, cheaper than the previous entry into the PowerMac area. Although I'm glad Apple takes a step into the right direction with this new model, I don't think it's the right thing to do. The PowerMac label should be reserved for the highend models, but a 1.8 GHz single processor PowerMac with a 600 MHz frontside bus, 256 MB of RAM and a GeForce FX 5200 with 64 MB VRAM doesn't cut it for me. Unless it'd cost 999 USD (1499 CHF).

I'm sure Apple has their own plans and it will all play out well - as it has in the past - but I'd rather have seen the same PowerMac named something else, strip the SuperDrive, strip the FW800 ports and sell it for 500 USD less. The new model, as they sell it now, seems not very attractive for me. Home users might as well buy a better iMac for the same price (not so expandable, true) and professional users are surely better off spending a little more for a 'real' PowerMac (i.e. the dual 1.8 GHz one). For now, I'll call this new Mac the 'loserMac'.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-10-19 at 15:25 CET ]
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Apple updates iBooks

As predicted by several rumour sites, the iBooks have been brought to 1.2/1.33 GHz G4 processors. AirPort Extreme is built-in and the pricing starts at 999 USD.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-10-19 at 14:37 CET ]
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