Apple introduces the final design of its Power Mac G4, the so-called “Mirrored Drive Doors” model. The distinctive computer borrows visually from the previous “QuickSilver” G4, released a year earlier. However, it adds a different front panel, with a mirror-like finish for the media drive doors. It’s the last visual redesign of Apple’s Power Mac G4.The Mirror Drive Doors G4 boasted superior, much faster components than previous G4 models. Unlike the QuickSilver models, all Mirrored Drive Doors machines came with dual processors, regardless of the price point. At entry level, there was a dual 867 MHz machine, followed by dual 1.0 GHz and dual 1.25 GHz models. Apple’s press release, the Mirrored Drive Models were able to run “professional applications like Adobe Photoshop up to 90 percent faster than a 2.53GHz Pentium 4-based PC.” introduced a firmware update in November 2002 that improved fan speed behavior and reduced high-speed fan … [Read more...] about Today in Apple history: Power Mac G4 gets a mirrored redesign
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Check out the video of Steve Jobs introducing the computer 13 years ago today. Power Mac G4, which had been Apple’s high-end Mac range from 1999 until 2002. The G5 continued until Apple finally replaced it with the Mac Pro 10 years ago in August 2006. Power Mac G5‘s stunning industrial appearance remains one of my personal favorite Apple designs in history, and one that a large number of users still remember today. For trivia buffs, the Power Mac G5 was Apple’s first computer to include USB 2.0 ports. … [Read more...] about Today in Apple history: Power Mac G5 goes on sale
Apple suspends production of its Power Mac G4 Cube, one of the most notable busts in Apple history — and the first major flop following Steve Jobs’ glorious return to the company. Although Apple leaves the door open to possibly reintroduce the G4 Cube at a later date, this never happens and the computer is superseded by Apple’s upgrade to G5 processors and then Intel Core-based Macs. iMac G3 and iBook G3 had been attention-grabbers for Apple upon Steve Jobs’ return, and had accomplished their mission of differentiating Apple’s hardware from the beige boxes that other personal computer makers were building at the same time. NeXTcube, a computer which Jobs created during his wilderness years outside Apple — which also met with limited success. toward expandability by allowing users to access its internal components easily through the bottom of the machine. It even sported a pop-up handle to help with this. (By comparison, Apple’s subsequent Macs … [Read more...] about Today in Apple history: End of the line for Power Mac G4 Cube
June 23, 2003: Apple launches its gorgeous Power Mac G5, a powerhouse desktop computer with a perforated aluminum chassis that earns it the affectionate nickname the “cheese grater.” Starting at an affordable $1,999 ($2,650 in today’s terms), the Power Mac G5 is the world’s first 64-bit personal computer — and Apple’s fastest machine yet. Power Mac G4, which had been Apple’s high-end Mac from 1999 until 2002. 64-bit PowerPC 970 (G5) processor, which offered higher clock speeds and vastly improved massively parallel computing capabilities. In terms of other hardware features, the Power Mac G5 packed an AGP 8X video card, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, up to half a terabyte of internal Serial ATA storage, and a SuperDrive for authoring DVDs. As far as professional-level computers went, very few could beat the Power Mac G5 in 2003. For trivia buffs, this was also Apple’s first computer to include USB 2.0 ports. Power Mac G5: A stunning … [Read more...] about Today in Apple history: Power Mac G5 packs world’s first 64-bit CPU
Exactly a year after Apple called a bunch of reporters to its headquarters to talk about the future of its professional-level Macs, the company is once again putting its stake in the ground. In an interview with TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino, several Apple executives have laid out the thinking behind the as-yet-unannounced Mac Pro, which is expected to debut in 2019.What’s more interesting than the Mac Pro’s existence, however, is the approach Apple is taking to building it: bringing in actual pro users to see their workflows and figure out how to best accommodate them. It’s a side of Apple that, publicly anyway, we’ve rarely seen.But, as you might expect from Apple, details on this new Mac Pro are still being kept tightly under wraps. But there are some tea leaves we can read based on Apple’s previous and current forays into the pro-level Mac market.Going ProThe Mac Pro wasn’t the only product whose existence was revealed by that meeting a … [Read more...] about The new Mac Pro: What can we expect from Apple in 2019?