Apple’s new tower of strength

9 Jan 2008

One week before the much anticipated MacWorld conference where Apple unveil all manner of exciting new products and services, the Cupertino-based company has released a new, improved Mac Pro that it says is by far the fastest one ever.

The new Mac Pro tower has two of Intel’s new 45 nanometre Quad-Core Xeon processors, eight processor cores and is said to give twice the performance of its predecessor.

“The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we’ve ever made,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

“With 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon processing, a 1600MHz front side bus and 800MHz memory, the new Mac Pro uses the fastest Intel Xeon architecture on the market.”

As well as making the Mac Pro as fast as possible, the company is intending to future-proof its performance by adding four internal hard drive bays that can take cable-free installation of four 1TB Serial ATA hard drives, meaning a massive 4TB of internal storage.

The new Mac is already available to order on the Apple website and retails at US$2,779.

Meanwhile predictions and guesses abound over what Apple CEO Steve Jobs will unveil at next week’s MacWorld gathering in San Francisco seeing as previous years have given us the iPod and the iPhone.

Some analysts and trend-watchers are predicting a brand new MacBook Pro Notebook which is ultra-thin and ultra-small, a pared down version of the laptop, while others think that an update for the unpopular Apple TV is in order. It is expected, however, that Jobs will officially discuss opening up the iPhone to 3G connectivity

By Marie Boran