Apple Leaks G5 Specs (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 23:03
Category: Rumor

Update: the image link is still working, but it shows current specs instead of apparent “future specs.” By Monday we’ll know if this was a genuine slip-up or an internal hoax — either way, someone’s head is rolling. Unless it was intentional misinformation. (Don’t think so.)
Apple seems to have inadvertently posted specs for upcoming Power Mac G5 models, both MacMinute and MacNN are reporting. (MacNN’s site was choking at midnight Eastern, apparently due to the news.)
In a bullet list on the store (link was working at presstime), Apple revealed the following specifications:
The world’s fastest personal computer
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz or Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 processors
Up to 1 GHz processor bus
Up to 8GB of DDR SDRAM
Fast Serial ATA hard drives
AGP 8X Pro graphics options from NVIDIA or ATI
Three PCI or PCI-X expansion slots
Three USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 800, two FireWire 400 ports
Bluetooth & AirPort Extreme ready
Optical and analog audio in and out
The 1GHz processor bus would be a particularly major jump. Notice that the text reads “personal computer” so these are not apparently XServe specs. In fact, the specs
are so good one has to wonder if this isn’t a hoax. Keeping our fingers crossed and waiting until Monday — this should boost Keynote-watching ratings. (Our updated guide to where to watch will be posted tomorrow morning.)

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musiconmac.com Website Launched

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 14:27
Category: Announcement

PowerPage readers have been clamoring for some time for more Mac music & audio coverage. This week, I’m proud to launch my own site, musiconmac, so I can devote regular coverage to news, reviews, features, tutorials, tips, and artist and developer interviews for people making music on their Macs. We’re officially in beta at the moment, but dynamic articles, feedback, reader submission, and discussion forum are all working, so I invite all of you to stop by, join up, post some messages, and let me know what you think! Your feedback has been instrumental in the plans for this site, and there are plans for some PowerPage – musiconmac synergy, too, so keep the feedback coming and stay tuned.

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WWDC: Where to See the Keynote

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 13:13
Category: Archive

Lunch breaks have never been stretched this long. More details are coming in about where you can catch the live stream of Apple’s Keynote at WWDC. A particularly thorough user on MacRumors has posted a complete list of Apple Stores confirmed to have broadcasts, though you can bet any store with a theater and a dish will have it — provided Northridge fixes problems they’re having with their dish. MacMinute reports the University of Michigan, University of Manitoba, and Winona State University will have broadcasts. Know of other locations? Post a story to the Newswire or email me and I’ll compile a list before Monday.

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Chicago Gets Apple Store with New Features

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 13:13
Category: Archive

Apparently under construction since the waning days of the Carter Administration, Apple is now opening its North Michigan Avenue store in Chicago on Friday June 27th from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. A lot of celebrity guests, including Cheap Trick and Paul Wertico on a regular series of Music Nights, are lined up for the month of July, and the grand opening will feature Eddie and Jobo of the WBBM morning show (demonstrating iTunes, no less, and holding a trivia contest), plus a live DJ and sweepstakes. And of course, Apple will be giving out its trademark grand opening t-shirts. Way to go, Chicago, some great events lined up and you’ve scored the first-ever “Apple Store Internet Cafe” — no more crowding around display eMacs just to check email.

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Cool WSJ IM Service

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 12:01
Category: Software

The Wall Street Journal Online has launched a new feature on AOL Instant Messenger that allows you to get the latest news using this real-time tool.

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WWDC: All About the Software

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 04:50
Category: Rumor

Daniel Eran Dilger writes, “I’ve written an article entitled “What to expect at WWDC 2003″ that describes some of the new technologies Apple will be announcing later this month.” Dan’s article spotlights likely technology in Panther including overhauled QuickTime architecture with more multithreading and conferencing and collaboration tools, better Directory Services with improvements to Mail, Address Book, and iSync (finally!), a new open file system, graphical remote login, and much more. It’s all music to our ears. Unless you’re doing 3D rendering work, Apple’s bread and butter runs really fast on its latest hardware, but everyone can benefit from under-the-hood improvements. If Apple really is doing this much to OS X’s guts, we’ll celebrate, and hopefully wild hardware rumors won’t steal the thunder from X.

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