Apple announces more product updates

Today, Apple announced new Power Macs featuring dual-core processors, updated PowerBooks and a new application called Aperture.

The new Power Macs include two new models with single dual-core processors (2GHz model for $1999 USD or $2399 CAD and 2.3GHz for $2499 USD or $2999 CAD) and a new high-end “Power Mac G5 Quad” that features two dual-core processors, essentially giving you four processors ($3299 USD or $3999 CAD). All with support DDR2 memory, PCI-Express expansion slots and a choice of four PCI-Express NVIDIA video cards.

On the PowerBook side, Apple updated the 15-inch and 17-inch models with ugpraded displayes (1440×960 and 1680×1050 respectively). They also come with DD2 memory, a 128MB VRAM ATI Mobiility Radeon 9700 card and SuperDrives (dual layer only for the new 15 and 17-inch models). The 12-inch model is unchanged but will now cost $1499 USD ($1799 CAD). The 15-inch model sells for $1999 USD ($2399 CAD) and the 17-inch will sell for $2499 USD ($2999 CAD).

On the software side, Aperture is a new application intended for professional photographers who work with RAW images. Aperture makes RAW as easy as JPEG, letting you import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish, and archive your images more effectively and efficiently than ever before. From capture to output, you work directly with your RAW files, never having to first convert them into another format before viewing, adjusting, organizing, or printing them. Available by early December, Aperture will sell for $499 USD ($599 CAD).

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