Apple updates PowerBook and Power Mac G5 models

Apple today announced the immediate availability of new PowerBook models, with brighter, higher resolution displays and longer battery life. All PowerBooks now include a SuperDrive, and the 15- amd 17-inch models now support Apple’s 30 inch Cinema Display.

Also announced were updated Power Mac G5 models, with the top of the line using two 2.5 GHz dual-core processors, making it a Quad-core machine with a performance of up to 76.6 gigaflops. The new Power Macs also feature a new PCI architecture, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and they all ship with Apple’s Mighty Mouse.

All that makes my two-year-old dual 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 look very outdated. Time to start saving again.

Posted on October 19, 2005 in Mac, Quicklinks


  1. And it makes my Dual 1.42GHz PowerMac G4 look even more outdated.

    For fun I actually put together my dream order at the online Apple store. The good news is that I only need to save up $10,000 Canadian to get it. wOOt!

    Now, where did I leave my wallet….

  2. That Quad-core PowerMac really strikes my fancy. But I think if I had to buy one of these newly updated systems it would be a 15” PB… that update in resolution was exactly what the doctor ordered. However, I feel bad for the 12” PB, still at a lowly XGA resolution.

    I’m also curious to see how their new Aperture image editing program cracks up to be. It was called the Photoshop rival on one site, and then merely iPhoto on steriods on another. But I won’t be able to check that out myself; it apparently won’t run on a Mac mini - it needs a beefier video card.

  3. You guys have it good, I am still working on a mirror doors dual 1Ghz G4. Still a quad with four 30” Cinema displays connected to it sounds tempting. Maybe it is time to start playing Euro Millions :-)

  4. You can also now get the PowerBooks built to order with 7,200 rpm drives, which I think I’d go for. It can end up being quite a bottleneck for things like file transfers.

    Dunno about the quad core: I’m sure it’ll be a godsend if you’ve got hardcore work to do with software that takes advantage of multi-core processors (and PowerPC processors generally), but otherwise it might not be the best value in the world: you’d probably be just as well off with a G5 iMac, for considerably less cash and a nice integrated screen.

  5. October 20, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Geert: Doesn’t Veerle let you use her dual 2.7 GHz G5? Wow, you have a tough boss ;-).

  6. I’m only allowed to do some fixing when needed ;-) I think I’m going to wait until some reviews come along about the new machines to make a decision if I will buy one. So my time will come :-p

  7. Aw, now my one-month old Powerbook looks outdated… sniff

    good thing i’ll be replacing it with a new one soon enough — my mom wants to buy this one off of me so that I can get a new one. Pretty darn sweet, is what I say! :-)

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