Apple steps up to the one-gig mark



Apple Computers is expected to launch its new breed of speedier computers at the Mac World Expo in San Francisco next week. The company cites the so-called...



Apple Computers is expected to launch its new breed of speedier computers at the Mac World Expo in San Francisco next week. The company cites the so-called ‘Mega-Hertz gap’ as being a major factor behind poor sales performance last year.

It is widely tipped that Apple will fit its PowerMac desktops with faster chips and give its laptops a makeover in a bid to boost flagging sales.

Over the past year, the speed gap between Apple’s Macintosh computers and Wintel PCs widened, as PC companies like Dell and Compaq brought out new faster models capable of running at speeds of up to 1.5GHz, using Pentium 4 chips. Apple, however, have yet to bring out a model that will exceed 500MHz.

The new top-end Macs are expected to run at speeds exceeding 700 MHz, which represents a significant leap in performance. The new Macs are likely to be driven by the new Motorola V’Ger chips which are currently able to run at speeds exceeding 700MHz, with a new 1GHz model scheduled for later in the year.

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