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Macintosh Highlights From Around the Web (April-June 2004)

November 7, 2004 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - New G5s at last! In case you missed this, Apple this morning finally released updated Power Mac G5s, with the entire range of professional models going to dual processors. The top-end Power Mac now sports two 2.5 GHz chips, the mid-range now has two 2.0 GHz processors and the bottom end checks in with dual 1.8s. The dual 2.5 goes for $2,999, the mid-range Power Mac is $2,499 and the low-end model sells for $1,999. The dual 2.5 GHz version will be available next month; the others can be yours now. What remains to be seen: Whether Apple will get 3.0GHz G5s out by the end of summer, as CEO Steve Jobs promised last year.

Take your 802.11g network with you. Apple today unveiled something it's calling an Airport Express, "the world's first 802.11g mobile base station." In addition to allowing you to stream iTunes music through the air to your stereo, it apparently allows road warriors to pretty much take wireless networking anywhere there's an Internet connection and electricity. It ships in mid-July and is priced at $129 (with another $39 needed for the stereo connection kit).

10g support a good sign for Mac OS X server? The fact that Oracle Corp.'s 10g grid computing database platform now supports Mac OS X is seen as another small step for Apple's move into the enterprise world. Blane Warrene, writing for MacNewsWorld, offers a look at what the Oracle support means, and whether IBM's DB2 could follow.

There goes the neighborhood. Or so it seems, given the plethora of security holes, warnings and patches coming from Appleland these days. There's always been a debate about whether Mac OS X is any more secure than Windows, or has just been neglected by malware writers because of its small market share. The MacNightOwl offers a look at the issue in a column appropriately entitled: Mac OS X Security Leaks: The Loss of Innocence.

Apple in the enterprise--Why not? With a wealth of new hardware in the last year, including the Power Mac G5 and the Xserve, and with software that plays well with Windows, the question arises: Why doesn't Apple seem to do better grabbing enterprise users? Aaron Vegh, over at OSnews, has a thoughtful piece on what might be holding back IT folks from taking the Apple plunge. "...The answer is complicated, and has as much to do with inertia, ignorance and comfort level as it does with dollars and cents...." Read more about it here.

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