The new Power Mac G4/867 MHz systems are arriving sooner than expected, according to dealers with whom MacCentral spoke.
Although Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the new systems were available “now” during his Macworld New York keynote last month, the supply has been very constrained. Many resellers weren’t expecting to receive them for another week or so. However, they’ve been pleasantly surprised.
The Mac Authority in Nashville, TN, received some of the 867 machines this week.
“Apple exceeded the expected delivery date,” Mac Authority’s Bryan Parnell, retail sales/audio specialist, told MacCentral. The Mac Authority is located at 2018 Lindell Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. Phone numbers are 1-800-416-6338 and 615-383-1010.)
Elite Computers & Software, an Apple specialist located directly across the street from Apple headquarters in Cupertino CA, received its first shipment of the new Power Mac G4 867 towers this week.
“Apple told us it would be about a month before we saw any and its great to see Apple getting these hot new towers out quicker than expected,” said Thomas Armes, president and CEO of Elite. “In addition, it looks the supply of Apple’s hard-to-find 17-inch LCD has loosened up, as we just received a large backorder of them.” (You can contact Elite at 408-257-8000.)
The US$2,499 Power Mac G4/867MHz system is the mid-line pro system in the Apple line-up. A $3,499 dual Power Mac G4/800MHz chip machine is due later this month. Both the 867MHz and dual 800MHz processors include 256K of on-chip level 2 cache running at processor speed and a large 2MB of level 3 backside cache per processor. And both come with the SuperDrive, a combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive. It writes DVD-R at 2x, reads DVD at 4x, writes CD-R at 8x, writes CD-RW at 4x and reads CD at 24x.