Pre-Macworld news: New Mac Pro and Xserve


Philip Elmer-DeWitt is a senior editor at Fortune.

Like the Oscars for the technical categories, which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out ahead of time rather than bog down the major Academy Award presentations, Apple (AAPL) is using this week to introduce new products that Steve Jobs feels aren't worthy of his keynote at Macworld next week.

Today it announced two of them:

  • A new Mac Pro, with two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, a 320GB drive, and up to 4 terabytes of internal storage for photo editors, designers and other memory hogs (starting price: $2,799). See here for press release.
  • A new Xserve with a standard single 64-bit 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Xeon processor, a 80 GB drive, up to 3 terabytes of storage and an unlimited client license for Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard (starting price: $2,999). See here for press release.
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