Sunday, January 15, 2006

Apple Unveils Two Intel-Based Macs, Quark 7 to Run Native

On January 10th, Apple unveiled two Intel-based Macs, the 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo iMac and the 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro. The new iMac is available in a 17-inch, 1.83 GHz model for $1,299, and in a 20-inch, 2.0 GHz model for $1,699. The MacBook Pro is available in a 15-inch, 1.67 GHz model for $1,999 and in a 15-inch 1.83 GHz model for $2,499. Apple partnered with Intel last year to develop computers that could break the 2 GHz speed barrier.

Also on January 10th, Quark, Inc. announced in a press release that QuarkXPress 7, due later this year, will run natively* on the new Intel-based Macs as well as on G-series Power Macs. "The availability of this software shows that we're serious about delivering on our commitment to become a more open and customer focused company," said Jurgen Kurz, senior vice president of desktop products. Quark customers might remember that Mac OSX rolled out while Quark 4 was current (in 2001). Even Quark 5 was not OSX-native, and had to run under the Classic shell. Quark 6 was the first version to run natively under OSX (2003), but two years too late. Releasing an on-time version compatible with new hardware is a big step in the right direction for Quark.

*Software written for G-Series Power Macs run on Intel-Macs under a shell called Rosetta. Software written for the new Intel-Macs run natively in the Intel-Mac's operating system. Quark 7 will use a Universal Bit encoding that will run natively under G-Series Power mac and Intel-based Macs.

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