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Friday, March 30, 2007, 07:00 am PT (10:00 am ET)

New Macs feature dual or "quad-core" processors, says Apple [u]

Apple Inc. this week inadvertently tipped its hand by revealing plans to include quad-core processors from Intel Corp. in an upcoming generation of Mac computers.

"Every new Mac features powerful dual-core or quad-core Intel processors, the world's most advanced operating system, and more," the company wrote on a section of its online store promoting Adobe's new Creative Suite 3.0 software. "Build your Mac to your exact specifications, or start with our recommended configurations that are optimized for Creative Suite 3."

The Cupertino-based Mac maker has not yet introduced systems with quad-core processors, but as AppleInsider reported exclusively back in October, an 8-core Mac Pro — by way of two quad-core Intel "Clovertown" Xeon chips — remains ready and waiting.

For Apple, the slip-up marks the second time this month that one of its online stores has published hints at the next-generation Mac Pro. A couple of week's ago, its UK shop accidently posted then removed a similar blurb.

"Now quad-core or 8-core processing power," said a caption next to the company's existing Mac Pro offering. "Configure yours today."



Update: Apple finally got around to correcting the blurb on its online store, which now reads: "Every new Mac features powerful dual-core or quad-core Intel processing, the world's most advanced operating system, and more."