Apple yesterday retracted a statement, also issued yesterday, in which it announced plans to offer NVidia's GeForce4 Titanium edition graphics-processing unit (GPU) as a build-to-order option for its recently announced Power Mac G4s.

Today, Apple reissued the release.

Apple withdrew the original release because the statement "contained some erroneous information".

At that time, NVidia had yet to officially launch the GeForce4 Titanium. This launch is taking place internationally today.

Both Apple's releases boast: "Apple announces Nvidia GeForce4 Titanium for Power Mac G4 Line: World's fastest graphics processor for world's fastest personal computer"

Many GeForce4 Titanium GPU specifications are detailed in the release, including the fact it offers 128MB DDR (Double Data Rate) RAM.

The releases promise: "The GeForce4 Titanium delivers incredible performance, processing 87 million triangles per second and 4.9 billion textured pixels per second to perform over 1.23 trillion operations per second." It also promises support for two Apple digital displays: all for an additional cost of up to $399."

Apple VP worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller says: "Creative professionals and gamers alike are going to enjoy the amazing leap in 3D realism."

The irony of the situation is not lost on industry watchers, who point to Nvidia's GPU rival ATI, which itself broke an Apple Macworld Expo embargo in July 2000, incurring the wrath of Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

On that occasion ATI issued a pre-keynote statement claiming Apple had chosen to use its cards across its desktop computer range.