Apple and IBM have so far failed to meet the 3GHz G5 speed target Apple CEO Steve Jobs set in June 2003, but it needn't matter too much, an analyst said.

New dual-processor 2.7GHz Power Macs announced yesterday by Apple reveal that problems ramping up production of faster processors remain at IBM's purpose-built East Fishkill New York plant. These problems have also sparked rumours from some quarters that Apple plans to move to processors from Intel.

However, speed isn't the main focus of the technology industry any more, argues Jupiter Research analyst Joe Wilcox in conversation with the Mac Observer.

He said: "Speed doesn't matter much anymore. We've moved beyond the 'speed and feeds' debate."

Wilcox observed that an efficient slower processor can match or exceed a faster but less efficient processor in performance.