In a rush of professional announcements Apple has upgraded its pro desktops with dual-core G5 processors, revamped its PowerBooks with higher-resolution displays, and introduced Aperture, a new product for pro photographers. The news was delivered at a special press conference on the eve of PhotoPlus Expo 2005 in New York.

The Power Mac G5 Quad carries two 2.5GHz dual-core PowerPC G5 processors. All Power Macs now feature dual-core G5s, a new PCI Express architecture and higher-performance graphics options including nVidia's Quadro FX 4500, the industry standard for workstation graphics that is now on Macs.
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The 17-inch PowerBook offers a 1,680-x-1,050 pixel resolution - 36 per cent more than before, while the 15-inch PowerBook supports a 1,440-x-960 pixel resolution - 26 per cent more than the previous generation.
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"Aperture is to professional photography what Final Cut Pro is to filmmaking," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of applications marketing. "Finally, an innovative post production tool that revolutionizes the pro photo workflow, from compare and select to retouching to output.
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