Today in Apple history: Power Mac G5 packs world’s first 64-bit CPU

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A 64-bit CPU powered Apple's stunning "cheese grater" Power Mac G5.
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June 23: Today in Apple history: Power Mac G5 packs world's first 64-bit CPU June 23, 2003: Apple launches its gorgeous Power Mac G5, a powerhouse desktop computer with a perforated aluminum chassis that earns it the affectionate nickname the “cheese grater.”

Starting at an affordable $1,999 ($2,650 in today’s terms), the Power Mac G5 is the world’s first 64-bit personal computer. It’s also Apple’s fastest machine yet.

How new Mac Pro borrows from Apple’s best designs

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Trump calls for homemade components instead.
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WWDC 2019 bug It’s obvious that the new Mac Pro, unveiled this week during Apple’s WWDC keynote, is a reboot of the venerable Power Mac G5, a machine released in 2003 that featured a distinctive “cheese grater” grille.

Aside from looks, there are many similarities to the G5, plus a couple of ideas from other older Apple machines. Here are some of the clearest design influences on the new Mac Pro.

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WWDC has been home to some seismic announcements over the years.
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Nostalgia fuels these wacky Apple Car concepts

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The color iMac G3 is classic, but could it be a classic car?
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Part of you wishes you still had a blueberry iMac G3 sitting on your desk. But would you buy a car that looked just like it?

A marketing company, joining in on the excitement surrounding longtime rumors of an Apple car, came up with five concepts that are inspired by landmark Apple products.

Today in Apple history: Power Mac G5 goes on sale

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Do you remember the Power Mac G5?
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Thursday23Sometimes affectionately called the “cheese grater,” the original Power Mac G5 first went on sale on June 23, 2003 — offering what was then Apple’s fastest-ever machine and the world’s first 64-bit personal computer.

Check out the video of Steve Jobs introducing the computer 13 years ago today.

If Jony Ive designed furniture, it would look like this

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Photo: Klaus Geiger
Photo: Klaus Geiger

For the last decade or so, Apple has made some of the most beautifully designed devices on the planet. But because those devices are technology, not furniture or art, they have an incredibly short half-life in our home. Yet these are still classic designs that, in any other context, we might keep around for decades.

That’s why I like this bench built by Klaus Geiger.

Slam Dunk: Power Mac G5 Panel Morphs into Basketball Backboard

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CoM reader Paul sent us these pics of his office where the IT department shoots hoops on a backboard with an Apple logo.

After the cardboard backboard from the Nerf caved in under one too many slam dunks, Paul had a brainwave:

“As we were scrapping an old PowerMac G5 for parts, I realized that we could recycle the door to become our new heavy  backboard.  Two short screws were used to attach the plastic bracket to the door and another two longer ones to go into the concrete pillar in the office wall.”