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Power Mac G5s shipping with Mac OS X 10.2.7

Apple told MacMinute today that the new Power Mac G5 will ship with Mac OS X 10.2.7, an update that will offer a redesigned kernel and updated system software math libraries tuned specifically for the 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor. This updated kernel delivers “the most substantial benefits of 64-bit computing” by breaking through the 4GB memory barrier, enabling the OS to use all of the RAM that can be added to the G5 (currently 8GB). Apple’s Mac OS team said the key functions of the system math and vector libraries have been hand-tuned to take advantage of the faster math functions that the 64-bit G5 is capable of. “This is great because unmodified applications that use the system math functions will get an automatic speed up when run on the G5.”

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