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Byline: Bob Cypher

IT'S a bit like to the battle between VHS and Betamax back in the 80s and it causes all sorts of trouble.

Committed PC users think the AppleMac is slow, unuserfriendly and outofdate while their Mac using counterparts think they have the RollsRoyce of computers and would never use one of those ``common'' PCs.

But the fact is, more and more PC users are looking at the Mac with envious glances.

And there is little doubt there is a lot to look at.

First up is the latest evolution of Mac hardware, the Power Mac G5 computer (

e com / powe rmac ) . Sporting a `70sstyle retro metallic case, the G5 is the first 64bit consumer personal computer and is promised to be the fastest of its kind in the world.

In terms of speed, Windows PCs have been miles ahead for years now, and Macs have struggled. The new G5 will hopefully change that, but the speed improvement will cost.

Apple's computers have always been more expensive than their Windows counterparts.

But Apple fans point out the Mac means greater reliability and much less maintenance.

The Mac operating system, Mac OS X, is also going to be upgraded.

The current version, 10.2 Jaguar, will be replaced by 10.3Panther (

e . com / macosx / panther) which includes a simple videoconferencing application, a builtin fax service and the ability to switch quickly between different user accounts on the same computer.

Another innovation in Panther is a feature called Expose which is a new way to manage lots of windows open on the screen at once. If you've got a lot of windows open, they are shrunk so they all fit on screen at the same time.

Select the window you want and it pops to the foreground, sending all the other windows back.

Macs aren't everyone's cup of tea, but there's no doubt they aim to be the cream of computing.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 5, 2003
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