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The desktop gets a makeover, courtesy of Apple

Published on Jun 11, 2013 8:08 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Apple Inc, known for its bold experiments with computer design, has come up with a radically re-imagined Mac Pro that departs from the venerable, boxy design of the typical desktop personal computer tower.

The company on Monday offered a sneak peek at a top-of-the-line computer destined for store shelves later this year: a sleek cylindrical chassis that, according to Apple, packs several times the processing power of its predecessors but stands just shy of 10 inches.

The new Mac Pro, with a yet-to-be-determined sales date and price, again features an Intel Xeon microprocessor - used mainly in high-end computer servers - and a full-length cover that slides upward to reveal its innards.

It will be assembled in the United States, marketing chief Phil Schiller told an audience of thousands at the opening of Apple's annual developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday. Other executives later outlined a number of new features in redesigned mobile software for iPhones and iPads due this fall, and talked about an "iTunes Radio" music-streaming service.

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