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Details of Apple's next major Power Mac G5 revision appear to have leaked out through the manuals the company provides to service engineers.

The manuals, sent out in May, contain photos of the new model, which is externally indistinguishable from the old one but features a very different interior layout.

Mac-watching web site AppleInsider published the pictures late last week but Apple's legal department demanded their removal - a move that goes a long way to confirming the pictures' veracity. AppleInsider has complied with Apple's request.

The pictures showed a G5 with a single, large CPU heatsink module, suggesting that the company will at last offer the new G5 as an entirely dual-processor line-up. The photos also show a smaller motherboard with four, vertically mounted DDR SDRAM slots.

AppleInsider speculates that the extra space could be used to boost the G5's storage capacity, but the apparent absence of a front-mounted inflow cooling fan suggests that that might not be the case.

Either way, it is believed that the machines will be equipped with IBM's 90nm G5 chip, the PowerPC 970FX. The new Power Macs are expected to be unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on 28 June. ®

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