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Last month's AppleStore cock-up comes true

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Apple has upgraded is Mac Pro desktop with a pair of 3GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processors, less than a month after a website cock-up revealed such a machine was in the offering.

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It doesn't come cheap. The basic Mac Pro costs $2,200. Replace the two dual-core 2GHz CPUs with the two quad-core chips and the price almost doubles to $3,997. Buy 16GB of memory and the price rises by a further $4,499. Phew.

Last month, Apple's UK online store contained a - quickly pulled by Apple webmasters - page referring to a Mac Pro with "eight-core processing power".

The appearance came a week after Intel introduced low-power quad-core Xeons. Apple doesn't say precisely which Xeons its quad-core box contains - all it says is that they're 5300-series parts. Our money's on the as-yet-unlisted X5365 - a part that is expected to cost well over $1,100, which Apple's pricing would appear to confirm.

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