We seem to constantly set ourselves up for disappointment, regarding MW Expo product unveilings, don't we?
It's a funny cycle that begins 2-3 months before, and increases in intensity and more far-out wishes/predictions as the keynote nears. Then, almost ALWAYS, the actual unveilings/announcements are NOWHERE NEAR what we've all been speculating about and guessing.
In the three or so years that Jobs has been back and these MWSF and MWNY keynotes have become the two high-points of many of our Mac-using lives, has there been a keynote that has represented such a wild-ass, dramatic leap that came anywhere near our hopes?
I can't think of maybe more than one.
What I'm getting at is this: Apple, for whatever reason (blame it on Motorola or others...if not Apple themselves and whatever reasoning they're going by) never quite seems to deliver what we're screaming for and has, in the past couple of years, been known for those mildly placating slight speed/feature bumps, when it's so obvious that so much more should (and needs) to be addressed.
For over two years now, it's been 50-100MHz speed bumps, spread out over an entire year! So that make me wonder: what in God's name makes us actually believe - based on the previous 2-3 years of evidence - that Steve is going to unveil a G5 at Macworld? Not only that, a G5 with a HUGE leap of 400MHz or so, up to 1.2GHz.
MY prediction? No G5, merely an incremental scootching up of the G4, perhaps breaking the 1GHz barrier on the high-end model.
Don't get me wrong: it would be nothing but cool if an all-new, G5 or whatever, Power Mac was unveiled with 1GHz-plus speeds on ALL models, but I just don't think that's going to happen and I don't want to get myself - or see some of you - torqued up into knots for the next 7 weeks, thinking it's actually going to happen. Because if it DOESN'T...oh man, the floodgates of bitching, pissing and moaning and "CONFIRMED: Apple sucks!!!" and "How Jobs blew it..." threads are going to be all over this place.
Always shoot low, fellas. That way, you're never disappointed or let down...and then, every once in a while, you're genuinely surprised and satisfied out of the blue by a simple 100-200MHz speed bump or something like a slightly altered case design.
That's my strategy, and going by that, I've yet to have a Macworld Expo keynote break my heart or piss me off.
However, I will say this: I think this G5 talk is about nothing and that what will take center stage in Frisco in a month and a half will be a brand-new, redesigned iMac.
It HAS to be...it's is BEYOND time for it. Nobody gets a flying damn about the iMac in its current form and feature set...Apple surely has to know this and can't let their flagship, bacon-saving product eek out another disappointing 6-8 month cycle with the same tired case design, sissy-level speed bumps, a low-rent video card and something that EVERY Mac should have on it (at least as an option): a DVD/CD-R combo drive!
Not to mention not addressing the whole 15" monitor thing.
It is SO time for a new iMac. Of SOME sort. Doesn't even have to be LCD-based, but it has to address - once and for all - the gripes/complaints aimed the iMac's way over the past couple of years, only getting louder and more intense: screen size, weak video, etc.
I don't think it's in Apple's nature, for whatever reason, to truly come through and dazzle with a G5, 1.2GHz. Not yet, anyway.
It would make too much sense and result in too many sales.
[ 11-17-2001: Message edited by: pscates ]</p>