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post #1 of 100
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If Apple releases a G5 at Macworld SF or Tokyo...I am getting it. If G4, then probably not. Although, if there is dual processor G4 machine appoaching or exceeding 1 GHZ and under $3,000 I might bite.

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post #2 of 100
That's pretty much my plan. As soon as I can afford a high-end G5 tower and a flatscreen monitor I intend to get one. Until then I'll stick to my G3 500s.
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post #3 of 100
The next big computer I will is probably a PowerBook G5 when they come out. My iBook will most likely last me the 100 years it takes to release the PBG5, so I'm fine with that.

But, seriously, probably that, though I'd consider a G5 desktop sometime in the near future.
post #4 of 100
I'm running 10.1 on a PowerCenter Pro. I'm thinking that it might not be too long before I *have* to get a new mac 'cause mine won't run the software I need. Do you have any idea how painfully slow the JBuilder beta is on my comp? (I guess that's what I get for running it on a system that doesn't meet any of the system reqs ). I'm probably going to get either a G5 or whatever is current when my comp doesn't meet my needs, whichever comes first (really hoping for the G5 ).
post #5 of 100
For me I'll need to see a current motherboard with DDR memory and Apollo G4's. G5 would be nice but I'd take a G4+ with a nice LCD and a GeForce 3 Ti.
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[quote]Originally posted by Whisper:
<strong>I'm running 10.1 on a PowerCenter Pro.</strong><hr></blockquote>

OUCH! :eek:

That thing is slow running 9.1, I can only imagine how painful it is in 10.

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post #7 of 100
im kinda giving up on the hope that someone wants to trade an old iBook for my iMac. So I guess ill just hold on to it and save my pennies and get a TiBook when I save up enough.
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post #8 of 100
Although it's a bit silly to constantly wait out imaginary models, I will probably wait for the G5, or at least a DDR memory capable mobo with a faster G4 cpu than the current crop. I do plan to get a new comp late winter/early spring at any rate, so I have my hopes high on an exciting product announcement come MWSF.
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post #9 of 100
Yep, I'm waiting to get the next top of the line machine with the cinema display, but i will wait until they speed up the memory and system bus. So if Apollo debuts in jan with faster memory and bus, I'll get it. If not, then I'll wait for the G5.
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post #10 of 100
I hate to say it but the next one I buy may be a Linux box. I'm still rather POed that Apple dropped support for the tray loading iMac in OS X. Apple's Iron Curtain policy of not telling people WTF is going on and what type of support to expect is very annoying. At least with Linux you know what you get.
post #11 of 100
Since I just got my iBook in June I probably won't be getting a new computer for at least 2 years. By then I'll probably get a G5 tower or a PowerBook G5 unless the consumer offerings are very good.
post #12 of 100
I'm waiting for the next top of the line machine to at least have DDR RAM and dual g4's at 1ghz. I'm really hoping for a G5 in jan. since most my work has been increasingly dependant on MAYA for both video and shockwave3D. Still waiting for that shockwave exporter though. As much as I want a G5, I'm not sure I can wait too long before I buy a new machine.
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post #13 of 100
Well my plan is if the G5 comes out at MWSF, I'm going to get the low-end (probably all I'll be able to get) for my computer at college. I will wait if it's just Apollo G4s probably, although I'm in big need of an upgrade right now. Also if I get a G5 I will max out the RAM and if the DVD-RW drive isn't on it I will try and find one cheap to put in. I will also look for some good audio stuff to pimp it out with. The ViewSonic 17" monitor will do until I get a sweet Sony FD Trinitron monitor later on, or maybe even LCD.
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post #14 of 100
You know, we are going to be so disappointed if Steve doesn't give us a new G5 . Remember when we wanted the G5 and we got the quicksilvers? Remember when we all (or most) thought the iPod was going to be this ... well, super duper insanely great magic box that could do anything, and cost $17.99, but instead we got the neat little iPod? I'm not getting my hopes up ... but i did tell my girlfriend "If a G5 mac comes out in january, i'm getting one" to which she replied "What about the 5 computers you have in the closet you don't use?". I was hurt!
post #15 of 100
[quote]Originally posted by MacAgent:
<strong>

OUCH! :eek:

That thing is slow running 9.1, I can only imagine how painful it is in 10.

[ 11-15-2001: Message edited by: MacAgent ]</strong><hr></blockquote>

10.0.x was incredibly slow, but 10.1.x isn't too horribly bad. I only really notice it when I'm running java stuff, or when IE starts misbehaving. But right now I need to use JBuilder for school, so I notice it a lot. Of course, when I first used the G4s at school, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven
post #16 of 100
I typically buy a new Mac every 2 years, alternating between desktop and laptops. I bought my iBook a few months ago. However, I'm really anxious to start on DVD's, so I may buy a G4/5 in the next 12 months.
post #17 of 100
Well, I got a Powerbook G4 500 this summer. So I can't really justify or afford a new Mac.

If I get an income I'll probably build a PC next semester, and perhaps get a G5 a year and a half from now.
post #18 of 100
I imagine you have a G3 upgrade card, of course?

I don't plan on getting a new Mac in the forseeable future. If I got a new computer I'd be building an AMD box. What I really want is a new graphics card, but the only one that will work in my computer is the Radeon 32MB it seems...a pathetic option.
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post #19 of 100
I've planned on getting a tower after the MW in Jan for over a year now.... I hope that the G5 is out but I will get one anyway.

I even set up a savings account for it

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post #20 of 100
I've been using my iBook as my sole computer for a year now, and I desperately would like a new computer with a large and high quality monitor... right now, that rules out the iMac... I'd like to get a 17 inch Studio Display and a mid-power tower of some sort... I would buy a Cube, if they were still manufactured... I'm hoping for a good excuse to blow some cash in the spring...

I use my Mac for Word, a bit of Excel, Quicken, and surfing the net. It's getting harder and harder to not look at those $899 Dells that, with a few upgrades, would still be under $1200... but I'm a Mac user since the original 128K model... there are so many intangible pleasures that come from the Mac platform/OS... I suppose I'll be a Mac user forever.
post #21 of 100
I've been using my iBook as my sole computer for a year now, and I desperately would like a new computer with a large and high quality monitor... right now, that rules out the iMac... I'd like to get a 17 inch Studio Display and a mid-power tower of some sort... I would buy a Cube, if they were still manufactured... I'm hoping for a good excuse to blow some cash in the spring...

I use my Mac for Word, a bit of Excel, Quicken, and surfing the net. It's getting harder and harder to not look at those $899 Dells that, with a few upgrades, would still be under $1200... but I'm a Mac user since the original 128K model... there are so many intangible pleasures that come from the Mac platform/OS... I suppose I'll be a Mac user forever.
post #22 of 100
For me, I'm a waiting for whatever the top of the line Powerbook will be, as long as it will be the kick ass notebook we expect Apple to build. I expect it to be industry leading in 2D/3Dgraphics (meaning better video chipsets than in comparable PC laptops), sound, processing power, and at least as high resolution screen as the best of the wintel offerings. The current TiBook fulfils almost all of these, but I'm more than happy with my new iBook for now. I'll see how the PowerBook stacks up in 12 or 16 months.

Edit: Oh, and of course DVI out so I can buy a big, skinny Apple display to go with it!

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post #23 of 100
When I can get a Quad G5 for less than $4,000 I will buy...
post #24 of 100
I have an original G4 450 thats a little over 2 years old and the thing is still running great. Runs 10.1 like a champ and still crunchs through photoshop and other programs fine. I'm thinking I'll get a new one next year around July or so, hopefully theyre up to Rev. 2 of the G5 tower.
post #25 of 100
Well I will re-kit my whole office with LCD iMacs if the screen is 15" or larger.

I will buy a new powermac with superdrive when they have DDR and a jump in processing power and I don't mean 1ghz.

I am convinced we will see a leap in power in 2002. Faster memory, system bus speeds, ATA and possible G5 in the next 12 months. If I buy now I am sure I will regret it. I want this machine for rendering and I will wait for some decent speed. I know that the speed by historical standards is already amazing, however the possibility of a 200-400 percent reduction in rendering times is something I can wait for.

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post #26 of 100
i'm waiting for a G5....

i got a pismo that's still kicking ass. when a
G5 comes out, i'll keep the pismo for portable uses i have......

oh yeah, and i'm really trying to save up for a cinema display

ATTN AT APPLE: YOU GOT NEARLY $6000 COMING YOUR WAY WHEN YOU BRING OUT A SATISFACTORY (ATLELAST 1.2GHZ) G5 TOWER. A DUAL WOULD BE NICE.

SO HURRY UP!
post #27 of 100
My next computer will be the marked-down QuickSilver G4 or its immediate successor, when Apple releases the G5. I don't need to pay $3000 for the latest hardware when I can get yesterday's hardware (fully functional and useful, mind you) for $1000.
post #28 of 100
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[quote]Originally posted by Ifok5:
<strong>When I can get a Quad G5 for less than $4,000 I will buy...</strong><hr></blockquote>


I assume that was a dig at those of us who made a comment about reasonable prices for the hardware we want. i didn't read anything too far out there like "I want a G5 with a cinema display for $999".

or were you for real?

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post #29 of 100
As soon as they offer a dual 1GHz G4 with DDR, I'll snap one up. I'm hoping for MWSF.
post #30 of 100
I intend to wring several years of service out of my Cube.

I might get a laptop to go with it, but there are more urgent things demanding my wallet's attention for quite a while yet. Maybe a year from now I'll look at whatever the iBook has become and get that. It'll probably be more powerful than my Cube, but that's technology...
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post #31 of 100
I was on the verge of getting the recent TiBook 667 (paid by work), but decided I could wait. I'll get the next revision PowerBook, hopefully Apollo-based, hopefully not too long from now (Spring?).
post #32 of 100
When Apple releases a
-G5 at 1.5 or greater Ghz
-A system bus that is over 200 Mhz (and double pumped)
-a 19 in. moniter
-a two button mouse
-a superdrive with faster read/write/ speeds
-at least 2 full drive bays
-a Geforce3
-HyperTransport/RapidIO or some new motherboard design
-USB 2
-Firewire 2
-a AGP 6x (or whatever the next step up is)
-5 PCI slots at 66mhz
-ATA 133

I will by it whatever it costs (within reason)
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post #33 of 100
when apple releases a half decent desktop with a somewhat competitive price
post #34 of 100
I'll be first in line for a G4 iMac with a Superdrive-luckily, I'm the patient type!


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post #35 of 100
I got the G4 450 (i ordered a 500 but then apple relized they didnt have any) when it first came out. I plan to go in on a G5 the same way
post #36 of 100
As hard as it will be, I can't recommend jumping in with the rev 1 of any Apple product. I have a rev 1 B&W G3. Its great but it's hamstrung in several serious ways compared to the Rev2. It's always like that with Apple.

I'll buy a Rev 2 G5. I'm guessing Jan 2003.

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post #37 of 100
Because of an offer I cannot refuse I will be using an iBook 500 combo next: something that I am looking forward to greatly

But after having used a desktop machine for some time now, in conjunction with an old Powerbook, I think it will be a long time before I return to the desktop market. I just do not feel as comfortable working on a desktop machine as I do on a portable. If I was a serious poweruser I might feel differently, but I'm not and so find comfort takes priority over speed.
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post #38 of 100
In August I just bought an 867 QuickSilver with a Cinema Display :cool: so I am set there. This combination running OS X 10.1.1 is so great. It will be several years before I need to upgrade this.

On the other hand, possibly next spring I will trade in my Pismo 500 for an iBook, assuming Apple comes out with a faster, lighter version.

PS: I doubt the G5 will come out at MWSF. It seems too soon. Even if the rumors at MOSR are correct I think it will take till next summer to finish the engineering and testing. Look for a speed bumped G4 at MWSF.
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post #39 of 100
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Well, I need a desktop in the spring. I'll have to see....as I said if the dual G4 1ghz shows up for under $3K, then I may go for it. After all I will have to be able to pay extra for the airport card (and one for my Pismo to use the desktop as a software base station). Not to mention laying out 799 to 999 for a decent flatscreen.

This brings us to like $4K. That is a lot.....
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post #40 of 100
[quote]Originally posted by Scott H.:
<strong>I hate to say it but the next one I buy may be a Linux box. I'm still rather POed that Apple dropped support for the tray loading iMac in OS X. Apple's Iron Curtain policy of not telling people WTF is going on and what type of support to expect is very annoying. At least with Linux you know what you get.</strong><hr></blockquote>

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WTF are you talking about? It's running great on my Rev. A and C iMacs. They work in their entirety, as well as all of my peripherals (I was never expecting as much). Exactly what kind of problems are you having? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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