Originally posted by Programmer
Wow, now you guys are spinning yarn completely out of control.
And completely beyond all reason too.
I'd like to take a quick moment to run through some reasonable deductions from what we know about what might be happening at WWDC:
First, there's practically no chance that the 970s will be shipping at WWDC. We would have heard something by now. Besides, when's the last time Apple announced a product and had it shipping the same day? I thought so ;-) If eWeek is to be believed about the existance of Smeagol, then 10.2.7 won't go final until a few weeks after WWDC anyway. They always seed to developers before shipping. (However, that doesn't preclude showing 970's running 10.2.7 builds - they did this with the PB 17's too)
Secondly, Panther won't be going final until September - late August at the earliest. There's no way to start the seed process in June and get it out the door in July. Remember, Jaguar (which, if accounts are to believed, was much smaller an update than Panther will be) started third-party seeding even before WWDC, which was much earlier than it was this year. There's something called QA at Apple, and they want to make darn sure that their valued ISVs aren't left out of such a major update.
Thirdly, it would be really smart of Apple to ship 970s with Smeagol before Panther goes final. Why? The single biggest factor in QA for Panther will be testing existing software on 64-bit systems, and thus Apple needs to get 64-bit machines seeded pretty widely. There's no way to do this without letting the world know, and it would raise a huge chorus of complaints. This is the smart way to do a 32->64-bit transition, and judging from the way Apple has operated in the past I'd guess this is the way they're going to do it.
Lastly, the 970s are going to be really cool. Whatever other products Apple announces at WWDC - well, we can't tell. If they introduce a lower end Mac running MohaveMP's, I'd be happy too, but there's no way we can suppose about that from what we know now. However, we do know how Apple could accomplish a 64-bit transition without making the ISVs mad and with appropriate testing, and that allows us to hypothesize reasonably.