First let me say that just like Ompus speculated, so am I.
Originally posted by Ompus
1. There will be no 970s in the powerbooks until IBM reaches 90 nm.
Why? The 970 has a lower power version that runs at 1.2 GHz, and puts out less wattage than the G4 in the current powerbooks. So why would they wiat for 90 nm? No need.
2. Until that time, the powerbook will have a speed bump and battery boost with the impending arrival of the 7457.
I wouldn't count on the 7457 seeing the light of day in any Apple product. Why is it any more believeable to say the 7457 will be in a Mac vs the 970? The lower power 970 can provide less wattage than the current G4 (what does the 7457 put out), so machines using it would run longer/cooler.
3. The current powermacs, emacs and iMacs will get 7457s and drop their prices by 25%.
Why? The eMacs and iMacs can ride the current G4 on up to 1.4GHz before switching to the 970. There is no need for the 7457 at all.
4. The 970 Macstation will have a price premium of 10% over the current 7455s.
The powermacs will move to all 970, no split machines, and will never see the 7457. It will not cost any more than the current configs. Apple is not about to raise their prices after havign just lowered them.
6. The 7457 will survive for another year in the iBook.
I say no. I bet GOBI will be in the iBooks, and they will never see a G4 ever. The GOBI processor is supposed to be a G3+SIMD, so if it can run altivec, and be low power and quick, there would be no need for the G4 any longer.