Originally posted by Programmer
Yeah, but they just updated the eMacs. The rest of the lineup will be 6-7 months old at WWDC and an update seems reasonable, but why would they have updated the eMac just to do it again 1-2 months later? Of course there is always the possibility that they'll just use up their stock of G4 chips in the eMac and update it to an IBM G3 w/ SIMD in 6 months...
I could agree with that.
Purely speculative, but I am guessing this is what we will see based upon all the rumors I could put together and discarding those that just didn't seem feasible to me. Mind you I reserve the right to change my mind in the next thread.
WWDC - an acknowledgement of the 970 and 64 bit Panther without detailed hardware specs. Running demos, but no "open" details, but probably some closed door briefings. Focus will be on Panther and 64 bit software (maybe a surprise announcement) with just routine passing references to other Apple successes and hardware.
Shortly After WWDC, a dedicated Apple Event, just for the hardware announcements with details. PowerMac and X-Serve announced with 970, probably in 1.4 single to 1.8 dual ranges. Available immediatly or within a week. Still don't see a 970 Powerbook, just because I don't think the mobo's to support them are there yet.
Speedbumps for PowerBooks, iMacs and maybe iBooks.
G3's continue in iBooks for sometime, no G4's, but the G3's will be dramatically improved (Gobi, etc., as per rumors) over the current models. Maybe eMacs too, but who knows.
Early 2004: PowerBooks and iMacs to 970. iBooks and eMacs to advanced G3's. Power Macs get lots faster.
OR - I am am proven completely wrong again.