I find myself wavering back and forth on this lately. And I came to this particular thread to ask a question, BUT I see that it got mentioned a few posts above: if Apple released just an expected 1-1.2GHz 15" aluminum PowerBook this month (or even July) to take us through the remainder of 2003 (and even into the first quarter, give or take, of 2004), WHEN they decided to put a 970 in it, would that require any sort of redesign?
In other words, would they take all this time (7 months, as mentioned by Lemon) to release what most would consider a fairly pedestrian, "THIS is what we waited for all these months?" update to the 15" PowerBook.
I don't know. Hell, the 12" and 17" models are coming up on their 6-month mark. I spoke to this in my "are our expectations too low" thread, but it kinda fits in nicely with this: we'd never expect a complete, jaw-dropping "razzle dazzle" announcement or unveiling ONLY because, during the past 4 years or so, we really haven't HAD one. We've had some minor gaspers and cheer inducers (Titanium PowerBook, G4 Cube, AirPort, Music Store, etc.), but we just take our measly 100MHz bumps twice (maybe even once) a year and consider that "cool" and hype-worthy.
Maybe we're about to get an attitude adjustment?
I asked this in another thread and didn't really get much of an answer: is there any reason, physically or engineering-wise that these new chips COULDN'T be put into the PowerBook? Does a 970 chip (or board or whatever the hell it all comes with/on) fit into a current G4-based product?
I know nothing about this sort of stuff, so I ask. Physically, would all this stuff occupy the same amount of space as the G4 and its components?
Lemon is right on one front, hands down: this whole "year of the portable" business has meant, so far, a 12" and 17" PowerBook at the first of the year. A 100MHz bump to the iBooks and a price drop. And a price drop on the 12" and 15" PowerBook.
Surely that can't be all that constitutes "year of the portable"?
And, as stated above, will anyone really give two shits about waiting all this time for a new 15" aluminum PowerBook if it simply sports the expected 1-1.2GHz G4? Especially if we KNOW what's coming? I mean, would people buy this in any numbers?
Some, sure. But true powerheads and those "in the know" would probably make due for another 6 or so months...and Apple could go another half-a-year with hardware not up to full snuff.
I would REALLY love for them to just drop the 970 into everything they could. Marketing, product grids, expectations and past practices and product tiering be damned!
Just start making the hardware as kickass and amazing as your OS and software! Jeez...