Apple's current plans call for wrapping up development of Smeagol within a month or so of WWDC, suggesting that Q37 may ship by August; however, sources were unable to confirm specifics of Apple's release schedule.
Meanwhile, resellers told eWEEK that current models of the Power Mac G4 are becoming constrained in the retail channel, indicating that new pro hardware models are on the way.
Q37 by August. That's four weeks within-ish of a WWDC debut. A carefully placed four weeks covers late June/July and early August. That's a quarter.
August is within one month of Sept/Panther. Given Apple's track record of 'available right now'..., 'by August' would make sense if we look at when the iMac2 and this year's Powerbooks shipped. Did even the Mysterious Moki see the 17 incher Powerbook coming? Hard to see the dark side is (Re: Steve Job's Rabbits...)
Sources said that the IBM chip will make its first appearance in a new Power Mac known internally as Q37. However, sources said, Q37 won't ship with a 64-bit version of Mac OS X, limiting OS performance gains in the initial release. Instead, Q37 will launch with a special build train of the current Mac OS X Version 10.2, a k a Jaguar.
A new Powermac known as Q37. At least as fast as the current top end. (I'll bet! :P )
This build, code-named Smeagol, will run on the new chip but won't take advantage of many of its key features, including 64-bit support. Sources said Apple's goal for Smeagol is to deliver Mac OS X performance at least "on par" with what Jaguar could achieve on Motorola G4 chips running at the same speed; the move will allow Apple to ship the new hardware before Mac OS X 10.3, a k a Panther, can take advantage of all the new processor's capabilities.
'All'. 64 bit? Yeah. 'Special Mobo' dubry? Perhaps. But raw performance and bandwidth on a 32 bit Smeagol are surely non-issues according to IBM. 'Trivial'. I can't see a 32bit 970 not stuffing a 'G4' anyway you cut the benches.
May 970s won't be 'right now' after the WWDC. So? Can we wait to early August? YES! Normal Apple shipping protocol. But they may pull an iPod and say: 'Right here on the show floor...unzip (!) yer chequebook (what did you think I was going to say?)'
Still perplexed. 12 weeks from now at the latest. Possbily 'right now'. But Moki infers not ie the eWeek story is full of crap? (But then...maybe the 'new' Macs are called something else and he playeth with words. We know how Poetry and Guiness go together, right Andrew?) Nick De Plume says August.
((In the blue corner...the challenger, weighing in at an enigmatic 1000lbs, The Mighty, the Mysterious...all Moki all Myopic Entropiiiiiic! In the red corner, the Champion, with umpteen victories, a couple of losses and a few draws to his name...Nick 'Bruising Box of Secrets' De Plume.))
Take yer pick. June 23rd. Early August. September.
I've waited 4 years for this. A few weeks here or there...? What are we (me) fussing about? What's a few weeks here or there between friends of Apple?
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