Apple have been regularly releasing new powerbooks every 6 months for a couple of years. the new laptop is late!! i agree with the people who think the holdup is purely Apple getting access to a mobile processor faster than 1GHz G4. I'm hoping for a G5 powerbook, not a speedbump G4, for a few reasons:
Originally posted by Rhumgod
Thinking back to the MPF in Oct 2002, IBM did state the following numbers for the PowerPC 970:
Typical Power Dissipation:
19W @ 1.2 GHz, 1.1v
So why do you think they included a 1.2GHz, low voltage and wattage measurement? It screams of PowerBook use!
1. I also think the low voltage G5 chip seems perfect. The present TiBook chip is Apollo 1GHz 7455 which typically dissipates about 20W of heat. so a G5@1.2 1.1V seems about the same (19W).
2. The 7457- low power Apollo chip is also 0.13micron SOI 1.3GHz. But is Moto supplying them yet- must be close?
So if apple can access either/both of these faster chips what would you think they would do? They might do what they have done with the powermacs - do both
! a G5 high end OS X only and a G4 low end dual boot (or maybe keep that for the iBook).
3. Intel have brought out the centrino chipset since Apple's last laptop release. have you seen the specs? they are 1.2 to 1.8GHz 0.13micron SOI - improved battery life and wireless networking. if Apple only bring out a speed bumped G4 then i think they will be viewed as pretty much the same as a Centrino. yawn. no world's fastest, jump in market share or 'year of the laptop' bid there.
4. i think Apple want the mantle of world's fastest desktop and
laptop. Panther will be 64-bit soon. the Powerbook team at Apple have had since January to make a G5 laptop. Steve doesn't settle for second best! i would think he'd be pretty disappointed if Apple didn't have a G5 laptop ready to announce by July 16 9.30am.
i hope i'm right