Originally posted by THT
Why, because in 2002 when Apple asked Motorola when 1.3 GHz 7457 chips would be available in at least 50k CPUs per month quantities, hoping for an April 2003 answer, Motorola came back with a Q4 2003 answer. Hugely disappointed, Apple decided to go on a crash program to put the PPC 970 into Powerbooks and eat a 3 to 5 month delay in their Powerbook update cycle.
Could it be that you are right? Could it be that Jack Campbell and MacWhispers is right too? Think about it for a second. Apple has had to know that the 7457 was producing poor yields months and months ago. Since Apple buys tons of G4s, I'm sure they have more than their fare share of updates from Motorola on the progress of the 7457. Given that Steve is now using profanity to vent about the 7457, it could lend validation of Jack Campbell's story. Follow me here for a sec:
1. We know that Apple needs a newer, cooler G4 that consumes less power for the next laptop because the 7455 has reached its tolerable limit in a portable at 1 GHz.
2. Sometime in the early part of 2003, after MWSF, Apple learns through their contacts at Moto that the 7457 is producing poor yields. Weeks pass, and it still appears that the yields issue is still plaguing the production of the 7457 and its release date is slipping. Steve is gnashing his teeth in absolute disgust. He asks engineers to do what they can to work an IBM 970 processor into the PowerBook, knowing it's hot and power hungry. He's doing this just as a worst case plan B.
From MacWhispers - April 10th
We have been told, and we have also second-sourced a claim that bid requests for a fully-designed 970-based board for the 17-inch PowerBook were received by two assembly plants this past Friday, with a submission deadline for replies of April 30th. We will add that our sources seem consistently taken aback by what they all characterize as the unexpected and very unusual hurry involved in all work on these new desktop and portable Apple products. Every step in each process is being scheduled far tighter than is normal for a new production run.
3. The PowerBook G5 has been engineered, motherboards complete, but the current chip is too hot. Advanced samples of the 970+ work perfectly but won't be ready for quite some time. They put the PowerBook G5 on hold; wait for news from Moto.
4. Memorial Day is near and Moto's problems persist. The planned revamp of the PowerBook line at WWDC in June is unlikely because of issues with the 7457. Steve is getting more and more pissed. Moto's problems throw into jeopardy of an iMac update too. Steve is like "screw it," we've got to move on. More plan B stuff.
From MacWhispers - June 1st
Several knowledgeable Apple OEM channel sources have hinted that Apple is aggressively reengineering every product in the lineup to adopt IBM chips as soon as possible. Word is that this across the board transition could be completed by as soon as Spring of 2004.
4. WWDC is close. G5 Power Mac is ready and shines. No new PowerBooks. Pushed back until July because they wait for Moto. Moto is saying that they should be ready for August. Apple decides to can a Stevenote at MacWorld Creative because they cannot rely on Moto's ability to be accurate and on-time. Apple can't be sure that shipping 7457s will be in quantity for the new PowerBooks, so why bother announce and risk delays?
5. Apple knows from on-going work with IBM that the G5s will be produced and ready in late August. They can depend on IBM. They announce the G5 at WWDC.
6. MacWorld Creative comes and goes. Problems with yields persist at Moto with the 7457.
"Motorola promised Apple sufficient quantities of the 7457 by mid-May 2003 but they have yet to deliver on these claims," one source told AppleInsider. Apparently, Motorola continues to experience problems with their 0.13 micron process and are seeing very poor yields of the faster 7457 chips.
While Apple has PowerBook G4 units ranging from 1GHz to 1.3GHz ready for production, their supply of 7457 chips has been far short of what would be required to back a new product launch. Apple CEO and co-founder, Steve Jobs, is said to be so irate over the issue, he often uses profanity when expressing his displeasure with the semi-conductor sector of Motorola.
7. Here we are today. Waiting for Motorola.