[quote]Originally posted by Dank:
<strong>Steve said that 2003 would be a big year but do you really think apple would "bust it's nut" this early and release the 970 in feb/march/april [despite the fact that we, and more importantly I need it (I got a computer as a present, just waiting to pick it out
)]? My gut tells me that since I want one, it will take a while before it's released; sorry for ruining it for all of you
I'm thinking that uselessly speedbumped towers with all the goodies we saw at MWSF will be released and it will be atleast 6 more months before we get something fun.
As for the design of the 970's enclosure, I propose a Gigantic Ass with the word "Motorola" printed at the top and an 'Apple' brand boot shoved halfway up it <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
It could be that Apple is putting off a speed boost to their desktop line-up to avoid building up inventory on a model that they know will not sell well to save money. Yes they will loose some sales in the short term, but if that is offset by a sugnifigant cost savings in ramping up production on a new model then it would be a net gain for Apple. This would be a very good plan if they really are 1-2 months away from anouncing the 970 models and 2-3 months away from shipping them. This also might be a good move if the first 970 that Apple gets are less than the 1.8 Ghz top end that IBM said that they will get on the .13 process. At the moment a 1.5-1.6 Ghz would be a good boost in speed (yes I realize that the 970 will be faster than the G4 mhz for mhz, but the numbers do matter in marketing). In 6 months a jump from 1.6-1.8 in moving to the 970 will appear as a less sugnificant improvement.