[QUOTE]Originally posted by moki
Sure... I think the sentiments you express have no merit. Apple has been providing the fastest machines it has been capable of providing; they have not tried to hold anything back, they have been hamstrung by a chip supplier (Motorola) that has lost interest in the desktop market.
With respect I think you're wrong. I think Apple are in the business of holding back - whether it be due to neccesity or profit. Their primary concern is their share price, and giving away the biggest break they've had in years isn't going to win them any friends on the stockmarket.
1. The illusive 1GHz G3 part, that's been mentioned on these very boards on countless occasions. This part is STILL not used in any Apple product - that's what I would call holding back! It would have been in the iBook by now if Apple weren't trying to make the Power Book G4 look more powerful by comparison.
2. Power Mac G4 line up is currrently 867MHz/1.25GHz/1.42GHz. What happened to the 933MHz & 1.0GHz parts? Did Motorola lose the plans overnight? The 867MHz part debuted in the initial Quicksilver G4 for fecks sake! If apple were in the business of delivering the fastest parts they could lay their hands on, the Power Mac G4 family would be at 1GHz/1.25GHz/1.42GHz. Again, they're not putting the 933MHz or 1GHz parts into the entry level machine because the two other machines need to look fast by comparison.
I can guarantee, that they'll be looking at the parts that are available to them, and figuring out a way of squeezing every last penny out of this new CPU. Apple have always done this, it means you can sell the same machine to three different customers at the highest price that each of those customers is willing to pay. You don't just sell it at the cheapest price! Look at all the money you'd lose!
The frequencies themselves don't mean anything. I'm not about to predict the exact frequencies that we'll see. What's important is that the new machines must deliver more bang per buck than anything that has gone before. I can guarantee that if they released a 1.0GHz/1.2GHz/1.4GHz G5 family it would sell, because each of those machines is considerably faster than the machine it replaces.
What they won't do is release the fastest parts available to them on day one, and then sit on their hands and hope blindly that IBM can deliver on it's promise.
Just because a 2.5GHz part is available, we won't see a 2.3GHz/2.4GHz/2.5GHz line up. We might see a 1.4GHz/2.0GHz/2.4GHz line up, with Apple having all the freqencies in between as options for the future.
They might CLAIM that they are the fastest parts available, but they'll play it smart, they'll dripfeed us the parts and make extra profits on the speed bumps, whilst stockpiling faster parts so that they can plan ahead. It's good business sense, and ergo: we'll end up paying top dollar for whatever they produce on the day, only to have them wave it under our noses at a vastly reduced price shortly thereafter.
Just because you know more about the Mac than most people, and want the fastest processor available, isn't enough to actually make it happen.
Time will tell!