I haven't seen you post in a while so I'm going to go easy on ya
Originally posted by Lemon Bon Bon
But...as always...the PC World has moved on while Apple have been static. Don't they ever learn?
Agreed... but apple can't move like amd can. They rely on others to make the chips for them... AMD makes the chips themselves. As far as a battle of processors... that isn't in apple's hands at all.
And...considering that the AMD64s can be had for half the price of the dual 2 gig G5 PowerMac then surely it would be prudent to address the consumer range with the G5 as soon as is possible.
Single processor, cheap mem controller, 1/2 the bus speed, 1/2 the ram
Personally, considering the G4 debacle(insert word of choice...) I would have thought, hoped that Apple would have co-developed a decent PPC roadmap with the new A.I Alliance. As a catch-up strategy, I would have hoped Apple would have the '975' out for the PowerMacs this Summer and quickly bung the 970fx in everything from eMacs to iMacs to Powerbooks. Do that? And Apple would have a decent chance of breaking the 1 million units per quarter barrier.
The fact that it's May. No iMac update. No G5s in Powerbooks (I was amazed at how the recent G4 Powerbooks were lauded and raved over on these boards...it may be stunningly slim but it's getting whomped in 3d benchmarks and photoshop by latest Wintel laptops and their screens are brighter... But I'm not sure a 1.6 G5 fx would offer compelling performance edge over the 1.5 gig G4. Worth waiting the extra time then and get a 2 gig G5fx or G5 II in there?) eMac updated but no G5.
I take it you haven't been paying very close attention. IBM had major yield problems with the 970fx. They couldn't even keep up with the Xserve update. How would you have expected them to supply for the iMac / powerBook too? The 970 runs WAY too hot to be able to stick it in either of those cases. Its still not perfect in the g5 case for crying outloud.
I think Apple have really got to sort out the desktop line above the eMac. (Which, itself must be going LCD soon? It's still the ugly duckling of the Apple line.)
I just hope Steve doesn't have to climb down on the 3 gig promise like he did the Pepsi 100 million promise. Ouch.
It wouldn't be his fault if he had to. I'm about 50/50 on the 3gig talk right now. That is completely up to IBM. Apple definitely needs to do something about 11 month products staying the same damn price. That is insanity. How can someone be in the tech world and say that an 11 month old product is worth JUST as much as the day it came out. Are you kidding me!?!?!? At least slap a 9800 pro in them or something to compensate for the depreciation value.
From everything I've read from IBM and Apple, they had plans to release the PowerMacs with g5s back in March. Also they planned on faster Xserves... again ... not their fault.