Originally posted by Nine-Seventy
Well the 10.3.6 update was released 5th November - that's ~6 weeks ago. Therefore it's quite feasible that the powerbooks could be announced at MWSF and shipping at the end of January which is ~6 weeks time.
I suspect that Apple could ship the new powerbooks and an altered OS anytime they wanted. That is that the changes required to implement or ship the new hardware are likely to be minor compared to the OS as a whole. In other words slap in a couple of configuration files updates and a few drivers and you are good to go.
I just think (as others have said) that if it was a simple G4 spec bump we would have had it some time ago, and what better way to start 2005 than with a new G5 powerbook which is probably more anticipated than the iMac G5.
I think Apple wants to get a 64 bit laptop out in the worst way. I would not be surprised to see one more go around with the G4 if needed. It is already obvious that faster chips are available for G4 upgrades.
Also note how there was alot of talk at the end of last year / beginning of this year about how hard it was going to be to get a G5 running in a notebook enclosure, but no-one official has really mentioned anything like that recently.
The G5 based laptop may be here sooner than I thought even a couple weeks ago. This due to IBM's announcements made a week or two ago with respect to new process technology. If it works and they can get it online as fast as they hope then it looks like a low power technology will be available for portable chips. Of course the question then becomes just what will that chip be. I suspect something totally new with alot of 970 heritage.