Originally posted by emig647
Even if 3ghz is the upgrade speed I still don't see Jobs announcing the powermacs at wwdc. It would still be a minor upgrade even if they did add Hypertransport2, PC4200 DDR2, PCI-Express, new case.
This I disagree on a bit. Lets face it Hypertransport2, PCI express, DDR2 are all things that impact the performance of the machine. Well maybe not DDR2, but bandwidth can be very important to developers.
It is pretty much a given that Apple has to support PCI-Express soon if they expect to be taken seriously by developers. It is either that or they have to deliver new technology for GPU interfacing. Developer will be very interested in that because it will shw them that there is a future on the platform. Right now the PowerMac is a dead end!
If all of this came in the new powermac it still wouldn't be significant enough for the developers. You MUST remember this IS a Developer show, not a consumer show. Announcing at other shows would be much better publicity. The products at WWDC must intrigue developers... the g5 was introduced there because it introduced 64bit programming to the mac.
While developers are indeed interested in things that normal users are not, they still have to believe in the platform. Beyond that enough new software technology is already in the works that the developer meeting will be very interesting. In fact I suspect that the venues will be packed.
Just my opinion. I think we're at least a year away from a MAJOR upgrade... which will be dual core.
Well Apple can't wait a year for dual core technology, by that time AMD will be shipping mother boards supporting 8 cores and 4 cores cheap. As to the PowerMac upgrade, I suspect it will come just a bit before WWDC. The reason being that WWDC will focus on the latest OS/X release. Further I expect that new mac to support dual cores and SMT in some manner.