Originally posted by DHagan4755
I would say it is very much up in the air what hardware Apple has planned, if any, for the WWDC. I can't imagine there won't be any hardware announcements there. I will plant the seed and say that if the iBooks are NOT updated by the end of May, perhaps we are going to be presented with a revolutionary new notebook lineup both iBooks and PowerBooks. It occurs to me that portable sales are the most important of any Apple product right now because this is where the growth is in the industry and if Apple's iPod "Halo Effect" is to truly work, they need to have a strong portables line up to capture them.
Excellent point. I think the entire line could see a shakeup. I think Apple (and IBM partly, as well) has failed in getting the 970fx and bus/chipset heat reduced to a rate that can survive in a laptop without a serious hit on battery life. I have always been one to stick to the f**k Motorola/Freescale view, but that may be the last great hope, unless IBM can deliver a better chip and accompanying chipset truely aimed at a portable.
Jeez, the mini and eMac are the only desktops left with the G4 and it is topped out. Why do you think they finally put a 1.42GHz cpu in the eMac and started off with a 1.25GHz cpu in the Mini? I think Apple forsees that they need to prolong the G4 in a desktop, so as not to have their typically strongest sellers (laptops) dwindling with the worst processor in the hardware lineup. Remember the, 2004 is (well, was) the year of the laptop
line from one of Jobs' keynotes? Uh-huh. Only educational district contracts of iBook sales are saving their hide, and with Tiger, it seems the specs are lotsa memory, better GPUs and processors. Tiger will push the G4 (and its weak bus) to the limit. True, you can turn off things like Quartz 2D Extreme, but who wants to. You get Tiger and iLife with new iBooks, etc, but some of the amazing things are limited with limited memory, a weak GPU and a weak processor/bus.
The G4 is kind of like the punching bag for their hardware lineup. "No the G4 is still a viable, strong processor. We use it in the Mini, the eMac and our portable lineup. We like to have options." Sure, only until IBM can deliver a processor that can be wedged into a portable in practice
, not just in theory
as they have said of the G5.