[quote]Originally posted by Matsu:
[QB]Does anyone think that G4's will find their way into consumer macs in 2002??? Or that Altivec will find it's way into G3's???
I think that Steve guaranteed us Altivec in the consumer (iMac) line in January, when he said we could expect to see a SuperDrive in the iMac in 2002.
I think it will be a G4...although the idea of a G3 with Altivec added on is interesting, there's no marketing bang to this (at least not like upgrading the iMac from G3 to G4).
A G4 upgrade for the iMac line has basically been waiting for the G5 upgrade to the PowerMac line, because we can never have the iMac and PowerMac too close to each other (again for marketing and not technical reasons).
Whether we'll get a "real" G5 or a re-labeled and enhanced G4 remains to be seen.
Some people have said that Apple should just scrap Altivec but I think that a strong SIMD unit is essential for any future looking chip.
Exactly... there is too much Altivec-optimized code in OS X, iTunes, iMovie, etc. for Apple to even consider abandoning it.
However, with IBM not including an SIMD unit in the Sahara at least untill the Sahara II (not untill late 2002 at the earliest) and Apple's reluctance to rely on just Moto, it looks like Apollo belongs only to the 'power'macs for at least another year.
Unless Apollo magically becomes a "G5", as per some of the more reliable rumor sources lately.
Whadda ya all think? One nice thing about the G5 rumors is that a slower G4 chip would then be available in large enough quantities for the rest of the line-up.
Apple could put their marketing spin on G4 consumer macs: "Supercomputers for everyone!" or some such tag (better than the crap I came up with).