Originally posted by 00100011
Considering we're talking about Apple here, the article states that the 15-inch and 17-inch models [will max out] at 1.7GHz; I believe that 1.7GHz will be the maximum CPU speed, therefore there won't (as in "will not")be a 1.8GHz or 2.0GHz PowerBook. Furthermore, I really do believe that the screen resolutions will remain the same, the video card will remain the same, and the hard drives will remain at 5400rpm. Why? Because Apple has recently been all about not living up to expectations or needs in terms of hardware, especially in the mobile line. I don't mean to be extremely negative, but that's just how it has been, and I'm trying to be realistic.
Now, time for the conspiracy theory. When Apple slipped up on releasing information about a possible WUXGA display, I'd be willing to bet that it was because they had a 17 inch G5 PowerBook ready or on the way. With the unfortunate turn of events, it's pretty clear that the G5 PowerBooks will not see the light of day. However, demand for a G5 PowerBook is extremely high, and Apple knows it, even though they're slated to switch to Intel processors ... so ...
What would be the possibility of the 17-inch G5 PB existing, but the G5 PB line not being released because Apple can't put a G5 into a 15-inch or 12-inch PowerBook enclosure? Also, if Apple only has a 17-inch G5 PB, would you (collectively) buy one, even if Steve Jobs said something like, "This will be the only G5 PowerBook ever, meaning there will not be any other revisions or enclosures; this is the G5 PowerBook, and it will only be available up until we release our official Intel PowerBooks." (It would be a nice macintosh collector's item.) Last question, again if Apple only has a 17-inch G5 PB, what would be the possibility of Apple swallowing their pride and just releasing the one-sized G5 PB?
My thouhts about a G5 PB have been that they could do it as they have had to have been working on one for some while. These new designs don't spring from the head of Zeus, so to speak. There is quite a time for gestation.
If Apple tests it, and finds that the heat, power usage and speed are all within expectations, then they might wery well release it. They don't have to have it in the whole line.
The question is whether the 1.6GHz G5 will work for them. Is a 1.6GHz G5 sufficiently more powerful than a 1,7 GHz 7448 G4 to warrant it? Also the speed is lower than the G4. Not by much, but how would it look? Could Apple get it up to 1.7 or 1.75 to appear faster in that way as well?
If they could, and the performance is 25% better than what we have now, then it might be worth it, if it didn't have a life of 2 hours or less, and didn't burn the skin off your thighs.