Originally posted by RBR
I sat thru a presentation last week where a Apple employee said that he ran a test on his dual G5 which took two hours (Handbrake recoding a video file from DVD) which the 20" iMac Intel chip machine did the same task in 30 minutes. That's right, one fourth of the time of a dual G5!
I believe that the reason for the "Mac Pro" (tower) timing is simply that Intel will not be releasing the chip which is intended for it until shortly before the expected release date of the "Mac Pro".
Apple may be able to cut the lead time between the release of the CPUs and product shipping by producing the units without CPU and installing the CPU at the last (when they become available). If Apple chooses to do things this way, it would indicate a high degree of confidence, based upon testing of preproduction chips, that Intel will be able to ship the CPU "as advertised". Otherwise the risk of having to change the machines already producted because of a change in the final production CPU would be too risky.
It will be interesting to see how this develops as it will indicate the state of the emerging relationship with Intel.
Just remember this;
Apple was the first company to get the Yonah in shipping quantities. Several PC manufacturers complained about that.
Intel is pushing the Conroe, Merom, and Woodcrest forward to the 3rd quarter. Apple pushed its developer conference back to August, in the 3rd quarter.
Why did Apple do that?
With the knowledge we now have about the delivery schedule of these chips, it's a reasonable assumption that it is not a coincidence.
Also remember that compared to the rest of the industry, Apple's sales are miniscule (hopefully, not forever, but that's a different argument). That would mean that as the ramp-up in production for these chips proceeds, they would have enough chips for Apple to sell, while the big vendors might pass.
Going back to the days of the clones, Apple was hit with this very same phenomenon. The smaller vendors always got the fastest chips a couple of months ahead of Apple, because of the ramp-up.
So, we might see all of those lines of chips being used.
AND, if Apple does choose to come out with some mid-price machine, it might be with a Conroe. That machine would have better cooling capacity than the iMac, but would cost less than a tower. It would have to compete against all of the other mid-price machines using Conroe's. I'm not saying that they will do it, of course, but if they do...