Originally posted by gar
That's a good explaination.
The reason I don't think Apple will put a 2.4Ghz Conroe in the next generation 20" iMac is:
- How many room for upgrades is left. a $900 Core 2 Extreme is not an option, so Apple can upgrade in januari to the 2.67Ghz and after that they have to look for something else. I don't know what Intel has to over for mid 2007 and beyond.
If I am wrong (and I hope I am) and Apple releases a 2.4Ghz 20"iMac this summer/fall, Intel should have an impressive roadmap ahead.
- The 2.4Ghz has 4MB cache, that's a large step up from Yonah.
- I am conservative about the processors Apple will use for the MacPro.
Fisrt when Yonah was released I don't believe that the 2.13 chip was available, so Apple used the fastest chip in the iMac at that time. Second the chip prices should fall by January, they did with Yonah about 4-5 months after their release. Third, even if Apple uses the 2.4 Ghz Conroe in the top end they still have room for growth in that chip line. Fourth, the Conroe is not the end of Intel's chip development, there will be something else to replace it in 6-12 months, even if it is just a minor speed bump to just above 3.0 Ghz on the top end.
Now, I'm not saying they will use the 2.4 in the high end iMac, but component prices and similar models from Dell show that they can do so for the price that they are charging for the high end iMac. Now if they do not then the iMac should come down in price if they are going to release models that are competative in their target markets. Given the extra's for the Dell model above that Apple would not add to the imac will more than make up for the $50 difference in the faster processor, and that Apple is not likely to offer 1 GB RAM as standard then a "Fair" price for a 2.13 iMac would be no more than $1599, and a better price for it would be $1499. Given this the 17" should probably drop in price to $1199 or $1099. That leaves room for Apple to release a new "high end" model with a 2.4 in the $1899 or $1999 price range.
Even if they do release a 2.4 Ghz iMac Apple still has room to release 3 Mac Pro's using Conro'e, starting with a 2.4 in the low end and going up to the 2.93 in the high end. Everyone expects that Woodcrest will be used in at least one of the MacPro's, so it is more likely that they would leave the 2.4 Ghz to be used in another model which today can only be the iMac. Of course they could release a new "Cube" or headless or pizzabox model that fits inbetween the iMac and the MacPro.