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post #1 of 11
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We've all had enough time to give our opinions, read others, review the evidence, surf the web, and make informed guesses as to what's coming down the pipe on Monday.

I would like to dedicate this thread to recording our best guesses in the following format: Worst case/Expectations/Best Case.

Note: This is not an iWish or AppleMust thread. We've had weeks and months to gather our evidence and form our expectations. Based on all available evidence, what is the range of products you feel is MOST LIKELY to be released on Monday?

Finally, there are plenty of threads devoted to discussion/argument. I'd just like to record everyone's best guesses for posterity, not re-hash the same arguments again and again.

I'll start:

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Worst Case
iMac - CRT's only, 800 MHz G3 max
iBook - no changes
Powermac - speed increase to 933 MHz G4, no motherboard changes
Powerbook - no changes
The Big Secret - iPicture

Expectations
iMac - CRT's and LCD's, 800 MHz G3 max
iBook - speed bump of 100 MHz, colors
Powermac - speed increase to 1 GHz, additional dual proc configs, DDRRAM mobo's in some configs
Powerbook - increase in speed to 733 MHz max
The Big Secret - Apple portable table device

Best Case
iMac - LCD iMac G4 at 800 MHz
iBook - speed bump of 200 MHz, colors, docking station
Powermac - speed increase to a max 1.2 GHz, dual procs across the board, DDRRAM mobos in all, case allows for multiple optical drives
Powerbook - increase in speed to 800 MHz, higher resolution screens
The Big Secret - Apple handhelds, merger with Palm

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SdC
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post #2 of 11
Good topic SdC!!

PLEASE NO DISCUSSION ON THIS THREAD! In fact would it be wrong of me to ask that any discussion on this thread be deleted by the mods to keep this thread consice?

Worst Case:
iMac - LCD's and CRT's in 2 low end models, 800 MHz G3 max
iBook - no changes
Powermac - speed increase to 1 GHz G4, 933 dual, no motherboard changes, Superdrive in top 2 models
Powerbook - no changes
The Big Secret - iPicture, hehe OS X on x86!

Expectations:
iMac - CRT in low end model only and LCD's, 800 MHz G3 (G4 in top end machine), 133 Bus, no superdrive
iBook - top end gets 8x combo, low end gets 600 MHz and 100MHz bus (colors?)
Powermac - speed increase to 1 GHz, dual proc configs accross line except low end, DDRRAM mobo's in all configs except low end 867, Superdrive accross line.
Powerbook - no change (colors?)
The Big Secret - iPhoto+iPhoto device: see SdC's other thread about the F/W Camera, Gigawire (whatever THAT is)

Best Case:
iMac - LCD (high res.) iMac G4 at 1 GHz (700MHz G3 CRT on low end $799 model) DDR in LCDs. Superdrive on high end
iBook - Same as above + speed bump of 100 MHz, colors, docking station (good idea!)
Powermac - speed increase to a max 1.4 GHz G5, 1.2 Dual, DDRRAM mobos in all, case allows for multiple optical drives. Superdrive accross line.
Powerbook - higher resolution screens, 800-933 Apollo chip (colors?)
The Big Secret - Apple handhelds. Sony partnership. + Above. PowerPod + PowerCamera.

I know, I just modified SdC's but i think mine will happen!

-Paul

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post #3 of 11
What I am told is to expect speeds of 1.2,1.4. and 1.6 ghz.
post #4 of 11
Worst case:
No Powermac speed increase

Expect:
New LCD iMac w/G3 700-800Mhz
New PowerMacs w/ Apollo G4s at up to 1.2Ghz

Best case:
G5s
post #5 of 11
For me iBook & Ti is for MWTK... so...

Worst:
iMac CRT G3 @ 600 Mhz
iMac LCD G3 @ 750 Mhz
PowerMac G4 @ 1.0 Ghz (same MB)
New iService on iTools
GigaWire

Expected
iMac CRT G3 @ 700Mhz
iMac LCD G3 @ 800 Mhz with superdrive
PowerMac G4 @ 1.4 Ghz (new MB)
New Digital Hub device
GigaWire

Best Case
iMac CRT G3 @ 700Mhz
iMac LCD G3 @ 1.0 Ghz with superdrive
PowerMac G4 @ 1.2 Ghz (same MB)
PowerMac G5 @ 1.6 (new MB)
RackServer G5 @ 800 Mhz (choose how many processors you want - 1 / 2 / 4
New Digital Hub device
GigaWire
Raycer Aqua & 3D Accelerator
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post #6 of 11
Do we get a prize for getting the closest?

Worst Case
iMac - there is no LCD imac, only a speedbump to the current design -- bringing back FlowerPower?
iBook - no changes
Powermac - minor increases (presumably at least 1GHz)
Powerbook - no changes
The Big Secret - iPicture or something equally useless

Expectations
iMac - new LCD iMac (maybe with CRT at low end)with a fast(ish) G3
iBook - no change
Powermac - breaks 1Ghz, possibly even 1.2 or 1.4
Powerbook - no change
The Big Secret - some consumer electronics device that we haven't really talked about (probably not a PDA unfortunately)

Best Case (ie Fantasy)
iMac - LCD iMac G4 at any speed above 600
iBook - speed bump of 200 MHz, standard combo drive?
Powermac - G5
Powerbook - increase in speed to 800 MHz, higher resolution screens
The Big Secret - Apple handheld
post #7 of 11
suckfuldotcom:

portable table device?

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post #8 of 11
[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
<strong>Worst case:
No Powermac speed increase

Expect:
New LCD iMac w/G3 700-800Mhz
New PowerMacs w/ Apollo G4s at up to 1.2Ghz

Best case:
G5s</strong><hr></blockquote>

Sounds about right.
post #9 of 11
Worst:

iMac CRT
600MHZ
CDROM
$799

iMac LCD
700MHZ G3
CDRW
$1399

iMac LCD
800MHZ G3
CDRW/DVD-ROM
Bigger HD
$1599

iMac LCD
900MHZ G3
CDRW/DVD-ROM
Even Bigger HD
$1699

PM:

G4 @800, 867, 933MHZ
Same Mobo

iPhoto


Expectations:

iMac CRT
Old Bus
800MHZ G3
CDRW
$799

iMac LCD
PC133
867MHZ G3
CDRW
$1199

iMac LCD
PC133
933MHZ G3
CDRW/DVD
$1399

iMac LCD
PC133
1GHZ G4
SuperDrive
$1699


PM G5 @1.2, 1.4 1.6, 1.4 Dual
DDR 266
60, 80, 100, 100GB
CDRW, SuperDrive, SuperDrive, SuperDrive
$1799, 2599, 2999, 3499

iBook: bumped at MWTKO
PB: bumped at MWTKO

Best:

iMac LCD G4 @867MHZ, 933MHZ, 1.0GHZ
40,60, 80GB
PC133
CDRW, CDRW, SuperDrive
$799, $1099, $1299

PM G5 @2.0,2.2, 2.4, 2.4 Dual
PC2700 (333MHZ)
HyperTransport Links
SuperDrive on all
Additional PCI Slots
Extra Bay added
Geforce 4
$1299, $1999, $2499, $2999


17", 19" ,22", 24" Displays. $599, $799, $1499, $1999.

I am tired of speculating now. Apple better deliver this time.
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post #10 of 11
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c'mon. Go on the record. Wassamatta, chicken (brawk-braaawwk!)?

These guys did it, and so can you!



SdC
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post #11 of 11
Worst: "Hey guys, we have a big surpise: New iTools! And a special OS X presentation!"

Expectations:

iMac: CRT at the low end, at 750MHz. G3's with 14.1' LCD's at the high end with combo drives and the like, up to 1GHz with generous amounts of HD space and RAM.

PowerMac: G4's at 867, 1000, and 1133MHz. Same mobo. Minor case tweaks, perhaps a second bay (finally!). Same shitty prices.

Digital Device: Some cool little thing that costs more than a low end PC.

Insane Wishes:

iMac: 15" TFT's across the board, 800MHz+ G3s only. Sleek, svelte design with wireless peripherals.

PowerMac: G4 or G5 processors all above 1GHz. Enhanced mobo with faster FSB and RAM. Case with many bays, 6PCI slots, 4USB, and no stupid speaker. Soundcard standard. High end video card (a REAL high end video card) standard. Lowering of prices to something mere mortals could afford.

iBooks: Spec bumps. CD model dropped in favor of DVD, CDRW, Combo at $1199, $1299, and $1599. 20GB or larger HDs. Clock speeds at 700 or above.

TiBook: Spec bump, faster G4s.

Digital Device: A PDA similiar to the Sony PGN760c that offers fantastic connectivity, a SrongARM CPU, 16MB+ memory, high resolution color LCD, FireWire, Quicktime playback, and internet for $400 or less.
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