G5 powermacs before MWNY.
Current powermacs are a joke, Apple knows it, and they didn't even touch them at this expo. They will be updated soon for sure.
The question is, do they get the Apollo or the G5.
Since this expo was for consumer products, (iBook, iMac), this suggests that the next event will be for "professional" products, i.e., the Titanium and the Powermacs.
The titanium will get the Apollo G4, running nice and cool without draining too much juice.
The Powermacs will get the G5, clocked to insane speeds, and generating enough heat for stir fry.
Case? Expect the case to carry over, but with some minor changes. Apple will not add another drive expansion bay until their Firewire patent expires. Until then, the El Capitan case is primo--no reason to change it.
So why not Apollo in the Powermacs? Because
1. The Apollo won't clock beyond 1.2 GHz or so. That's nowhere near enough speed for the Powermacs to remain competitive. Jobs said that Apple was going to close the MHz gap in 2001...well they didn't, because G5 development lagged behind schedule. But very soon, Apple will live up to Jobs' promise of closing the MHz gap. Note that 1.2 GHz would not close the MHz gap, it would merely maintain the gap, with Powermacs clocked to roughly half the MHz of Craptel boxes. But a 1.4-1.6 G5 powermac, that would narrow the Mhz gap significantly. And of course, the performance gap would remain, albeit in a reversed state.
2. The iMac now is powered by a G4. Yes, for almost a year, the imac and powermacs both used G3 processors. However, this was before the current product matrix and its concrete castes of consumer and pro products. Furthermore, the G3 iMac was clocked lower than the G3 powermacs, but the G4 iMac is clocked as fast as a high end powermac. Jobs likes to clearly differentiate the consumer and pro products based on CPU, he's very proud of his product matrix. For example, consider the effort put into making the Powerbook a G4 model. A G3 powerbook wouldn't fit in the matrix. Thus, the product matrix is currently unbalanced, but it will not remain so for long. A Powermac G5 will bring balance to the force, er, product matrix, and all will be well again.
3. The reports from MOSR and the Register could be total BS. However, it's difficult to dismiss the Archintosh report of sealed powermacs running at dizzying speeds that could not be explained my a modest MHz speed bump. Maybe this could just be the result of 1.2 GHz Apollo G4s with 266 MHz bus and DDR RAM, but I think it makes more sense that these sealed boxes were in fact G5s, clocked to what the rumor sites reported, about 1.6 GHz. These boxes have been in testing for about 5-6 months now.
4. If the register is correct, then the G5 is being fabbed right now and Apple is stockpiling enough chips to meet demand for G5 powermacs. Release of these powermacs is thus imminent. In the event of a serious production bug, MWNY is the latest that we will see these bitchin' new Macs.
5. The G5 has been in development for a long-ass time, longer than the Apollo G4. As soon as it became apparent that the G4 was poorly designed and would not scale readily, extreme measures were taken by Apple. The decision was not to bang their heads against the wall on G4 development, but to begin work on the G5 in parallel with G4 work. So we are seeing the fruits of G4 development, with several new versions of the chip that finally exceed the orginal 7400 chip's clockspeed. However, aside from one embedded chip, the G5 has been shrouded in mystery, and is possibly Apple's best-kept secret. Notice that Motorola used to discuss the G5 when it was a FUTURE chip, as in, so far away that discussing it didn't mean squat for any new Apple products. Now that the G5 is ready for Powermacs, Moto's tune has changed, and we have heard nothing from them about the G5 for a very long time. This is because, as soon as the G5 started testing, Apple, aka Steve Jobs, slammed an iron curtain around the G5 project. Expect that curtain to fall real soon.
There's plenty more reasons to expect G5 Powermacs soon, but I'm tired. Suffice to say that the future is bright, if the Powermac G5 is here soon, and Steve Jobs knows it. And he was one happy dude at MWSF!
So bookmark this thread, because you'll see that I'm right and everyone else is CRAZY!
G5 by MWNY, or it's a bust: Apple is doomed without the G5, if I'm wrong about the CPU then sell all shares of Apple stock and sink the money into a new Wintel system...otherwise your mac will be a dinosaur within three years.
Ha! I should start my own rumor site, call it The Junkyard! All the hits, ads, and my crystal ball predictions would turn me into a rich coke-snortin', ho beatin' DAWG!!! I'd have a whole "farm" of Powermacs, but they wouldn't be for rendering, they would be for porn: a "Porn Farm". Mac sluts would pay good money just to get a chance to suck on my big...oh, well it's getting late, I'd better hit the sack.
More news for the Junkyard coming soon...