[quote]Originally posted by SDW2001:
They DID NOT deny it.
They might as well have! If they were worried about Steve busting their balls about disclosing sensitive info, they could have just as easily said "no comment" to a request for an interview or to any of the questions.
How do you account for this:
Conceding that work on the G5 chip is progressing "well", Clark warned that Motorola "doesn't want to fan the flames of expectation".
Let's see, if the G5 was due in January, why bother saying all this? Why would he WANT to stifle the flames of expectation? Sure, fine, Apple wants to make a big splash. Would Moto saying "no comment" really undermine this?
"There's only one announced product built on the E500 core that's at the base of G5s," Clark explained. Announced at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose in October, this is an embedded product (the MPC 8540) designed for high-speed networking applications.
Pretty unambiguous there: the 8540 is NOT the G5. Alot of the technology that WILL go into the G5 is in the 8540, but they are not one and the same thing. Unless you think the man is actually lying!
The Moto goes on to talk about all the features that will be included in the G5 "at some point", but follows this discussion directly with this:
However, Clark wanted to mollify speculation of a G5 Mac, pointing out that the potential of the G4 architecture has "exceeded Motorola's initial expectations". He said: "The G4 has a great deal of remaining potential. There's a great deal of headroom left in the chip, which still has enormous usability."
Mollify: 1. to allay the anger of; placate. 2. to lessen the intensity; temper. 3. to reduce the rigidity of; soften.
Translation: Calm down, fellas! G4@1GHZ is what you're getting, and it ain't all that bad.
If you didn't get it there, a few sentences later:
Clark's message to Macintosh users was simple: "We don't want to raise people's expectations beyond what's possible. We will not discuss how or when customers, such as Apple, are applying our technology."
Everyone seems to only read the second sentence in this paragraph. "He's saying 'no comment', so it must mean that it's coming in January!!!" That's plainly not the case here. It reads more like: "Confidentially, don't get your hopes up. Of course, I can't say anything officially."
Bring on your objections...