Originally Posted by Ireland
You bought stock on a thread? Not a good idea.
Originally Posted by Ireland on page 3
It's big, let's just put it that way. I won't confirm or deny anything after saying that, as I'd give it away. I want to buy some shares first.
Now that's not to say you were contemplating buying stock based on the thread but rather it just coincided with the thread.
This may be the case with the timmillea. Rather than believing the thread that a Superbowl announcement was coming, he may have had other assumptions.
Given the hype-delivery stuff that Apple has done in the past few years, I don't think that they will have anything major. Nothing worth a $40,000 investment anyway.
The major chip developments are in Core i7 and Apple can't use the desktop versions because of their design below the Mac Pro. Core i7 is beating everything AMD have to offer by a huge margin. Core 2 Quad isn't.
Recent news suggests that retailers are listing Gainestown in stock - released last week it seems. This suggests that Mac Pros are on the way soon but they will be expensive as usual.
The Core 2 quad is ready for the high end iMac and Nvidia chipsets all round.
What I would see happening but not really what I want is the following:
Dual Core Penryn Mini, 9400M chipset, possibly higher price points with inclusion of FW800 and DVDRW standard, though maybe a low end model with neither.
Dual Core on the 20" iMac models and quads on the 24" (this makes the price jump more than just 4" of screen space).
Gainestown Mac Pro maybe leaving out the quad and having 8-core at the current quad price point.
This improves things a bit but I wouldn't say anything to get overly excited about for the following reasons:
The Mini should have been updated long ago and should have had a dedicated GPU at one point. The quad iMacs will still be priced way above PC towers as the cheapest would be £1,125. Now yes it does have a 24" LED IPS panel and if you bought a Core 2 Quad PC with that kind of panel, you'd be set back about £550 for the machine + £600 for the display if you're very lucky = £1150.
However they are glossy and you can get 24" S-PVA panels, which are pretty nice for £200-300:http://mobileshark.com/Gateway-FPD24...oogle-GB&id=uk
Not LED backlit but you can't use LED backlit panels for a computertan.
So as is the case with the current lineup, the iMac is good value but in a way that most people wouldn't appreciate on the mid-range as well as the fact glossy defeats a lot of the advantages of the IPS panel like better viewing angles.
Then we get to the Mac Pro. This is going to be a great machine if it has 8 Core i7 cores for about £1500. If they keep the single quad at that price, not so much.
Overall, we're basically in the same leaky boat: Mini underpowered, iMac limited and overpriced for the mid-range and the Mac Pro left for people who need the most raw power and have money to get there.
The only consolation is Snow Leopard or maybe not. If it has a March release, Apple could delay hardware for 6-8 weeks so they bundle the machines with it. I suspect they will ship sooner and maybe offer free upgrades for these machines only but no event announced yet.