Who's buying at MacWorld New York?

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
So, Apple is going to announce new Power Macs at the expo.



1. Who's buying one after they're announced?

2. What do you intend on using it for?

3. If you're going to pass on the new models given the likely specs, what would make you buy?



[ 06-23-2002: Message edited by: Dave Hagan ]</p>
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  • Reply 1 of 46
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    I tend to wait until I know what the actual specs of the machines are before I decide...



    But no, for what I do, the dual 1 GHz machines were already way faster than necessary, so I bought then. I tend to use my computers until they wear out, not until I feel I need a faster machine. My last machine was a Frankensteined Beige G3 and it died in January.
  • Reply 2 of 46
    macjedaimacjedai Posts: 263member
    Can't say if/when I'm going to buy after MWNY, even though I'm very much in need of a new Mac. My current desktop is a "Frankenstein" also, a 9600 with an XLR8 G4/450. It all comes down to what's released H/W wise and how long I can hold out using my 9600. What will make me want to buy ... better MoBo with most all of the bottlenecks fixed (RIO, HT, and DDR implementations to name a few, would be nice) ... the new MoBo would require a processor to take advantage of all the technology, so a G4.5 or 5 would be nice (but I may be dreaming here, don't wake me up, the RDF is pleasant now). What would I do with it (in addition to surf'n the net and normal usage) ... I'd finally get to mess around with Maya at home, resume a little UNIX experimentation, some D/V and Digital photo editing etc. Maybe even a career change from my current "Mac Appreciation Job" (I fix WinTel Systems/Networks everyday, they make me appreciate my Macs). Here's hope'n that Apple releases what we want and need.
  • Reply 3 of 46
    I've got my money ready to drop on a Powerbook, no matter what the update -- more, though, if they give me a Superdrive.



    Regards,

    Pete
  • Reply 4 of 46
    bigcbigc Posts: 1,224member
    I'm in for a machine that's 30% faster than my DP 1gig and a 933 Mhz powerbook
  • Reply 5 of 46
    sc_marktsc_markt Posts: 1,393member
    I may buy if the next powermac has DDR (not a hacked DDR system as described by JYD and others) and the speed is around 1.4GHz (duals) and the price is lower than the current dual GHz macs.

    Otherwise, I'm waiting for the G5.



    [ 06-23-2002: Message edited by: sc_markt ]</p>
  • Reply 6 of 46
    kecksykecksy Posts: 1,002member
    This August, I'll be buying the fastest portable Apple makes. Will that be the current 800MHz TiBook or something else? Who knows?
  • Reply 7 of 46
    <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" /> I'm looking to MWNY to give me hope for 3D on the Mac. I'm in the market for a new computer; I also happen to be a student of the 3D arts. At the moment, I'm considering doing that which up 'till a week ago I considered unthinkable: switching back to PC ( <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" /> ). If I don't hear any good news from A|W or Apple at MWNY, I may be forced to go PC (reluctantly, though). It's a damn shame, but I may have no choice.
  • Reply 8 of 46
    bradbowerbradbower Posts: 1,068member
    Things that would make me buy at/after the Expo, providing by then I've hit my goals for savings for my next purchase (and rated in order of extremely likely to no chance in hell ):



    - Updated G4 with new case, new design, faster processors, price drops, DDR-RAM, screaming speeds, all sorts of goodies



    - G5, with any of the above



    - G4 iBook with a slightly revamped design, or maybe a middle-of-the-road G3 iPowerBook that has the best of both worlds, a worldly design, and without a price that's out of this world (a la PBG4)



    - 17" HD G4 iMac



    - SuperDrive eMac



    - Redesigned PowerBook G4 that fixes some of the larger flaws, adds a SuperDrive, along with a hefty price drop



    - Apple hybrid digital still and video camera



    - New Apple wireless webpad/iPad touchscreen display



    - Apple PDA



    - Steve Jobs in a hot gay porno



    [ 06-24-2002: Message edited by: bradbower ]</p>
  • Reply 9 of 46
    brussellbrussell Posts: 9,812member
    I've got a dual 800 and I'm actually planning my next desktop purchase for MWNY 2003. They're work machines, so it's based on when budgets come and go (next one is over September 2003).



    Hopefully they'll release the G5 by then.

  • Reply 10 of 46
    gspottergspotter Posts: 342member
    My B&W G3 300 doesn't cut it anymore, so I'm counting the days to MWNY to buy a new machine. (As I already own a 17.4" LCD, I'll not buy an iMac)



    Except for reading AI , I'll use it for Java programming (now that Eclipse (a very nice Java IDE) is being ported to MacOS X), digital photo / video editing, surfing etc.



    I'll buy probably no matter what Steve presents in NY as long as it has a new MoBo. I just can't wait any longer...
  • Reply 11 of 46
    yurin8oryurin8or Posts: 120member
    [quote]Originally posted by sc_markt:

    <strong>

    Otherwise, I'm waiting for the G5.



    [ 06-23-2002: Message edited by: sc_markt ]</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I hope you're patient!
  • Reply 12 of 46
    man, i feel spolied reading the systems that are killing some of you guys, i'm on a g4 500 that ive upgraded the crap out of, and im at my wit's end... its getting unusable, and i cant afford to wait another 6 monthes... im placing my order about 10 minutes after steve gets off the stage....



    the question is gonna be to max out with the top of the line system, or pick up a fairly inexpensive stop gap.... i can get about $900 for my current system, say $700 by then... so i'd be willing to trade up for the short term...



    what do i wanna see? ghz, whatever 1.2-1.4 in their wherever, its fine, duals across the board would be a pipe dream, biggest thing is the mobo tho... i want true ddr, none of this 1gbps restriction.... a new case would be nice too, but thats cosmetic... after fx is just unbelievably slow, and i cant afford an ice, so whatever comes through, i gotta get...
  • Reply 13 of 46
    sizzle chestsizzle chest Posts: 1,133member
    I'm 90% sure I'll order either the "better" or "best" Powermac after MWNY. Which one it ends up being depends on the specs & price.
  • Reply 14 of 46
    i've never understood the philosophy of going with faster instead of fastest or just fast. its like in poker when you've only got a little money left, you either fold, or raise all in every time.



    these days the "faster" runs around $2300, if you've got that much, drop the extra $700 or so for the better video card, ram, extra processor, higher clock, etc...



    if price is an issue, go for the fast, it'll retain its value a lot better, and you won't feel so bad about replacing it too soon. my sister got a "faster" quicksilver after mwny last year, with what she paid for it, she's gonna be using it for a looong time, and she doesnt need the superdrive or the extra mhz... whereas $1599 for the good system? thats definitely worth it.... unless you have a practical purpose for the superdrive... i mean, im gonna be in school another few years, if i absolutely have to burn a dvd, ill go to a lab and do it...



    i have always completely maxxed out whatever hardware i've been given, even doing stuff with sgi's i had to cluster 10 of em to render my stuff, so im all about understanding the need for speed.... just think about the performance difference historically between "fast" and "faster" unless theirs something major like the "yikes!" vs. "sawtooth" thing
  • Reply 15 of 46
    bartobarto Posts: 2,246member
    No matter how cool the next Power Macs are (although they probably will be Xserves in a tower case), I won't be getting them. Damn upgradeability, doesn't force me to buy new computers all the time



    List of stuff to upgrade, in probably order that I will:



    40GB western digital to replace 4GB dead Maxtor. Put Mandrake Linux on my 20GB and Mac OS X on 40GB.



    750MHz G4 upgrade from PowerLogix



    GeForce 4 MX



    Extra 256MB of RAM.



    Barto



    [ 06-24-2002: Message edited by: Barto ]</p>
  • Reply 16 of 46
    bartobarto Posts: 2,246member
    [quote]Originally posted by sc_markt:

    <strong>I may buy if the next powermac has DDR (not a hacked DDR system as described by JYD and others) and the speed is around 1.4GHz (duals) and the price is lower than the current dual GHz macs.

    Otherwise, I'm waiting for the G5.



    [ 06-23-2002: Message edited by: sc_markt ]</strong><hr></blockquote>



    You mean you will wait for a new CPU, whether it be a G4 or next-gen.



    Remember, DDR266 runs at 2133MBps. The G4 uses 1066MBps. AGP uses 1066MBps. Combine that with DMA from your ethernet controller, and it doesn't seem so wasted anymore.



    Barto
  • Reply 17 of 46
    leonisleonis Posts: 3,427member
    No new hardware for me until Summer 2003 MINIMUM



    Of course...replacement for the broken ones doesn't count



    [ 06-24-2002: Message edited by: Leonis ]</p>
  • Reply 18 of 46
    bartobarto Posts: 2,246member
    Don't be sad... Most people 'round here reckon that 1st half '03 is when the next-gen CPUs/architecture will arrive.



    Be sad for the people who have to buy now, and will say "Doh!" when the next-gen is released



    Barto
  • Reply 19 of 46
    g-newsg-news Posts: 1,107member
    The main things that kept me from buying a dual 1GHz machine was: the mainboard and the case.

    If Steve gets his head out of his ass at MWNY and gives us something less antiquated in those two respects, then I might buy.

    Ideal would be something along the lines of: 2x1400MHz or more, real DDR mainboard, with FireWire 2 and all the new stuff that makes it into the design and a nice metallic case that can handle at least 2x 5.25" bays. Also a looped PSU would be nice to have again. Sound-in ports are most likely a given.



    G-News
  • Reply 20 of 46
    mokimoki Posts: 551member
    [quote]Originally posted by Geoff Vargo:

    <strong> <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" /> I'm looking to MWNY to give me hope for 3D on the Mac. I'm in the market for a new computer; I also happen to be a student of the 3D arts. At the moment, I'm considering doing that which up 'till a week ago I considered unthinkable: switching back to PC ( <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" /> ). If I don't hear any good news from A|W or Apple at MWNY, I may be forced to go PC (reluctantly, though). It's a damn shame, but I may have no choice.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    If you're a student of the 3D arts, Apple's recent aquisitions should very likely convince you to continue using Macs:



    <a href="http://www.osxworld.com/artman/publish/article_45.shtml"; target="_blank">http://www.osxworld.com/artman/publish/article_45.shtml</a>;
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