Another G5 Rumor to Stoke the Fires

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
I don't know anyone who works in the computer industry, specifically anything Apple-related, don't know what the hell AltiVec is, and am solely an iMac user. Yet here I am with a G5 rumor. Fate is strange.



I was in line last night to see "Lord of the Rings" for the second time (it transcends the "fantasy" genre, and is easily the best film of the year), and happened to overhear two guys behind me having a conversation about the possibility of "new flat-panel iMacs" debuting at MacWorld. It's not every day you hear this type of conversation, especially while waiting in line for a movie, so, armed with my insider knowledge gleaned from this message board, I turned around and responded that, yes, flat-panel iMacs were expected in January.



One of the guys then mentioned he was a developer (he didn't specify what kind, and the line was beginning to move, so I didn't have time to ask), and the word "G5" slipped out. I looked at him, smiled, and asked if G5s were expected to be unveiled in January. He smiled back with an "oops, I think I said something I shouldn't have" type of look. I then told him I was an iMac user, so I wouldn't really care if G5s were unveiled or not--I'm more interested in the flat-panel. He then admitted that yes, G5s were on the way, January would be "very interesting," and added the comment that it often sucked to be a developer working with prototypes because they are never refined, and they tend to crash a lot.



I have a hard time believing that this person had any reason to make all this up, and I'm certainly not the type to make up silly rumors myself about a computer system I won't even purchase, but I thought those of you anticipating the G5 might appreciate hearing about my experience. This guy also mentioned that Windows XP beat OS X to the punch regarding "surround sound," but the next OS X update would support it. Since I still use 9.1, I have no idea what that means or whether that's true or not, but I thought I'd mention it if it gives more credence to his other statements.



As Jean-Luc Picard would say, "discussion is invited."
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  • Reply 1 of 21
    kidredkidred Posts: 2,402member
    Interesting. if true then we will get awesome G5s that tend to crash!! Rock on!!



  • Reply 2 of 21
    davegeedavegee Posts: 2,765member
    [quote]Originally posted by Gandalf the Semi-Coherent:

    <strong>I have a hard time believing that this person had any reason to make all this up, </strong><hr></blockquote>



    While I don't totally discount this... After reading a few of these threads I think you'll find it MUCH easier to believe that people can and do make stuff like this up. I'm no shrink but I think some just like the attention. :confused:



    Dave



    [ 12-24-2001: Message edited by: DaveGee ]</p>
  • Reply 3 of 21
    [quote]Originally posted by DaveGee:

    <strong>While I don't totally discount this... After reading a few of these threads I think you'll find it MUCH easier to believe that people can and do make stuff like this up. I'm no shrink but I think some just like the attention. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    I, too, would agree with your skepticism based on what I've read around these parts, but it wasn't like this guy was trying to brag on what he did for the benefit of those around. I merely overheard a conversation and in the process of interjecting my two cents, some information spilled out, clearly unintentionally on his part. That's why it seemed legit to me. But when January rolls around, we'll see if he was full of it or not. I just thought it was worth sharing, though.
  • Reply 4 of 21
    Interesting, indeed.
  • Reply 5 of 21
    pookjppookjp Posts: 280member
    For whatever reason, I'm not skeptical of what Gandalf said. His story is random enough to be believable.



    But I am skeptical of the developer's knowlege. He may have used a G5 prototype, but that speaks nothing to its release date. Apple certainly has tiers of knowlege: a developer knows more than the masses, but less than the system developers, the system developmers know less than the executives, adn so on. Thus the developer is probably just speculating about the release date, much as we are.



    - Pook :cool:
  • Reply 6 of 21
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    [quote]Originally posted by PookJP:

    <strong>For whatever reason, I'm not skeptical of what Gandalf said. His story is random enough to be believable.



    But I am skeptical of the developer's knowlege. He may have used a G5 prototype, but that speaks nothing to its release date. Apple certainly has tiers of knowlege: a developer knows more than the masses, but less than the system developers, the system developmers know less than the executives, adn so on. Thus the developer is probably just speculating about the release date, much as we are.



    - Pook :cool: </strong><hr></blockquote>





    anybody with a hardware protype knows the release date
  • Reply 7 of 21
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,306member
    I believe it. I see the iMacs as moving to midrange G4's, the Entry level and Midlevel Powermacs will have high g4's up to over a gigahertz and the top machine will have a G5. That's my guess for MWSF
  • Reply 8 of 21
    hmm apple engineers leaking info out about upcoming products at lord of the rings to random mac enthusiasts <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> .







    If you did meet someone at a movie theatre talking about macs, i think he may have been pulling your chain there, my gullible friend.
  • Reply 9 of 21
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,306member
    [quote]Originally posted by SameOldSht:

    <strong>hmm apple engineers leaking info out about upcoming products at lord of the rings to random mac enthusiasts <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> .







    If you did meet someone at a movie theatre talking about macs, i think he may have been pulling your chain there, my gullible friend.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    He never said anything about them being "Apple" Engineers. Any Engineer that has access to a Prototype G5 would have to most likely work for a Tier 1 ISV.
  • Reply 10 of 21
    This one time, at Band Camp, this girl stuck a G5 in her pu$$y and I was like, "is that a G5?" and she was all like, "oops, I wasn't supposed to show that to anyone, but come January all girls will be able to feel the sheer power."

    Take it for what it is worth, but I tend to believe her.
  • Reply 11 of 21
    [quote]Originally posted by Horned_Frog:

    <strong>This one time, at Band Camp, this girl stuck a G5 in her pu$$y and I was like, "is that a G5?" and she was all like, "oops, I wasn't supposed to show that to anyone, but come January all girls will be able to feel the sheer power."

    Take it for what it is worth, but I tend to believe her. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    lol
  • Reply 12 of 21
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    [quote]Originally posted by Horned_Frog:

    <strong>This one time, at Band Camp, this girl stuck a G5 in her pu$$y and I was like, "is that a G5?" and she was all like, "oops, I wasn't supposed to show that to anyone, but come January all girls will be able to feel the sheer power."

    Take it for what it is worth, but I tend to believe her. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    LOL, good one.
  • Reply 13 of 21
    Well, I for one, say thanks to gandalf for sharing, we need more earnest users here.
  • Reply 14 of 21
    [quote]Originally posted by hmurchison:

    <strong>



    Any Engineer that has access to a Prototype G5 would have to most likely work for a Tier 1 ISV.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Ahhhhh ... I see there are many levels of enlightenment then ...



    ... tell me of them.
  • Reply 15 of 21
    [quote] This one time, at Band Camp, this girl stuck a G5 in her pu$$y and I was like, "is that a G5?" and she was all like, "oops, I wasn't supposed to show that to anyone, but come January all girls will be able to feel the sheer power."

    <hr></blockquote>





    Something like this could really liven up Steve's Keynote.



    "G5 Now with ribbed heat-sink for her pleasure."
  • Reply 16 of 21
    sc_marktsc_markt Posts: 1,395member
    I'm starting to think the G5 will be released this Jan '02. I also suspect its possible that Apple released some of the new iMac info and the summer release date of the 64 bit OSX to divert attention away from the G5.



    I just hope that if the G5 is released this Jan, its the real deal and not some hacked up G4. I also hope it really is 3X more powerful than the P4 at the same clock speed.

    And if it is 3X more powerful than the P4 at the same clock speed, I think Apple should tell the world about it. In fact, they should advertise their machines with this monster microprocesser inside, in magazines such as PC Mag and PC World.





    - Mark
  • Reply 17 of 21
    Anyone who believed this load of crap please let me know, I have some beach front property to sell you on Mars.



  • Reply 18 of 21
    [quote] I was in line last night to see "Lord of the Rings" for the second time... <hr></blockquote>



    ...and we can just stop there.
  • Reply 19 of 21
    [quote]I was in line last night to see "Lord of the Rings" for the second time...<hr></blockquote>



    [quote]Originally posted by Michael Grey:

    <strong>



    ...and we can just stop there.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    lol good one.
  • Reply 20 of 21
    rokrok Posts: 3,519member
    i got burned once long ago by a friend who worked at apple canada who had "inside information" on the first-revision ibooks. turned out that he was either fed inaccurate information, made it up himself (perhaps even to sniff out leaks, who knows?), or saw one of fifty different prototypes for the original ibook. whatever the circumstance, he was totally wrong, and i ended up sounding like an idiot for passing it on. last time i make that mistake. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />



    the only thing i believe anymore are actual product advertising promo photography -- it's the only thing that seems legit (such as the leaked photos of kihei imacs, the g4 cube and those crappy photos of the quiksilver enclosure). even then, people with passing knowledge of photoshop can doctor convincing photos together.



    so who knows? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">



    [ 12-25-2001: Message edited by: rok ]</p>
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