Monday, February 03, 2003

End of the line for the G3?

LoopRumors reports that a "reliable source" (if I had a dime for every time I heard that!) tells them that G4 iBooks will be out in early May.

We have received word from a reliable source that a new updated iBook with a G4 processor will make its way into the education notebook in 'early May.' This will complete the transition of the company's product line to the G4 processor.
-LoopRumors

Getting past the fact that the above statement is grammatically confusing on many levels, it suggests that a G4 iBook would only be available to the education market. Why would Apple introduce a new education product at the end of the school year?

Also, what about the future of the G3? I'll admit that it's a dated processor, but Think Secret ran an article in December speculating that the G3 still had a life ahead of it, with the G3 "GOBI" revision on the way.
Considering the fact that the iBook is supposed to be the affordable laptop, and the 12" Powerbook is $1800, I don't think the iBook will be sporting G3s any time soon, although May is still a few months off...

Accuracy note: LoopRumors is a relatively new site, although they scored poorly with their MWSF03 Keynote predictions.
Think Secret has a record of good reliability, and placed second with their Expo Keynote predictions.

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