Tuesday, May 13, 2003

970 shuffle...

LoopRumors reported today that two big shipments of PowerPC 970s have been sent to Taiwanese parts manufacturer Foxconn.

The site claimed that 20,000 1.4 GHz and 40,000 1.6 GHz processors had already arrived and that another shipment of 40,000 1.8 GHz are expected tomorrow. They also went on to say that IBM will be shipping 2 GHz 970s to Foxconn within a month, and that 2.3 and 2.5 GHz processors would arrive there by year's end.

Sure, that sounds dandy. Here's the problem...
Whether you like him and his site or not, Jack Campbell over at Macwhispers has gone on record as saying this in response to the LoopRumors post:

Foxconn is not manufacturing either the new 970 PowerBook or the 970 PowerMac. There have actually been zero PPC 970 chips delivered to Foxconn.

Shame on LoopRumors.

While many question Macwhispers rumor accuracy, they still have several predictions that have yet to prove or disprove themselves, and it should also be noted that LoopRumors has an equally bad, or worse, record.

In fact, Jack Campbell should be extra-reliable in this scenario because his entire rumor-gathering operation revolves around making small talk with Apple's manufacturers.

LoopRumors has yet to respond to the statement from Jack Campbell/Macwhispers, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

Somebody call As the Apple Turns, it looks like we've got a bit of drama brewing here!


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