Saturday, June 07, 2003

Apple had a new (blank)...

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple will announce new 970-based Powermacs at the WWDC Keynote in about two weeks. We know that. But they also offer something new.

According to this article at the Insider, Apple will announce the new machines as the "Powermac G5" despite the fact that the processor will not be a Motorola G5 (to be fair, the actual G5 processor is just a figment of our collective imaginations).

Here's where things get sticky. The Insider only references 1.4 and 1.8 GHz processors for clock speeds, and claims Apple won't release dual-processor machines right away. Ah, that's odd.

First, as to the clock speeds, four rumored speeds of 970s being produced for Apple have popped up. They're 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, and 1.8 GHz. The 1.2 would probably only be for a Powerbook, but the other three have been associated with many recent Powermac rumors. MacBidouille (they've been surprisingly quiet as of late...) claimed we'd see 1.4, 1.6, and 1.8 GHz machines. Since there's evidence to suggest that the 1.6 GHz processor is being produced at IBM's "Fishkill" plant (apparently it's named after its location in New York, and thanks to MacUnderground reader Richard for pointing that out to me), it seems somewhat obvious that Apple would use the processor.

Also, we have to wonder why the Insider doesn't predict dual-processor machines (at least right away). You may remember that MacWhispers has reported that the 970 is significantly cheaper than the G4. Considering Apple's current Pro line-up and the price issue, you'd think that they'd put dual-970s in the Powermac. Once again looking at MacBidouille, they predicted dual-processor machines.

There's yet another problem with the Insider's report, though. It claims we'll see a more square-like case for the new Powermac (one can only assume it's al la the Cube), but rumors from MacBidouille (I know I'm citing them a lot here, but they've been producing a ton of 970 rumors as of late) suggest a rectangular motherboard. Call me old fashioned, but I like my motherboard fitting inside my computer's casing. Older MacWhispers rumors also suggest a more rectangular look.

While this rumor sounds nice, it doesn't seem to be able to hold up under scrutiny. I'm going say this is probably wrong. Although it's definitely interesting.

By the way, the title refers to the Match Game. I watch too much Game Show Network.

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