Thursday, October 23, 2003

It's like a G4, just without the G4 part...

Here's one strange rumor that's surfaced since yesterday's iBook release.

According to this MacSlash article, the G4 in the new G4 iBooks may not have an AltiVec unit in it (a.k.a. the "Velocity Engine").

Whaaaaa?!

While we don't know for sure right now, the iBook's specs page fails to mention AltiVec/Velocity Engine at all. And at least one person has reported that an Apple representative told him that there was no AltiVec in the iBook's G4 (he said they said). To add to the confusion, other people are reporting that the iBook's education page claims the new 'books do have AltiVec-donning G4s.

Here's the real question, though (you know, besides "does the iBook's G4 have the Velocity-gizmo?"): Is a G4 still a G4 if it doesn't have an AltiVec unit? In theory, at least, that would make it basically a G3.

For the time being, we'll have to wait and see what dirt folks can dig up when these new iBooks hit Apple Stores (which should be very soon).

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