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jefhatfield
Jul 6, 2003, 08:48 PM
i think christmas this year...or i hope

Simon Liquid
Jul 6, 2003, 09:11 PM
I'd guess no sooner than spring next year. I think we'll get at least one more round of G4 laptops and probably 2 or more before they get G5s in laptops. Any time I feel myself start to get optimistic I pinch myself and say "nine fans."

plinkoman
Jul 6, 2003, 09:18 PM
i'm guessing wwdc next year. i hope it comes at that time, or not much later, i need one for college

Stelliform
Jul 6, 2003, 09:43 PM
Originally posted by Simon Liquid
Any time I feel myself start to get optimistic I pinch myself and say "nine fans."

LOL

Hey Jef, does the faint writing under the G5 in your avatar say, "Manufactured by IBM"? Did you call it all those years ago? :D

Due to heat, release timing, etc. I have to put my money on first quarter 2004. Reasoning: Current 15" and 17" will be updated with new G4's soon. 6 Month minimum on next release would put it first quarter 2004. Now the big question is can they make it cool enough for the Powerbook. I am thinking this won't be too much of a problem as my TiBook scalds my lap. :p

ZildjianKX
Jul 6, 2003, 10:42 PM
I'm so hesitant to buy the next revision of the PB since I just know the next model will be a G5... I have this horrible feeling that Apple is lying to us about how soon the G5 PBs are coming out so they won't lose revenue on the next revision of the G4 PB... blah... companies suck.

macphoria
Jul 6, 2003, 11:07 PM
I think G5 PowerBook will come out next summer.

uhlawboi80
Jul 6, 2003, 11:11 PM
well im not sure when they will get the G5 in a PB, but regardless, they need to update the 15" PB before they really start to piss people off.

i have a feeling they will toss the 1.42 G4 into an updated 15PB, then later drop the 980 into a new PB in the future...but hey, its Apple, there is no way of telling

cr2sh
Jul 6, 2003, 11:23 PM
The g3 powermac and powerbook were introduced at the same time... The powermac g4 was introduced in september 1999, with the g4 powerbook coming in january 2001... so who knows. If they were to introduce a g5 powerbook in the next 6months they'd hurt the desktop sales.. it'd be too much, too fast. Plus, I don't think it can be done that fast...

They'll try to get another run of the g4 powerbook before (august) g5 shipments. That'll last 6~months (february) and then they'll *announce* g5 powerbooks, with actual shipments coming 2~months later (may). I believe itll take a year...

ZildjianKX
Jul 6, 2003, 11:27 PM
Here's a good read:

http://www.lowendmac.com/bookrev/03/0627.html#117

Porshuh944turbo
Jul 7, 2003, 12:05 AM
I would say that it certainly does seem that the g5 is not going to happen in portables for at least 1 more product release. I think it is smart though to wait at least until the g5 powermac actually ships and people give reviews so that the stragglers will order them. Then apple will introduce the g5 powerbook (6 months later at least) and will be a completely different round of buyers...

I think we'll see new powebooks within 2-3 weeks, but they'll be g4...

something like 1ghz, 1.25ghz and 1.42ghz. I just hope they are available in all sizes (any speed in any size)

Even at 1.42 ghz g4, the powerbook will be a beast, but you'll have that "it's not a g5" in the back of your head ... :rolleyes:

ZildjianKX
Jul 7, 2003, 12:12 AM
Originally posted by Porshuh944turbo
Even at 1.42 ghz g4, the powerbook will be a beast, but you'll have that "it's not a g5" in the back of your head ... :rolleyes:

Yeah, this is really a horrible situation. Apple finally gets on par with their desktops with PCs, and everyone admits it... so what does that leave their laptop line? It means that they are extremely lacking... and even if everyone jumps on the next G4 revision of the 15"... it will still seem lacking compared to the desktops and it won't be a G5 :( I'll cry if I buy the next 15" and the G5s roll out around X-mas. I think I'd hate Apple for life since the "we won't see G5s in PBs anytime soon" quote would be a direct money-grubbing lie.

jbomber
Jul 7, 2003, 01:20 AM
we won't see a G5 for a while. end of story. if you need a laptop soon, i'd say just wait for the revised 15" which should be out relatively soon. But if you think that there's a G5 powerbook right around the corner, you're going to be sitting on your hands for a while. I can't imagine any scenario where one will be available for at least another 9 - 12 months.

jazzman45
Jul 7, 2003, 01:50 AM
the powerbooks are awesome as they are right now, i'm so tempted to just go buy one rather than wait...of course that's stupid. but they were usable when they came out, and they still are today. i had an iBook running @ 500 mhz...that was not usable and sucked rhinoballs.

a 1.3 ghz G4 in a powerbook would blow my mind, especially with DDR now in the Al's.

does anyone really care about USB 2.0? i don't have any peripherals that are USB 2.0 compliant (full-speed or high-speed http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/18/2025210&mode=thread&tid=137 , fun read)

so who's buying in a couple weeks when they're released :D ? i know i am!

Porshuh944turbo
Jul 7, 2003, 02:04 AM
Originally posted by jbomber
I can't imagine any scenario where one will be available for at least another 9 - 12 months.

Which is what we've been saying. It sounded like you were disagreeing with us, but you are giving the same timeline we've already said.... did you read above?

ZildjianKX
Jul 7, 2003, 03:17 AM
Originally posted by jazzman45
the powerbooks are awesome as they are right now, i'm so tempted to just go buy one rather than wait...of course that's stupid. but they were usable when they came out, and they still are today. i had an iBook running @ 500 mhz...that was not usable and sucked rhinoballs.

a 1.3 ghz G4 in a powerbook would blow my mind, especially with DDR now in the Al's.

does anyone really care about USB 2.0? i don't have any peripherals that are USB 2.0 compliant (full-speed or high-speed http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/18/2025210&mode=thread&tid=137 , fun read)

so who's buying in a couple weeks when they're released :D ? i know i am!

I personally care if it has "Hi-Speed USB"... since that's the way digital cameras are going towards... just my $0.02

Porshuh944turbo
Jul 7, 2003, 04:07 AM
still cameras or DV cameras? Iknow DV cameras will keep using firewire... still cameras? I can see a use for usb 2 on these, but I haven't seen any yet.

jefhatfield
Jul 7, 2003, 05:07 AM
Originally posted by jazzman45


does anyone really care about USB 2.0?

it's nice to have options...the more, the better and the more practical macs look to potential switchers

i assume there are pentium III users with usb 1 who are thinking about changing out their machines about now...and the current G5 with its usb 2 and many other things actually looks like a viable option and real move up...as well as into our world

jzieske
Jul 8, 2003, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by jazzman45
so who's buying in a couple weeks when they're released :D ? i know i am!

I am

Sun Baked
Jul 8, 2003, 06:14 PM
Apple may beat AMD to market with the 64-bit consumer's desktop computer.

But, AMD is going to be beating Apple silly on their delivery date for the 64-bit portable.

Take a look at the motherboard for the desktop and the ugly portable. (http://www.tomshardware.com/game/200306281/index.html)

Billicus
Jul 8, 2003, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by jazzman45
so who's buying in a couple weeks when they're released :D ? i know i am!

I'm thinking about it, I need a computer to do the editing for our school's senior video and for college, so an updated laptop could serve both purposes.

Rezet
Jul 8, 2003, 10:24 PM
After looking at some stats, I'm gonan have to say that in my opinion, G5 powerbooks, will come out in around 12-16 months.