View Full Version : iMac's Product Line-up for January
Dec 6, 2001, 08:12 PM
So, what will be Apple's product line-up for January? Nobody really knows, but here's my guess:
15" LCD iMac
800-1000 MHz G3
20-60 GB Hard Drive
17" LCD Pro Desktop
800-1000 MHz G4
40-80 GB Hard Drive
60-80 GB Hard Drive
Monitor Sold Separately
Hmm... too far off? Well, it's fun to dream.
Dec 6, 2001, 08:13 PM
If they chose to have two low-end and mid-range computers with LCD displays, they could further lower the cost of LCD monitors, making them even more affordable.
Dec 7, 2001, 09:22 PM
have you heard about G5????
you say it's fun to dream, yet you are not dreaming of the G5. you have issues.
Dec 7, 2001, 09:24 PM
But is the G5 going to be all that it is hyped up to be? I am hearing that the Apollo's will be called G5's. If that is the case, then a G5 isn't much of a dream. However, I know where you are coming from. I feel the need for speed. But then again, I'm using a crappy 400MHz DV iMac.
Dec 7, 2001, 10:31 PM
However, I'm still pushing the vision of a detachable screen iMac that allows people to upgrade to a larger display, or buy the machine sans display and hook up a larger monitor like a cinema display.
This would be a much more modular approach that could fit the niche that the cube missed. More of a "G3 cube" meets iMac concept.
As for speed, I don't think we'll see anything faster than 1Ghz on either the G3 or G4. That's a clue in itself. In my opinion, that almost guarantees that Apple will introduce a dual-1Ghz G4 machine.
That new G3 processor could be a real smoker, too. It sports 512KB internal cache which is double what the current G3 has. It is also lower power and has improvements in the overall design which should make it about 20% faster than the current G3 when clocked at the same speed.
Dec 8, 2001, 07:07 AM
If apple uses the G3 1Ghz they are going to have to use a higher mhz G4(say 1.2Ghz) because they cant have an iMac outperforming a PowerMac!
Dec 8, 2001, 08:51 AM
Technically the 1ghz G4 would out perform a 1ghz G4 but then again it would not look good to Apple to have the set ups like that.
My Idea (Pesimistic and Possibly)
iMac - 700 - 1ghz - Flat Screen 15.1 (Possibly 16:9 instead of 3:4)
G4 Lowend and G5 Highend - Dual 1ghz - 1.4ghz
My Idea (Optimistic and Unlikely)
iMac + iBook: Updated to G4 Processors - iBook 800mhz - iMac 800mhz - 1ghz CD/DVD Combo and possible superdrive.
Modified g4 Cube running 800mhz to 1ghz with CDRW/DVD Combo - 300mhz Bus
G5 PowerMac Tower, DDR-RAM (Mac 2gb), 400mhz System Bus - Faster SuperDrive.
Some change to monitors. Hopefully a 19"
Well we will all see on Jan 8th!
Dec 8, 2001, 01:53 PM
ok here is a possible yet kool lineup...<br>
iMac- 800-1000MHz G4 with 15" LCD display... 40-80GB hard drives, CDRW on base model, combo drive on middle and high end model. GeForce 2 128/256megs ram DVDRW optional..maybe.<br>
Unnamed middle end product- Apollo G4 with speeds 900-1100MHz. 60-80GB hard drives.GeForce 2 or 3 CDRW/DVD on lower end model, DVDRWCDRW on high end model 256/512 megs ram and that new firewire thing<br>
Powermac G5 900-1400 MHz 256/512 megs ram, 60-100GB hard drives, GeForce 3 new firewire thing, DVD/CD RW on all models...<br>
15 inch LCD display will be dropped and in its place will be a 17" with the same price tag. a new 19" will take the 17" pricepoint. and the 22" (or is it 24?) will drop down to 1999.<br>
and by the way.... NO imacs suck.
Dec 8, 2001, 02:05 PM
Since we've been getting reports (rumors?) about a Taiwanese manufacturer receiving an order from Apple, etc., etc., etc., I'd say that we MIGHT see LCD iMacs in a month. Exact configurations are anyone's guess, but I'm not betting a GHz G3 just yet, not with an LCD built in--too expensive.
I do believe that a new MT desktop model will be released, but I'm not terribly hopeful for it being a G5-based machine. But an Apollo-based machine, with speeds that top 1GHz, are fine with me. (But I seriously doubt that we'll see dual-GHz Macs. The fastest chips are usually in shorter supply and that last ones to arrive in dual versions.)
I do also think (and hope) that we'll see things like 800mbps firewire and DDR-RAM mobos. Even without the G5, this might be some MWExpo. Of course, I hope I'm not setting myself up for disappointment, with Steve all enthusiastically trumping up his "new" high-end 800MHz G3 iMac with a 15" CRT display and CD-RW/DVD-ROM, or, dual-867MHz G4s with a new single 900MHz model (same 7450 chip). Sorry, but that would leave me slightly underwhelmed.