In an article from October '02, Wired (www.wired.com) posted the following: "What, exactly, Apple plans to do with the new chips is unknown. Though sources close to the company confirm that Apple will be using the PowerPC 970, the company did not return calls requesting comment and has been tight-lipped about its 64-bit processor plans. " The link is: http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,55722,00.html Similar hints have been made before (e.g. sources expect apple to be a customer, etc.), but I had not read anything so definitely phrased to date. The article is actually better than much of the cut-and-paste reporting out there. In the same article, Pete Sampson - IBM Senior PowerPC architect states: "This design is aimed at four-way (systems)," said Sampson. "It can certainly support eight-way. It's intended for SMP." Sampson also notes that the 970 will issue 8 instructions per clock cycle compared to the G4's 3.