How long until 2nd gen Intel Powerbooks?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by LordJezo, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    This whole Intel move has really screwed up my buying of a Mac.

    Does anyone know when we can expect to see 2nd gen Intel Powerbooks for sale? I don’t want to buy a 1st gen and get stuck with old and outdated tech when the 2nd gen comes out. Usually a 1st gen machine isn’t as advanced as a 2nd and I am afraid I will be missing out on some hardware that would make my machine almost useless forcing me to shell out a couple more grand just to upgrade to a machine that is useable in day to day life.
     
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    yellow

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    I think we're all still wondering when we'll see a 1st gen of them, before worrying about the 2nd gen.
     
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    isn't this usually how all technology works??? but anyways it seems hard to predict when we don't even know for sure when the 1st gens are out
     
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    Steve Jobs' Buddha statue told me that they'll be out next Tuesday, after the first revision is released tomorrow. :rolleyes: Sorry for the joke...but really. And yes, those people with Rev C Powerbooks find them to be completely useless. Cmon people. My Apple IIe still works for what it was made for. Just because a new version is released doesn't make the "old" one obsolete. If that were the case, nobody would buy PC boxes. That being said, I upgrade at every revision, but that's because i have a disease. I smell troll. HAPPY FESTIVUS!!!
     
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    mkrishnan

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    :D

    Liberal guess = late 2006 / early 2007. Conservative guess = mid-to-late 2007 or even early '08. Just based on their past behavior.

    Come on now...even in the rumors circuit... how do you think anyone is going to have any more accurate information than that about the second generation of an as-yet-unannounced product?
     
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    I'm waiting for the finally Apple Laptop to be released just before the world ends. I figure I will have the latest technology and not have to worry about anything new coming out after.
     
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    combatcolin

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    Your not the only one who has delayed a Mac purchase because of the Intel change.

    Although i bought a 1st gen iMac and was happy with that, so a 1st gen PM will do me fine.

    When Apple release them that is.
     
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    zap2

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    just buy a PB PPC i doubt we will see a PPC ''Pro'' Mac at MWSF


    i wish i would say the same about the iBook becuz i would go buy one now but i have to wait until Jan 9!
     
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    Lord Blackadder

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    If I were you I would buy the 1st gen Intel Macs when they become available. I don't think that it's worth while to wait for the 2nd gen - I doubt that anyone outside Apple has even a small clue when they'll come out, and even Apple probably has only vague ideas.
     
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    generik

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    Anyway the curious thing is they did do a logic board redesign for the last revision, the current board will enable them to use newer G4 chips on them.. does this mean they'd skip to Merom?

    Nobody knows for sure!
     
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    If the current PowerBook offering is anything to go by, you might be better off waiting for the 6th gen Intel model.
     
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    rosalindavenue

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    The release of a new machine will not make your older machine "almost useless." Really. In fact, it will be just as useful as it was when you bought it. I bought a G4 ibook, after the intel announcement, and it is very useful; it will continue to be equally as useful for the next couple of years. It may not be able to run whatever the next big app turns out to be; who knows?
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    naturally, it entirely depends on when the 1st gen is released. I would be surprised if this did not happen sometime within the first half of 2006.

    And unless Apple changes their pattern of updates due to intel's schedule, we would probably see 2nd gen's about 6 months after the first gen's are released.

    So... earliest would be at WWDC '06 in June, latest would be MWSF '07 in January.

    Hoo boy, things be get'n excitin' now boys and girls!
     
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    *gets out a piece of string*

    *measures it*

    I predict that 2nd gen Intel Powerbooks will be available in approximately 1 year, 5 months, 3 days, 20 hours, 5 minutes and 7 seconds from the time of this post.

    The above is based on my length of string :D


    I personally would be surprised to see a first gen Intel Powerbook in 2006.
     
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    ColoJohnBoy

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    Hey now. Festivus isn't until the 23rd. ;)
     
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    generik

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    The trouble is since Apple products generally come out at the same price point year in and year out due to artificial pricing controls, it might be in your very best interests to hold out for that dual processor Powerbook instead of the "Power"Book G4.. seeing as to how you can get so much more useful life out of a dual, and that they'd probably be at the same price point.
     
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    Counterfit

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    You win Newbie of The Week :D
     
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    hasselhoff

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    YES!! Another festivus miracle. Anyone wanna make a donation to the Human Fund in my name?
     
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    NYmacAttack

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    LOL thats funny:p
     
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    GimmeSlack12

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    Well if you wait for the 2nd Intel PB, you might as well wait for the 3rd. And if you're gonna wait for the 3rd revision, it's probably a safe bet to hold out for the 4th.

    I'm tired of these threads. Just go buy a PPC PowerBook.
     
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    maxterpiece

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    the best deal, if you aren't hyperparanoid about glitches, is always to get the 1st gen of a new technology. When a new technology is introduced, the machine is completely remade and the next several updates usually use most of the same technology. In other words, your machine is closest to up-to-date for the longest amount of time.

    When will they be available? I'm gonna guess they'll be shipping in late feb.
     
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    puckhead193

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    my guess is about 6-9 months after they are first shipping. its seems like every other week there is a speed bump on intel chips.
     
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    generik

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    Why?

    So he can enjoy the nice lines made by the LCD, have his screen flicker on him when he watches movies, and have the "free" special sound effects that turns any plain sound into machine gun fire when it start stuttering?

    If you want problem free computing don't get a Mac, look elsewhere.

    Saying Macs are godly is like saying the 2nd fattest girl in class is thin.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Well, okay, I won't say she's thin, but her Dell notebook weighs more than 8 lbs! :eek: ;) :D
     

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