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Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by jefhatfield, Jul 17, 2002.
i think we will see faster g4 towers in the near future
but how much faster?
is motorola hindering apple?
To some degree I think they are........ but I don't see IBM producing much better PPC chips at the moment........
Personally I'd like to see Apple, IBM and Motorola all sit down together and plan the future of the PPC..... or indeed if there is a future for the PPC!!!
Thanks to the lovely convention of the NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT, we really can't know what culpability Motorola has in the Apple CPU development pace.
As another astute poster once commented, the second Apple dumps Motorola for IBM, Motorola might announce MP-scalable G5s running @ 2ghz each, ready for quad/sex/oct MP systems. Could happen. For all we know, Motorola has the G5 R&D wrapped up and is ready for production, but Apple is holding them back, wanting to completely drain all of the life out of the current G4 hardware to maximize every penny spent on parts. Who knows?
I just hope they haven't taken this exercise in brinksmanship too far already. It would be a shame if the "switch campaign" really amounted to power users having to leave Mac for Athlon due to painfully slow hardware.
The 17' iMac is a sign that hardware is incrementally improving, but we need a HUGE hardware upheaval soon in the PM line or the creatures known as "Mac power users" will go the way of dinosaurs and dodo birds.
Are you guys in Cupertino listening?
there is probably a sweet spot where they can make the g4 live longer on the power users side and when they should release the g5
remember, apple has no more cash in the bank now than when they almost went out of business in '96-97 (six billion or so is a lot if i had to build a mansion, but it is not enough to ride out silicon valley forever)
and now that the market in general has gone south, apple cannot afford to make any bad moves
i just hope we see g4 for all consumer lever gear and g5 for all pro level gear by sometime next year...and 2 ghz would not be bad either in 2003