Macs In The Future

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  1. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    I know it is impossible to predict but where do you see Macs in the summer of 2008. I am extremely interested in the iBook line and how fast they will be then. I also would like to see what our members think for all of the lines. :)
     
  2. idkew macrumors 68020

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    an ibook in 2008 will do the same as an ibook now. it will run everyday software quite well, but when you throw the big dogs at it, it will show it's consumer level-ness.

    powerbooks/macs will be fast, they will run most everything with ease.
     
  3. sjpetry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Anyone have any thoughts on GHzs or how fast Ram will be?
     
  4. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    If you're already anticipating buying an iBook in 2008, you're NUTS!

    If I buy a new computer this year, the next computer I buy will probably be in or before 2008, for chrissakes.
     
  5. sjpetry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It is just a thought I am curious about. Just remember if you don't have anything nice to say... drink the Kool-Aid.
     
  6. dotnina macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, by 2008 there will be a lot of neat stuff going on, and it's really, really too soon to say what it might be.

    For sure I'll say that most computers (definetely most, if not all Macs) will have some variant of UWB on them. UWB will allow very high-speed wireless connections with things like MP3 players, flat panel displays, digital cameras, etc. That, I think, is the coolest thing that will happen to computers in the near future.

    As for whether Macs will have G6s / G7s / G8s, I really couldn't care less. I mean, what are you doing that would require so much speed? I think it's more exciting to speculate on the features that will come to computers, rather than how many Ghz or MB of RAM might be crammed into a computer.
     
  7. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

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    The road maps for 2008 are being internally published in the chip companies. Interesting stuff is on the roadmap.

    BEN
     
  8. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a

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    I'm waiting on a G8 with wireless firewire for my 500 gig iPod. And maybe a wireless connection for the dual 75" HD Cinema Displays. :cool:
     
  9. hjhhjh macrumors member

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    i book will have a 2.0 ghz g5 processor and a radeon 9800 128 mb card

    powerbook will have 2.7 ghz g5 with radeon m550 256 mb video cards

    and powermacs will have quad core dual processing G5 - 2 , processors with up to 32 gb ram, and a 512 mb vid card standard, and 1024 mb vid card at max

    ipod will be .. yes a sad .. 120 gb HD, but with video capabilities, with wi fi, and blutooth connectablity aswell as fire wier 800 base, no more 400
     
  10. hjhhjh macrumors member

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    powermacs will run at 4.0 ghz with 2 ghz FSB
     
  11. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    -OLED displays across the board in all laptop and desktop models.
    -GPUs in both the desktop and laptop line will contain dual cores as well.
    -Pixel density is going to be that of paper. e.g. Nothing short of a strong magnifying glass will allow you to see the pixels.
    -Quad core CPU's in Apple's desktop line with dual core CPU's in their laptop line.
    -Apple laptops start shipping with high speed solid state storage drives that run the OS. Applications and data still remain on hard drives with 50+MB of onboard cache.
    -Hard drive sizes are insanely large but users find ways to eat up the space with their lossless 8.1 music, HD movies, and the emerging VR move format.
    -Somewhere in the bowels of Apple there is an initial prototype of smart paper using rudimentary nanotech codeveloped with IBM. (Real research resumed after Apple started being exponentially profitable in the PC realm year over year.) The CPU/GPU in the thing is distributed across the whole back of the paper. The thickness is no greater then 2 credit cards placed back to back. This smartpaper's initial resolution is aprox 1024 x 768.
    -Apple's laptop line will contain the same 17" 15" and 12"-13" models they currently do however the 12"-13" model will be .25 of an inch thick including monitor.
    -Apple releases their own e-book store along with their eReader that is .25” thick and can last over a week of nonstop use. (Eventually this will be replaced with the smartpaper.
    -Speaking of power the entire laptop line has been transitioned over to fuel cells. That coupled with OLED tech, more power conservative hard drives and CPU’s equals ridiculously long battery life.
    -Jobs has become a recluse and moved to his orbiting iStation where he gives his yearly keynote from. Using TDoIP (Time Distortion over IP.) Jobs releases the keynote 9 hours later. This trend, started in 2005, continues to the present day.

    Don’t even get me started where I think OS 11 is going to be. :D :D
     
  12. Cybernanga macrumors regular

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    In 3 years time...

    Computer? what computer.

    You'll have an optic-nerve implant for display, and aural implant's for voice commands. You'll also be wearing a "glove" for hand based input (if you can't touch type, you're stuffed)

    You won't own a computer as such, but you'll carry an ipod mini sized unit that gives high-speed wireless access to the net.

    All your software and files will reside on the net, and you'll pay for access (although some companies will give free access if you agree to be bombarded by their adverts).

    Just a random thought, not likely I know, but hey I can dream about the future, can't I?

    Oh, yeah, apple will still exist, cause the net will crash in 2007 due to winblow's inability to handle so much traffic :)
     
  13. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    Doubtful. We are about to hit the wall in terms of clock speed. Think dual and quad core CPU. It’s going to be about multiprocessing and threading in the next half of this decade. We ARE going to hit a wall by 2008. Even the rudiments of nanotech isn’t going to help us long-term. Computer Science as we know it is about to take a major 90* shift. Seriously I would not be surprised to see research in bioelectronics start to seriously take of in the next 5 years. Imagine biological CPUs. CPUs that can literally reconfigure themselves with a set of program instructions. Right now you get software updates across the web. It’s not inconceivable that in the future you might get a new CPU configuration from Apple across that same line. There is some scary **** coming down the pike. Prob not in 4 year time frame that this thread is talking about but its very possible in the 10 year time frame. 2020 is going to be one ****ed up place and not because I’m going to be 44 years old. :eek: :eek: Oh god I've got wrinkles and I'm having batter control problems!!!
    But at least I have my nPod. My Neural Pod that is so small it’s embedded in my brain and plays any of the 2TB of songs I own.
     
  14. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    I will wear goggles so that I may have a desktop as big as the sky...

    PowerMacs will have 3 processors, each with 4 cores. Ooooooh yeah!

    iBooks still have 32GB graphics cards. :(

    Liquid cooling is not needed since someone realized its easier to add a lot of cores running @ 2MHz than have one big one running @ 200 MHz.
     
  15. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    Ahh yes grasshopper but even many drops of water can form an ocean. :)
     
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    I don't thinks so. There is no advantage to this. GPUs are already more parallel than this (16 pixel pipelines for top of the range GeForce desktop cards at the moment). Having dual cores would not help to the same extent that doubling the number of pipelines in a single core would.
     
  17. sjpetry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    For the future of Macs it now seems like they are going very consumer base(Mac Mini). :(
     
  18. sjpetry thread starter macrumors 65816

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  19. kontra macrumors newbie

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    Speaking of wireless firewire, where is it? I remember hearing about this over a year ago and since then there has been nothing. Has bluetooth taken the attention or is it just further off then I'm expecting?
     
  20. jlewis2k1 macrumors 6502a

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    the way technology is moving so fast these days i highly doubt the machines will be running at 4 or 5 GHZ. They are most likely going to be hitting the double digits or maybe triple digits. There could be improvments with batteries for ipods, ibooks and powerbooks. I dont think there will be much of change from today's technology. As for the OS we might be in OS XI with a preview of OS XII. Who knows what can happen in 3 years but there are endless possibilities.
     
  21. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    Does this mean pancakes are going to be difficult for you in the future, or does this refer to problems out on the baseball diamond or the bedroom?

    BTW, very reasonable predictions imo.

    I am more curious about software developments (both Apple and 3rd Party) and the continued integration between them, the user and hardware.

    I am sure porn will be amazing. Batter up.
     
  22. jlewis2k1 macrumors 6502a

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    hmm something just came to mind. Now that we have HD technology whats after HD? I have thought about maybe seeing some holographic things happening. nothing to big just like an introduction to it. anything is possible these days and in the future.
     
  23. sjpetry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Something as good as human eye sight. :D
     
  24. sjpetry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Would wireless firewire be much faster than BT? I hope. :D
     

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