MacWorld San Francisco Xserve, LCD, PowerMac Updates?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    With MacWorld San Francisco 2004 coming in about one month, expectations are starting to build.

    While Expos have become de-emphasized by Apple as venues for product releases, based on product timeframes a few Apple products do appear to be due for revision.


    Apple's server solution, the Xserve, is stalled at Dual 1.33GHz G4s which were introduced in February 2003. While G5 Xserves updates were described as "imminent" by Appleinsider in October 2003, subsequent reports claimed that G5 Xserves were still months away. ThinkSecret adds that a 3U formfactor is under consideration for the new Xserves.


    After initial expectations of a 30" Apple LCD and redesigned screens, more recent rumors claim that LCD updates have been pushed later. Unconfirmed hints told to MacRumors, however, have suggested that Apple LCDs should see revisions at MacWorld SF.


    Apple made a remarkable leap forward with the introduction of the 2.0GHz PowerMac G5 in June 2003. With it came promises of 3.0GHz PowerMacs within one year's time. Apple made a surprise introduction in November of the Dual 1.8GHz PowerMac but left the high-end PowerMac untouched... leaving January updates unclear.

    Most recent rumors, however, still suggest that PowerMacs will see updates in January, possibly bringing significant speed bumps.


    Of interest, Jan, 2004 marks the 20th anniversary of the Macintosh. And there is always hope for the unexpected: Cube?, Tablet?, PDA?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Sep 22, 2002
    New York
    T-35 days (or so).......

    Very excited. 2 weeks after the first Christmas, a second one comes.....Apple style!
  3. macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2003
    the lcds should be really cool i;m pretty excited about that..hopefully they bring out a 30 and discontinue the 17" making the 20" cheaper. Dont know about the powermacs...seems to me they are updating them too often.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    Anticipation is growing

    Please Apple just blow us away with your offerings!!
  5. macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Bring on the speedbubmps so the DP 2.0 owners can feel like the SP 1.8 owners :)

    Be prepared to have a 2 month wait to get your powermac though...
  6. macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2003
    2.2, 2.0 MPs and 1.8 SP at $2000 or less? Wouldn't shock me, but boy will there be a lot of bummed out G5 early adopters. Enh, progress, what can you do.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    sounds good... i'll have a little christmas money... i'd love to give to steve-o in exchange for a tasty new g5
  8. macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2003
    state of confusion.

    I don't think it's any less than fact that the G5 PowerMacs will be updated, the speculation will be in the how. I...can't.....wait! woohoo! :D
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    what if?

    maybe they could be 2.5,2.0,1.8MPs (1.8MP at $2000 ) that would be sweet.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Apple really needs to update their servers, if they want to remain competitive in IT they need to put the G5 in the X Serve.
    Even if they have to go to a bigger form factor it would be worth it.
    Hey and if a University could buy 10 racks of G5 X Serves they would have themselves a nice supercomputer:)
  11. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2002
  12. macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2003
    cheaper / smaller iPods?

    I believe Apple will update the iPod line with new and cheaper line in Jan, why? with all the promotion with Pepsi and MacDonalds I don't think the current iPod owner would be whom they are targeting...

    think about it, majority of people who can afford to buy the current iPods wouldn't go to a MacDonalds or maybe even drink fizzy drinks, they have to release a much cheaper version to make the whole npromotion worth while (think kids)... the rest is for you to dream up what they'd do.

    Would you not agree?
  13. macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Fletcher, NC
    30" LCD would be the s*it.

    If they were to release a 30" and maybe (pleeaaaassse?) drop the price of the 23", I might be forced to sell my 19" Samsung on eBay and buy a 23".
  14. macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2003
    Re: what if?

    I think a question I have is someone said somewhere that the GHz speed has to be relative to the bus but certain chip speeds could not occur, like 2.33 GHz, there's some intergeral qualifier rigamaroll so half bus would be more of based on the GHz at an even number. Point being would 2.5 be feasable with 1.25 bus or would it have to be 2.4 GHz with 1.2 GHz bus or 2.6 GHz with 1.3 bus? What's the jumping points on the chip speed? Just don't make my 1.8 G5 DP TOO obsolute, then I'd be blue, but I understand, progress is progress. If Apple could release a 3.0 G5 DP machine that'd spank the tar out of a WIntel I'd be all for it, even better, price that sucker under three grand, that'd shut the peecee weinies pie holes!
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    dude man, you're being overly conservative; we need to get to 3.0 ghz in two stops. Try dual 2.5-2.6 ghz for the top, dual 2.2 ghz for the middle, and maybe a single 2.0 for the entry--for $1599.

    new displays, check

    G5 iMacs (i.e. The Revenge of the Cube)??? Now that would bring the house down.

    Isn't it about time for a new iThingy? When did the iSight come out?
  16. macrumors 65816

    Ja Di ksw

    Apr 9, 2003
    Xserves need an update, badly, but that's not news. I'm more interested in Powerbooks. I put off getting one a month or so ago in case they come out with more speed at this Expo. Doubt it will happen, but I knew something come out if I did buy one.

    here's the hoping the Powermac upgrades have large speed boosts
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2003
    The Utah Alps
    My bets

    I personally think Steve is going to ride on the promise of 3 GHz in a year and we will wait until then for speed boosts. I wish monitors would be announced now so I can buy one as a tax deduction pre end of the year. Something new would be nice. I also won't buy an iPod until it is either under $100 or is more like a smart phone. Xserve needs an update badly. If the cube came back even in G4 form factor and was cheaper than an eMac (no monitor) it would sell very well I think. It would also get a lot of talk.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    Interesting quote I found

    Sounds interesting I don't know if this guy is for real but he seems to know what he's talking about. Hmmmm...
  19. macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2002
    I tought that Apple backed away from announcing any new products at Apple Expos as it kills sales of existing hardware.
  20. macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2003
    That 3U XServe is such a lousy idea. Rack computing is all about density these days, Even 1U units are being phased out in favor of blades in alot of places. A 3U unit is just *way* too big.

    And there's no reason it should have to be that big either. There are blades and 1U servers with intel chips that run significantly hotter than the G5, not to mention IBM's upcoming PPC970 blades...

    I can't see Apple going any bigger than the current 1U for future XServes.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    But isn't it like an Anniversary 20th I believe of the Macintosh computer. correct me if I'm wrong anybody.
  22. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    as of when? WWDC announced the G5.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2003
    to yoman
    macintosh was rolled out in 1984, with, of course, the famous Superbowl ad.
    makes you wonder if they'll release any special epcot-style future-tech packed over-priced gizmo in commemoration of it.
  24. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Re: Interesting quote I found

    PowerJack is the MacWhispers guy, for what it's worth.

  25. macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2003
    Well apple will release a updated powermac (highend), I think we all know that. The early adopters of the G5 2.0GHz will of course be sad that they spent all that money and no longer have the fastest machine, even though they have only had it a few monthes. This is why it's always iffy to buy the first one of a new powermac.

    Well to all you g5 users, I envy you, I am in a g4 world.

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