Dual-Core PowerMacs, New G4 PowerBook, and G5 Mini?

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Macobserver reports that according to one research note, some are expecting Apple to make some major new product announcements at Apple Expo Paris in September 2005.

We believe that Apple is preparing new G5 PowerMacs based on IBM's dual-core 970 PPC, G5 Mac Minis based on a new IBM low-power processor, and new G4 PowerBooks based on next generation processors from Freescale Semiconductors."
This reports provides few details as to the source of these expectations. It may simply be pure speculation or simply regurgitation of circulating unconfirmed rumors.

A previous rumor report did point to updated Powerbooks at the Paris expo. Meanwhile, a dual-core PowerMac G5 is certainly expected after the announcement of Dual Core 970MP processors by IBM back in July.
 

yellow

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A G5 Mini? I find that to be a dubious rumor at best. Maybe if it was a regular mini sandwiched between 2 colosal fans. :)
 

Dr. Dastardly

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I live in a giant bucket!
A new powerbook I can see.

A new Powermac is in the realm of possibility.

But a G5 Mac Mini is a little hard to swallow. And it would really suck that a Mac Mini is now more powerful than a Powerbook.

Those Yonah chips can't come soon enough.
 

narco

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As I stated in other forums/blogs, the G5 Mac mini is highly unlikely because there was just a Mac mini update not even a month ago. The other two rumors *may* happen, but I'm not holding my breath.

Fishes,
narco.
 

gekko513

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yellow said:
A G5 Mini? I find that to be a dubious rumor at best. Maybe if it was a regular mini sandwiched between 2 collosal fans. :)
Low power G5s ... probably between 1.4 and 1.6 GHz. Too little power for the PowerBooks, but would be perfect for the Mac mini.
 

mac_zealot88

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FINALLY!

:) Geez it's about time! We need something for the Powerbook desperatly! Given it's high price tag and slow performance compared to those other desktop replacement PC notebooks! The mini needs to be bundled with a LCD display, maybe a 17 inch one. By the time you configure a mini and get an Apple display it's not woth it, you might as well get an iMac. :cool:
 

miloblithe

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The G5 mini does indeed sound implausible. On the other hand, the last update wasn't really an update, but rather a repackaging (just more memory and and more built-in wireless stuff, which doesn't take any realy retooling of production). On the other hand, a G5 in a mini does indeed sound overheated, and if this is one of the machines that is supposed to go Intel first, why retool the whole thing twice within a year. Not worth the effort.

Powerbooks, I'd say that's a given, only we may be dissapointed with the result (little speed, no HD, etc.)

Dual Dual? Sounds great. I hope it's true. Five months since the last update (once September rolls around). Not inconceivable.
 

goof_ball

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This sounds belivable if Apple did not annouce that they were switching to Intel. I can see the Powermac update being true, but I doubt the dual-core PB will come out.....otherwise Apple should still with PPC!
 

mrhoratio

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If this rumor is true it would be quite an exciting set of updates. Although, is it really worth buying and of these new updated products, with the imminent MacTel Macs? I suspect a lot of people will hold off buying anything until the Intel chips are in place. For me, and for many Mac enthusiasts, I have to have to latest and greatest. Knowing that Intel Macs are coming out makes me hesitant to buy anything anymore PPC Macs, because it essentially means I would be buying an already outdated computer.

Horatio
 

tangerineyum

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Well i can wait i suppose. I have 2000 sitting in the bank just waiting to come out and play. The day after the Paris expo, im making a purchase, updates or not.
 

nomore

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mrhoratio said:
If this rumor is true it would be quite an exciting set of updates. Although, is it really worth buying and of these new updated products, with the imminent MacTel Macs? I suspect a lot of people will hold off buying anything until the Intel chips are in place. For me, and for many Mac enthusiasts, I have to have to latest and greatest. Knowing that Intel Macs are coming out makes me hesitant to buy anything anymore PPC Macs, because it essentially means I would be buying an already outdated computer.

Horatio

Not really. ALL OS X software is PPC based... and G5 speed is very competitive... and ALL OS X software will have a native PPC version for years to come.
 

AnAppleADay

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Makes for a more interesting Keynote!

I always love to watch the launches of all things Apple. I am quite glad that this Expo will potentially have many neat uptates to hear about. I'm also quite happy that Apple is still working well on their PowerPC products even after the announcement of their major conversion -- though I guess I should I known that they wouldn't have just stopped everything since they are still a ways away from their x86 releases.
 

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Macrumors said:


It may simply be pure speculation or simply regurgitation of circulating unconfirmed rumors.
uuuuuhhhh, riiiiiiiiight. :rolleyes:
I think speculation is a perfect observation here.
Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Dual-Core PowerMacs,
but a G5 mini? Come on, why do that and still have a G4 PowerBook?
Sounds funny to me. :p
 

ericdano

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narco said:
As I stated in other forums/blogs, the G5 Mac mini is highly unlikely because there was just a Mac mini update not even a month ago. The other two rumors *may* happen, but I'm not holding my breath.

Fishes,
narco.
Update? Oh, you mean instead of shipping with 256Megs of Ram, they put in 512Megs.

Yeah....thats an "update". NOT.
 

hoppo99

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Well if a G5 did come to the Mini, that would explain the shoddy upgrade that we saw a few weeks ago....
Shoddy upgrade? It was more of a price drop rather than an upgrade. I think September is probably too soon for a Mac Mini upgrade. Powerbook and PowerMac upgrades are more likely. Both are due something major but I don't think we should hold our breath.
 

Booga

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mrhoratio said:
Knowing that Intel Macs are coming out makes me hesitant to buy anything anymore PPC Macs, because it essentially means I would be buying an already outdated computer.
Just for reference, the Intel Macs will also be already outdated by the time they ship, because all computers are.