Mactel release timeline predictions!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by YoNotYoshi, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. YoNotYoshi macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2005
    Hey guys, I was bored so I thought of some possible release timelines. To make things sort of plausible I made several assumptions:

    1. Powerbook will switch before ibook does.
    2. Powermac will switch before iMac does
    3. iMac will switch before eMac does
    4. eMac will switch mid-late summer to complement an upcoming school year.

    With these qualifications, here are some of my predictions:

    1. Apple decides to switch their mobile lineup to Pentium M's first, before switching the high-end desktop G5's.

    Powerbook: Announced @ Macworld06 "1H 2006, ships by mid-april
    iBook: Announced @ Macworld06 "1H 2006", ships by WWDC2006
    Powermac/xserve: Announced WWDC 2006 "in time for leopard", ship by end of 2006.
    iMac: Announced Macworld07, ships 1H2007.
    -WWDC2007 is strictly OSX Leopard business and dev switch progress-
    eMac: Ships before end of summer 2007
    Mac Mini: Holiday season 2007

    2. Apple goes high-end to low-end.

    Powermac, Powerbook: Announced @MacWorld06, both are out by WWDC 2006.
    xserve: Announced @ WWDC 2006, released soon after.
    iMac: Released "in time for leopard" by end of 2006
    ibook: Announced Macworld07, ships 1H 2007.
    -WWDC2007 is strictly OSX Leopard business and dev switch progress-
    eMac: Ships before end of summer 2007
    Mac Mini: Holiday season 2007

    3. Apple starts with mac mini getting Pentium M, then follows a "Mobile in 2006, Desktop in 2007" approach

    Macmini: announced Macworld06, out soon after
    Powerbook: Announced WWDC06, out soon after
    ibook: Paris 2006, out late summer 2006
    Powermac: Announced Macworld07, out soon after
    xserve: announced WWDC07, out soon after
    emac: Ships by end of summer 07
    iMac: Ships by end of 2007.

    What do you guys think? which one is more likely? anyone have their own predictions?
  2. edwardk9 macrumors member


    Apr 24, 2005
    Apple already said they would start from lower end models (mac mini, ibook) and work their way up starting in 2006.
  3. rockandrule macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    Sure they said that, but they need to get a new PowerBook out. It really would ruin the selling plane if they decided to throw out a Centrino iBook before a PowerBook. I believe we will see all three relatively close (within MWSF and WWDC). My thoughts, PowerBook then Mac mini then iBook. Not sure of that order, but that's the way I believe it will be done.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Right now the XServe, PowerMac, and iMac G5 use IBM chips ...

    The iMac may flip back to a consumerish processors from a workstation processor ... but the switch on the PowerMac and XServe will happen sometime before the contract expiration date listed in my signature.

    And the switch should be complete by October 2007...
  5. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    With Apple you really never know what they are going to do until the release announcement. At least we have less than a year until the first Intel Mac's are released.
  6. dsharits macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2004
    The People's Republic of America
    I've heard everywhere that the Mac mini will be the first to get bumped up, followed by most likely the PowerBooks, and the Power Macs will be the last to get the switch.
  7. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    I'm sure the portables will go first. Steve made a big deal about power consumption and how there was no mobile G5. The G4 is going nowhere fast, despite the high hopes we had for Freescale. Maybe 1 more little bump to a 1.8 G4 or something, maybe a few new features or a price drop. Minor bump on the iBooks. PowerMacs later, since the G5 still has a little life in it, but they'll go the P5 or whatever is out at the time. e/iMacs somewhere in the middle, depends on what they want to do with them. Especially if the Intel chip is cheaper/faster/lower power. Same witht the mini.

    Unless the G5 really isn't going anywhere, then PowerMacs sooner than later. But I have a feeling they have at least a few more MHz in them yet. Maybe.
  8. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    Im pretty sure that it was cNet that reproted that not apple
  9. edwardk9 macrumors member


    Apr 24, 2005
    I'm pretty sure that Steve Jobs said that during his keynote speech - but I could be mistaken.
  10. topicolo macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2002
    Ottawa, ON
  11. edwardk9 macrumors member


    Apr 24, 2005

    I have read so much about it lately. Things get jumbled up.
  12. alawrence101 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2005
    I'm with you on this. I imagine they'll roll these three out first around the same time as each other. Out of the three, I'd bet that the new iBooks would be last. I definitely can't imagine them releaseing the new iBooks before the new PowerBooks when the PBs are already so desperate for an update.
  13. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    I agree. I think the notebooks are where the real performance gains will be had, so it makes sense to release an Intel PowerBook first preceded by a bumped PPC iBook.
  14. Belly-laughs macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2003
    you wish
    Unless of course the G4 offerings at the time will be faster than whatever Intel chip they choose for the iBook. When the Intel chips are introduced in the PBs I wouldn´t be surprised if we´ll see up to 0,5GHz difference between the consumer and pro portable lines, perhaps even single core vs. dual core.

    The same goes for the desktops; the consumer models will get Intel chips that don´t match the PPCs in the Pro models.
  15. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    As I recall Jobs told the developers to get their apps out by mid 2006. I mean this is really important, because he wants that the apps are available when the Mactels hit the market.

    And that why I really don’t see any Mactels to be announced at MWSF06.

    It the plan is to release the first Mactels at MWSF06 Jobs would have told everybody to get the apps out by early next year or beginning next year.

    I think what he said was: “when we meet here again next year the first will be in the marketplace”

    I think Mini, iBook and Powerbooks go first and then iMac and Powermac.

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