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According to Appleinsider, Apple is warning resellers of an upcoming "dry spell":

The company went on to warn dealers that all CPU inventory (with the exception of Power Macs) is expected to be "sold-out" by March 27th and a product dry spell would occur for approximately the first three weeks in April.

In a subsequent report, Appleinsider claims the new PowerMac revisions may not ship in quantity until before May.

Also expected are price drops on Apple LCDs next week to help clear the channel.
 

Makosuke

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Interesting that they're actually telling resellers about it. Are they trying to get current models moving in preperation for an upcomming release, or is this really just "innocent" preparation for the educational buying season?
 
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QCassidy352

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This seems like *good* news to me. There's no earthly reason that apple would be unable to supply emacs, imacs, etc. (machines that have been out for months and months with old CPUs) unless they were no longer producing them. And the only reason that they wouldn't be producing them is if they were ramping up production of new models. Right?

edit: never mind. just saw the actual article. It will happen because apple will be filling large educational orders.
 
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swissmann

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I hope they cut prices on the monitors like the last big cut they did when the 20" replaced the 22". At that time the 23" price was about cut in half. I would definitely buy a 20" at half the current listed price. Too bad this really won't happen though. It makes me wonder should I buy the current discounted monitor offering or wait for the new ones. Answer - wait because the new ones will be that much better and probably cheaper or about the same price as the discounted current models anyway.
 
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Kid Red

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Does that match up with that April 23rd or so date I saw? The first 3 weeks would be after the 21st of April. So I would guess the Tuesday of that week we should see some updates.
 
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captain kirk

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At the very least this may mean new desktops of all varieties within the next month or so. Personally I have a VERY STRONG FEELING that there will be a new form factor iMac within the next month
 
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twalkabout

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new monitors

I don't know much about lcds, so can somebody tell me aside from the form factor, and maybe a 30" model, is much likely to change on the monitors? i.e. isn't a 23" lcd a 23" lcd regardless?
 
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klaus

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jelloshotsrule said:
announced at what occasion?

New form factors are not really just a revision. They will be announced at a big event, probably by Steve itself..so don't think a new imac form factor before wwdc

pm updates soon (maybe only announcement, availability within 2 weeks or so), cause there is already built-in support for them in 10.3.3, they can't afford to have powermacs basicly have the same hardware as 1 year ago, so speedbumps will be the case, maybe updated video cards. Then major announcement of 3ghz at wwdc (mabye only paper release)

apple engineers will not have been sitting on a chair doing nothing for all this time without any major hardware update or release. You can trust me on that one..
 
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Sun Baked

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What could be the problem?

IBM getting the MOTO-disease??? :D
Actually is more like the PT Cruiser Year One disease -- hot chip, lots of demand and limited supply while the factory is cranking production up.

With Motorola Apple was the sole customers for the top end of the chip line while, now Apple is competing with quite a few different customers for the 970FX -- IBM, Marvell, Mai Logic, and MicroSoft.
 
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Stolid

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Sun Baked said:
Actually is more like the PT Cruiser Year One disease -- hot chip, lots of demand and limited supply while the factory is cranking production up.

With Motorola Apple was the sole customers for the top end of the chip line while, now Apple is competing with quite a few different customers for the 970FX -- IBM, Marvell, Mai Logic, and MicroSoft.
ewwww *shudder* don't make me associate the G5 with that ugly thing called the "PT Cruiser" :p
 
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Trowaman

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so .. . here's what's happening as I see understand it.

Tues: Powermac G5s and Monitors, but not shipping yet.

April 18: NAB, software updates for video is possible (FCP 5 please :))

end of April, the rest of the product line gets updated, including iBooks, iMacs, Power Books and eMacs.

Please correct me if you do not think this is the general concesus.
 
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Dave the Great

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captain kirk said:
At the very least this may mean new desktops of all varieties within the next month or so. Personally I have a VERY STRONG FEELING that there will be a new form factor iMac within the next month


What do you think it is going to look like?

I wish they would severely update the eMac, too.
 
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manu chao

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QCassidy352 said:
This seems like *good* news to me. There's no earthly reason that apple would be unable to supply emacs, imacs, etc. (machines that have been out for months and months with old CPUs) unless they were no longer producing them. And the only reason that they wouldn't be producing them is if they were ramping up production of new models. Right?

edit: never mind. just saw the actual article. It will happen because apple will be filling large educational orders.

Sorry, but this educational thing doesn't make any sense to me. Would Apple get these big educational orders at such a short notice that it would have to cut off supplies to its dealers? Otherwise it would make much more sense to simply produce a bit more in weeks/month before the delivery of the big orders, than to disrupt supplies to its non-edu customers. It costs a little bit to do so, but most Macs aren't selling at a rate, that on would assume production limitations, except maybe the iBooks.

I'll stick with Cassidy's original explanation, under the assumption that the news about the dry spell is correct.
 
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