PowerMac G6 at WWDC?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JasonGough, May 17, 2005.

  1. JasonGough macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    I was thinking about why Apple would boost the speeds of the G5s so near to WWDC, and i had a very optomistic idea that maybe all they have done is overclock or slightly 'pimped up' the original G5s in order to sell off the remaining units before releaseing a new generation of PowerMac at WWDC next month.

    Its very optomistic but i would like to think it might happen. Good few years back they anounced the new G3s at WWDC and they were shipping the next day as far as i remember. I think the same was true with G5s. Maybe we're in for a nice supprise come early June :)

    What you guys think? I know there have been no rumours of this anywhere, its just a nice little conspiracy i've come up with :)
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
  3. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    The G5 came out in 2003. The G4 came out in 1999. It took 4 years before it went from G4 to G5. We still have another 2 to 3 years before we hit G6. It might happen sooner, what with all the news of Cell processors and multi-cores.
  4. JasonGough thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    ok, thats my dream over :(

    oh well, i was kinda hopeing for some new technology to come out at WWDC cos i plan to buy a new G5 shortly after that. I feel abit uneasy about spening £1500 on 2 year old technology. Especialy when everyone on here slag Apple off for having great software but bad hardware.

    Seems a shame they havn't realy done much with the machines in 2 years, minus a very small processor upgrade.

    Do you think Apple will continue to make G5s but with faster proccessors during the next year or so, same as has been done with the G4s, which go from like 400Hz to dual 1.47 or somthing.

    Anyone recon there will be any update to the G5 line at WWDC?
  5. keysersoze macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    To quote iGary:

  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Why should time-since-last-upgrade be a factor in buying a PowerMac? If it fulfils your needs, go for it now.
  7. iQuit macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2005

    Whenever this does happen it will be a G7,the company owned by GM named Pontiac have already produced a car named the Pontiac G6,google it. It would take up bandwidth if Apple had a G6 and also lower search results and cause confusion.
  8. Veldek macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    A little OT, but the G5 PowerMacs didn't ship for several weeks (or even months) after the introduction at WWDC. This was true for most of the things introduced by Apple in the last months (or even years).
  9. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    That may be, but would you search for "G6" or "Apple G6" / "PowerMac G6"?

    What happens if Pontiac wants to introduce a G7 later on? Would THEY skip it for the sake of search engine rankings?
  10. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    But we did go from the G3 in 1997 to the G4 in 1999. ;) heheheh
  11. dsharits macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2004
    The People's Republic of America
    That was probably a little different because Steve was just getting back in control of things.
  12. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2004
    Huber Heights, OH

    Thanks for saving me that comment, the g5 is only partway through its lifespan, and the next incarnation as we all know is in the powerbook, but to tell the date on that is uncertain.
  13. JasonGough thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2005
    Manchester, UK

    So maybe we're all in for an unexpected treat in June. I'm sure the guys at Apple knew they were taking the piss with their recent G5 upgrades. We all do. Hopefuly there will some nice treats on display next month. At least in the form of faster/better bits for the PowerMacs :)
  14. danman macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2002
    G6 is not a millions miles away

    It took IBM approximately a year to develop the GPUL from the Power4 core that they had.

    The Power5 was being developed at the same time, and has now been around for well over 6 months.

    I would suggest, a likely debut for the G6 would be WWDC in a years time.

    On the other hand, I would also say that the G5 and its evolving derivatives have plenty of life left in them yet... multiple cores, and speed boosts are still on the cards for the current generation of architecture.
  15. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    Maybe not WWDC, but in the future we should some interesting things :cool:
    The present G5 is at 2.7GHz.
    Sony announced Playstation with PowerPC Cell based design at 3.2GHz.
    XBox is announced using a PowerPC based design at 3.2 GHz.
    I think it is safe to assume that Macs will be running at 3.2 GHz by next year.
    There is a big trend for multi processors too.
  16. minimax macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2005
    'As we all know?' I think most of us are pretty certain there won't be a mobile G5. It's not just about advancing to a next generation processor, the G5's architecture differs very much from the G4 and with it's long pipeline it's just not build for energy efficient mobile purposes. There will certainly be something that replaces the G4, but it wont be the G5.
  17. JRM PowerPod macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2005
    Outback Australia
    Watchout for WWDC next year

    Think how cool next years WWDC will be. The PS3 will have been released in May, or whenever. There will be a $400 console kicking around with CELL, Blu-Ray and some tripped out graphics card. Think of the PowerMac update.

    June 6, 2006, Today Apple announced a new line of PowerMac's

    Dual Dual Core 3.2GHZ G5's
    XDR Ram
    RSX Graphics Card
    CELL Support for multimedia tasks
    Blu-Ray Burner


    Coz that's all you will be able to do, It'll never happen, but it would be one cool machine
  18. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
  19. James Philp macrumors 65816

    James Philp

    Mar 5, 2005
    I would say that at WWDC we may see the end of the single 1.8GHz G5 PM, and apple may finally introduce a 3GHz model, so that the PM line are dual across the range and have Clocks of 2.0, 2.3, 2.7 and 3. It kinda makes sense to me.
    The 1.8 at the moment sucks, check out this to see how much of an outdated system they are.
    I know another re-shuffle of the range would be somewhat unprecedented, but the clock speed family I outlined above makes sense to me :)
  20. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    would be nice if its true. Of course, the chips used in those boxes don't have any close relation to the G5 really, so they aren't an accurate predictor.
  21. BKKloppenborg macrumors regular

    May 2, 2005
    La Mesa, Ca
    great! i am going to get a Powerbook and will be happy with it but then probaly will get a Mac desktop (Mabye a windows just for gaming) i can build own so will save me ALOT of money... Not sure to get PowerMac when come out faster with better graphics or just get a PC and pray to god it dosn't crash.. :p
  22. engelhart macrumors member

    May 23, 2004
    I think Apple might have something up its sleeve but not G6.

    Reasoning behind this is as follows. There has been a clamour for a while now about PCI-Express for GFX on the logic board. It would seem to me, that if Apple was planning on having the current revision around for a reasonable amount of time, that they would have spent the time reworking the logic board for PCI-Express based graphics cards.

    The fact that they havn't, suggests to me that it isn't worth the effort because this logic board is soon going to be replaced by one that supports something new (read multi-core G5's) in the pretty near future.

    Am probably miles off but it is something to think about.

  23. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Sorry I was just playing devils advocate. :)

    It's difficult to imagine that Apple would even contemplate another PowerMac update so soon after the last update, not matter how disappointing that update was. 6-9 months seems to be the update window for Apple as of late, not 2-3 months.

    Same goes for the PowerBook. Sorry.
  24. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    "Well folks, we still haven't been able to get the G5 to 3GHz, so we're introducing 3.1GHz PowerMac G6's!"

    Seriously, the G5 still has a bit of life left in it. We still haven't seen it in a portable yet for God's sake. C'mon Apple!
  25. john123 macrumors 68020


    Jul 20, 2001
    There is no reason to skip G6 as a model name. Canon's Powershot line of cameras has had G1, G2, G3, G5, G6, and G7 models, too. "G" simply stands for "generation" which is why G# is a prevalent moniker.

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