The Death of the G5 Pbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Shacklebolt, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    Someone said this previously - but let's just clarify -

    There is never going to be a G5 powerbook. Dual-core G4, maybe, but the G5 - no. No no no. No no no no no. As a new pbook owner, I take a bit of satisfaction at that.
  2. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    There never was going to be a G5 Powerbook. Well at least not for a couple of years. The G5 runs way too hot. There was no way Apple was going to make it small enough and cool enough. Just think about the current Powermacs. In order to get a 2.7 chip they have to use liquid colling. In my opinion that's pretty weak. It's not even 3.0 GHz...
  3. adrianjt macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2005
    no g5 powerbook, so where to from here for powerbooks & long overdue ibook update?

    there was never a desktop g4 1.67, how much speed is left to be extracted, the powerbook is not a consumer mac, so one wouldnt expect transition for at least a year, perhaps longer, & surely there couldnt be a ibook running a mediocre 2.4ghz chip b4 there was a comparably better pbook

    laptops i think are apples biggest laggers & need immediate attention, 1.2ghz ibook, seriously who wants one?
  4. ClarkeB macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2005
    I just bought a 12" Powerbook since iBooks are so long overdue that it would make no sense to buy an iBook since they have been imminent for about 3 months.
  5. plastique45 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2005
    The 2.7 is liquid-cooled because it's overclocked (like the 2.5 was). IBM cannot produce chips faster than 2.3 Ghz. Last year, their fastest was 2.2GHz.

    This was their roadmap:

    2003->2004: 2Ghz to 3Ghz
    2004->2005: PPC 980 (? scaled down Power5 chip): 4GHz
    2005: 970MP (Dual Core): 3.2GHz


    2003->2004: 2Ghz to 2.2Ghz
    2004->2005: PPC 970fx 2.2 to 2.3GHz
    No Dual Cores in sight.

    Twice Apple had to release overclocked PowerMacs with IBM (they had done so once with Motorola).

    I hope the reason for Apple to switch to Intel is clear for everyone.

    P.S. There is no such thing as a Dual Core G4, and despite claims from Freescale that some would be produced in Q4 2005, there will never be any.
  6. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    toronto canada
    what is to be done with ANY mac now? not many peopel will want to buy anything with more ppc processor in it, knowing that the switch is imminent
  7. MacUser1 macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2001
    I see your point and understand what you are saying, but I've been it really that imminent? I mean, yeah in a year we'll see Intel processors in some Macs (which ones...?) but the transition period will be going on for 2-3 years.

    2-3 years is a long time to be using a computer, so people, if they are in the market for a Mac, should just bite the bullet and get what is currently available. I'm sure my Mom will be purchasing a iMac in the next coming days, because her G4 400 MHz is showing its age. I'm confident that she'll be able to use the iMac for at least 3-4 years, if not more.

    On the other hand, I'll be waiting for the Intel PowerBooks. Currently, my PowerBook has been performing great and I can see myself using it for 3 years or more.
  8. mvc macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2003
    PPC Macs will be the dominant variety of Macs out there for many years to come. Software companies are not going to walk away from that potential income stream to simply support only a minority of newest machines.

    Selling upgrades and new applications to this existing installed base will remain their priority for some years. So buy PPC now with confidence, whilst planning to upgrade to x86 in 3-5 yrs.
  9. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    with the need to have a G5, dual processor recommended for DVD HD burning, for DVD Study Pro, I'm wondering if things might change. That much power you'd like to see in the top end PowerBook.

    At this point, I'm not going to expect anything from Apple - there are too many possibilities and we probably won't know what's going to happen until right before it does.

  10. AnewMac macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2004
    The Northern Plains of OK!

    I just bought a 12" tonight same exact reasons.
  11. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
  12. joecool85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 9, 2005
    ^ yeah right. It will be interesting to see how soon/what happens, with the current iBook/PowerBook mhz dilema.
  13. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2004
    I Live Where I Live
    Steve did say their were new PowerPC products in the process of being devoloped.....
  14. Crikey macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2004
    Spencer's Butte, Oregon
    I'm thinking about buying one. It would do what I want to do with it pretty well, I think.

  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    I don't understand the first thing about what you are saying. This switch means nothing to me, to you, or to any other user.
  16. juble macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2005
    PB Update

    Apologies if this has already been discussed, but if Intel macs/chips/ or whatever aren't going to be available until this time next year, surely they must do something about the current PB line to keep it fresh. Otherwise it's going to look dated very quickly. They can't hold out for a year without any updates. That would be crazy.
  17. shane-o-mac macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2005
    I for one second the "death to the G5" bantor. Even if the G5 chip was possible, how long could they keep the chip in production with increasing speed bumps.

    The intel processors are the best in the market, esp for mobile laptop users. I say buy a G4 powerbook now and in three to four years you will have a a second Rev intel powerbook that will be kick ass and for God sakes get more then 3:30 hours of battery life.

    Till then my current powerbook is going strong.
  18. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    All the mac lines will recieve updates in the next year before the transition begins. As steve jobs said there are still PowerPC projects in the pipeline. Expect to see powerbook updates in the not too distant future.

    ShadoW :eek:
  19. the dr macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2005
    Wow..... *expression of awe!* Where did you get a crystal ball? - I want one!!!

    Who's to say that we won't have a new hardware tuesday - i imagine jobsy didn't want to overshadow his PeeCee 'clones' too much.

    The most important question it seems, which has (to my knowledge) not yet been answered, is, in fact, two questions:

    1). Will we have intel stickers on our computers?!
    2). Will Macs now play that annoying intel jingle everytime we start up?!

  20. dhracer88 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2005
    It's nice to know the "G5 Powerbooks Next Tuesday" threads will die. :D Any future mention of the G5 powerbook should be in this thread only! :D
  21. weg macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Pentium M PowerBooks... next Tuesday!!! ;-)
  22. jesped8 macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2005
    I agree. These are the things that are gonna affect us the most. I hate that jingle.

    Oh, and iBooks today! I really hope so. As soon as it comes out I'll own my first Mac ever.
  23. dhracer88 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2005
    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! :D

    I honestly hope they make a new intel chip-name for the Macs. P4 and M sound so generic... ;)
  24. EJBasile macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    Maybe the Pentium G-V (V=5)
  25. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Just one question. Doesn't something have to actually be born first before it can die? :D But yes, it is nice that the constant speculation over when there will ever be a G5 PowerBook is now dead for sure.

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