When are the PowerMac's going to be upgraded?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BWalen, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. BWalen macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2005
    So with all the new technology going into the new iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini, anyone have any ideas about when mac will finally upgrade their their powermacs to intel? i'm starting to save now for when the day comes along that they're finally announced :)
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Later this year when Intel releases the Conroe and Woodcrest processors - the desktop versions of the Merom processor (faster, 64 bit version of the current Core Duo).
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Wait, let me get my Magic 8-ball...............*shake shake shake*

    .......Reply: "Yes"

    (nobody knows, but it'll be before the end of 2006. Everything will change before the end of this year) ;)
  4. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    With the core duo mini being so powerful... stay tuned for the powermacs! :D
  5. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    I know, but I don't think Apple will release really powerful powermac's like everyone is hoping, but I am sure we will see a nice update but nothing out of this world towards the end of the year.
  6. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Well everything is going Intel this year, so that much is for sure. I guess it's just a matter of when the new Intel chips come out...
  7. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    They can't afford not to.
  8. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    I agree, but remember when they were going to update the G5, everyone thought that they would have HD Superdrives and all these other not ready for market options and all we ended up getting was a little faster G5 chip with out any of the great updates. On the new intel powermac’s, I do see them releasing quad chips like they have right now but I don't think we will see that high of specs on the first gen powermac’s.
  9. mac.FINN macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2006
    I hope they come out sooooooon...
    I've been waiting to upgrade (still running a 15" iMac G4 w. 756 RAM)
    So really anything new is going to blow mine away... and that makes me happy :)
  10. BWalen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2005
    yeah a friend of mine works at the apple store, but getting any info out of him about ANYTHING new or up-coming from mac is like pulling teeth because he believes in all the privacy laws and blah blah blah that mac employees have to follow about R&D and sharing information and whatnot...but yeah i cant wait.

    and i agree with ipacmm, they'll probably come out with a nice small update first, then improve upon whatever they've come out with by the end of the year, which is fine with me, because i can wait that long.

    i know i might get shot for this, but i'm kinda waiting to see how Win Vista is and might build a new right for a vista computer instead of a mac...any thoughts on that too?
  11. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    I say we will see an announcement at the WWDC this June. They may not ship then, but Jobs will let up know what the PowerMac is going to feature. Then six months to a year later we will finally see the actual product. Typical Apple.:rolleyes:
  12. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    We will see Intel PowerMacs this fall/winter, but no sooner.

    First of all, in response to the people who say, "But look at all the other updates Apple has released! PowerMacs will be next!" - the PowerBooks were updated because they needed to be updated. They were slow G4 machines. The PowerMacs do not need to be updated.

    Second of all, Apple is waiting for Conroe/Woodcrest and they won't be available until the fall.

    Further to this, Apple will need to come out with Intel PowerMacs that at least match or better the existing offerings. They can't do that right now. It would look bad to release a "brand new" and "superior" Intel PowerMac which doesn't benchmark as high as the existing quad which has been out for months now. The technology simply doesn't exist right now.

    Thirdly, there are not enough universal applications yet. The people who use PowerMacs are generally the power users who ned those apps the most. Until we hear more about Adobe CS3 and until we hear when FCP, etc. are going universal, we won't see an Intel PowerMac.

    In conclusion, PowerMacs, are going to be the last Macs to be switched over (with the exception of possibly the Xserve for similar reasons) and this will occur this fall/winter. :cool:
  13. baleensavage macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2005
    On an island in Maine
    Considering that most of the high-end professional apps that people would be runnning on the PowerMac are not Universal Binary, I can't see Apple being in a rush to get the intel PowerMac out the door. There really is very little point in buying a professional Intel Mac until at least Photoshop is Universal. Besides the Quad is a really powerful machine. The PowerBooks were so outdated. It made complete sense that they and the consumer-grade computers would be upgraded first.
  14. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    Apple won't update their PowerMacs until they can, at the very least, match what they have out now. If I were them, and I am not, I would wait until I could exceed what they have out now. So it will be much closer to the end of the year, IMO. I have no inside knowledge of course, its just my own two cents...;)
  15. Will_reed macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2005
    Nothing Intel has matches the current powermacs. So it will probably be the last to be changed over. And probably very late in the year to.

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