Will Apple keep the "G" brand name?

jamdr

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Imagine going to Apple's site and seeing this PowerMac:

3.2GHz x2 Intel Pentium D
800MHz frontside bus/processor
1MB L2 cache/processor
512MB DDR2 533 SDRAM
160GB Serial ATA
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three PCI Slots
ATI Radeon 9600
128MB DDR video memory

Could they call this the G6? I mean technically it is the sixth generation of processor used by Apple--it's also an Intel processor. I really hope Apple doesn't start using numbers in their model numbers, like PowerMac 840 or something. Do you think this is a possibility?
 

dejo

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jamdr said:
I really hope Apple doesn't start using numbers in their model numbers, like PowerMac 840 or something.
You mean start again? Power Macs were named by model numbers in the '90s. For example, I had a Power Mac 8600...
 

iMeowbot

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jamdr said:
Could they call this the G6? I mean technically it is the sixth generation of processor used by Apple
It's not even the sixth processor for the Mac, there were 68000, '020, '030 and '040 before PowerPC came along.

I think that the new Mac mini gives us a good hint about future naming schemes.

iBook -> Mac Shuffle
Mac mini: no change
eMac: who cares?
iMac: no change
PowerBook -> Mac U2
Power Mac -> Mac Photo
 

DakotaGuy

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It would be possible that Apple would call it the G6, but I doubt it. There are 5 generations of PowerPC's in Macs. That is where you get the whole G3, G4, G5 trademarks. My guess is they will just refer to the product as what it is...an iMac, iBook, PowerMac, Powerbook. They might also add model numbers based on what processors they are running, but they can just say here is a new iMac with a 3.6Ghz Pentium 4 processor. (don't flame me, it was only an example.)
 

savar

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iMeowbot said:
It's not even the sixth processor for the Mac, there were 68000, '020, '030 and '040 before PowerPC came along.

I think that the new Mac mini gives us a good hint about future naming schemes.

iBook -> Mac Shuffle
Mac mini: no change
eMac: who cares?
iMac: no change
PowerBook -> Mac U2
Power Mac -> Mac Photo
There are 5 generations of PPC, however, hence the G3, G4, and G5 monikers. Why not a G6?

I think Apple will pick a slightly more Gen Y name, like calling it the Apple Z6. Sounds more like a BMW than a CPU.
 

progx

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i think the G5 is it for the g-series, since it only referred to the generations of powerpc chips in the mac. it would cause confusing marketing to media and customers alike, it'll be something different.

i'm thinking they might go back to numbers.

or possibly use intel's chip name scheme: power mac D, power book M

as i type these examples, i'm shuttering at everyone of them.

why didn't Apple try to match up their roadmap with AMD? they were heading in the same direction as IBM, but with a mobile chip. AMD has the 64-bit technology, Intel doesn't (in fact, they're trying to find a way to steal it from AMD; like they always do. talk about a lack of innovation from the leading x86 supplier, they're a joke. :D )
 

Chaszmyr

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savar said:
There are 5 generations of PPC, however, hence the G3, G4, and G5 monikers. Why not a G6?

There are 5 generations of Power processors, but the G5 is based on the derivative of the Power4, not the Power5 :p

From a marketing/naming perspective, i wish they would keep the G name, but I don't see why Apple would keep the G name... It describes the processor, not the computer, and I think calling the same processor Pentium 5 and G6 would be confusing.
 

jamdr

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progx said:
why didn't Apple try to match up their roadmap with AMD? they were heading in the same direction as IBM, but with a mobile chip. AMD has the 64-bit technology, Intel doesn't (in fact, they're trying to find a way to steal it from AMD; like they always do. talk about a lack of innovation from the leading x86 supplier, they're a joke. :D )
I know. I think this whole thing would be a lot easier to swallow if it was AMD and not Intel. This is going to take a long time to get used to.
 

deanbo

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Will Apple Keep The PowerMac Name

I'm guessing the PowerMac derived it's name from PowerPC. So what will the Intel based PowerMac be called?
 

Roy Hobbs

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Does Apple even have trademark rights for "G6", Pontiac has a car called the G6?????
 

Platform

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jamdr said:
Imagine going to Apple's site and seeing this PowerMac:

3.2GHz x2 Intel Pentium D
800MHz frontside bus/processor
1MB L2 cache/processor
512MB DDR2 533 SDRAM
160GB Serial ATA
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three PCI Slots
ATI Radeon 9600
128MB DDR video memory

Could they call this the G6? I mean technically it is the sixth generation of processor used by Apple--it's also an Intel processor. I really hope Apple doesn't start using numbers in their model numbers, like PowerMac 840 or something. Do you think this is a possibility?
OK to be a G6 CPU wise, but the rest NO WAY, 9600, PCI slots, 160GB HDD, No Blue-Ray :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: And even with new Intel CPUs the 'famous' PPC amazing FSB will go down :mad:
 

buryyourbrideau

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i dont think that they will even use the processor name in the title anymore.

i think that they are just going to come out with new machines and call them the new powerbook and ibook and so on. and then you will just now how fast your new intel processor is without having it in the name. im not sure that intel would want apple changing the processor names specifically for their own products.

:mad:
 

efoto

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iMeowbot said:
It's not even the sixth processor for the Mac, there were 68000, '020, '030 and '040 before PowerPC came along.

I think that the new Mac mini gives us a good hint about future naming schemes.

iBook -> Mac Shuffle
Mac mini: no change
eMac: who cares?
iMac: no change
PowerBook -> Mac U2
Power Mac -> Mac Photo
They better not call PowerBooks "Mac U2", I would yell boycott down the streets for miles if my voice carried that far. A U2 iPod I can overlook, but lord help whomever decides to take it further, I'll slay them myself with my not-U2 homebrew PowerMac Dual-AMD 64 box running OSX 10.6 "Super-cool Huge/strong Cat" :rolleyes:

I'm really hoping for something like buryyourbrideau had, where they just start to call the systems by name and you just know whats in them. Afterall, PowerBook G4 works fine for three models, we all know the specs based on screensize. I pray Apple doesn't adopt 'model names' again, its far too Dell-ish IMO.
 

minimax

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really, apple moves to intel x86 architecture and all hell breaks loose:

a) will there be stickers on my mac?
b) will mac commercials be accompanied by the Intel theme?
c) will apple keep using the power prefix?
d) what will be the new name to replace G4/G5?

Those are all quite existential questions for the mac platform. Only God knows the answer to those questions. May Steve have mercy on us.
 

njmac

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You can bet that the Apple marketing department is working hard on what the name will be. G5 has a great identity of its own, you don't have to say PowerMac G5, its just understood that it's Apple's high end computer
 

James Philp

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I figure they will keep the names:
PowerMac
PowerBook
iMac
iBook
eMac
Mac mini

But append different monikers at the end for example:

PowerMac ID4 (Intel Dual 4Ghz)
PowerBook IM3

etc etc.
 

efoto

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James Philp said:
I figure they will keep the names:
PowerMac
PowerBook
iMac
iBook
eMac
Mac mini

But append different monikers at the end for example:

PowerMac ID4 (Intel Dual 4Ghz)
PowerBook IM3

etc etc.
Appending the names like that would be the lesser of evils, but I still don't know if its neccesary for the lines. Apple has differentiated itself nicely in that it just names the systems and thats it, so simple.
You don't read PowerBook G4 1.5, that is something you say to clarify but its not in the model name itself.
I hate how Dell has their Inspirion 6000d or whatever, it even sounds like cheap plastic :p

I think Apple can and will keep the current naming however, because although the 'power' portion can be connected with PowerPC chips, it is also their power line of computers, professional level or what have you. I think and hope it stays, I don't see a reason for it to go anywhere.
As for the stickers....well, lets not go there today :eek:
 

yellow

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To those that say there won't be an chip designation, I seriously doubt you are correct.

I cannot see Apple simply calling a PowerBook a PowerBook from now until the end of time. Currently if someone says "I have a PowerBook", there are quite a few models to choose from. The same applies to iMacs, PowerMacs, iBooks, etc.

There WILL be some sort of designation.

meh, maybe not. :D iMac P5 3.5GHz.
 

yellow

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I wonder if the'll start out with a 1 (hypothetically speaking, if they decided to use a chip designation). 1 makes it sound 'old'. It always amused me how Netscape skipped from v4.x to v6, simply because it was 1 rev behind the (then) IE5.. Just to make Netscape Communicator sound like a newer product.
 

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