Analyst: Apple PowerBook G5 to debut no ‘later than July or August’

“Motorola on Monday announced a faster PowerPC chip that could be used in speedier Apple Computer laptops,” Ina Fried reports for CNET “Motorola said it is now producing samples of a 1.42GHz PowerPC processor, a chip analysts say might soon find its way into the PowerBook, Apple’s high-end laptop. Motorola said the chip has a typical power consumption of less than 20 watts, a level that makes it suitable for laptops. The chip also contains multimedia instructions that are required for chips that Apple bills as G4 processors.”

“‘It certainly would be a fit for a portable Mac,’ Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron said. ‘It’s obviously up to Apple whether they would do that versus using an IBM (chip).’ A Motorola representative declined to comment on whether Apple might be interested in the chip. In a press release, Motorola said the chip is designed for a wide range of uses, including in computing as well as embedded, noncomputer, tasks,” Fried reports. “An Apple representative also declined to comment, citing its policy of not discussing future products.”

“The big question for many Mac users is when Apple will make the debut of its first G5 laptop. When it introduced the chip, Apple has said that it would take some time for it to reach the portable market because of its power requirements,” Fried reports. “However, analysts say that now that IBM has moved the G5 line to its 90-nanometer manufacturing process, a G5 PowerBook should not be far off. ‘I doubt it would be later than July or August,’ said Peter Glaskowsky, editor in chief of Microprocessor Report. ‘If everything had been just on a slightly different schedule we might have seen them at Macworld.'”

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  1. they’ll save the summer for that new ibox or whatever. Winter will bring the 20th anniversary of the Mac to a close with a G5 powerbook. Probably be made of silver. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Got myself a new PowerBook because I need it now. My need more than justifies the cost, and I’ll upgrade again when I’m ready. I won’t cry when something new comes out, the way so many do. There’s always more cool things to do with my last computer that I never got around to. Using it is what rocks my diff’rent world!

  3. Me too–I got a 15.2″ AlBook a couple months ago since I just couldn’t wait for a G5. And I must say, the machine is more than I’d hoped for! My review:

    But sure, I’ll cry a little when I see the G5 ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    The consolation though, is that by NOT getting a G5… I can justify a PowerBook G6! Processor updates look to be more frequent with IBM than they were with Motorola.

  4. I am gonna gut it out on my 15″ 667 Tibook til the G5 comes along. I have used up all my “new toy points” with ipod, PDA, Altec Lansing InMotion speakers for the ipod, Panther, iLife 04, etc purchases ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    The G5 laptop will be a paradigm shift tho and should be easily justifiable. I would probably have a G5 tower now but I absolutely have to have a laptop for business.

    Listen to me….Gut it out with a Tibook. I live in a good world ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  5. I’m with Jack. My TiPB 667 is holding up rather well for being 2.5 years old and having over 250,000 air miles on it (and about 200 trips through airport security). Lost the hard drive a few months back, but other than that and flaking paint it is doing very well.

    I’ll probably wait for a G5 PB, but who knows what Apple’s real schedule will be. They may wait for the next iteration on the G5 so they can easily put it and the associated glue chips in under the power and temp constraints.

    My guess… and it is purely a guess… is that Apple is waiting until more of the digital glue chips can be fabbed at smaller size and lower power before doing a G5 PB. Just getting a lower power G5 (970fx) may not be enough. Maybe the glue chips are consuming too much power and producing too much heat at 1.8 or 2.0 GHz. It might have been an OK combination in the XServe (low power CPUs and high power glue chips) but Apple may need to wait for low power & low temp in both before shipping the G5 PB.

    Hopefully by July/August.

    I can dream can’t I?

  6. My 500 TiBook (768MB) from Jan 01 was still in great shape till Saturday when a friend managed to drop it thus breaking the hinge. Ho hum!

    My bet is that Nagromme’s prediction is a little off.

    Apple now plays a ‘disruptive’ game: say one thing, do another – and with the summary execution of Apple staff who leak having dealt with rumors and gossip, there’s no way to find out the ‘truth’ behind any public statement.

    I kind of agree with Glaskowsky, in as much as I think you’ll see a preview of the G5 Powerbook at WWDC for shipment in August/September rather like last year’s desktop announcement.

  7. I have foreseen that Apple will will show new machines at WWDC June 28- July 2. And the new machines will ship 6 weeks later. Oh wait a minute! That is no later than July or August.

  8. I have foreseen that Apple will introduce PowerBook G5 and updated PowerMac G5 line up to 3 Ghz all these uses 970FX. All iMac and iBook models will use prosessors from IBM before they are updated to G5 next year and PowerBooks, PowerMacs and xServes moves to G6. New gadget and updated devoloper software with xGrid things in it. There will be a new larger HD display for $2499.
    In the Stevenote will be introduction of the new Os 1.4 BussyCat that has over 160 new features. Steve will also tell that iTMS Europe is going to be released before xMas. Note that Stevenote will last about 2.5 hours.
    I have also foreseen that my wallet and my bank account will be on diet thro 2004-2006. I have also foreseen that my Apple stock will gain weight during the same period. I have foreseen that those people that I know using PC will turn green.
    I have foreseen a new law that gives me finally possibility to marry my Mac. Whait a minute! Bad dream is kicking in… Dell second????? Bush wins the election?????

  9. I have foreseen that Apple will introduce portable Video on iPod that is built around Portal Player chip that knows real-time decoding of JPEG and MJPEG, TV-Out (8-bit digital video output to external NTSC/PAL encoder,) and a S/P-DIF interface (digital audio.)
    Oh wait a minute.. They are already using this chip in the iPod Mini.
    Well I have foreseen that iPod (Maxi) will get a colour display at WWDC so that we can check photos and stuff with it. It will be available for xMas sales.

  10. This anal stuff is fun. Maybe I should become anallust sorry analyst?

    I have foreseen that the iPod (Maxi Colour) will have TV and it is made same way that the new Nokia 7700 Media Device.

  11. i guess the question everyone missed is should apple go with this new G4 chip from mOTOROLA or by pass it for the new G5 chip coming from ibM….
    i say take your time and go G5….motorola is living in the past.

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