RUMOR: Power Mac G5 3GHz to be announced June 28th, to ship in September

“The delays in PowerPC 970FX production have forced Apple to group together both the 970FX (2.0-2.6GHz, later possibly 2.8GHz) and 975 (3GHz) updates. Because the POWER5-based PowerPC 975 hasn’t experienced the same ramp-up problems as the 970FX and some of IBM’s other 90-nanometer chips (yet), it is still on schedule to deliver first silicon at approximately 3GHz by September,’ Mac OS Rumors reports.

“In order to prevent sales problems with 970FX models due to the superior features (cooler operating temperatures for example, which will probably mean significantly quieter operation) and performance of the 975, Apple could reasonably choose not to announce its 3GHz model until September, but for the time being we are led to believe by reliable sources that the 975 model(s) will be announced right alongside the 970FX models at WWDC,” MOSR reports.

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MacDailyNews Note: Apple last week announced that Steve Jobs will kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote on Monday, June 28, 2004, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at San Francisco’s Moscone West. More info here. Reminder: these are rumors, not to be confused with facts, however the rumormill picture seems to be shaping up (and based upon past history) enough to lead us to believe in the possibility of new Power Mac G5 announcements by WWDC at the latest.

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RUMOR: Apple preps new 90-nm Power Mac G5 computers – May 11, 2004

27 Comments

  1. Summer doesn’t officially end until September 22. Even if the June announcement isn’t up to 3GHz, Jobs will still have 3 more months to fulfill his “next Summer” pledge.

  2. Come on Apple a G5 laptop, please. I’m getting so tempted to purchase a G5 machine, even though the laptop is just more suitable for my work lifestyle. But a 3GHz dual processor G5 is mighty tempting.

  3. Actually, it wouldn’t be a “3GHz dual processor G5,” but, rather, a “dual 3Ghz G5 processor” machine. Two separate CPUS acting more or less as one, not one CPU pretending to be two CPUs a la Intel.

  4. I am DEFINITLY getting a dual 3Ghz G5 when they are announced.

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  5. If indeed the Dual 3GHz G5 PowerMac debuts this September, Wintel can on that day kiss their speed dominance goodbye. They can argue all they want that they’re faster than the current Dual 2GHz G5, but they won’t be able to touch a Dual 3GHz with anything they have out there unless they can reach 4GHz by year end.

  6. Atomic Bomb,

    re: September 22; it’s all about ‘flexibility,’ baby.

    I think that what Steve meant to say is that we would see 3Ghz G5s around ‘Summer-ISH 2004.’ Just read Apple’s disclaimer; it clearly states that product releases are subject to ‘unforseen market factors,’ such as ability of suppliers being able to provide components for Apple products. Uh, yeah, that’s the ticket…

  7. If true, it will charge up the Mac faithful.
    I am one of those.
    But if Apple ads are all dancing dummies, then no one but the Mac faithful will notice.
    The G5 ad that crashed through a house might have appealed to hyperactive 10 year old gamers, but they see that style of ad 50 times a day for all kinds of products, so most people never even knew what the ad was for.

    Apple has to show why OSX is so much better if 3Ghz G5s are to matter.
    Hate to keep beating the same drum, but………..

  8. AMD and Intel stopped using the Ghz numbers on the machines. Is it coincidence? Or cuz they are getting creamed by the G5. ? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” /> I think its the cream. I like cream…whipped cream.

  9. Right on, Rob. If they reach dual 3GHz on the PowerMacs and put G5s in the iMacs, and cut prices a bit, THAT would be the perfect time to invest in a big advertising campaign. (A headless iMac option would be the icing on the cake.)

  10. <<If indeed the Dual 3GHz G5 PowerMac debuts this September, Wintel can on that day kiss their speed dominance goodbye. They can argue all they want that they’re faster than the current Dual 2GHz G5, but they won’t be able to touch a Dual 3GHz with anything they have out there unless they can reach 4GHz by year end.>>

    Well since you’ve been hiding in a cave these past few days, let me update you on the news: Intel end-of-lined the P4 and canceled future versions. Intel is switching to the Pentium-M as their new future core and currently it is at 2 GHz and a lot slower than the 2GHz G5. Evidently the P4 hit the end of the line due to heat and power limits. That coupled with defections of many of the P4 engineers, some to AMD even.

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