RUMOR: Apple eMac G5 on hold due to G5 processor supply issues

“Apple Computer has returned its eMac G4 line of computers to production, despite indications earlier this Fall that the company was clearing inventory in favor of manufacturing new models. Sources close to the computer maker told AppleInsider this month that Apple had anticipated releasing a major revision to the education-centric all-in-one desktop before the end of the year. The new eMac was to include a G5 processor and a significant internal component reorganization,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

“Instead of making its debut in the latter half of 2004, the eMac G5 was reportedly placed on hold, while eMac G4 production was restarted in order to keep up with demand. At the root of the problem appears to be IBM’s PowerPC 970 G5 processor. Reminiscent of the recent iMac G5 fiasco, yet not nearly as dramatic, sources claim a less than ample supply of G5 processors is to blame for the minor delay. And while the new eMac was to rely on the slowest available G5 processors, currently a 1.6GHz variant, inventory of these chips are being used to reduce demand for Apple’s new low-end iMac G5,” Jade reports.

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  1. The new FreeScale PPC Chip is pin-for-pin the same as the current G4 and is a much faster chip. The 90nm conversion has ate IBM’s lunch and FreeScale has these 90nm chip ready to go. My bet is that come MWSF they will be powering the NextGen PowerBooks and iBooks.

    But the disappointment is the front side bus speed. It’s what is killing G4 too as the FSB is the bottleneck in G4’s performance. It does not matter if you have very fast CPU but can’t get data in and out fast enough to keep up.

  2. I think a widescreen CRT is a great idea. I like the new iMac but I actually think the eMac looks cooler in some ways – and it’s reminds me a lot more of the original iMac which I always thought was a really nice design. The eMac has a look of its own but it also reminds me a little of the Snow CRT-based iMac.

    I was about to buy an eMac (my first Mac – I’ve been researching for a while and I’ve decided it’s time to switch, so that’s one person who has seen the light and is entering Mac World!) any time now, but I’m wondering if it would be best to hold off now. If nothing else maybe I could pick up a G4 eMac a little cheaper if it’s replaced? What do people here think?

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