“For Apple Computer, releasing a G5 PowerBook continues to be a weighty issue. Apple customers have been waiting for the company to deliver a PowerBook driven by the G5 chip for some time. The more powerful chip first arrived in the Power Mac line in 2003, and Apple began offering it in the iMac last year,” David Becker reports for CNET News.
“The computer maker is well aware that Mac fans want a G5 PowerBook, and technically, the company could offer one now. But given the relatively power-hungry nature of the IBM PowerPC 970FX processor–Apple has dubbed the 970FX and its predecessor, the 970, ‘G5’ chips–a G5 PowerBook would require compromises in size, weight and other aesthetics such as noise production. Apple, and likely most of its customers, wouldn’t be willing to live with that.” Becker reports.
“‘It’d be this really thick, heavy notebook, and it would be loud as all get-out,’ said Kevin Krewell, editor in chief of the Microprocessor Report. ‘Those would not be design choices that Apple would want to pursue.’ Although the wait might be painful for customers who want the latest technology from Apple, the company is likely to hold out for a low-power G5, a chip that could come later this year. The lower-power chip would consume less watts and also produce less heat, allowing Apple to fit it inside the thin chassis that’s typical of a PowerBook,” Becker reports. “Michael Gartenberg, an analyst for Jupiter Research, said he would be surprised to see G5 portables in 2005. ‘A G5 PowerBook is going to happen, but not as soon as a lot of people would like,’ Gartenberg said. ‘Apple is concerned about preserving the entire mobile experience, as opposed to just putting a G5 in a box and sticking a handle on it.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: We wonder what happened to the previous editor in chief of the Microprocessor Report? You know, Peter Glaskowsky, the guy who said almost a year ago of the PowerBook G5, “I doubt it would be later than July or August . If everything had been just on a slightly different schedule we might have seen them at Macworld [San Francisco 2004].” More info here. The moral of the story: nobody outside Apple (except perhaps for Nick C.) knows for sure about the PowerBook G5’s progress and Apple sure isn’t about to spill the beans about when it’s coming while they’re trying to sell the world speed-bumped PowerBook G4s.
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