“Apple Computer Inc. may have tipped its hand on Wednesday, by revealing its new line of Power Mac G5s based on the dual-core PowerPC processor,” John G. Spooner writes for eWeek. “The notoriously secretive computer maker’s new lineup includes single chip models running at 2GHz and 2.3GHz and a dual-processor machine with 2.5GHz chips. Apple also updated its PowerBook portable line.”
“By moving to the dual-core PowerPC chip, a move that’s been anticipated since IBM officially unveiled its dual-core PowerPC 970MP earlier this year, Apple also communicated something else,” Spooner writes. “Despite Apple’s plan to begin moving its computers to Intel Corp.’s x86 chips in 2006, the new systems suggest that PowerPC chips are likely to be around for a while in the Power Mac line and its other products are likely to make the switch first.”
MacDailyNews Note: Common knowledge. Apple didn’t tip its hand at all. In fact, CNET News’ Stephen Shankland reported this on June 3rd, three days before Apple’s official announcement was even made, “Apple plans to move lower-end computers such as the Mac Mini to Intel chips in mid-2006 and higher-end models such as the Power Mac in mid-2007.” Even Spooner himself wrote an eWeek article on June 8, 2005 that contained the quote, “‘I think that —PowerBooks and iBooks—and Mac Minis would be the first to get Intel processors,’ said Steve Baker, analyst with The NPD Group Inc in Port Washington, N.Y.”
Spooner continues, “Apple’s PowerBook line, which Apple updated on Wednesday with higher resolution screens, is the most likely candidate, followed by the Mac Mini. The PowerBook could move to Intel’s Yonah chip, a dual-core version of its Pentium M that’s due out in January, early next year, analysts predicted. ‘My expectation is the Intel chips would appear first in [Apple] notebooks and maybe consumer Macs,’ said Joe Wilcox, an analyst with Jupiter Research Inc. ‘There’s lots of reasons to do it that way. One is there’s lower risk for Apple and there’s greater need. If you look the notebook line…you still have the [1.67GHz] G4 processor. That’s where the need is greatest [for an upgrade].’ Yonah is expected to offer twin processors, each with speeds of around 2GHz.”
“Yonah was designed specifically for notebooks. But Intel has also been pitching it for small desktops. It’s part of the company’s Golden Gate PC reference design, which is about the same size as an external PC DVD drive, for example, showing it fits just as easily into tiny desktop machines like the Mac Mini,” Spooner writes. “With each introduction, Apple is likely to make a clean break between processors, analysts said, making it even more likely that the new PowerPC 970MP-based Power Mac line will be around for a time.”
Full article with some good information about upcoming Intel processors that Apple might use in various Mac models here.
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