RUMOR: No Intel-based Apple Mac debut at Macworld Expo in January 2006

“Apple says not to expect Intel at Macworld, in fact don’t expect any new computer hardware. I have contact with someone that works for Apple at a higher level, when asked if they were attending Macworld he said he [was] told that they shouldn’t go,” Derek Picone reports for TechWB. “Typically if there is a big announcement they are expected to attend.”

Picone reports, “This means that for anyone hoping for the new Intel computers your [sic] out of luck, no hardware will be announced except for maybe the normal speed boosts since those wouldn’t be any reason for them to attend. The only announcements will be coming from the other non computer hardware departments such as new iPods, iSight, Monitors, Programs, and other software and accessories.”

Full article here.
Rumor. Take at least two grains of salt with this one and call us on January 10th.

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72 Comments

  1. Is Apple really ready? Seems like Rosetta is still in development. In just the last month it gained Altivec support. Is it ready?

    Without Rosetta, Intel is a non-starter. What’s the big hurry? Everyone wants shiney new toys? I want Apple to be known as the reliable computer company, not a paper-launcher.

  2. Please. Name the last MWSF that didn’t have a major computer hardware announcement? I can’t think of one ever. They will have something, and it’ll probably be an Intel based system(s), there is little doubt about it.

  3. I’m with PhilR on this one–there will be SOME type of substantial hardware announcement unless Apple’s plans have really fallen through, and the iPod line was refreshed quite recently. The only iPod that could use an update is the Shuffle, but that wouldn’t be a very big deal.

  4. As much as I hate to say it, this makes a lot of sense. We’ve all seen rumors take a legitimacy life of their own before. The sheer numbers required to launch an Intel Mac line of computers would be difficult to hide without being spotted ahead of time.
    Until I hear a leak by some manufacture overseas or somewhere else, I’ll be VERY skeptical.

  5. “Please. Name the last MWSF that didn’t have a major computer hardware announcement? I can’t think of one ever. They will have something, and it’ll probably be an Intel based system(s), there is little doubt about it.”

    Excellent point. For those who don’t know, let’s recap

    2001: Titanium PowerBook, ‘Digital Audio’ Power Mac w/ SuperDrive
    2002: 14″ iBook, iMac G4
    2003: 12″ and 17″ PowerBook G4
    2004: Xserve G5 and Xserve RAID
    2005: Mac mini
    2006: TBA

    The last time Apple held a Macworld San Francisco without new hardware was 2000. That year, we got iTools, AppleWorks 6, and a Mac OS X unveiling.

  6. The only hardware products that haven’t had an ‘official’ update since July are the iBook, the eMac and the mini. (For this take, the mini’s speed bump in September doesn’t qualify as ‘official’, since there never was an announcement.)

    Something tells me that Steve getting up on the stage at the Moscone Center to announce an updated eMac ain’t gonna happen…

    As for the other two, here’s hoping for some good news!!

  7. Faster G5s and last iteration Powerbooks would be nice not to mention a new iLife but the only hardware update I really want to see is the return to firewire on the iPods. Anyone else iPOed over this switch. Throughput is now rediculously slow! Budzo, you feel me on this?

  8. Mac lovers, stock analysts, and the press are like fish in a pond, waiting for Steve to sprinkle the a bit of food in January. Fish with their mouths open. Only their lips keep flapping and crap keeps coming out.

    Just wait and see.

  9. The eMac is no longer in Apple’s lineup except for education institution purchases only. That happened a while back now. So you won’t ever see any more new eMac announcements.

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