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Old 7th January 2003
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San Francisco

Anything interesting afoot?

Saw some Sonnet G4 upgrades that look quite good.

No new PowerMacs for a while eh?

Was there a 'big surprise'?
Old 7th January 2003
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no surprises that the rumor boards didn't anticipate....

17" powerbook, 12" powerbook....

firewire2...which will rock...800mb/sec..and is backward compatible.

and airport extreme...oh, and FCP lite for 299$

plus misc stuff.

no new pro machines
Old 7th January 2003
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Pro Desktops are on the way. Just hold on a little longer

Jobs is staggering the new releases so they come along throughout the years....

Firewire 2 is great. But we need the Drives that can handle the throughput don't we....

As for Sonnet.. I was hoping they were going to release more Encore ZIF models above 500mhz as they told me they would, so I'm abit bummed about that... grudge

Love the new Powerbook though (17") And Safari has finally enabled me to get Uncle bill off my machines for good

Old 7th January 2003
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Unfortunately, I don't think you're likely to see any Macs faster than 1.25GHz until Apple introduces their next machine based upon an entirely new CPU type, be that IBM Power4 based, or AMD Hammer based.

The 1.25GHz is actually an overclocked 1GHz CPU with higher core voltage and additional cooling, hence the "wind tunnel" design and atypically high fan noise for a Mac on the newest high end machines.

I'm betting it's about a 1 year wait for faster Mac CPU speeds. Between now and then I think we'll see quad CPU models to try and bridge the gap for power users.

Still, those are some nice laptops they just introduced.

Brian T
Old 7th January 2003
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IOW, no... nothing especially cool is happenin' is SF right now, including MacWorld... unless you count things that aren't as quantifiable.
Old 7th January 2003
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i would really dig a QUADghz machine.... i wonder what the power difference between it and a 4ghz machine would be in reality. just having a second ghz chip does wonders on my processing.
Old 8th January 2003
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Originally posted by MCal

Firewire 2 is great. But we need the Drives that can handle the throughput don't we....

on the way...smartdisk already announced theirs...then retracked the promo so as to not steal apple's thunder.
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