Those of you looking for better laptop performance on the Mac, don't expect it to come in the form of a PowerBook G5. AppleInsider reports in its conference call notes that Apple's CFO calls it "the mother of all thermal challenges." That statement has plenty of precedent, as Apple has cautioned impatient Mac laptop fans that G5 PowerBooks are unlikely before, as noted by Macworld UK.

So, while Apple is very competitive with its desktop G5 products, does this mean the Mac will still continue to lag somewhat in digital audio laptop performance? Not necessarily: relief could come in the form of a faster G4, or dual-core G4 support. In fact, while we haven't heard much from G4 development of late, future desktop Macs could be G4-powered, too, like the new Mini. Chip distinctions continue to blur on the PC (Pentium 4? Pentium M?), especially as Moore's Law runs up against the principles of heat and energy consumption; now the Mac is experiencing similar confusion.

In other words, we've got another Macworld where we know nothing new about Apple's pro hardware plans. As usual, we'll simply have to wait. Stay tuned: same Mac time, same Mac channel.

  • Guest

    Engadget has an article that suggests tha Apple have already ordered the hardware for PowerBook G5s, due for delivery in 2005/Q2.


  • Guest

    I think Engadget's got it wrong here. Quanta manufactures the system, so this proves nothing. New PowerBook system = very likely. New PowerBook G5 = EXTREMELY unlikely by Q2, given that Apple's CFO is telling its investors it's not going to happen. There's no reason to mislead investors. As I said in this article, expect a new PowerBook powered by either a next-gen G4 chip (or if we're unlucky, speed bump) or if we're really lucky, a dual-core G4. -Peter

  • Guest

    If they said a Powerbook G5 will be released by Q2, no Powerbook G4s will be sold.
    And Stevie J. doesnt want that…

  • Guest

    yeah, considering Athlon64 laptops are all over the place and cheap cheap cheap, i cant help but think a g5 pb is coming, if not shame on them (or release that a64 OSX build already…)

  • admin

    There's nothing wrong with a faster G4 chip. I don't care what it's called as long as we get a significant speed boost — and the G4 may hold more potential without, you know, giving you a 20 minute battery life and melting your 14-lb. computer.

    There's no point to running OS X on Athlon64 because ALL of your software would have to be recompiled — not to mention MOST of the OS (only the kernel was ported).

  • Guest

    my point is/was i think there was some sort of AMD/IBM joint-cooperation/technology-sharing for certain chip technologies. forget the exact details but if amd can make a cool a64 perhaps they can tell ibm how to make a cool g5..sorrry im not a chip dedsigner maybe its not that simple đŸ™‚