What's Behind Apple's Red Curtain
Apple has unveiled that they plan to unveil at least one more suprise product or service on October 12th. People are speculating that it could be yet another iPod type device, or that it could be a Video iPod or some type of video iPod and some kind of movie delivery service with a svelte set top box to push Apple into the movie delivery business.
I don't care about any of that. What I want are new iBooks, PowerMacs, and PowerBooks.
If they don't finally release the quad-processor PowerMac, I'm going to tear my hair out. It isn't like they wouldn't sell a ton. I don't think that I can either a) wait until early 2007 for an intel based PowerMac, or b) stick with my current single processor circa 2003 G5 until then. In addition, I don't really want to run all my apps in Rosetta. It doesn't matter how good it is, it will still be slower than native which for me is unacceptable. All my geek friends wonder what I will do with the power of a quad-processor Mac. The answer is simple, whatever I want to do. But it may be somewhat unlikely that Apple is going to go with IBM for the quad-processor PowerMac G5. The reason is that they wouldn't want people doing comparisons, and they invariably would, between the PPC and the Intel system using the same applications, which would now be possible. The result would probably suprise most people. The PPC system running native apps, would likely be faster than the 3 GHz Intel system running native apps simply because the software on the PPC system would probably have been better optimized. I'll probably get my quad-mac if it ever comes out and wait until 2008 or 2009 until I go with the Intel Mac offering.
Whatever it is that Jobs and Co. have up their sleeves, it is sure to be exciting. They have already done their iPod service, so the only things left are computers and software. Maybe they will start previewing the next version of OS X, Leopard, but I think that this is more unlikely than a quad-mac. There is a fairly strong chance that they have finally managed to get a 2 GHz G5 into a PowerBook, but this would make me fall out of my chair and run out to blow $3,000 on a new computer before the announcement ended. This has never happened to me, so I think that it is unlikely to happen now. We've got just about another week to wait!