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Apple VP: PowerBook G5 still a ways off

updated 07:30 am EDT, Tue April 20, 2004

PowerBook G5 a ways off

Greg Joswiak, Apple vice president of product marketing, told the BBCNews in an article yesterday regarding Apple's updated laptops that . "In the very long run, the G5 is part of our long term processor roadmap, but it will be some time before that processor will be in a notebook," Mr. Joswiak said, without elaborating further. Apple has consistantly said that the cooling and power requirements of the G5 pose significant engineering obstacles for packing the chip into a portable.

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  1. CambAngst

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Take that, Mac rumor sites...

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    very cool...?

    Well one thing that put apple back on the map when the imac first came out was that apple was determined to make the laptop, which had long been desktop compromise, into a truly portable desktop (enter WallStreet)...

    This is really too bad - weren't they saying just last year 'this is the year of the laptop'?

    Now I've played with a dual G5 - it is the 1st mac that seemed as snappy as a current PC - and I've played with a 1gz Ti - and waited, and waited, surprised that it felt so similar to an entry level or even G3 laptop in speed...

    Personally I could handle shorter battery life (I know not for everyone) as I'm almost always near power - it is the compact, quiet, portable option that appeals - and liquid cooling sounded conceptually feasible...? Unfortunately slow just isn't... How about a dual G4?

  1. TiDual

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This was obvious ...

    ... since there is just no way to make the G5 cool enough that quickly (next Jan, at the earliest, is my *guess*). At least apple has put an end to speculation with this upgrade (and these comments). The current machines are excellent ... if you need one, get one.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Very Cool....

    I don't find current PC's very snappy at all, I have one at work which sit's sided by side my 15" 1.25. Must be the apps you are using, b/c you can't be talking about the OSes

  1. spyinthesky

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Disappointed and frustrating me. Just makes it vital that some form of smaller desktop becomes available then with a G5 as I find the present machines just too big for my home. Not holding my breath there either mind.

  1. gorickey

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not really.

  1. davey-nb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No surprise really

    This is the smart thing for Apple to say.
    It's not a great idea to release updated products and then say "We'll have a much better product in 3 months."

  1. gudin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    big surprise

    OK, knowing they significantly upgraded the G4 powerbooks YESTERDAY, who would possibly expect him to say "Yeah, we'll be releasing a G5 powerbook any day now..." or " a few months..." or whatever? Surely this is obvious.

    MWSF in January is my guess also. Why is this such a shocker? The new G4 powerbooks are still quite mean machines. I plan to get one.

  1. denim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Very Cool...?

    It was the year of the laptop. They never said it was the year of the *G5* laptop. Now they've come out with a bunch of new machines, too.

    Anyone who has seen what a G5-based machine does to a room knows it's not ready for a laptop, unless that laptop is both (1) always plugged in, and (2) integrated with a heater coil for boiling water. I got mine in October and I've been toasty warm all winter. I've been trying not to think about what will happen in the summer. My fix is to get a house with central a/c.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big, Cool Surprise

    Judging by the difficulty IBM has had getting out second generation G5 processors, I can't imagine they'd have G5s running cool enough or power efficient enough for a laptop and certainly not one that could work reliably within the thin form factor of current PowerBooks.

    It looks like we'll be looking at a third generation G5 before they land in PowerBooks. I'd wait for a second generation G5 PowerBook, but it looks like I'll be getting one last G4... the NEXT Rev. Aluminum G4, no doubt.

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