Date: Sunday, June 5th, 2005, 18:13
There’s been a lot of discussion about Apple’s announcement yesterday that they’re switching to Intel chips. I tend to agree with a post by Ted Leung that the switch to Intel chips will most benefit Apple’s PowerBook lineup. Read More…
There’s been a lot of discussion about Apple’s announcement yesterday that they’re switching to Intel chips. I tend to agree with a post on Ted Leung’s On The Air “As an Apple customer, the reason I’d be happiest for Apple to switch to Intel is for laptops. On the PowerPC side, a PowerBook ready G5 is nowhere in sight, while on the Intel there is already the excellent Pentium-M, (to be followed by the more amazing Yonah next year).”
Yonah, for those of you playing along at home, is Intel’s forthcoming dual core mobile CPU that will replace the Pentium-M. According to News.com: “Yonah will come with improved technology for curbing power consumption and heat dissipation. It will also sport features currently found on desktops to enhance security.”
Ted is dead on, the PowerBook G5 has been referred to as “the mother of all thermal challenges” by Apple Apple’s VP of Worldwide Sales and Operations, Tim Cook and showed no sign of shipping any time soon. PowerPage sources tell us that the PowerBook G5 mules are running hotter than blazes and that the company was under pressure to ship the much-anticipated notebook successor in January 2006.
As usual Apple’s not talking about future products, but our guess is that Apple scraps the PowerBook G5 faster than you can say “cook an egg on it” and comes out with with PowerBook Yonah in the early part of 2006. With Apple’s notebook QA stumbling and the storied heat problems with the PowerBook G5 the Intel announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. Maybe we’ll see a 3GHz Macintosh after all.