Mailbag – An all G4 Macworld Expo?

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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Go2Mac receives a high volume of email on a daily basis – especially when a new sighting (Sex and the City) or code-name (Tessera) emerges. Our email volume gets even higher in the Calm Before the Storm period leading up to Macworld Expo. During this time, many of you like to weigh in with predictions and prognostication about what SJ will announce when he graces the stage at Macworld on 18 July 2001.

That said, I could not resist this little nugget. But before you read on, the usual caveats apply, this IS NOT my or Go2Mac’s prediction – it is simply a reader contribution that is out there but worth thinking about.

It is far too soon for Apple to go all G4 with the Mac product line, especially in light of the iBook Dual USB’s recent announcement and the power still remaining to be eked out of the IBM 750CXi (G3) processor. With that in mind, here is one reader’s prediction for The Big Dance in two weeks. Take a deep breath and click the link below… you have been warned.


Go2Mac receives a high volume of email on a daily basis – especially when a new sighting (Sex and the City) or code-name (Tessera) emerges. Our email volume gets even higher in the Calm Before the Storm period leading up to Macworld Expo. During this time, many of you like to weigh in with predictions and prognostication about what SJ will announce when he graces the stage at Macworld on 18 July 2001.

That said, I could not resist this little nugget. But before you read on, the usual caveats apply, this IS NOT my or Go2Mac’s prediction – it is simply a reader contribution that is out there but worth thinking about.

It is far too soon for Apple to go all G4 with the Mac product line, especially in light of the iBook Dual USB’s recent announcement and the power still remaining to be eked out of the IBM 750CXi (G3) processor. With that in mind, here is one reader’s prediction for The Big Dance in two weeks. Take a deep breath and click the link below… you have been warned.


The Dual USB iBook is just a decoy. Son of Pismo is the real thing. It will be a 14-inch G4 with all the advantages of the iBook plus a PC card slot in an enclosure the same style as the iBook but with metallic-like plastics (like the new towers) in probably three colors: aluminum, dark aluminum and anodized dark blue (no idea what the Apple logo color will be).

As for the dual G4 TiBook, the only problem that was left to resolve was the heating – but it may have been resolve by now. Prototypes have been around at the same time as the single G4 TiBook was being developed.

As for desktops and the new iMac, everyone is trying to demonstrate that an iMac with a 15-inch flat panel display is still too costly to market. Think about these points:

1. Apple already as a facility (or a sub contractor) manufacturing 15-inch flat panel displays for them. With the launch of the 17-inch, who will want those 15-inch? Steve is not crazy (really). 15-inch displays are there and already in production. Plus, they will be cheaper for Apple to buy, they will sell more of them in iMacs than stand alone monitors.

2. G4 cube is EOL (end-of-lifed). That computer is a small wonder! Its only flaw was its price! If it wasn’t for that, it would have probably already replaced the iMac. Again, its ready to be produce, Steve will not let that go, the innards of the cube will be re-used in the new iMac. Again, they will be cheaper for Apple to buy, they will sell more of them in iMacs than Cubes.

3. Mac OS X will be standard on all computers this summer. Apple will want it to perform top notch on all is computers. Exit the G3 (let’s keep it for something else, but that’s another story), G4 for everyone.

4. You have 15-inch flat panel displays and G4 innards so small they fit inside the TiBook. This would leave the enclosure as the only thing Apple would need o update to make a G4 LCD iMac based on the TiBook logic board – and Steve knows great enclosures!

Expect to see this line of products:

- Single G4 iMac;
- Single G4 iBook (the so-called SOP, replacing iBook 2 which was only to take our attention away from the real thing);
- Dual G4 Towers (new enclosure);
- Dual G4 TiBook (already spotted some places).
- Everything else: gone.

Think different they say…

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