Continuing with the ever-growing saga developing around Apple's Power Mac G5 update roadmap, sources today provided AppleInsider with positive news on IBM's progress with its 90 nanometer (nm) G5 microprocessor. The 90nm G5 has been rumored as the chip to elevate Apple's Power Mac G5 product-line beyond the 2GHz barrier and into its first major revision.
Following an AppleInsider report that hinted at the possibility of a wireless communication hand-held device from Apple in the next 2 years (or iPod adaptation of such functionality), PowerPage author, Jason O'Grady, is citing rumors of an Apple-branded wireless broadband card for laptops to appear in the more immediate future.
According to a Reuters article, camera phones will be able to shoot 1-megapixel pictures suitable for e-mailing to a friend by next year. By 2005 "some camera phones will boast at least 2-megapixel picture quality, good enough to print quality 4-inch by 6-inch pictures," the article says.
According to a new report, Apple plans to hold off the introduction of new Cinema Displays until the introduction of the second generation Power Mac G5 models. Next generation displays have been rumored for the last 6 months, but according to sources, are not of high priority on Apple's list of revenue generating hardware.
Apple has placed 34th in consumer electronics (CE) retail sales according to tracking firm TWICE, which released its Top 100 CE retailer ratings yesterday. The company saw a 471.6% sales surge with with $383 million in volume sales due to a near doubling in Apple retail stores, now totaling 51 locations. According to the report, this is the first time that Apple has qualified for the rankings.
The illusive "Home on iPod" feature of Mac OS X has once again been proposed for inclusion in an upcoming update to the Mac OS X Panther, sources tell AppleInsider. Once a part of early Panther builds, the functionality seemingly vanished from the operating system during its latter development stages due to a number of imperfections.
The end of the road with Motorola has been reached, at least when it comes time for Apple to revamp its iBook line of consumer portables. The chip designer has failed to produce any process spec PowerPC 7457 G4s in commercial volumes required to propel Apple's portable and iMac computers to the next level.
Apple may slashes prices on its Power Mac G5 line of computers just in time for the holiday buying season, sources tell AppleInsider. However, the move would come just 1 week after the introduction of a new model that was accompanied by a price reduction to the base-end Power Mac configuration.
Apple is progressing forth with updates to its Mac OS X Panther operating system and server counter part. The company recently seeded build 7D15 of Mac OS X 10.3.2 client and build 7D14 of Mac OS X 10.3.2 server.
Though not groundbreaking, but rather for some Saturday morning fun, a reader has submitted what appear to be a set of unreleased Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar television or promo ad spots.
"This week the last milestone was achieved for the 90nm [PowerPC 970] G5," sources told AppleInsider on Thursday afternoon. As of Monday, the 'G5+' (or 90nm PowerPC G5 microprocessor) was officially taped out, and cleared for ramp up. It will be about 3 months before the chips are available to Apple Computer, Inc. in sufficient quantity for revamping its Power Mac G5 line of computers.
Apple and IBM have a contract for at least 4 generations of the PowerPC processor over the next 5 years, sources tell AppleInsider. The first of these microprocessors is the current PowerPC 970, which will be followed by the PowerPC 980 in Quarter 3 of next year.
The second generation Power Mac G5 units will make an appearance by early March of next year, according to a rather detailed report submitted to AppleInsider. The 'Power Mac 8,1', as sources call it, will see an introduction shortly after IBM unveils the 90nm G5 at the International Solid State Circuit conference in February.
Apple is priming an enhancement update to its XCode developer software, sources tell AppleInsider. Version 1.1 began seeding to developers last week and continued with build 7K105 earlier this week. The update contains a substantial list of improvements and bug fixes based around developer feedback on the initial 1.0 release of the software.
On Tuesday Apple seeded its Mac OS X developers with a pre-release version of Mac OS X 10.3.2. The software carries the build number 7D12 and weighs in just shy of 20MB, developers said. The release requires 62MB of hard disk space and is to be installed on machines running Mac OS X v10.3.1 Build 7C107.
AppleInsider received several pieces of information over the weekend that stated Apple would release a 20" iMac and dual 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 on November 18th. The information was not published and assumed to be part of a misinformation campaign due to a lack of confirmation. However, numerous media outlets are now confirming similar tips as authentic.
Apple's PowerBook roadmap is very uncertain, according to an AppleInsider source, who states that plans for further revisions are still up in the air. "A dual processor G4 powerbook may see the light of day if the engineering challenges of shoehorning a G5 into a 1 inch thick enclosure cannot be resolved in a timely fashion."
According to a Tech Central report, Apple is currently negotiating with record labels to provide worldwide sales through its iTunes music store. "Darren Sng, software product marketing manager for Apple Asia Pacific, said his company is currently in negotiations with music companies to enable worldwide sales of music via the online store, but he would not comment further."
A new source has provided AppleInsider with some detailed information on the future PowerPC roadmap, and clarifies a recent report. According to the source, the first samplings of 2.5GHz G5 processors started to appear in May, but were based on a 130nm process. However, any G5 processor running at speeds beyond 2GHz -- as part of an Apple product -- will be built on a 90nm process.
Apple is preparing to deploy the first set of Power Mac G5 revisions by the end of January, sources tell AppleInsider. The company's development labs are reportedly testing a Power Mac model sporting dual 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 chips, as well as a single processor 2.0GHz configuration.