Turns out the Macarazzi rumormongers were right: Apple Computer today announced a new lineup of G5 computers, all sporting dual processors. The $2999 top of the line machine has a pair of 2.5Ghz G5 processors, but also needs liquid-cooling. Liquid cooling is by no means new, but this is the first time Apple has used this method for cooling its processors, suggesting that the G5 processor is less energy efficient at high clock frequencies. I don’t care. I still want one.
Now let’s wait for the first “Macs are overpriced junk” comment. ;-)
This announcement makes it official that Steve Jobs promise to deliver a 3GHz Mac by mid 2004 isn’t happening. According to Tom Boger, Apple’s Director of Power Mac Product Marketing;
When we made that prediction, we just didn’t realize the challenges moving to 90 nanometer would present. It turned out to be a much bigger challenge than anyone expected. All-in-all, no we are not getting to 3GHz anytime soon.
That’s ok, Tom. I still want one.
More bad news: It’s rumored that the Dual Boot G4 (which will run both OS 9 and OS X) is history. The end of an era?