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PPC 970 is ALL the change
Authored by: digitalone on Jun 19, '03 06:44:52PM

In my opinion, I think that we will see the 970 in both laptop and desktop form factors. This is based on the specs from IBM touting its power management and low (relatively) consumption. It will of course be a dual-processor and beyond capable chip, so Apple will have little problems adapting G4 SMP technologies to the new chip. Also, the 970 is a smaller chip overall, and supposedly generates less heat than current G4's (that remains to be seen by me, I'll believe it when I see it) so I don't think that it will represent as much of a technical challenge to adapt it over 2 form factors this quickly, especially not for such a notoriously good engineering team like Apple's.

I think that Panther is really going to represent a 64-bit version of Jaguar, with some sweeping changes- aka design flaw and bug fixes- made with the jump in the version.

So really we won't see too much new, maybe some more aesthetics or ease of use features. These are typically easy to code and can help make a thin release appear thicker, so the user may think that they are getting their moneys worth. I hate to make the comparison- but Windows XP over win 2000, not a real big jump in structure but lots of new "features". This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as users don't see or understand functions that deal with that low level technical detail. The user may be benefitting tremendously and not know it, but what they see is nothing new.

Why else would you have to do so much engineering on an OS only a year after the last major release? Especially when it is a well functioning system in the first place??
Major changes in the paradigm on which the hardware and therefore low-level OS code is, in my opinion, why we are seeing such a change so quickly.

But, again, that is just my humble opinion.

Sean



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