Thursday, February 03, 2005

www.apple.com/powerbook/g5

The title read


"World-Wide-Wait (www) for Apple's PowerBook to get the G5".

So, don't get me wrong with the title! (And, please Apple, I'm not releasing anything about your new product, so don't sue me!)

Just making fun of the latest NEWS.com article: Apple on G5 PowerBook: Not so fast and NewsFactor's: G5 PowerBook Will Have To Wait (via Yahoo news)...

The wait for the new PowerBook to sport the G5 processor is the worldwide one now (thus, WWW), especially ones after others speculation failed to come true. Since Macworld Expo 2004 to Macworld Expo 2005, even before the iMac G5. Everytime there's the official Apple keynote/expo, people had been expecting the new shiny PowerBook G5.

Eight months passed since the last update (which saw the top model topping at with 1.5GHz G4), PowerBook line got its update once again: speed bumped G4 (top at 1.67) plus various advancements in technology. Not, however, the much awaited G5.

Putting the G5 into the laptop right now, is not out of the realm of possibility. But this assumes that any kind of laptop, any thickness, any weight is OK. Putting the G5 into laptop as slim and slick as PowerBook, is another story, and I don't think it is even plausible to think about now.

For this, I quote NEWS.com article:

"It'd be this really thick, heavy notebook, and it would be loud as all get-out," said Kevin Krewell, editor in chief of the Microprocessor Report. "Those would not be design choices that Apple would want to pursue.

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The main thing holding back a G5 PowerBook is the chip itself. IBM technical documents show that when running at 2.5GHz and 1.3 volts, the chip consumes a maximum of 100 watts of power, a fair amount of juice for a notebook.

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That's not to say a 100-watt chip cannot be built into a notebook. Dell's Inspiron XPS, for one, offers Intel's 3.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor, which is designed for desktops. Intel's thermal-design guidelines call for computers using the chip to be able to dissipate heat produced by a chip of nearly 110 watts.

But the Dell machine, which comes with a 15.4-inch wide screen, is a relatively hefty 2 inches thick and weighs just over 9 pounds with a CD drive and battery installed. Apple's 17-inch screen PowerBook measures 1 inch thick and weighs in at 6.9 pounds with a CD drive and battery. (Apple's 12-inch and 15-inch screen PowerBooks are 1.18 inches and 1.1 inches thick and weigh 4.6 pounds and 5.6 pounds, respectively. Dell's Pentium M-based, 17-inch screen Inspiron 9200 is 1.6 inches thick and weighs 7.7 pounds.)

They are talking about this bulky piece of brick



[source: dell.com]

I'm sure none of us would want to see a PowerBook like that. (I've seen the Dell machine ... and it looks really incredibly amazing ... a *downward* accomplishment of engineering and design).

What's more? From the same NEWS.com article:

Thus, to fit the G5 into a typical PowerBook-size chassis, Apple would have to throttle down the G5, causing the chip to run more slowly than current G4 mobile chips. The G4 also would likely still consume less power--or produce a bulkier laptop, probably with noisy cooling fans, said the Microprocessor Report's Krewell.


This is very crucial part, very important piece of information.

To those misinformed people who think they must have 64-bit processor for e-mailing and watching movies and browsing internet. 64-bit processing is not what you think. Being 64-bit won't *automatically* make things faster. Many things will actually slower. If you want to address the multi-GB data (think about the very big poster pixel-by-pixel, or the entire human-DNA sequencing, simulaiton of solar wind, composing & playback the symphony with very very fine details) .. then you might need one.

G4 is not yet obsoleted. It is still a pretty good processor, especially as the *mobile* processor. The downside of the current powerbook line I can think of, is the narrow Front-Side-Bus (yeah ... it's a joke). But it still quite a good processor and architecture for laptop.

One last time I will say this: if PowerBook will have a big update anytime within this year, unless IBM pull off a miracle in microprocessor technology ... I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Dual-core G4. [This current PowerBook update .. is, at any cost, likely to be the last update to the current PowerBook line].