So Close (And Yet So Far) (8/12/02)

So we're back from yet another baby-inspired two-week hiatus (and yes, it was baby-inspired; despite what you may have heard, our disappearance did not ensue from the crippling devastation of discovering that Sun lied to CNET about the Mac StarOffice port, disappointing though that was), and what do we find? Why, none other than alleged new specs and pricing for those alleged new Power Macs that are allegedly going to appear sometime within mere alleged days or even hours, allegedly. On the off-chance that you're even more out of the loop than we are, we're talking about the zippier G4s that were the subject of those controversial spy photos which Apple seems to swat down every time they pop up. (For the record, faithful viewer Phil Welch informs us that he's currently got them up over at in a pandering bid for hits.)

So now that we know what these alleged new Power Macs look like (allegedly), howzabout we focus on what's under the hood? Faithful viewer Cyberfunk informs us that has just posted "leaked" specs on all three new Power Mac configurations slated to appear as early as tomorrow. Take our advice: don't spend too long trying to figure out how any "leaked" information could be "purely speculation" and "may not be totally accurate" ("leaked speculation"?) and just go with the flow, here. Because if those specs as posted turn out to be correct, then there are going to be an awful lot of happy Mac fiends reaching for their wallets pretty soon.

With absolutely zero claim as to the legitimacy of these specs, you understand, allow us to take you on a whirlwind tour of the sort of systems that might be populating the desks of power users in the near future: 1.2 GHz on the low end, 1.4 GHz in the middle, and dual 1.6 GHz at the top of the line; SuperDrives across the board; DDR RAM in all models; no less than a 64 MB GeForce4 MX (with a 128 MB Radeon 9700 in the high-end system) running in an 8x AGP slot; and GigaWire, USB 2.0, Bluetooth wireless, and a faster PCI bus. It all sounds scrumptious, right? Well, dig the alleged prices: $1599, $2199, and $2999. Is anyone else freaking out at the prospect of a 1.2 GHz G4 with half a gig of DDR RAM and a SuperDrive for under $1600? Somebody fetch us a Mulderesque "I WANT TO BELIEVE" poster.

Of course, there's "drool, get psyched, sell the car for cash, and camp outside the Apple store" and then there's "pipe dream." also has "leaked speculation" on new Apple displays (17-inch for $599, 19-inch for $999, 22-inch for $1499, and 23-inch for $2999) and new black titanium PowerBooks (800 MHz and 1 GHz, GigaWire/USB 2.0, Bluetooth, SuperDrive available). That's a whole lotta info that mysteriously hasn't materialized anywhere else yet. And while it's always possible that secured one whopper of an exclusive, here, try as we might, we can't help but think this whole thing is waaaaaay too good to be true. Maybe it's the massive price cuts on LCD displays that wrecked it for us. Aw, man-- and we were having so much fun, too!

Still, anything's possible. And even if these particular specs turn out to be totally fake, we are pretty sure that new Power Macs of some sort are going to surface really darn soon, now. Allegedly.

[UPDATE: Faithful viewer Bob just noted in the AtAT Forums that MacMinute has finally posted real specs: dual 867 MHz, dual 1 GHz, and dual 1.25 GHz for $1699, $2499, and $3299 respectively. Well, "leaked speculation" was fun while it lasted...]

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The above scene was taken from the 8/12/02 episode:

August 12, 2002: More leaked Power Mac specs bubble up on the 'net, but to the undrugged, they look a little too good to be true. Meanwhile, IBM is working on a new PowerPC chip that might just get the Motorola Monkey off Apple's back, and Mac OS X 10.2 is done and shipping early-- but was the Smiley Mac unceremoniously "retired"?...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 3745: Bye Bye Moto, Hiya Big Blue (8/12/02)   Of course, even with all the involuntary salivary output over the tenuous prospect of 1.6 GHz G4s surfacing soon, we'd be remiss (uh, make that "even more remiss than usual") to ignore the recent buzz over what's going on in terms of PowerPC development these days...

  • 3746: Another One Bites The Dust (8/12/02)   While we were off lollygagging and watching infomercials and twiddling our thumbs and raising a kid and resolving to use the word "lollygag" a lot more often, you no doubt heard elsewhere that Mac OS X 10.2, the world's first major operating system with enough self-confidence to get away with wearing animal prints, went gold master a couple of weeks back...

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