Monday, August 29, 2005

Why Can't Any Analyst Analyze Apple News Anymore? Apple Buying G4's Through 2008 Means Relatively Nothing!

Ok, I wasn't going to post much today, but I decided I would have to add my two cents to the "big news of the day and of the past weekend".

It was announced that Apple has entered into a contract with Freescale [Motorola's spin off of it's microprocessor division] to buy G4 CPUs through 2008.

Many reporters are saying that Apple is expecting a slower transition to Intel Chips than first realized or that Apple may even be hedging their bets a bit.



People - Applecare is 3 years long. If someone bought a G4 based Mac today - the AppleCare would not run out until August of 2008. Apple's current plans are to sell PowerPC Macs until a completed transition from PowerPC to Intel in 2007!

I see this as the only reason - in fact, I see Apple making another announcement in 2008 to extend contracts for G4s another 2 or 3 years (possibly 4) just to keep Applecare and parts inventory. Apple is required to keep parts for 5 years and doesn't end of life / stop support completely for computers until 7 years past introduction.

Here is the official agreement and filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

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10 comments:

Shane B. said...

Very true. I agree people are blowing this way out of proportion. Also, isn't it possible that the G4 processors could be used in non-Mac products? Considering how many rumblings have been going on about digital applicances, it certainly could be that some of the G4's wind up there.

Anonymous said...

Remember SJ said the Intel would come out first in LOW END. I expect them to have G5 around for quite awhile (and it will be faster than Intel version, 'natch.) And Apple have NOT said that a high end machine, eventually, would not have Intel and (probably a low end PPC) G4 in there. That would mean that a new PowerMac could still run classic, etc...

I'd like that, anyway. Run literally ANYTHING.

fixyourthinking said...

The G4 is a VERY powerful chip - it's audio video capabilities and enhancements would be very useful to a video appliance or even to SuperPod.

Still, this is just an AppleCare assurance. The G4 (PowerPC) will made for some time - regardless - it's used in some Cisco equipment and by Chrysler for their onboard computer.

Anonymous said...

It seems the PC focused websites are use to being spoon fed copy from Intel and Microsoft supported sorces and romantic Macheads are eager to jump on anything contradicting the Intel move. Having to analyze is far from the top of their list of talents.

Anonymous said...

What happens if Apple makes both an Intel and PPC box for some time?

Anonymous said...

Confusion, that's what'll happen.

fixyourthinking said...

In response to this comment:

"That would mean that a new PowerMac could still run classic, etc...

I'd like that, anyway. Run literally ANYTHING."


See this, I'm one step ahead of you - anyone wanna help me market it?

"Losing A Classic? The Why & How Of Keeping OS 7-9

Anonymous said...

All of what you said is true. I'd have to say Apple had some hand in leeking this info to dampen the significance of the intel switch just before they are suppose to launch updated products with G4's at the end of this month.

fixyourthinking said...

"...Apple had some hand in leeking this info to dampen the significance of the intel switch just before they are suppose to launch updated products with G4's at the end of this month."


I guess you're speaking of tomorrow or Wednesday - because that's the last two days of the month. Apple rarely does damage control like this and I honestly don't believe any of this "private leaking" from Apple to see who will make a public leak.

Apple has always been very private and very public. I don't think anything has changed - this announcement with Freescale is not such a deviance from previous policy either.

Anonymous said...

AppleCare is 3 years, right? Apple will begin shipping x86 "Next year" starting with the "Low end", and finish hopefully by the "End of 2007". -Steve WWDC
G5 is pretty fast, but it is NOT a 10 watt laptop chip! The switch is based on watts/performance. "We have not been able to ship a PB G5".

Apple signed an agreement with freescale, with the option, but obligated to buy none, until dec 31st 2008 - which is taking care of Applecare in ALL G4's only if they stop shipping ALL G4's Jan 1st 2006. ( G5's will remain until late 2007)

Isn't this crystal clear?