The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Forbes (Sort Of) Throws Fuel On PowerPC 970 Speculation

Forbes (Sort Of) Throws Fuel On PowerPC 970 Speculation

by , 8:00 AM EDT, May 12th, 2003

An interesting blurb hit Forbes early Friday evening concerning Apple. The mainstream financial and business magazine mentioned Apple and IBM's upcoming PowerPC 970 in its "People To Watch" piece for this week. Forbes says that "rumors are starting to build that Apple Computer is closer than previously thought to releasing a computer with a new chip produced by IBM." From the article:

And speaking of Steve Jobs, rumors are starting to build that Apple Computer is closer than previously thought to releasing a computer with a new chip produced by IBM, which we first reported here in October 2002. The chip in question is the IBM Power PC 970, and while IBM wouldn't come right out and say so, it has been clear for some time that the chip is being aimed squarely at making Apple a big customer of IBM chips.


When IBM first presented information on the chip at an engineering conference in October, it suggested the chip would be ready for volume production by mid-2003.


To date, Apple has said nothing about using the chip in future systems, but it would be crazy not to consider it.

There's more information in the full article at Forbes. There is also some information about Pixar's goings-on in the same section of the story.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Note that there really isn't much actual news in the article, and nothing to substantiate the rumor, as Forbes called it. It's not that Forbes has done anything wrong with this piece, we just felt it important to point out that this mention is little more than a recounting of speculation, and shouldn't be taken as proof that Apple will necessarily be making any sort of announcements soon. Beware attempts to make it that sort of proof.

Mind you, TMO is of the opinion that Apple will likely move the PowerPC 970 as soon as it can, but speculation as to when that will happen is just that, speculation. One should keep that in mind.

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated August 13th

Fri, 5:40 PM
You Could See More Political Campaign Emails In Your Gmail Inbox
Fri, 5:07 PM
Apple Pulls ‘Hide My Email’ Support in Third-Party Apps from macOS Ventura Features Page
Fri, 2:37 PM
'The Late Show' Host Stephen Colbert Talks Apple TV+, "Joins" the Cast of 'Severance'
Fri, 2:16 PM
NASA to Send an iPad to the Moon to Test Alexa in Space
Fri, 1:35 PM
Apple TV+ Keeps Things Moving By Renewing 'Physical' for Season 3
Fri, 12:56 PM
Websites Hosting iOS 16 Developer Betas Allegedly Getting Taken Down by Apple
Fri, 12:56 PM
Apple Celebrates 40 Years in Australia with New Environment Initiatives and More
Fri, 12:43 PM
Epic Games Versus Apple App Store Appeals Hearing Set for October 21
Fri, 11:55 AM
Rumors Suggest iPhone 14 Pro Series to Start with 128GB Model Despite Price Increase
Fri, 11:52 AM
Apple Signs Deal with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Production Company to Beef Up Its Original Podcast Content
Fri, 11:43 AM
Apple Tells Suppliers to Make At Least 90 Million iPhone 14 Units Despite Market Slow Down
Thu, 3:56 PM
Galarian Zigzagoon Community Day is Coming in 'Pokémon GO': Here's What You Need to Know
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Daily Observations
  • TMO on Twitter!