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Apple Website Points to PowerBook G5

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the get-your-rumor-on dept.

Technology (Apple) 387

lewsmind writes "The Register has a scoop on the new PowerBook G5. According to this article at the Apple website has hidden clues that suggest the coming of the PB G5 very soon. ."

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Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (0, Offtopic)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494453)

Update: Within an hour of posting the story, and the screenshot we took as evidence, Apple altered the HTML to replace g5 with g4. Don't hang around, do they?

And yet they haven't posted an official statement to their website about the Mac Mini not voiding the warranty when you either A) break the clips holding the case together or B) open the case in the first place.

You would think that if they are able to update their site that fast to quell rumors that they would at least post an official statement about the serviceability of the Mini. Interestingly enough the Mac Mini page still says that memory upgrades (along with other hardware) *must* be upgraded by an authorized person.

BTW - I wasn't aware that this was a Mac rumors [macrumors.com] site. I thought it was Slashdot (News for Nerds/Stuff that Matters + iPods)?

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494468)

Aw, did someone break his case?

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (4, Insightful)

oscast (653817) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494487)

"And yet they haven't posted an official statement to their website about the Mac Mini not voiding the warranty when you either A) break the clips holding the case together or B) open the case in the first place."

Maybe because they never said that it voids your warranty in the first place.

That was nothing but FUD that was been corrected by statements Apple has made to correct the misconceptions... statements which I know you've read yet you continue to repeat in an effort to spread FUD.

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (2, Informative)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494546)

That was nothing but FUD that was been corrected by statements Apple has made to correct the misconceptions... statements which I know you've read yet you continue to repeat in an effort to spread FUD.

Where are the statements? I have asked for them multiple times and no one has shown me anything other than statements from third party sites that are quotes from supposed conversations with Apple representatives.

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (5, Informative)

oscast (653817) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494657)

Quote from Mac World Article [macworld.com] :

"contrary to rumors around the Internet, Apple has told Macworld that you can even do it yourself without voiding your warranty "unless you break something when you open it.")

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (2, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494765)

contrary to rumors around the Internet, Apple has told Macworld that you can even do it yourself without voiding your warranty "unless you break something when you open it.")

Looks like heresy to me just like every other statement out there. When I said that I want an official statement I mean OFFICIAL. From Apple on Apple.com.

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494823)

heresy?

did he speak out against god or something?

OOOOOOH, you meant HEARSAY
ok, now I got ya

think I'm just being annoying and difficult there? Guess what, you are too.

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (3, Funny)

Em Adespoton (792954) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494827)

Looks like heresy to me just like every other statement out there. When I said that I want an official statement I mean OFFICIAL. From Apple on Apple.com.

I'm not sure that word means what you think it means ;) Just to clarify, did you mean heresy, or hearsay?

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (4, Funny)

Space Coyote (413320) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494845)

contrary to rumors around the Internet, Apple has told Macworld that you can even do it yourself without voiding your warranty "unless you break something when you open it.")

Looks like heresy to me just like every other statement out there. When I said that I want an official statement I mean OFFICIAL. From Apple on Apple.com.

And people accuse mac fans of being the religiously fanatical ones.

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494858)

Jesus, why don't you just ask for Jimmy Hoffa's corpse while you're at it. Apple doesn't fucking care if you replace the RAM okay? Don't break anything and they won't get on your case. I've had Apple work on my Macs that have third party ram, and they've never even taken it out. They don't care, unless it's the problem, and then they just remove it.

Slashdot has always posted rumors (5, Insightful)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494540)

I wasn't aware that this was a Mac rumors site. I thought it was Slashdot (News for Nerds/Stuff that Matters + iPods)?

Rumors have always been fodder for Slashdot. Linux, Microsoft, Sun, Transmeta, Intel, AMD, XM/Sirius, and today it's Apple.

There are a lot of articles that don't really interest me, but that doesn't mean that they don't matter to other readers.

Re:Slashdot has always posted rumors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494734)

A rumor is a rumor. This stuff is no more than FUD. An image had the tag g5 in it instead of g4, OMFG IT MEANS SOEMTHING111!!1tehoneoneone

Seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494558)

I saw that article just before it hit Slashdot and I thought to myself, "You know I bet those crazed Slashbots are going to go and post this even though it's complete unsubstatiated wishful zealot thinking." Sure enough they didn't waste any time doing so.

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494612)

Fuck off, dickhead.

Let us have first posts too motherfucker.

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494651)

No. I paid for them, you didn't.

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (3, Informative)

JabberWokky (19442) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494800)

I wasn't aware that this was a Mac rumors site. I thought it was Slashdot (News for Nerds/Stuff that Matters + iPods)?

apple.slashdot.org [slashdot.org] has been active for quite awhile now.

--
Evan

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494856)

I'd love it is /. were a decent Mac rumors site. But it's not. In this case, it's "News for Nerds. Typos that matter."

This is the lamest rumor I've ever seen on the web. And I used to read macosrumors.com daily. (I'm not hyperlinking them because their website isn't worth your ten second speed read. macrumors.com [macrumors.com] is a little better.)

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494880)

You could always simply READ the warranty.

But since you're not going to, I'll tell you that it says it doesn't cover damage that is CAUSED by faulty user installation or problems caused by non-Apple products. It has no provision that voids the warranty for a case removal.

Re:Since when is Slashdot an Apple Rumors site? (1)

nine-times (778537) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494890)

BTW - I wasn't aware that this was a Mac rumors site. I thought it was Slashdot (News for Nerds/Stuff that Matters + iPods)?

I am a Mac user, and I look around at Mac rumor sites sometimes, so what I'm about to say shouldn't be taken as holding anti-Mac sentiments.

I agree that I'm bothered by this degree of Mac-rumor-mongering on the /. front page. I don't mind that it's a Mac rumor, but that it's a silly and unsubstantiated Mac rumor. Every indication is that a G5 Powerbook is a ways off still. Some 1x1 gif inserted by an advertiser titled "powerbook_g5.gif" is quite a little thing to inspire such wild speculation.

The Mac rumor mill is known for it's wild speculation, and it's known be to wrong pretty much all the time. For the past year and a half, every 2 weeks someone else comes up with some sort of "conclusive evidence" that the Powerbook G5 release is imminent. And we're still waiting, and they still aren't coming anytime soon. Ok, I expect that from the Mac rumor mill, but I expect more Slashdot.

Already gone... (4, Insightful)

nuclear305 (674185) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494460)

According to TFA, Apple replaced the 'g5' with 'g4' in these so-called clues/hints.

Re:Already gone... (4, Insightful)

MooseByte (751829) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494535)


And as the article points out that it could have been a typo. Having two HTML items labeled "powerbook_g5" (and already changed now to "powerbook_g4" on the page in question), is a far cry from having a page with specs and/or prices accidentally uploaded for a few minutes.

A Powerbook G5 is inevitable, but this doesn't quite seem like the "Mac Mini" leak....

Re:Already gone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494829)

And as the article points out that it could have been a typo. Having two HTML items labeled "powerbook_g5" (and already changed now to "powerbook_g4" on the page in question), is a far cry from having a page with specs and/or prices accidentally uploaded for a few minutes.

As someone who works in a company with a marketing department, let me say this: marketers are generally idiots who know nothing about what they are marketing and need constant correcting. The marketers at apple probably have already created directories g5 through g10 in anticipation of future ad campaigns. They get confused easily.

Apple is hiring thermal engineers. (5, Interesting)

Treker (192846) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494461)

Apple has posted job ads [monster.com] in classifieds and on Monster Jobs [monster.com] for a "Senior Thermal Enginee r" and "Thermal Engineers". This is much more promising as far as the possibili ty of a PowerBook G5 than the article above. Oh, they've also posted ads on the ir own job site (jobs.apple.com [apple.com] ) for a Senior Thermal Design/Engineer...

Re:Apple is hiring thermal engineers. (0, Redundant)

Treker (192846) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494498)

Apple has posted job ads [monster.com] in classifieds and on Monster Jobs [monster.com] for a "Senior Thermal Engineer" and "Thermal Engineers". This is much more promising as far as the possibility of a PowerBook G5 than the article above. Oh, they've also posted ads on their own job site (jobs.apple.com [apple.com] ) for a Senior Thermal Design/Engineer [apple.com] ...

Re:Apple is hiring thermal engineers. (2, Funny)

greechneb (574646) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494621)

Are they hiring lawyers to test them? I mean if it should happen to overheat, and cause the user to catch on fire, a the cold hearted lawyer would not be injured, right? If they do catch on fire, its not like it is a big loss anyways, right?

Re:Apple is hiring thermal engineers. (2, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494686)

.. you got any idea of how ehem.. "fast".. that kind of design gets made and production rolled into start?

if they're just HIRING them then they're friggin year away. maybe they ran out of ideas.

Re:Apple is hiring thermal engineers. (4, Insightful)

sjf (3790) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494737)

Not necessarily indicative of Powerbook G5. Indicative of a company that builds products that have components that give out heat: recall the G4 "windtunnel" Macs: some PCI cards overheated in this machine due to its poor thermal design.
The Mac Mini would also have required a great deal of thermal design.

Note, if Apple is indeed advertising for thermal engineers for a G5 Powerbook today, then there is no chance that we're going to see such a machine any time soon.

Too Late (1)

turvalon (668877) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494475)

It's changed back already.... end of speculation

Dodgy rumours (5, Funny)

jaiyen (821972) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494476)

I won't believe it until Apple sues The Register ;)

Re:Dodgy rumours (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494637)

I won't believe it until it's a 2x2 pixel image. 1x1 just isn't enough for me, sorry /.

Re:Dodgy rumours (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494645)

In the UK, only old apples sue the register

Funnier: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494776)

That Slashdotters think it's okay that Mac is suing one of their biggest fans, when if Microsoft did the exact same thing under the same circumstances, they'd be screaming for "M$'s" head.

Thank god their opinions don't matter.

Re:Dodgy rumours (4, Insightful)

illumin8 (148082) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494902)

[Cue the sound of a million geeks with too much disposable income whipping out their credit cards all at once. Kaching!]

So we should expect new PowerBook G5s to be released when, next Tuesday?

[Fast forward to next Tuesday and cue the sound of a million geeks dissapointed as yet another Tuesday rolls by and no PowerBook G5s]

I learned not to believe the PowerBook G5 rumors in May of 2002 when everyone was convinced that Apple would simultaneously release PowerMac G5s and PowerBook G5s at WWDC. I realized then that more than half of the time the mac rumors sites are simply blowing smoke up your ass to drive up traffic to their websites.

Every time they resurrect that infamous "G5 PowerBooks next Tuesday" rumor hundreds of geeks start having wet dreams, just to get their hopes dashed when it never comes true.

I bought a 1.25 ghz. G4 PowerBook over a year ago and haven't looked back since... It's still fast enough for me today, so I don't think I would buy a G5 PowerBook if it were released today.

Moral of the story: Buy a G4 PowerBook now and forget about all the rumors.

Pretty conceited... (3, Insightful)

tbase (666607) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494488)

Update: Within an hour of posting the story, and the screenshot we took as evidence, Apple altered the HTML to replace g5 with g4. Don't hang around, do they?

Considering this has been on every tech and gadget site all morning, I think it's pretty conceited of them to think their story is what prompted Apple to make the "correction".

Re:Pretty conceited... (2, Interesting)

HeghmoH (13204) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494584)

Pretty cynical of you to think that their simple mention of the timing was actually trying to take credit for the change.

Re:Pretty conceited... (5, Funny)

torpor (458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494675)

Pretty conceited of you to extend the adjunct on cynicism through evaluative assessment of his criticism ..

Where's the Beef? (5, Insightful)

fname (199759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494494)

I mean, c'mon! A web bug was found on a page at Apple that has PowerBookG5 in the filename? Please explain to me, using small words so I can understand, how this points to the PowerBook G5 being released "very soon."

Re:Where's the Beef? (5, Informative)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494722)

On that subject, I'm confused what the article author means by: "As we've said, it could be an error, but with two separate files both using containing the sub-string _g5_, one on Apple's site, the other on Avenue A's, this seems unlikely."

I'm guessing what he means is that the file "apple_g5_powerbook" appears to exist on the target server.

Well, "http://switch.atdmt.com/action/i bet any damn string will work here and the register is just freaking stupid [atdmt.com] " works, and "http://switch.atdmt.com/action/tony smith is a wanker [atdmt.com] " seems OK too. Obviously they were already prepared for this story!

Or, of course, the bug accepts any input string and just dumps a 1x1 transparent GIF.

Wait and see (1)

northcat (827059) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494496)

I'd like to see how Apple is going sue The Register on this one.

Re:Wait and see (1)

nathanhart (754532) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494561)

If someone can sue for haveing hot coffee spilled on them, or McDonalds makeing them too fat, then I am sure Apple can sue them somehow :-/

Free Advertising, All Around! (4, Funny)

goldspider (445116) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494515)

So The Register gives Apple free advertising, and Slashdot gives The Register free advertising.

I'll be looking for the Slashdot links on Apple's website... you know, to complete the circle.

Re:Free Advertising, All Around! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494616)

You're absolutely right. Slashdot and The Register should both avoid any stories that mention marketed products or brand names. I'm sure they're all being paid off. Good eye there, sport.

Re:Free Advertising, All Around! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494635)

You are just jealous because you use Lin-sux or Wind-blows. Apple news is actually NEWS, while the latest licensing or IP theft problem with Linux or Windows virus is just another run of the mill everyday occurence.

Re:Free Advertising, All Around! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494775)

"Apple to Introduce Latest iSuck" - Less powerful, more expensive, but pretty. Pictures at eleven.

DEAR GOD NO!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494521)

Don't click on that link! (http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/27 /1724239&tid=181 [goat.cx] )! I clicked on it five times, and the sixth, I got GOATSE'd!!!!!

careful! (1)

Antonymous Flower (848759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494525)

What is the difference between the register stating a rumor of a product and some kid(Nick dePlume) stating a rumor for a product?
see: http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/12/20 52258&tid=123&tid=149&tid=3

the answer: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494575)

The Register probably won't be sued.

Re:careful! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494603)

The Register - looked at the source of a web page.

*Some Kid* - possibly induced others to break NDAs.

I'm not saying that the kid did anything wrong - i think the whole thing is a bit ridiculous. But there is a difference between the two is all.

Re:careful! (1)

MoneyT (548795) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494658)

Kid published NDA information obtained by violation of an NDA contract.

Register looked at publicly accessable source.

Supidity != Ego-stroking (1)

MattHaffner (101554) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494666)

Uh, maybe 'cause the sources for the rumors likely knowingly and deliberately broke their personally signed NDAs? Said kid may or may not have been involved in urging NDAs to be broken?

I don't think the Register was actively involved in nudging a web site designer to put this typo or slip-up on Apple's web site. In addition, if it's indeed a precursor to the product, someone did it through negligence, not through conscious choice. Kind of like if someone had accidentally mailed me a mini the week before the keynote. (Hey, I can dream, can't I?) Plus, the Register gives full credit to their source for the info, namely, Apple's own web site.

Then again, maybe it's an elaborate scheme to prime data for someone's dissertation in social engineering.

Re:Supidity != Ego-stroking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494876)

" Uh, maybe 'cause the sources for the rumors likely knowingly and deliberately broke their personally signed NDA"

Speculation.

"Said kid may or may not have been involved in urging NDAs to be broken?"

Said kid may or may not be a space alien.

Said kid may or may not be involved in capitol crimes, involving treason, kidnapping, and murder.

See how easy that game is to play?

Re:careful! (1)

yabos (719499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494744)

The difference is between soliciting for trade secrets and looking at HTML source.

Microsoft Releasing Office 200e! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494544)

Look, right here:

<!-- start tracker -->
<img src="ms_office_200e.gif" width="1" height="1">
<!-- end tracker -->


We're sure this is really suggesting the release of Office 200e, and not just a typo for Office 2004! Whoops, typo, I mean Office 2003!

I mean, really. It can't possibly be a typo for "g4" and MUST forshadow the imminent release of a G5 PowerBook!

Re:Microsoft Releasing Office 200e! (1)

Shag (3737) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494859)

Office 2003? That's for Windows. Office 2004 is Mac-only. ;)

-Dan

RTFA (1)

johnpaul191 (240105) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494865)

read the article

As we've said, it could be an error, but with two separate files both using containing the sub-string _g5_, one on Apple's site, the other on Avenue A's, this seems unlikely.


it's possibly a double typo, or an act of sillyness.... but who knows. it was written that way in two places. i don't think a G5 powerbook is coming anytime soon, and who knows if Avenue A would even have access to such information if it was. obviously somebody that does the Apple site saw it and let it go...

maybe it's just a funny prank so see if anyone is crazy enough to read the source code. the article has some speculation.

Oh sweet jebus (-1, Troll)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494552)

This is the holy grail of computing

64bit G5 processor, in a sexy Apple laptop.

Oh please of please don't let it be like the original Apple G3 (that giant one that nobody bought because it had the pricetag of a car). Please let it be somewhat affordable and sexy.

Oh yummy yummy....

I'm salivating as I type...

I hope that sucker had a nice widescreen display, Superdrive, and Firewire 800/USB 2 ports.

Oh, and I want to see something "different". Either in style, or a new feature. just something unique and new.

Oh, I am just as happy as a school girl going to see the kitty's in some creepy guy's sedan!

Re:Oh sweet jebus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494587)

I wouldn't refer to Steve as "some creepy guy". He's rather attractive in a slick, marketroid sort of way.
Now Ballmer's a different story...

Re:Oh sweet jebus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494670)

Good lord, I saw some of those Steve Ballmer movies [ntk.net] recently. The monkey dance and "Developers, developers, developers, developers" .. the man is really frightening.

Re:Oh sweet jebus (5, Insightful)

argent (18001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494591)

This is the holy grail of computing

I think you mean "this is the flaming grail-shaped beacon of computing". And by "flaming" I mean "this will bake your lap from a foor away".

Apple would be nuts to go with a PB G5 before releasing one using the dual-core G4... which would be both cooler and clock-for-clock more powerful than a G5.

Re:Oh sweet jebus (1)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494895)

"which would be both cooler and clock-for-clock more powerful than a G5"

And more expensive. And would eat more precious space in the chassis.

Jeez man (5, Funny)

paranode (671698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494594)

Shut your iHole...

correct link form article (5, Funny)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494564)

if you want to see what the PB g5 looks like now, go directly to the marketing site [atdmt.com] . I think the details should be self explanatory

Re:correct link form article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494640)

wow, can't wait till I get my hands on one.

Re:correct link form article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494683)

The resolution of the image is problematic, but yep, there it is.

Re:correct link form article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494816)

Wow! It's so tiny!

Re:correct link form article (3, Funny)

bwalling (195998) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494847)

Man, it looks a lot like the soon to arrive PowerBook G6 [atdmt.com] !

Also noticed... (4, Funny)

no_opinion (148098) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494570)

A 1x1 jpeg for the new iWarmer - a special USB powered heatsink for the G5 laptop that doubles as a drink warmer.

Re:Also noticed... (1)

kuwan (443684) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494740)

USB powered??? Drink warmer???

The heatsink for a G5 laptop could power your XBox and double as a grill. Rather than resting your hands below the keyboard you can grill up steak and eggs.

--
Join the Pyramid - Free Flat Screens [freeflatscreens.com]

An Indicator (1)

DreadPiratePizz (803402) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494577)

I think this probably DOES indicate something, because why change it so quickly if it's burried in the HTML and working just fine?

Re:An Indicator (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494702)

Because it's an error (if it ever was there). This is most certainly not front page Slashdot news. It should be in the Apple section (only) as the unsubstantiatde rumor and innuedo it is. I feel sorry for the lowly tech who works at that Ad agency and didn't know the PowerBook and Power Mac use different processors (right now). He's probably get a pretty mean flogging from management. Hell!

Hidden clues to G666... in backwards audio tracks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494581)

If I play the audio of an Apple TV advertisement backwards, will I hear a Beastly voice promising me a G666 PowerBook?

Professor Jonathan Vos Post

Of Course (4, Funny)

captnitro (160231) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494586)

No, no, you've all got it wrong. They're definitely going to have Powerbooks out earlier than expected, probably as soon as next week! And the new versions will feature a magical box that turns dirt into pictures of Jennifer Love Hewitt's tits that print money -- STANDARD!!

How do I know? Well, I just bought a Powerbook.

They're basing this on a 1x1 image... (4, Informative)

Ayaress (662020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494597)

It's on the server that hosts advertisements, it's a 1x1 invisible placeholder. Apple most likely did not name it that, the ad people (Avenue A, atdmt.com) did.

Once, about three years ago, I noticed one of these images on my ISP's web page with a file name something like XXXLESBIANPORNROMGAYWAREZMP3NAPSTERDOWNLOADZ.gif. I didn't assume that SBC was going to get into the internet porn or fileswapping business, I assumed that an ad agency used a few key words for one reason or another.

Re:They're basing this on a 1x1 image... (1)

slamb (119285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494754)

It's on the server that hosts advertisements, it's a 1x1 invisible placeholder. Apple most likely did not name it that, the ad people (Avenue A, atdmt.com) did.

Actually, I believe Apple named it, but it was probably a typo. Avenue A's site is set up to send out a 1x1 GIF image to any request. Unless you believe the Apple G6 Powerbook [atdmt.com] is coming out soon also...

Think about it. They announced a lot of other products two weeks ago. They traditionally announce products at that time. Would it make sense for them to start rolling out a Apple G5 Powerbook now?

Re:They're basing this on a 1x1 image... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494831)

Actually yes, it would. "Traditionally", powerbook announcements have been mostly separate from whatever expos and developer conferences that have been going on at the time. 2 weeks is perhaps a little close, but perhaps a month from now or so...

Media magnet (2, Interesting)

mushupork (819735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494601)

I am impressed by the amount of attention little ol' Apple can generate with mainstream and tech media alike. Perhaps we are at the dawn of a time when Apple begins to retake their market share, perhaps (gasp) getting back nto the double-digits in the next few years?

People are sick and tired of Windoze methinks.

Re:Media magnet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494771)

People are sick and tired of Windoze methinks.


You're damned right about that.. and if they'd hurry up and refresh the G5 tower configuration I'd buy one promptly.

it MUST be true! (4, Funny)

Bingo Foo (179380) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494629)

Look what else is on its way any time now. [google.com]

It's on a web page, so you know it's true.

Stevenote (1)

Vollernurd (232458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494634)

... and Steve "forgot" to mention this at that show a couple of weeks back? C'mon, that little gif means dick.

I am bitter because 4 days ago I bought a nice new shiny Powerbook. G4. Gah.

Re:Stevenote (1)

PriceIke (751512) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494718)

I am about to buy a new Powerbook G4. I am afraid the rumors are true, folks. Apple takes its hardware release date cues directly from my purchasing decisions. The Powerbook G5 is imminent .. as is the requisite slashing of all Powerbook G4 prices across the board. They're just waiting for my signal.

Where's the dual-core G4 powerbook? (3, Interesting)

argent (18001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494693)

A dual-core G4 would be cooler and clock-for-clock faster than the G5. Apple would be nuts to put a case-melting G5 in a PB before they take advantage of the new dual-core G4...

who cares? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494701)

sorry, but who cares? Macs are great computers... for my grandmother.

Re:who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494779)

I'm not sure I follow...are you saying that your grandmother has more wisdom and better taste than you do?

How is this a shock? (4, Funny)

sulli (195030) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494716)

There will clearly be a Powerbook G5. Just as there were a PowerBook G3 and G4. What is the big news here?

A G5 Mac Mini, or a Powerbook shuffle, now that would be news. Or a Newton OS Mac PDA phone iPod Airport Express thingy with no broadcast flag and dual processors. But aren't exactly banner headlines.

oops (1)

sulli (195030) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494757)

upgraded processors aren't exactly banner headlines.

Damn slashdot lameness-adding-filter.

POWER5 (aka "G6" or perhaps "G7") anyone? (2)

leoxx (992) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494719)

I want a dual POWER5 IBM OpenPower 710 [ibm.com] ! Not as portable as a PowerBook, but damn is that one sweet box.

Editors....READ ENGADGET FOR ONCE! (1)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494727)

JEESH! This was HOURS ago. Engadget had it and with in minutes the link had been changed. The Engadget users theorized that this was a COPY/PASTE error. Ie, when they were working on redesigning the pages, the copied the iMac_G5 link and edited it to say Powerbook_g5 and realized they messed up once someone looked at the referer logs to see where everyone was coming from and then read Engadget and whups! Let's Change it! :D Anyway, this is just a 1x1 Marketing tracker image and it does not mean the Powerbook G5 release is next Tuesday. Although I hope I am wrong and it IS out next Tuesday! :D

So what? Doesnt indicate anything (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494729)

The advertisers site is setup, so that any request for a 1x1 image will return the same (regardless if its an incorrect request) - probably to stop important web pages screwing up if a web developer enters the url to the image incorrectly.
So guess what could have happened here...the apple web developer adds these little tracker images, most of them with the 'g5' word. He gets to the powerbook page and sticks 'g5' like the others (after all, its all fairly boring and easy to loose concentration). The developer wouldnt notice the mistake till the advertising stats came back or someone told him e.g. slashdot/theReg

I dont get it... (2, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494789)

at the same clock speed, what does the G5 offer over the G4? Unless Apple plans on going 100% 64bit OS in the next year (leaving all the current customers in the brink) I dont realy see the point.

Hoax (2, Interesting)

Bruha (412869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494791)

Sorry guys but I never saw the code however if you fool around with that link you can change it and get a 1x1 gif image no matter what.

http://switch.atdmt.com/action/apple_g4_powerboo k
http://switch.atdmt.com/action/apple_g5_powerbo ok
http://switch.atdmt.com/action/apple_37337_pow erbo ok

All render a image.

I call shenigans

This is unlikely to mean anything (2, Insightful)

adiposity (684943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494792)

1). Putting in http://switch.atdmt.com/action/apple_g7_powerbook also yields a 1x1 image. Thus, that it exists on atdmt's site means nothing.

2). The correct title for this should be http://switch.atdmt.com/action/apple_g4_powerbook, because it is currently on the g4 page (and there is no g4 tracking link, which means it was probably a typo).

3). It has been now changed to be g4, which is appropriate for the content of the page.

If apple had a g5 in the works, why would they put this link in a g4 page? It doesn't help them track anything about g5s. This register article is speculative and probably wrong.

-Dan

Re:This is unlikely to mean anything (1)

lpangelrob2 (721920) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494884)

1.) Putting in http://switch.atdmt.com/action/apple_g7_powerbook also yields a 1x1 image. Thus, that it exists on atdmt's site means nothing.

This just means Apple's thinking ahead, as usual. I'm sure Steve is well aware of how close his researchers are to portable cold fusion power. Now hold on a minute, while I answer this subpoena...

Re:This is unlikely to mean anything (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494885)

"1). Putting in http://switch.atdmt.com/action/apple_g7_powerbook also yields a 1x1 image"

Oh man I am *so* ordering one of those PowerbookG7s... I hear they come with antigravity fusion batteries!

Lucky, was just going to go out and buy a G4. (1)

chrome (3506) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494798)

It would have been my fourth one! But I will wait until the G5. I'll also wait until after the bugs have been ironed out.

I have a 1st gen 17" and its a bit whiney.

Shouldn't apple sue these guys? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11494838)

This will shift the orbit of the earth. Apple is a special company, rumors like this hurt apple and they should be sued. ]

Whatever apple tells me to believe, that's good enough for me!

[sorry, this is the best impression I can do of a Mac fanatic]

G5 Teleportation Device!! (4, Funny)

lullabud (679893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494852)

I saw that Register article about the G5 powerbook and thought "Wow! What if they are planning one??" I checked out Apple's page and the article was right, they fixed the "typo" and now it says G4... But what if there was actually a .gif file on their server that was keeping track of G5 hits...
That says that there IS a G5 powerbook hit-tracking file on the server!! G5 powerbooks are on the way!! Woohoo!!! After I regained consciousness and began to float back down from cloud 9 I thought "Wow! Apple is so awesome and so secret I bet they could even be working on a teleportation device and nobody would know!!"
Sure enough, if getting a 1x1 .gif is proof, they ARE working on a teleportation device!! This is FANTASTIC!! I can't wait for Macworld 2006!!

But will it imperil male fertility? (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494882)

Big deal... I mean, to paraphrase Dave Barry, did they convene a focus group to find out what number comes after 4?

What I want to know is, in these days when a CPU chip puts out more heat than a vacuum tube used to... how are they going to prevent it from toasting ones' manhood, in the case of male customers?

Is there a way to make an extremely thin, flat, rectangular Dewar flask?

Will the thing be packed full of chemical gel that is an insulator with a big latent heat of fusion, and you'll pop in in the freezer to chill the gel whenever the battery is charging?

Will there be a Peltier cooler on the bottom face, and a backpack for a big lead-acid cell to power it?

Uhhhh.. (1)

teknokracy (660401) | more than 9 years ago | (#11494898)

On 105% of keyboards, the 4 is next to the 5, so I would imagine it was a typo. Why be monitoring Xserve traffic and PowerMac traffic, then have a completely unrelated product name on the PowerBook G4's site? Logically, since the other GIFs were named properly, shouldnt this one be too?
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