Zippier Macs on the Horizon?

by Chuck Toporek

Rumors that the new G5 processors might surface in time for Macworld San Francisco could mean faster processors in the 1.x GHz-range soon.

Other possible hardware improvements include DDR SDRAM, and a faster version of FireWire, which Apple appears to be calling "Gigawire," based on the IEEE 1394b spec. (A draft of the 1394b spec can be found in PDF form at; the download is 4.7 MB.)

Just when I thought it was time to replace that aging Mac clone, it's time to hold off on buying that new machine...again.

What do you think about the latest rumors? Will they happen? Will Apple break the sound barrier with a 1.6 GHz G5 machine? Tell us what you think.