MacOS Rumors bericht dat het nog minimaal tot september gaat duren alvorens er nieuwe Macs met de verse UMA-2 chipset op de markt komen. Eind dit jaar wordt tevens de langverwachte PowerPC G4e processor gereleased. De G4e heeft 256KB on-die L2 cache, een langere pipeline en meer executions units. De kloksnelheid bedraagt 733MHz bij introductie:
Until Macworld New York in late July, Rumors' body of evidence strongly suggests there will be no major hardware announcements. There is still room for surprises at New York, but widespread word at WWDC earlier this month was that the full-blown MP G4 -- believed to be one of the first Macs to be based on the new, simpler Unified Motherboard Architecture mark II (UMA-2) chipset -- won't be seen until at least September. The cause is reportedly in part the delayed second-generation G4 code-name "V'Ger" -- and often referred to as the G4e -- as well as availability of high-performance 133MHz DDR SDRAM memory.
Until confirmable evidence speaks to the contrary, the next two months' changes in the G4 arena will likely be limited to modest speed and specification bumps. Nothing beyond 600MHz single CPUs is likely. The real spice gets tossed in later this year when the UMA-2 G4 really begins to flex the processing platform's muscles with speeds up to 733MHz immediately, up to four processors with a total of 1MB of shared full-speed (1:1) backside cache and numerous new units added along with an improved on-chip memory bus.
On top of UMA-2's impressive new performance and simplicity features (133MHz DDR SDRAM, 4X/266MHz AGP graphics bus, four USB ports on two independent channels, et al), this should put Apple in a good position if Motorola and IBM can execute the strategic plays they're staging presently without the severe "slide" of the past year.