Steve Jobs, a Powermac G5, and “Premature Specification”

Fri, May 28, 2010

Apple History, News

In late June of 2003, Apple goofed when it posted the specs for its upcoming Powermac G5 up on its website a few days ahead of schedule. So when WWDC finally rolled around a few days later, Steve Jobs had a little bit of fun with the “leak” and noted that, inside Apple, they were now referring to it as “premature specification.”

For all you Apple history buffs, the G5 systems introduced by Apple at the time ranged in price from $1,999 to $2,999, with the low end model sporting a 1.6 GHz processor, 256 MB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive, and a 4x SuperDrive. The higher end G5’s came with a 2.0 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive.

At the time, Steve Jobs promised that the G5 would reach speeds of 3 GHz within 12 months, a prediction which obviously never came to fruition. Still, the video above shows that Jobs and co. are always up for having a little bit of fun at WWDC, and we can only hope that they’ll address the Gizmodo/iPhone fiasco in a clever and entertaining way as well.


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