[quote] \t MacVoyeur\t posted 04-14-2002 12:26 PM Â*Â*Â* Â*Â* Â*Â* Â*Â* Â* Â* Â*Â*
What I expect from the new PB is that it will start out strong but quickly fall behind and stay there for the remainder of its term.
Usually Apple's problem is not what it releases, but rather its slow development cycle. It does not matter if Apple releases something that is slightly ahead of the technological curve. PC makers have a more vigorous development and release cycle. Therefore, they quickly overtake Apple's new release and leave it in the dust. Apple allows itself to fall years behind the competition. Years behind is where Apple products spend most of their life cycle.
Now we are starting to see an even worse trend. Apple is releasing products that are behind current PC specs. Besides the small size and the adjustable arm, the new iMac brings nothing new to the table. The 1GigDp barely holds its own against the Athlon 1.4Gig. With these new and improved products, the best Apple can do is run a close second. It will only get worse from there.
As far as portables go, their newest one, the 14" iBook is late to the table as well. PC notebooks have been shipping at that size in the budget class for some time now. $1800 will get you top of the line processing power in the PC universe with a 14.1 or 15" screen and in some cases, higher resolution. And in almost all cases, better graphics card.
The days of Apple playing leapfrog with PC's may be over. Now it is a monumental task just for them to play catch up. Therefore, I do not expect to be impressed with whatever they put out in the portable space. I'm sure that it will be impressive compared to previous Apple products, though. Should that be all they're concerned about, or should they care about surpassing PC specs? <hr></blockquote>
Maybe I got to this particular thread a little late, but MacV I cannot help but say this is one of silliest rants I have seen on these boards. To talk about the new iMac bringing nothing new to the table is total rubbish.
There seems to be a sadly inadequate element in the Mac community who cannot recognize what is right in front of their eyes!
Of course I would love to have everything on everything at low cost and never have anything on my Macs "fall behind" anything anyone else has, but this is not a foot race. What do you use your computer for? What are your computers doing for you in your life , work, business, enjoyment?
Do we sit over our Beige (or increasingly Black) Boxes and run speed tests long after the JOLT cola runs out in the Computer Center caf? Not anymore.
I happen to hate the 14" iBook because it is no better than the G3 Pismo and BECAUSE it is bigger than the little iBook, but that has to do with ease of use, not specs. What I want is G4 across the line so I can really enjoy running OS X. My Cubes and the Cinemas do everything on the desk top, my iMac 800 is my communication and fun machine (digital hub if you must), while I use the G3 Firewire PB for galavanting around the world! Each machine has its function, and its strengths. ALL are better than anything my colleagues have at university from design to function.
The MS Office that runs in multiple languages (my needs include English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean--though I occasionally do a smatterng of British and Australian as well--) are integrated into the OS9.2 and OSX system!
OOps , forgive the rant <img src="graemlins/embarrassed.gif" border="0" alt="[Embarrassed]" />
This was about PowerBooks I suppose. Me? How about better screen resolution on the PB and up to a G? Or , give me a G4 on the little iBook that won't melt through, and I will abandon my Japanse-language iBook and go with that around the world.