Originally posted by musicaltone
Netro, Apple are on record as having said this to Macworld a few months ago. Lets face it AE + FW800 + Alumium case are not big enough reasons in themselves to bring out a new 15 laptop. I think Apple will only bring out a new 15 line (and the Al 15 would be a complete new line, not an upgrade to the Ti), when there is a new chip. And in a laptop that means next year.
Ok, they may have said that
as it sounds perfectly reasonable.
The only way Apple is going to release a new 15" is if there someting more to it than a simple titanium to alu transition. So, we may see the new alu 15" when the 17" is speed-bumped later this summer, or they may keep the titanium until they have the 970 ready for it. I don't see the 970 happening in the powerbook right now as Apple are probably working pretty hard just to get them into the powermacs. Later in the year is possible, but I honestly don't think we'll see the 970 in powerbooks before MWSF. So, who knows what's going to happen with the powerbooks before then. There's so many different factors in play here. Like they can't release a 970 15" alu before they update the 17" to use the 970. The 15" aluminium powerbook is going to be the best seller of the bunch, and Apple want to make sure that everybody notices that the now 'book has entered the market. I don't think there's any better way to do this, than to introduce it and the 970 in powerbooks at the same time, and update the 17" at the same time. The 12" will still be G4 for a while I think.
Does this make any sense???
So all things considered, we'll continue to have the 15" titanium until the 970 can hit the 'books, and that will probably be a bit later than the WWDC. If they could do it before the christmas season that would be cool, but I still think MWSF is the most probable release date for the 970 powerbooks. That means we'll have the titanium until then with possibly one more speed bump this autumn.