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post #201 of 445
[quote]Whats the usual turn-around time for new hardware like the powerbooks? <hr></blockquote>
Speed bumps and feature revisions are usually made available immediately. On new models or heavy revisions there might be a wait. That doesn't answer your question, does it?

The last PowerBook rev was available immediately, as were the newest Power Macs, except for the 1.25GHz model (where we can assume they were waiting for processors from Motorola). The one nice thing about Apple's new "quiet" introduction strategy is that they can usually just wait until the machines are ready before announcing them, rather than having to announce at an expo in July and saying they'll ship in September.
post #202 of 445
Could be that we'll see the return of the Duo, with Tablet capabilities.... I found this floating around on the net, and it looks pretty genuine (and COOL):

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That looks a little to real... Where did you find it formerlurker?
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post #205 of 445
Sure everyone wants Apple to release new PowerBooks, but how many of you are actually going to buy one? Very few I bet, and maybe this is why Apple is holding off until they can produce something truly drool worthy.
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post #206 of 445
[quote]Originally posted by Kecksy:
<strong>Sure everyone wants Apple to release new PowerBooks, but how many of you are actually going to buy one? Very few I bet, and maybe this is why Apple is holding off until they can produce something truly drool worthy.</strong><hr></blockquote>

how many here actually buy anything?

it's everyone else that buys and some here.... current product is old and outdated... they are still selling a pro product at 667Mhz in late 2002... it's sad...

an updated is needed if they want to sell some high margin powerbooks this christmas
post #207 of 445
thanks applenut!
i'm waiting for the pbook to be released, cash in hand!
some people really don't like getting ripped off! i know the 800 is a lovely machine, but who want's to buy a 2002 car when the 2003's are on the lot! that's where i'm at!
post #208 of 445
That does look real, Former Lurker.

No, Allen, PBD stands for PowerBook Duo. It's not the name of the printing company.

A file such as this would be sent to periodicals for advertising layout.

Still, I doubt Apple would send something in such detail, so I suspect this is a hoax, obviously designed to stimulate people's imaginations.
post #209 of 445
except that you do not even know if the 2003's exist. They most certainly are not on the lot in this case.

My post history puts me at or near the top of Powerbook hopefuls on this board, but I have resigned myself to a January update. I just hope the wait is worth while.

If they release it in Jan. and it has a 933mhz and no internal superdrive I will go postal, let the record show.
post #210 of 445
The problem with the picture is that some of the words are blurred and under the hardcover image there is a length measurement but it seems to say 7.4 inches. If this is the case then the powerbook in the picture is almost half as wide as the current one. The picture is obviously a fake.
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post #211 of 445
the 7.4inches actually does make sense if you are thinking in line with a sub-sub notebook/newton device....and it will definately not have an internal drive.

I havenT stopped drooling since that pic showed up
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post #212 of 445
Where is echer? He will be hopping up and down soon.

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P.s. I love the image, but I think I remember something similar kicking around the net a while ago... could it be from applele?
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post #213 of 445
This was the image I was thinking of... I guess I was wrong...

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post #214 of 445
By the way, by the best of my reckoning, the text line at the top says "Magazine spread: preview Placement XXXX (?) for final output."

When and where did you come by this, FormerLurker, O Sleuth Extraordinaire??

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post #215 of 445
Something looks wrong with those photos.

The chrome Apple logo seems a bit large in proportion to the overall Powerbook.
Looks like mistake in resizing the logo in Photoshop
post #216 of 445
the chrome logo looks just about the right size....remember, the entire width is only 7.4inches and I think Apple has worked out a mathematical equation on how big their logo appears on their products
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post #217 of 445
What's that little "bump" on the right side? A defect in the image?
post #218 of 445
the "bump" is probably the flip-tab to the side-ports cover door?
This strikes an uncanny resemblence to the mini U-Vaio notebook computer when closed...(and about the same size too!)
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post #219 of 445
[quote]Originally posted by allen:
<strong>What's that little "bump" on the right side? A defect in the image?</strong><hr></blockquote>

It's gotta be a port.

News over at MacNN forums someone says 'significant' upgrade to the PB line Wednesday the 23rd. The bottom model will be faster then the current top. Also being said the superdrive is in but no bluetooth.
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post #220 of 445
[quote]Originally posted by fireants22:
<strong>the "bump" is probably the flip-tab to the side-ports cover door?
This strikes an uncanny resemblence to the mini U-Vaio notebook computer when closed...(and about the same size too!)</strong><hr></blockquote>

Can't be on the monitor according to the pic because it would be on the opposite side once opened. So either a mock up blunder or it's on the base.
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post #221 of 445
the cover tab is obviously for something on the "base"...I have never seen anything plugged into the monitor.
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post #222 of 445
Does your viao have such a protruding port? Or does the current PB?
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post #223 of 445
Maybe what we are seeing, in the view at the left, is just a cover for the screen. I think some of us are thinking there is a keyboard with a display that can be totally flipped over. Perhaps there is no keyboard. This could explain why the hinge looks the same in both images. Either we are looking at the same side of the object or there is an error in the image.

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post #224 of 445
Could it be part of a strange hinge to flip the screen upside down?

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post #225 of 445
It looks like the screen would flip down similar to a notepad, wrapping underneath. In which case, yea, where's the fricking keyboard? I don't see any swivel type hinges that would allow it to swivel 180 front facing, so it's either a tablet or bluetooth-ed keyboard. Maybe this is the new hardware to go with ink?
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post #226 of 445
[quote]Originally posted by Mandricard:
<strong>Could it be part of a strange hinge to flip the screen upside down?

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agreed.
post #227 of 445
[quote]Originally posted by FormerLurker:
<strong>Could be that we'll see the return of the Duo, with Tablet capabilities.... I found this floating around on the net, and it looks pretty genuine (and COOL):

</strong><hr></blockquote>

Being a huge proponent of the tablet concept I want to believe, but wouldn't the Apple logo be rotated 90 degrees in accordance with its use in a vertical fashion? This device would be approached by the user like a traditional (paper) notebook and held in the crux of the left arm while writing with the right.

As a former copywriter I can tell you that the "Hardcover. Paperback." headline is gold and very Apple.

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post #228 of 445
[quote]Originally posted by off/lang:
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agreed.</strong><hr></blockquote>

But why would you need a hinge on the side of the base when you have your huge main hinge in at the top (bottom depending on view?) That's gotta be a port on the base unit, possible for bluetooth adapter?
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post #229 of 445
[quote]Originally posted by KidRed:
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But why would you need a hinge on the side of the base when you have your huge main hinge in at the top (bottom depending on view?) That's gotta be a port on the base unit, possible for bluetooth adapter?</strong><hr></blockquote>

I think that it is a tablet. The hinge lets it rotate around. Note: I think it is fake, and do not support, and will not buy a tablet-based laptop.
post #230 of 445
can you guys all go to sonystyle.com and look at how the screen spins around a single pivot on the NX-90 PDA (to hide the integrated thumb-board)....problem solved.
In both cases (open and closed) the keyboard is hidden directly under the screen.
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post #231 of 445
I have to agree that while I feel in my bones this is a fake, I am waivering only so slightly because that ad copy is so good...that *really* sounds like Apple, and if there is one thing the average Photoshop fake can't do, its write believable ad copy.
post #232 of 445
Ok, here's the deal:

I am pretty sure this is a fake. A good one, but a fake none the less. That being said, I wish to take the exercise of checking out how it works...

Like the Newton 2000 and 2100, the "lid" [in this case the screen] is double hinged. This means that you have the ability to view the screen in a traditional laptop fashion, or flip/wrap the entire thing around, so that the screen is on one side, the *back* side of the device. I would assume [yes, ASS U ME] that the keyboard [if any] would then be on the opposite side when the device was in "tablet" mode, and more than likely, nonfunctional [you'd be hitting keys *all the time*]

That being said, it *does* look spiffy. I love my Newton, may it rest in peace. This would be an interesting successor.

Also keep in mind, that while inkwell is a newton technology, OSX is *not* a handwriting OS. It, unlike the Newton, is geared for keyboard and mouse control, not stylus. All the double-clicking, etc. that needs to be done is *dreadful* for a human interface when using something like a tablet. Take it from me, human interface is what I went to graduate school for =). Apple has never been known to fsck up a human interface that badly. [although it is not without faults]

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post #233 of 445
Well guys I hate to burst your bubble... I'm a Windows user saving up for an iBook. If I right click on the image and bring up the properties it shows the source as coming from

<a href="http://aguru4hire.com/pbd-spread-placement-72dpi.jpg" target="_blank">http://aguru4hire.com/pbd-spread-placement-72dpi.jpg</a>

Not very likely a place that Apple would get any work done for them.

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post #234 of 445
[quote]Originally posted by Kaz:
<strong>Well guys I hate to burst your bubble... I'm a Windows user saving up for an iBook. If I right click on the image and bring up the properties it shows the source as coming from

<a href="http://aguru4hire.com/pbd-spread-placement-72dpi.jpg" target="_blank">http://aguru4hire.com/pbd-spread-placement-72dpi.jpg</a>

Not very likely a place that Apple would get any work done for them.

Just my 2 cents </strong><hr></blockquote>

That's the point tho. Think about it. The we site sucks, the design sucks, everything about it sucks. Yet, the 'ad' is good enough that most of us think's it's real. Could the same person who owns that web site be the person behind such a clean and professional mock up ad? Doubtful. He more likely knows someone and is such a huge mac fan. I want to know how it was found on his site by mr formerluker.

[edit] also, look at the file name, peculiar eh?

[edit] if it's someone's site that is a member here or if it's mr fomerluker's site, no offense

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post #235 of 445
check this out...you guys notice the resemblence in size and hinge on the mini-vaio in the pic (even down to the "bump" along the right side of the screen- as noticed in the discussions above..mmmmm.
I feel so ripped-off now. Tho Apple could have theoretically contracted sony to make it for them?

<a href="http://www.vaio.sony.co.jp/Products/PCG-U3/Images/wallpaper_pop_02.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.vaio.sony.co.jp/Products/PCG-U3/Images/wallpaper_pop_02.jpg</a>

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post #236 of 445
Yup, it is the VAIO. Good catch.
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post #237 of 445
Well, here's what I was going to say at first in reply...

The picture is a fake (yeah, well you all know that now anyway) but my reasoning for it not being an Apple ad is simply that all of the Mac ads usually have something graphical on the screen, such as the shark photo on the G3's, currently a winding road. The black screen doesn't seem to be in the apple style. They like to show off what the computers can do, not just one turned off.

Anyway, the thing that I noticed when I went to the Apple site to check that out (to make sure I couldn't find any other black screens to disprove my theory) was that on the hardware section of the Apple site, there is no "main" part for the Powerbook. There's G4, iMac, eMac, iBook, iPod and XServe, but no Powerbook. The only link to the Powerbook is half-way down the page.

Now why do you think this is?
post #238 of 445
[quote]Originally posted by Macka:
<strong>Well, here's what I was going to say at first in reply...

The picture is a fake (yeah, well you all know that now anyway) but my reasoning for it not being an Apple ad is simply that all of the Mac ads usually have something graphical on the screen, such as the shark photo on the G3's, currently a winding road. The black screen doesn't seem to be in the apple style. They like to show off what the computers can do, not just one turned off.

Anyway, the thing that I noticed when I went to the Apple site to check that out (to make sure I couldn't find any other black screens to disprove my theory) was that on the hardware section of the Apple site, there is no "main" part for the Powerbook. There's G4, iMac, eMac, iBook, iPod and XServe, but no Powerbook. The only link to the Powerbook is half-way down the page.

Now why do you think this is?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Interesting reasoning, however, Apple are unlikely to photograph their products with the screen on anyway they would simply edit a screenshot in later for a perfect result. As the artwork is meant to look unfinished you could surmise that that part of the editing process hadn't taken place yet.

I think the fact that the image is tiny to hide the glaring artifacts (such as the ones around the roughly pasted Apple logo) gives it away anyway, if you had access to the source image and were trying to leak this why would you make it into a tiny jpeg file?
post #239 of 445
its such a shame its a fake. i really want one of those...
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