Thank you, musicaltone. That's exactly the kind of post I wanted to make in my first post in this thread, but my disbelief and sarcasm got in the way.
I hate how these G5 towers have apparently made many suddenly view the rest of Apple's line as sucking and "unworthy".
Meanwhile, I'm honestly not aware of ANYONE here needing some sort of massive G6-level performance in a notebook.
If you a) truly can't wait a bit more, b) can't get a cheap iBook to hold you over or c) can't do what you need to do on a current Apple offering then perhaps your future does indeed lie in a PC laptop of some sort? Have at it...there are TONS of choices out there.
I don't know what to say. Half of you would've sold your own Mother 6 months ago to own a 1GHz TiBook. Now, suddenly, you wouldn't touch one, even at their nicely reduced education prices?
It makes words like "need" and "must" and so forth ring a bit hollow. Because if you TRULY "needed" or "must have" a Mac laptop right away, you've got about seven nice choices.
Yes, you roll that dice that they will be replaced in 2-3 months time. But so what? We all do. Does it make it any less powerful or full-featured and cool? No, not at all.
If I "needed" a nice Apple laptop by, say, September, I'd simply buy a 12" PowerBook at that cool new education price of $1399 and leave everyone alone.
That's quite a machine, any way you cut it (ask Matsu). Get a nice flat 17" or 19" CRT to hook it to in the dorm or apartment and know that you got a bitchin' little G4 aluminum laptop for less than a 14" G3 iBook!
I know full well, going in, that I'll get this (hopefully) 7457 PowerBook in September or whatever, realizing that a G5 PowerBook might come in March or April of 2004. Hell, even sooner (MWSF?). Doesn't mean I'm suddenly useless and somehow can't boot the thing and do work.
Same with this situation.
Either get a machine you've would've killed for only months ago or buy a honkin' PC laptop with all the numbers, bells and whistles that rev your motor, if you think that's truly going to give you want you need.
I wish the PowerBooks would get here too, BELIEVE me. But damn, people...