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Originally posted by pscates
But there will probably also be 2x SuperDrives (I'd love them to be more and I'd LOVE the CD-R to be at least 16x). Do they make a 2x SuperDrive with 16x CD-R speed?

Yes. They're in Powerbooks already.

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I was kinda hoping for something a little more "official", if you will. I'm not going to go screw around and void the warranty - or worse, completely $#%@ up my damn drive - by doing some little third-party thing.

I read the warning there. I think I'll wait until it's like that out of the box. Thanks.

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PizzaBoy mentioned Mac Scooby Doo's story on the new iMacs using the old 7455 G4s but not their previous claim that Moto has finally had success producing 30,000 1.25 and 20,000 1.3 GHz 7457s.

Link (Syntax and grammar cleaned up by me so that my head won't explode.)



"Motorola still has big difficulties with the 7457 CPU's lithographic mask, which is engineered at the Crolles [France] plant. The mask's failures account for the mistakes, which cause a subsequent flaw in the G4s production.

As Motorola is contractually obligated to sell 7457 CPUs at a pre-defined price, they currently lose $125 per valid unit built. Last week though things got better, and success rates improved. Motorola managed to produce 30,000 1.25 GHz certified CPUs, and 20,000 1.3 GHz ones."



This report makes sense in light of today's iMac updates. Supplies of the 7457 G4s are obviously tight, so why waste them on the iMac if that line can get by with 7455s? I say take these 50,000 chips and put 'em in PBs just in time for Paris.
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So with no mention of the 1GHz, does that perhaps mean that even the 12" gets a 1.25GHz G4 (with the 1.3 destined for the 15" and 17" models)?

That would be great!
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Originally posted by pscates
So with no mention of the 1GHz, does that perhaps mean that even the 12" gets a 1.25GHz G4 (with the 1.3 destined for the 15" and 17" models)?

That would be great!

Only 50Mhz between high and low end? Seems to me apple will have to give the top end models something extra special in order to sell any of them. Why pay hundreds more for 50mhz?
hopefully they will have 1.42 and 1.25...but i'm just waiting for any PB update. I will gladly buy a powerbook with a high end model of 1.25ghz and low end of 1ghz. By setting my sights low, i cannot be disappointed.
post #406 of 559
Sadly Paul, I think it's going to be 1 GHZ G4 for the 12" and 1.25 for the 12 and 17 inchers. I will take the overly optimistic view any day though. Hey, afterall, Apple surprised everyone with the slot-loading SuperDrives!
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post #407 of 559
With the lack of updates to the PB today (yesterday for me), and the fact that the deadline I need my PB by is now the end of Oct (it was the end of the month), I went to try cancel my BTO 12" PB order (made on the 4th Sept and with a shipping date on or before the 18th).

Except I can't, as it has already started building. D'oh.

Does building usually take very long? This could mean two things as far as I can guess:

1. Apple are still building revA 12" PBs - which suggests that the updates aren't going to be available immediately even if they are announced.

2. Apple are building revB 12"PBs - which would mean updates soon, possibly very soon!
post #408 of 559
According to LoopRumors (I know I know, it's a rumor site, but hey...what's wrong with a little bit of hope?) Steve will announce new Powerbooks at Paris. The site claims they will have more details soon. It's not the word of Apple, but it's always interesting to hear such confidence even from a rumor site. I still say just throw the damn G5s in there and down clock them to 1.3Ghz, but that's me dreamin...
post #409 of 559
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Originally posted by Cosmo
Only 50Mhz between high and low end? Seems to me apple will have to give the top end models something extra special in order to sell any of them. Why pay hundreds more for 50mhz?

Well, the difference in the first line of TiBooks was only 100MHz (400 vs. 500), with a price difference of $900...
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I don't know. I could see the 12" going more than 1.25. Of course, I have no proof or reasons whatsoever for this...just a gut feeling/hunch.



Seems like we deserve a bit more than 1GHz after all this crap.



Leonis' post brings something to mind: I wonder if they'll split the 15" model - as they currently do - into two distinct versions: a lower-end model with a combo drive and less VRAM than the SuperDrive 15"?

Also, the SuperDrive 15" (as it currently stands) comes with 512MB AND an AirPort card pre-installed (making for, say, $200 or so of the extra money you spend for the higher-end 15").

I wonder how closely any new aluminum 15" models will follow this type of lineup?



I sure wish there was a little more flexibility throughout the line. In other words, say you wanted a 12" BUT you wanted 64MB graphics. And on the other end, say you wanted a nice 17" PowerBook, BUT you were only interested in a combo drive and perhaps saving money by downgrading to a standard video card.

I don't know. I just hate how Apple - for years now - kinda "locks you in" to a model and seems to arbitrarily leave off this or add that or put a governor on this and downgrade that to always seem to prevent you from getting exactly what you want.



I just really wish they'd pack ALL THREE models with the goodies (DVI, FireWire 800, USB 2, L3 cache, cool keyboard, etc.) and make it easy on all us: what size screen would you like?



They'd all sell like CRAZY!!!
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Originally posted by DHagan4755
Sadly Paul, I think it's going to be 1 GHZ G4 for the 12" and 1.25 for the 12 and 17 inchers. I will take the overly optimistic view any day though. Hey, afterall, Apple surprised everyone with the slot-loading SuperDrives!

where then does this place the ibook , no updates to protect the PB???? most people don't feel the dif from the g3 or g4

the new pb if not g5 better have outstanding features, because the ibook at 1g is alot cheaper so .......how to place the pro line and the consumer line.

can the superdrive stay at 2x??? they got to give us more if it's not a g5
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post #413 of 559
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Well, the difference in the first line of TiBooks was only 100MHz (400 vs. 500), with a price difference of $900...

but at that time the top end was 25% faster than the cheaper model. 50mhz would make the top end only 4% faster
this is all talking about processor speed alone.
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The 4% difference between 1.25 GHz and 1.3 GHz is so small that I don't even understand why Moto would make the distinction. Offhand (i.e., without giving it much thought) I can't think of any processor that offers two such closely spaced versions. I'd be pretty surprised to see both 1.25 GHz and 1.3 GHz in the same product line; more likely 1 GHz and 1.3 GHz, or maybe, by dint of some unforeseen miracle, something like 1.25 GHz and 1.4 GHz.

The 7457 Electrical Specs state that the three speed grades are 867 MHz, 1 GHz, and 1.3 GHz (all at 1.6V core voltage.) Typical power consumption for the 1 Ghz is 15.8W, and typical for the 1.3 GHz is 18.7W. Remember, just for chuckles, that the G5 consumes around 20W at 1.2 GHz, right in the same range as the 1.3 GHz part.

There is also, described here the low power version, running at 1.1V core voltage, which consumes the oft-quoted 8.3W at 1 GHz. But there is no higher speed version of this part promised. That's a fabulous processor for the 12", or even for a G4 iBook. But Apple would need to resort to the higher-power version to get the 1.3 Ghz part. The data sheet does say that the parts will be re-characterized in August, so who knows what the real poop is, or if Apple will have access to otherwise unannounced versions of the part.

Assuming the data sheets are reasonably accurate, the more I look at these numbers, the more reasonable it seems to have a dual-processor PowerBook, especially on the 17" where there should be plenty of room. Two of the low-power 1GHz parts could still be less power than the 1.3 GHz part (though L3 cache would even it up), and would make for a nicer machine. They could play the game where one processor is shut down when running on battery (or maybe a settable option?).

I don't have a clue what's really going to happen, but until the G5 PowerBook is ready there are some interesting possibilities. Unfortunately none of the single-processor G4 possibilities are particularly great, but at this point anything would be great.
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I'd happily buy the 17" if they made it dual processor...and sold it for about $2299.



Other than that, it looks to be 12" city, baby! (MAYBE 15" if the specrice thing makes sense)
post #416 of 559
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Originally posted by pscates

I just really wish they'd pack ALL THREE models with the goodies (DVI, FireWire 800, USB 2, L3 cache, cool keyboard, etc.) and make it easy on all us: what size screen would you like?

Kinda makes sense. When the white iBooks were first introduced, the only real difference between the three models was the optical drive. It sure made a decision easier.

I have a feeling though, that the 12" model PowerBook will always have a lower power processor to keep the heat down. I also think Apple wants more bells and whistles (other than just screen size) in the bigger more expensive models to make them sell.
post #417 of 559
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Originally posted by pscates
I'd happily buy the 17" if they made it dual processor...and sold it for about $2299.

I would happily pay the current $3299 for a dual processor 17" Powerbook.

I bet a lot of other people would too.
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Originally posted by pscates
I just really wish they'd pack ALL THREE models with the goodies (DVI, FireWire 800, USB 2, L3 cache, cool keyboard, etc.) and make it easy on all us: what size screen would you like?



They'd all sell like CRAZY!!!

You know, I can not understand why Apple does not do this. I like the 12" model, but just don't want to make the sacrifices Apple requires. At least give options to pick and choose while maintaining the standard models. Or offer a canned 12" good, better, best, 15" good better best, etc. It seems that SJ likes 'options', but he doesn't like giving his customers options. Perhaps this is why Apple has such low market-share

Of course, maybe it is that I am in the market for the 15" model (since Apple doesn't do what pscates rightly wishes), and am getting just a little bit impatient! Must...remain...cool...8)

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Originally posted by Thai Moof
You know, I can not understand why Apple does not do this [give all Powerbooks equal specs, save screen size]. I like the 12" model, but just don't want to make the sacrifices Apple requires. At least give options to pick and choose while maintaining the standard models. Or offer a canned 12" good, better, best, 15" good better best, etc. It seems that SJ likes 'options', but he doesn't like giving his customers options. Perhaps this is why Apple has such low market-share

and such high margins.

The 12" is crippled on purpose so that people will buy the more expensive and more profitable 15" and 17" models. Does it suck? Yes. Is it gonna change? No.
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After reflecting on today's announcements and rumors (and a glass or two of excellent chardonnay) I have a new gut feeling/prediction for the new PBs at Paris Expo. First, a few increasingly safe assumptions:

Though today's iMac and iPod updates were relatively low-key, they have actually made a pretty big splash at apple.com. The new bold and colorful iPod graphics are quite a change to the site and I don't see them being yanked off the mainpage for the next week. So

Steve will feature the new Powerbooks in his keynote, which means they must be more than a mere speedbump ala today's iMacs. So what, given our current understanding and limitations (thank you, Moto) makes a PB update "keynote worthy"? (Thank you, Elaine Benes.)

Answer: dual procs. It's the only rabbit Steve can pull out of his hat. The G5 is too big and hot (they'll rightly wait for the .09 revision next year) so the only way to justify the "Year of the Laptop" is another Apple first: a dual processor portable.

So without further ado, the three models we'll see at Paris:


12" Powerbook
1 GHz 7457 G4 with 1 MB L3 cache
Radeon Mobility 9000 32 MB
Combo Drive $1599
Superdrive $1799

15" Powerbook (Aluminum case, natch)
1.3 GHz 7457 G4 with 1 MB L3 cache
Radeon Mobility 9600 64 MB
Superdrive (one model only)
$2599

17" Powerbook
DUAL 1.3 GHz 7457 G4 with 1 MB L3 cache
Radeon Mobility 9600 64 MB
Airport Extreme and internal Bluetooth built in.
Superdrive
$3299


Katie bar the door, they'll sell like hotcakes! (I'll be first in line for the dualie 17".)
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post #421 of 559
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Originally posted by Ensign Pulver
and such high margins.

The 12" is crippled on purpose so that people will buy the more expensive and more profitable 15" and 17" models. Does it suck? Yes. Is it gonna change? No.

Agreed.

I actually think that Apple cripples its machines so they don't compete between lines (say the old G4 towers and the iMac), which is stupid. If the 12" had fw800, ap extreme, etc, the 15" would have totally tanked, I think. The 12" had to be "crippled" more than usual because the 15" wasn't updated (imho). But that is neither here nor there...

My point from pscates quote is that the machines are too differentiated within a line, and I really don't see why Apple makes such a distinction. If I want a small portable, does Apple really think that by kludging the 12" they will make me buy the 15"? No, I don't want the 15", I want a 12". They have only stopped me from buying an Apple portable, not for upgrading to a different model. I think the single feature set, different screen sizes is fine. But as you say, it is not gonna change...

ahem...yes, well, to keep this on topic: the 15" is coming soon.
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post #422 of 559
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Originally posted by Ensign Pulver

Answer: dual procs. It's the only rabbit Steve can pull out of his hat.

Unlikely. Apple will have to consider the move to G5 in the future. Going dual G4 now and to a single G5 in half a year would not look so good. And I cannot see dual G5 (even with the shrink to 90nm) in the PB since the whole architecture of the G5 is rather power-consuming.

I still believe it's either G5 time (to hell with battery life, give the customers all the shiny new stuff right now) with speeds of 1.0 to 1.3 Ghz or we'll see a rather underwhelming G4 "tide us over" release with speeds from 1.0 to 1.33 Ghz. If you consider it, a 33% speedup is nothing too bad, just the idea of another round of G4s is no longer sexy.
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Originally posted by Ensign Pulver Though today's iMac and iPod updates were relatively low-key, they have actually made a pretty big splash at apple.com. The new bold and colorful iPod graphics are quite a change to the site and I don't see them being yanked off the mainpage for the next week. So

Well, don't forget: Apple can (and, in the past, HAS) set their front page up to "rotate" different products. They could easily do the colorful new iPod thing AND new PowerBooks (and even Panther, if, by some miracle, it too was announced in Paris next week).

Nothing would have to be "yanked". You'd just see a different front page every time you refreshed or revisited the site. They've done it quite a bit over the past couple of years, actually.

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Originally posted by Ensign Pulver So without further ado, the three models we'll see at Paris:

12" Powerbook
1 GHz 7457 G4 with 1 MB L3 cache
Radeon Mobility 9000 32 MB
Combo Drive $1599
Superdrive $1799

15" Powerbook (Aluminum case, natch)
1.3 GHz 7457 G4 with 1 MB L3 cache
Radeon Mobility 9600 64 MB
Superdrive (one model only)
$2599

So they're going to leave this huge, whopping hole between $1799 and $2599 and NOT offer a popular, high-selling Combo Drive-equipped 15" PowerBook?



I don't THINK so! They'd be pretty much killing 15" PowerBook sales because a) not everyone wants/needs a SuperDrive and b) not everyone has $2600 laying around, but they could swing $1999 or so.

I ain't agreein' with this AT ALL.

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I would really love to find out what the story is on the Powerbooks for the past year. Going back to last Nov and the release of the 1GHz 15", then shortly thereafter releasing two totally new models - strange, that. Why didn't they just release the three models together (meaning the 15" Al model)? Now the long span between updates in the year of the PB (yes, I know, SJ is prone to marketing hyperbole). Maybe Moto screwed up, or maybe they had planned to go to the G5, but couldn't do that...who knows.

Now consider the immediate future...what if this update is minor bump to 1.25GHz (and Al, of course)? The PB will get killed in the press (9+ month wait for that?!?), and I would guess sales will drop as everyone waits for the G5. Not too good. I think that Ensign Pulver's specs are very respectable (but doubt that dual at the top), and I would probably go out and get the 15" model, since I do need to upgrade. Of course, I dream that Apple just bit the bullet, and puts a 1-1.25GHz G5 in the top end models at least. Should be an interesting keynote, too bad it wont be streamed...
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Originally posted by pscates
I don't THINK so! They'd be pretty much killing 15" PowerBook sales because a) not everyone wants/needs a SuperDrive and b) not everyone has $2600 laying around, but they could swing $1999 or so.

Picking up on your thinking, I wonder what that magic price point for the 15" PB would be. The one that would make it fly off the shelves (not that it wouldn't already based on the pent up demand here). It really is their cash cow Powerbook and an aggressive price could really boost Apple's year end numbers.
I'd love to see Apple drop current prices by $100 across the board while adding upgraded processor speeds. So basically the same respective breakdown (ie.combo, superdrive), we could see:
12" - 1499, 1699
15" - 1899, 2499
17"- 3199

A 1.3 Ghz aluminum 15" PB w/combo drive at $1899 would fly, no?
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Going a step further (or farther? I dont' know), I'd like to see that 17" PowerBook drop below that psychological $3000 barrier and go for $2999.



Then Apple could truly say they've got the bases covered in that $2000 span between $999 and $2999.

But yeah, Satchmo...I WOULD be nice if the other other models - particularly the 15" - could skootch down a tad more too.
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Wathing all you guys throwing specs around like this is getting the juices going. My only concern is that they aren't going to have these PB's shipping immediately. We may have to wait a week or two.
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Wathing all you guys throwing specs around like this is getting the juices going. My only concern is that they aren't going to have these PB's shipping immediately. We may have to wait a week or two.

heh...compared to the 2+ month wait for the G5, a week or two is nothing!
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Apple education store for HE (UK) is now showing 2-3 weeks for 15"combo and 6-8 days for 15" SD
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Check this out: http://www.powerpage.org/cgi-bin/Web...y?newsID=11373

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Easily the hottest question in the PowerPage in-box (and via IM) is "Where is the PowerBook 5-Inch update?" While we don't have a precise announcement date we can tell you that it isn't likely to be announced at Apple Expo in Paris later this month.

Q. So what is the holdup?

Some have suggested that the PB15 is being held up to launch with Panther "pre-installed." This is not likely the case, about 5,000 machines are in boxes already with an "upgrade certificate" so that the user can upgrade to "Panther".

With that already said, almost all new PB15s are running on a version of Jaguar (10.2.7) that has some additions included for new features and systems.

Depending on your model and your position on the Apple Campus, most all DVT/EVT (development mule) PB12s/15s/and 17s are running Panther, and they were scheduled to ship with "Panther" installed. Don't forget that this is a "scaled back" version of Panther and they may not have the finder updates right off the bat. Some new PowerBooks will ship with this "different version" of Panther.

You will be able to upgrade your new PowerBook to the full Panther release
when available no charge.

Q. So what about the back to school buyers?

Apple blew a major opportunity here. Apple missed the last three HUGE back to
school buying weekends. This is estimated to be costing Apple 2-10k in lost PowerBook unit sales PER DAY to the back to schoolers alone.

Q. Or is Motorola's new G4 processor the bottleneck?

It wasn't Moto, it was the final assembly factory in Taiwan.

Q. Are all three PowerBooks (12/15/17) getting ambient (keyboard) lighting and FireWire800?

A. Yes, confirmed on EVT and DVT models.

(added emphasis mine.) Personally, I put OGPP somewhere below AI, but above most others, as they usually don't get into rumors unless they know.
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From above

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While we don't have a precise announcement date we can tell you that it isn't likely to be announced at Apple Expo in Paris later this month.


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Ummm, they're wrong.

Don't beat me up for posting this BUT ,

I just got a personal confirmation on the 15" AlBook, announced during Paris Stevenote available immediatley. Actually 12, 15, 17 all updated, all available immediately.

The wait is over.

(Info comes from within Apple)

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Don't beat me up for posting this BUT

We would only beat you up if you were wrong.
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I just got a personal confirmation on the 15" AlBook, announced during Paris Stevenote available immediatley. 9 Actually 12, 15, 17 all updated, all available immediately.

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what means you by 9? 9 options/configurations? 9 black riders?
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MSKR....you don't need to get into specifics but big update? small update?
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My car just got stolen!

Cant ****in believe it... Had the cops over, filed a report, and am hoping for the best. Pricks took it from the front of my house.

But all i car think about is MSKRs report.

Well??? Fill us in!
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But all i car think about is MSKRs report.

Are you sure? Sounds like a Freudian slip
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what means you by 9? 9 options/configurations? 9 black riders?

The "9" was going to be a parentheses and I didn't hit shift hard enough.

This info is not so secret as Apple has to do some hand holding with their distributors/retail channel/ VAR's due to the almost complete lack of PowerBook availabily.

So this information is being "leaked" but it's kind of an approved leak so the retail channel peeps have an inkling as to what to tell customers who want to but a PowerBook that , according to the channel, can't be ordered / delivered .

I think this is Steve's way of saying.. "Allright. Allright.. Calm down . Their coming for Christ's sakes."

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My car just got stolen!

Cant ****in believe it... Had the cops over, filed a report, and am hoping for the best. Pricks took it from the front of my house.

...and this affects PowerBooks how?

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But all i car think about is MSKRs report.

Well??? Fill us in!

Ah, I get it. Just kidding, by the way.

And Masker, thanks for the info! I was skeptical of the "not at Paris Expo" bit, but as I'm emotionally attached to that news, I wanted some backup.

If you're wrong, we have a scapegoat.

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Originally posted by Wrong Robust
MSKR....you don't need to get into specifics but big update? small update?

just a " 12's, 15's & 17's ready the day of the keynote" "available immediately"

I asked about 7455/7457 speed/processor and only got "G4" back.

End of conversation. Didn't want to press my luck.

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I just spoke to the apple rep at my campus store about the powerbook updates. He said that he has seen screen shots of the firmware for the new 17 and 12" books and that the processors will be clocked at 1ghz and 1.35ghz (12 and 17"). he doesn't know anything about a 15" update, but he did just receive a shippment of 15" TiBooks and he was explaining that there was a huge back order on the current 15" powerbook. Something lik e700 units. All north american retailers were affected.

Anyway this is what he told me. The 1ghz and 1.35ghz is the most interesting part. Hopefully it means that the 15" book will get a similar update.
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