Originally posted by popmetal
they also imply that the 12 inch PowerBooks will not have illuminated keyboards. I really want that feature!!! It's pointless for Apple to cripple the 12 inch. I currently have a 15 inch PB, and I don't need the big screen size, I prefer portability, so I'm getting the 12 inch regardless. They should just put illuminated keyboard across the board on all portable machines
Apple is not
crippling the PowerBook 12", IMHO. For most intents and purposes, it is an iBook G4 (iBook G4 wanters, read this too):
* It costs only $100 more then the 14" model
* It has the same memory layout as the iBook (128MB soldered, 640MB max)
* Except for the Aluminium, it looks and feels like an iBook
* iBelieve it has the same speakers too
* It has no L3 cache, like the iBook
* I bet it has the same screen as the iBook 12"
* Same latch too, I think
* VGA port
* It has no time battery, like the iBook
I don't think the PowerBook 12" was deliberately crippled by Apple; it was a bit of a rush job, and because of the Aluminium, G4, price, and optional SuperDrive they called it a PowerBook.