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After probably 8-1/2 months of endless speculation on the 15-inch PowerBook, probably 3+ months on the other two PowerBooks (mostly features of the Rev. B 12-inch), rumors of low-powered G5s, supposed delays of 7547s, etc., we may actually seem some closure to all of this by this time tomorrow (WAHOO!).

That said, who is buying whatever is announced? What are you buying? The 12-inch? The 15-inch? The 17-inch? Nothing? iPod?

Myself, I plan on purchasing a 15-inch PB with an 80 GB HD.
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post #2 of 340
I'm buying anything that is 15 inch, aluminum and has an apple on it. But then again, I'm not paying for it myself. hohehehe. Lucky me.

I will also buy it in standard-config to get it as fast as possible.
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Originally posted by DHagan4755

That said, who is buying whatever is announced? What are you buying? The 12-inch? The 15-inch? The 17-inch? Nothing? iPod?

Depends what is in store. If it is a G5-based book, I will quite likely buy the 15" base config. If only the 17" goes G5 or they stick with 7457, I will pass this time and wait till early summer to replace my Ti400.

At any rate, I am not going to buy unless Panther is bundled - if it means waiting another 2 month, so be it.

And because of market pressures, I'll have to buy a Dell or Acer in the next two weeks - my clients are completely Windows-oriented and it's getting worse.
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post #6 of 340
15" all the way baby!!!!!

Man, I sold my 800 TiBook in April. And I've been h..a..n..g..i..n...g. around for the aluminium. grrrrr

Hopefully the new ones will have all the trimmings that everyones been calling for but also a 2x SD.

I am just shaking with anticipation for tomorrow. My poor girlfriend Kathy is going nuts with me talking about the bloody thing as if we're expecting puppies or something!!!!

This can only happen to Mac users....seriously. Where in the world would you get a Dell user going..."Man, I can't wait for the new slab laptops to come out".

I'll be literally glued to the computer screen after I get home from work tomorrow.

Come on Stevie baby, don't let us down. We've been waiting too long for this announcement!

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If Jobs & Co does a Houdini and fits a G5 into 12" or 15", I'm a buyer. In fact, I'll probably buy 2

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post #8 of 340
12" or 15" + iPod

yeah yeah yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #9 of 340
15" inch for me, probably a base model to get it faster - I finally convinced my boss that I would be better off with a Mac than a PC laptop and then had to wait, and wait, and wait... :-)
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post #10 of 340
15" for me. It really doesn't matter what the update is, as long as its an update, i've been at school with my 333 iMac for 3 weeks now and i need more power for my multimedia classes.
post #11 of 340
12", assuming it gets updated.

Unless the 15" gets a G5 and the 12" doesn't. But I reckon they'll all stay G4 anyway.

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15" Al, assuming the do get updated tomorrow. Got to get it before too much of the semester goes past. Here's to hoping it kicks some butt!!
post #13 of 340
There's still life in my Rev. A 500TiBook so I'm holding out until either the PowerBook gets a G5 or the dual 2GHz PowerMac drops a notch or two.

Basically, I'm living with what I've got until a G5 becomes (much) more affordable.
post #14 of 340
Here is what I want:

Powerbook G4 1 GHz w/ 12" screen
- Superdrive
- 40 GB HD
- 256 MB ram (Apple would never put more)
- USB 2.0
- Firewire 400
- Bluetooth
- DVI
- Lighted keyboard

It HAS to have a DVI port. Want to use it with my 20" Cinema. The lighted keyboard would be real nice too.

But Apple probably won't do it.

Yeah, 15" users need to hook up to a Cinema display more than 12" users do.

Apple has some unusual reasoning sometimes.

Just because it is smaller, does that mean they have to cripple it?
post #15 of 340
Yes no DVI port was retarded. However it looks like there's barely room for it! but I'm sure it could fit and I hope and think they will add it. 12" maxed out PB + 23" cinema display...mmm...
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post #16 of 340
I might buy one...
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I might buy one...

Nah.. no way, really?
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post #18 of 340
A DVI port just makes the machine just that much more useful IMO.

I think it would make the 12" that much more popular.

It gives you the nice small form factor for the road but then you can hook it up to a nice honkin display at home.

But I guess Apple wants you to pay $600.00 more for the privledge.
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15" for me. It really doesn't matter what the update is, as long as its an update, i've been at school with my 333 iMac for 3 weeks now and i need more power for my multimedia classes.

I always wondered what that "multimedia class"-thing is? Is it still around? "Multimedia"... feels so ninetinish.
post #20 of 340
checked my bank account and it says: not now, loser.
checked my creditcard, it says: buy and bleed.
so: no
otherwise: 15 incher Al
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post #21 of 340
hi all,
i am a new member to appleinsider. i have not yet actually made the switch to apple, i am still stuck on winblows . i have been eagerly awaiting my chance to get a powerbook, and it seems i have picked a good time to start working on it. if steve does announce a new powerbook line, i would probably get the 15" config maxed out. i am really looking forward to the new powerbook.

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post #22 of 340
38cm all the way! I'm beginning to think my purchasing officer is sick of me --- I just want to make sure I'm not at the back of a 10,000 order queue. It doesn't help that any little change in specs must be approved by my college IT guy. It bugs him too (can't we just go with "minimum specs" here?).

Everytime I open my mouth to my wife now, she cringes because she thinks I'm going to mention a PowerBook. This is saying something, as we have three boys, and they generally provide enough material to keep us busy 24/7.

Hopefully we can get this over with and move onto more important things. Like how can I swing an iPod. Any iPod.
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post #23 of 340
Buy now!

You can bleed with a smile on your face latter.
post #24 of 340
Want a 15" powerbook really bad. Hope the graphics are updated to insanely fast.
post #25 of 340
15" Aluminum PB

My wife will be so glad when this comes out. Everyday I'm checking the web sites for news about this release. It will be a relief to have our lives back.
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post #26 of 340
15 or 17 tomorrow.
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Boy, it's really going to turn into a virtual shoving match to get these things, isn't it?

Yesterday on the news I saw that some nut was giving away $1 bills by tossing them off a bridge into a crowd. Something like 10 or 15 people went to hospital because of the stampede.

I'd bet we could make that look like naptime.
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post #28 of 340
I'm buying a new 15 as an upgrade from my 667, which I am selling. Then I can happily sit out the first rev of G5 PowerBooks. But as I've mentioned before, if the specs of the new model aren't compelling, I would seriously consider buying a discounted 1GHz TiBook.

I really love my 667, I just need more oomph, more storage and the SuperDrive. If the discontinued models drop below US$2,000, it will be a tough call.
post #29 of 340
I've been going nuts waiting, wanting and hoping.

I'm stuck right now on the family's iMac DV+, three years old and the only computer now in a very small house.

Trying to write with my stepdaughter watching baseball on TV (and talking loudly back to the announcers), and my wife in the kitchen cooking with her music on all within a few feet IS KILLING ME!

I buy whatever 15" gets announced at Paris, I won't be able to help myself.
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post #30 of 340
If pb is g5 i'll get a 12 super/AE now with ipod for my wife and then 15 Ae/super for me after jan.

if pb g4+ then wait as long as possible knowing it will go g5 at some time.
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post #31 of 340
I'm thinking 15, maybe 17 is it's more of a value (i.e. a lower price than now)

But definitely ordering tomorrow.

Also ordering an iCurve. and an extra keyboard.

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post #32 of 340
I will as long as they update the 15". Even if it was a 100MHz boost I'd still grab it. <off to sign up for apple's one-click purchasing>

I would assume so, but does the educational stuff get updated RIGHT AWAY as the regular store stuff does?
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post #33 of 340
15" or 17"
It all depends on the specs.
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I would assume so, but does the educational stuff get updated RIGHT AWAY as the regular store stuff does?

Yes.
post #35 of 340
Updating to a 15 AlBook w/ AE as soon as it is avail to order....

Unless the .0000001% chance that they are a total disaster update is realized... and I'll have to reconsider. Probably try to find a used 867 Ti to bide my time.

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post #36 of 340
I was all ready to get a 12" PB. Then this Saturday I visited my local reseller (I say 'local' - it's 70miles away in London). Anyway - I started coming round to the 15". Yeah, like everyone else I want the 12" for its ultra-portability (though I think at 2.1kg it's got a bit of baby fat). And, at first I preferred its styling, with the keyboard going to the edge of the chassis, and all.

But looking at the old ( ) TiBook, it just grew and grew on me. It's gorgeous. The 'screen real-estate' (I hate that phrase) is wicked. And with the aluminium finish and redesigned hinge, tomorrows 15" ( ) will be awesome - literally... awesome.

As you can tell the aesthetic of whichever machine I buy is very important to me (sell-out!), but of course, the 15" will always win on specs, hands-down. I want to watch a DVD every other week, I want to play UT2003 and MOH, I want a 40GB music library and I want a notebook that will still be awesome in 2-3 years.

So I think its the 15" PB for me.
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post #37 of 340
Apple has to be the first for DP's in a Laptop. Here's for 7457's @ 1.4 GHZ in the 17". Will do it for me. ($3499 or less I hopes)...
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post #38 of 340
I am really excited about the new powerbook revisions. I am just hoping that the 15' will fall into my price range of $2500 and that they upgrade the video to a Radeon Mobile 9600. I'm sure with the educational pricing it will be in my limit. Also, I hope not to wait to long It would sure be nice to do all my coding that I do for a Professor at home. We have a area wide WLAN.

Unforunately, I think that the G5 will not be included in the Powerbook. The main reason I belive is that Apple has a cash cow here in a sense. There are close to any applications that run in 64-bit. This is where you would notice a big performance boost. Apple will just milk the cow and when there are apps that support this technology, switch the top of the line powerbooks to G5.

Theoritically, Apple and IBM alrady have one in the works, but why put a G5 when there is little demand in the portable market?

Personally, I believe that AMD will beat Apple into marketing 64-bit mobile based notebooks.
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Apple has to be the first for DP's in a Laptop. Here's for 7457's @ 1.4 GHZ in the 17". Will do it for me. ($3499 or less I hopes)..

Please don't follow that MOSR mentality. DP laptops aren't coming for quite a while, me thinks.
post #40 of 340
I am buying a laptop. I want to spend around $2500 including: laptop, kensington cable lock, laptop bag, and mouse. I will be getting the edu. discount, so that will help. If I go a little over, it won't be bad. Also, I want it right away, so I might end up getting a cheaper G4. I will just have to wait and see tomorrow for what comes out.
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