I'm going to be ordering the 12" iBook (800MHz, etc.) this afternoon then. As someone upthread stated, this makes a snazzy little "holdover" product until a) the 15" PowerBook is a Rev. B and I can actually buy one in confidence or b) a G5 PowerBook actually makes an appearance sometime in 2004.
I was THIS CLOSE to getting a 12" PowerBook, but you know what? I'd much rather drop $1099 rather than $1599 on something that I KNOW is going to be a stopgap, 4-10 month purchase for me.
I'll order it online and get the 60GB hard drive and the Bluetooth thing so I can use that mouse.
What a cool thing to wake up to. I've been struggling so hard the past month or so, not feeling good about getting the 15" (the troubles AND the price), but not feeling partiularly nuts about the 12" PowerBook either, especially dropping $1599 for a "holdover" purchase.
This little 12" iBook today was like a gift straight from heaven.
I was actually lying in bed two nights ago with my calculator, getting all frustrated and not feeling particularly good about much in the PowerBook area and said to myself "man, why don't they just humor me and back a G4 iBook so I can do this on the cheap?"
Still got 800MHz (like my iMac had, and I was totally pleased with its performance), still got the same resolution, 32MB graphics, hard drive capacity, etc. I'm gaining USB 2, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, cool-ass slot-loading drive, etc. A total no-brainer. I'll be happy to make this purchase this afternoon!
I'll have enough to get the base station, AirPort card, JBL Creature speakers, 20GB iPod, Bluetooth mouse, extra power supply, sleeve case and 512MB RAM...and STILL have money left over! This absolutely ROCKS and came at a PERFECT time!