Originally posted by Matsu
It's been passed by the better centrino solutions, but IMHO, P4-M was never a competitor. They were faster at the higher clock rates, yes. But apart from high end models in at least PB price territory and beyond (like Think Pads) they were also heavy, very hot, and had generally very poor battery life.
It is true that the P4-M based laptops were not a competitor with their weight, heat and poor battery life. But it is also true that their processors are today (and from some time now), MUCH more powerful than the speediest G4. At least so it seems from benchmarks available now and then.
The Centrino based notebooks addressed the weight, heat and battery life issues, while rising the performance even more in some cases. Furthermore, they often have equipment and components (optical drives, wireless, etc.) equivalent to those found in the Powerbooks and for a more attractive price, generally. So, what remains in the Powerbooks? Well, apart the exceptional hardware design, MacOS X and the bundled applications.
As for the 1st 64 bit thing, Apple will just keep adding adjectives untill it's true.
Ie, the first widescreen aluminium 64bit Unix supercomputer for your lap!
While this may be true, I don't think they will try to market a 64-bit Powerbook as a first to something, when in the market there are/will be at least 3-4 manufacturers of 64-bit notebook computers. Perhaps Apple will wait the 65 nm IBM chips to make the move and market the new Powerbooks as something really unique. Not just to market them as such, but since these chips will certainly allow a 64-bit processor to go into a slim or slimmer than today Powerbook.
pBooks for power and fully loaded specification. Toss in 128MB VRAM.
G4 or G5, I believe this is a certain change for the next Powerbook revision. Especially now that we have this ATI Radeon Mobility 9700.
For something like the PB17, I'd say why not go with 3-4 RAM slots? It has the room. Basically, lets see the PB get features that would really stand out for the pro markets. BIG storage, BIG standard and max RAM capacities, BIG I/O.
Adding more RAM slots to the 17" Powerbook seems quite a logical step, but I am no sure if it is indeed possible technically. This would be the last and ultimate step to fully exploit the 32-bit G4 processor with 4 GB of RAM in a notebook. That would very nice, and I wonder why Apple did not make already the modification in the second generation of the 17" Powerbooks.
There is something more missing: option to include a 7200 rpm hard drive.
Oh, yes, one more: improve the display quality. And I don't mean resolution, though many people would like so. I mean display quality: brightness and viewing angles. At least the viewing angles, are very poor in the Powerbooks, even in the last ones. Look for example here
, where a last generation Titanium Powerbook is being compared with a Sager 5660, and you will see what I mean. And people keep saying that the new Aluminum Powerbooks have displays no better than the ones in the Titaniums (actually, the display in the 17" Powerbook is considered a little dimmer). The 12" ones are out of game of course, in the iBook territory...