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From MacRumors

[Update] MacRumors has received confirmation that new iBooks are indeed on their way in the following configurations:

iBook 12" 1.2 Ghz G4
512K L2 Cache
256 MB Ram
30 GB Hard Drive
Combo Drive

iBook 14" 1.33 Ghz G4
512K L2 Cache
256 MB Ram
60 GB Hard Drive
Combo Drive

iBook 14" 1.33 Ghz G4
512K L2 Cache
256 MB Ram
60 GB Hard Drive
SuperDrive
post #2 of 39
I wonder what the prices are if the specs are nearly the same...and if the vram is upgraded and AE are built in...I'm skeptical on the 12" spec, no one in the industry uses 30gb drives anymore...i can't see 30gb HD's being available until the end of another product cycle....
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Originally posted by gcarswell
I wonder what the prices are if the specs are nearly the same...and if the vram is upgraded and AE are built in...I'm skeptical on the 12" spec, no one in the industry uses 30gb drives anymore...i can't see 30gb HD's being available until the end of another product cycle....

I too hope there's a little more to them than indicated here. A 200mhz upgrade on the 12" and a 133mhz upgrade on the 14" with a superdrive version rather than BTO option hardly seems worth reporting.
post #4 of 39
So... except for a speed bump, no other changes whatsoever?? HDD? RAM?

I'm still betting iBooks will get a Core ready GPU, probably the nVidia 5200 Ultra, maybe ATI 9600Mobile
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post #5 of 39
Maybe they start at $399
post #6 of 39
For Core Image it would have to be at least GeForce 5200 go w 64 Mb. If they went with 9600 Mobility the iBooks would have better video than the 12 in powerbook which would be unlikely. Unless the Powerbooks are to be upgraded soon! I guess we'll know tomorrow!
post #7 of 39
powerbooks must be updated really soon if it's just a speed bump - only way i can see them having the ibooks nearly as fast as the pbs for any length of time is if they're waiting to release something really big
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Originally posted by gcarswell
I wonder what the prices are if the specs are nearly the same...and if the vram is upgraded and AE are built in...I'm skeptical on the 12" spec, no one in the industry uses 30gb drives anymore...i can't see 30gb HD's being available until the end of another product cycle....



Except for Dell?
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=i700mS1&s=dhs
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...s=dhs&kc=6V421

Still lots of 30gb notebook hd's being used.
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post #9 of 39
those new powerbooks are a ways off.
post #10 of 39
New Apple iBooks in the pipeline.

Apple Computer this week will refresh its iBook line of laptop computers, sources with ties to the computer company confirmed on Monday.

With the new offerings, the high-end 12-inch iBook will include a 1.2GHz G4, 512K L2 Cache, 256MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive, DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive, VGA-out/Enet/56K and built-in Airport Extreme.

Meanwhile, sources said the 14-inch iBook will boast a top speed of 1.33GHz G4 with 512K L2 Cache, 256MB of RAM, 60GB hard drive, DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive, VGA-out/Enet/56K and and built-in Airport Extreme.

Apple last refreshed its iBook product line in April alongside updates to the company's professional line of PowerBooks.
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Originally posted by gcarswell
...i can't see 30gb HD's being available until the end of another product cycle....

This is Apple we are talking about here you know.

Besides the HD size isn't really the big sin of Apple hardware. It is the reality that the allocated RAM is always far to little. Let face it OS/X just loves RAM, the more the better, why Apple markets machines with these limitations really has me wondering.

It does make me wonder if they addressed the addressing limitations on these machines. 2GB would be just aobut right in an ibook.

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post #12 of 39
If the pricing at MacRumors is correct then the entry-level 12" iBook will not only gain 200 MHz and pre-installed Airport Extreme, but also drop $100 in price. If one assumes that most people who buy laptops these days do so with wireless internet, then one might say that the iBook gained 200 MHz and dropped $179 in price (no longer having to BTO that AE-card). Considering that this is Apple's entry-level laptop, this is a really sweet deal! Switchers rejoice!
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post #13 of 39
Standard Airport AND faster speeds AND sub-$1000. Not bad. Edu pricing probably starts at $899 with CD (OK for a second machine or a school lab).

If true, it can't be too long until at least a minor PB revision. A speed boost at least. (Not bump... speed bumps slow you down!)
post #14 of 39
dang it, my friend bought an ibook about 20 days ago... would they allow him to exchange for the faster one?
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post #15 of 39
I can only hope this means new PowerBooks soon...
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post #16 of 39
I hope they update the website soon!
post #17 of 39
I'm about to buy an iBook but if the new lineup isn't CoreImage/Video-ready, I ain't buyin'. It better damned have Airport Extreme built-in too.
post #18 of 39
Update to occur in 1:30hrs. Not sure if iBook or iPod but it will be happening Tonight.


Stay Tuned......
post #19 of 39
FYI: European stores are down.
post #20 of 39
Australian store too
post #21 of 39
I got an e-mail from a reseller early this morning announcing the new iBooks and Power Mac. Wonder if Apple will be pissed that they jumped the gun?
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Originally posted by BrunoBruin
I got an e-mail from a reseller early this morning announcing the new iBooks and Power Mac. Wonder if Apple will be pissed that they jumped the gun?

Nah, Steve is known for taking these things lightly...
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post #23 of 39
Love that edit Bruno ; )
post #24 of 39
US Store down.
post #25 of 39
US Apple Store Down .... I might be spot on time.
post #26 of 39
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Originally posted by gcarswell
I wonder what the prices are if the specs are nearly the same...and if the vram is upgraded and AE are built in...I'm skeptical on the 12" spec, no one in the industry uses 30gb drives anymore...i can't see 30gb HD's being available until the end of another product cycle....

Dell uses them in their 12" widescreen laptop (700m I think?).
I'm sure there are plenty of companies still using them for laptops and embeded applications.

[edit] sorry MCQ, didn't get to your post until after I replied. sometimes I pull the trigger too early! [/edit]

Of course, I'm more interested in a bump to the gfx, and a price drop...
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post #27 of 39
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US Store down.

exciting
post #28 of 39
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Originally posted by iRiKLiAN
Love that edit Bruno ; )

I'm so discreet. But the new machines are already up on this reseller's Web site!
post #29 of 39
UK Store down. :P

*hopes for 3Ghz PowerMac*
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post #30 of 39
And there they are...
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single processor 1.8 powermac...
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post #32 of 39
Well, the Australian Store was put back on-line as of 60 seconds ago. The new iBook specs are there!

Disappointing they still have 32 MB video cards, though... m.
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post #33 of 39
AE built in too ! bonus !
post #34 of 39
Uh ohes, sorry Apple...no sale.
post #35 of 39
*YAWN* What a crap update... Total utter disappoinment.

Seems as though my source was relaible. : )
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Originally posted by iRiKLiAN
*YAWN* What a crap update... Total utter disappoinment.

Seems as though my source was relaible. : )

Apple updates their hardware, for better price and increased features, and it rates an utter disappointment. First, keep in mind they didn't have a big roll-out, so what were you expecting, laptops that would hover above your lap? sub-$500 laptops with G5s and expandable 30" screens? Please, tell us.
post #37 of 39
The new iBooks are a good deal, but the biggest mistake was not moving to the GeForce Go5200 video chip. That one addition, making the new iBooks fully CoreImage compliant, would have made them perfect.
post #38 of 39
Little disappointed that the 12" doesn't have a SuperDrive BTO option.
post #39 of 39
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Originally posted by Ensoniq
The new iBooks are a good deal, but the biggest mistake was not moving to the GeForce Go5200 video chip. That one addition, making the new iBooks fully CoreImage compliant, would have made them perfect.

Yup...it's the only reason why I've decided not to buy the iBook.
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