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Why do people use a 12 inch display? Doesn't it strain your eyes? The 14-inch seems ok. I haven't used a 12-inch laptop but I am not going to use a resolution less than 1024x768.

Go to your local applestore and look for yourself. The 12 incher is a perfect choice when it comes to portability. This has been pointed out by so many other 12ers, just go and look, you will understand.
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The Radeon 9200 in the iBook makes me think we might not see a Powerbook update before the end of the year. The GeForce 5200 in the 12" Powerbook may be there to be more appealing the the "pro" who needs 64 MB instead of 32 MB.

I would agree that without a CoreImage compliant video card that the iBooks will be updated again before we see Tiger. Probably a GeForce 5200 after the Powerbooks move to something higher. I don't think it would necessarily have to be as late as May/June, though. It could be as early as late March. The iBook was updated exactly 6 months from its last update, so April is a real possibility for another iBook update and it would be preloaded with Tiger then.

I think that the specs on the iBook lead me to (unfortunately) believe that we won't see another Powerbook update for some time. That's too bad, because I really need a PB by the start of next year. I'm still hoping, like a Red Sox fan, that the impossible or the unlikely will become reality. We'll see...

Can anyone help me understand why these iBooks would not be good for Tiger? What would the current graphics card not be able to do?

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The 9200 doesn't have as large a set of programmable pixel operations (aka pixel shaders) as the GeForce 5200/Radeon 9500 and up. Pixel shaders are what are used by CoreImage/CoreVideo when it's running on the GPU. The GPU hardware requirements for full CoreImage/CoreVideo compatibility corresponds to what Micorsoft's DirectX 9 calls Pixel Shader 2.0.

Tiger will run on a 9200, but CoreImage/CoreVideo may have to place more emphasis on the CPU.
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post #44 of 69
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Originally posted by tonton
The dot pitch of a 12" screen at 1024x768 is fine. It doesn't strain my eyes the least bit. I'm farsighted and I can see little itty bitty tiny tiny dots. I think the 14" iBook is dumb because it costs so much more with almost no benefit (only processor speed, which is not worth that price difference IMO), and has the added disadvantage of being much bigger and therefore less portable. I fully expected to see higher 14" resolution with this update, and I'm honestly shocked that there wasn't any.

Well, its Apple and the iBook, they didn't want to increase the resolution and risk losing some powerbook business.

But I have to disagree with you on the 14" model. You get a larger screen, which is easier to see/read. It has the same resolution, but it is larger. Its no less portable than the 15" pbook (I've not heard people complaining about that being too big). Some people like small for ease portability, esp. if you're moving it around alot (read: traveling, taking it from office to home and back, etc). But consumers usually haul their laptops around the house, not around the world. Portability to them means being able to take it to the kitchen, not so much of fitting into a briefcase. Just because it doesn't fit your needs doesn't make it a bad deal for others.

[FWIW, I own a 12" iBook because I was looking for something that was easy to haul around on travel in my carry-on bag (which is usually so full of food and other crap there isn't much room for anything else).]
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Its no less portable than the 15" pbook (I've not heard people complaining about that being too big).

You must not be reading the right threads , because I see gobs of people saying "Sure the 15" is great, but for portability its 12" or nothing" to paraphrase. The 14" *should* have higher resolution, but doesn't. Oh well. \
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My girlfriend and I picked up a new 12" iBook last night in Cambridge, and it's pretty great. No, not as fast as a G5, but I was impressed with the general performance, even with just 256MB of RAM! I'm ordering another 512MB, but wasn't going to buy that from Apple. Anyway, so far it seems like a great deal. $949 edu price, includes AP Extreme, and plenty fast for most of what me or my girlfriend would do 'on the road'. I'll still be buying a PowerBook when the next revision comes out, at which point the iBook goes exclusively to my gf.

I'd be willing to bet that most users (aside from gamers or graphic designers) would be quite happy with the new iBook. I think it's funny when my friends scoff at the iBook as a viable computer, but are still holding on to their 867MHz TiBooks.
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post #47 of 69
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Originally posted by concentricity
My girlfriend and I picked up a new 12" iBook last night in Cambridge, and it's pretty great.

Do you know if there's any cosmetic changes? I heard somewhere that the latch was now white, not silver anymore.
post #48 of 69
God dangit. This is the only reason i hate apple...

I just bought my iBook 12" at the start of the semester... late-August.

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Soooooo
why even buy a PB 12? or even the 15 sounds like an upgrade of the PB is in the wings. Hmmmmmm

Hmm... does anyone here know anything about "the next lineup" of mac-labtops? I had a plan of bying an iMac G5, but I figured I'd save the money and check the market when a new lineup of labtops were available? Any info/rumours on the subject?
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God dangit. This is the only reason i hate apple...

I just bought my iBook 12" at the start of the semester... late-August.

:c

In fairness, I think you're still in pretty good shape with the iBook that you picked up before starting school.

Sure, the new model is a bit cheaper, includes Airport, and is slightly faster, but it's not an enormous update that has made your older iBook obsolete.
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Hmm... does anyone here know anything about "the next lineup" of mac-labtops?...

Perhaps.


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...I had a plan of bying an iMac G5, but I figured I'd save the money and check the market when a new lineup of labtops were available? Any info/rumours on the subject?

Perhaps this Board will suit your needs.
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The 12" powerbook should still be faster then the current 14" ibooks. But, it won't be noticeable. The ibooks have a 133 Mhz FSB while the 12" pbook has 167 Mhz FSB. That should make it faster but, average Joe won't notice.
post #53 of 69
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Originally posted by Gon
Not much of an upgrade, but price/performance is better than the old model's, which was already very good. Considering how misery Apple is with both price and specs on every desktop, iBook is the best "switch" advertisement.

They could quit crippling the video spanning feature though. Every other laptop has it, even the cheapest ones. This is especially annoying as iBook's screen size and quality are not exactly stunning. If I bought one I'd want to attach it to an external monitor for sure.

This was my major reason for going with the Powerbook 15" ... but then again maybe that is what Apple wanted. I think the iBook IS the switcher form of choice....like a big iPod, that the kid can take to school or parent can replace the 2 year old Gateway ... IF the iBook would run the 17" monitor that went with the Gateway.

Gotta leverage the installed Hardware base if you want to make switching easy.... and gotta leverage Mac OS candy to make switching fun! So far one out of two.
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post #54 of 69
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Do you know if there's any cosmetic changes? I heard somewhere that the latch was now white, not silver anymore.

none that I can tell. I was never too intimate with the previous iBooks, so I can't say for sure. but this one still has a silver latch release. One thing I hadn't noticed before that is really cool is the iBook-end of the AC adapter...it has two little LEDs in it I guess, so the end glows amber while the iBook is plugged in and charging, and then glows green when the battery has been fully charged. Maybe all the *Book AC adapters do that now, I'm not sure.

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post #55 of 69
God I can't wait. I'm buying an iBook on November 9th. My first new computer in three and a half years.

From this:


at 400MHz (imagine it with a yellow vertical line down the screen, beat up to hell with paint problems, missing a hinge cover and with cracked plastic in multiple locations)

to this:

at 1.2GHz.

after a long period of underemployment.

Even though I'm going from 1152x768 to 1024x768 I'm going to be a very happy camper indeed.
post #56 of 69
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Originally posted by dfiler
It is good that Apple has some slow/cheap models.
It is good that Apple has some fast/expensive models.

It is good that Apple's OS takes advantage of whatever hardware you have chosen to purchase.

Feel free to feel victimized though... simply because Apple doesn't put the exact same GPU in every single machine they sell.

That's not the point either. The point is Apple wont make everybody that does not use an iBook wait for Tiger once it's ready for release if iBooks have not been updated. Why would they? The next iBook probably wont make it scream either, but that does not mean Apple is going to wait for iBooks w / G7 processors to release it.
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post #57 of 69
Finally, the current iBook is a no brainer!!!
A nearly fullfeatured Apple Laptop, for 999,- (and $ too). Lordy, what a wunderful world we actually do live in. 999 or bucks or what, man, i do not want to hear any rants any time soon.

This is the most affordable Apple Computer ever.

And no, the graficcard is just fine for most thinkable purposes. Though...
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post #58 of 69
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The 9200 doesn't have as large a set of programmable pixel operations (aka pixel shaders) as the GeForce 5200/Radeon 9500 and up. Pixel shaders are what are used by CoreImage/CoreVideo when it's running on the GPU. The GPU hardware requirements for full CoreImage/CoreVideo compatibility corresponds to what Micorsoft's DirectX 9 calls Pixel Shader 2.0.

Tiger will run on a 9200, but CoreImage/CoreVideo may have to place more emphasis on the CPU.

Hmm... Im considering buying an iBook but now with all this talk about whether or not Tiger will run on it is making me reconsider... One of the main reasons I'm getting a mac is the swankiness of the OS, I dont want to miss out on Tiger when it comes out next year, but then again... even if I do shell out extra and get the powerbook (and it is an awful lot more for what is essentially a GPU upgrade) they are releasing a new powerbook before Tiger right?

ARGH!!

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Excuse this dumb question.... are the GPUs built in or are they on separate boards ala AGP slot/PCIe ?
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post #59 of 69
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Hmm... Im considering buying an iBook but now with all this talk about whether or not Tiger will run on it is making me reconsider...

Tiger will run on it. One of its most advanced features will not be run in the GPU but more likely by the CPU. Even those with compatible GPUs won't run things 100%. Load 3 dozen Windows and flip on Exposé. A Radeon 9800 will handle it better then an GeForce 5200 and AFAIK the same will happen with the iBook. The effects will be slower but they will still work.

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Excuse this dumb question.... are the GPUs built in or are they on separate boards ala AGP slot/PCIe ?

Built-in.
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I was just at the Apple store in Atlanta...Wow first time ...i am geting ready to switch to an ....ibook ....or pb....used both side by side and they 1.33 ibook...15 pb...seem very close ...I would like to see a shoot out between a 1.33 with 512 ram ver's a pb 15 with 512 ram and 64meg vram...to see how they stack up ...I want to use my ibook/pb...for my business ...running Quicken premier home and bis win version using Virtual Pc ....7.0 ...and starting to get ride of all my cd's and put them on the HD....itunes etc... using iphoto dvd etc... and surfing...after using the new ibook i really like it alot i just wonder about dvd play back and if it will run slow using Virtual pc 7.0 ...not sure if i need to spend the $$$ on a pb 15.....any way seeing and using them were so much fun ppl at the Apple store and in Atlanta were so nice ...i wish i could get it today....btw the 30inch display was way cool .....still on the fence I have to wait till the first of the so I will keep looking reading and learning
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Thanks IonYz, I suppose in a way I'd rather have the better performing overall, even if it is just the GPU that makes the difference. Can you upgrade the GPU on a powerbook? If so then that for me is a dealbreaker.


Actually just been reading that a powerbook g5 may be available early next year.. I might as well wait
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post #62 of 69
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Thanks IonYz, I suppose in a way I'd rather have the better performing overall, even if it is just the GPU that makes the difference. Can you upgrade the GPU on a powerbook? If so then that for me is a dealbreaker.


Actually just been reading that a powerbook g5 may be available early next year.. I might as well wait

No, you can't upgrade the GPU on a Powerbook.

From the impression I get of you, I'd say just get the iBook right now. If you like it, and want more power, upgrade to the G5 Powerbook which will likely be out around same time as Tiger. You won't lose much when you eBay the iBook, but you will have learned the OS and what to expect.
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Hmm, Might just do that

Thanks
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I managed to get the last rev of the iBook 12" (1Ghz, no airport)for cheep and yes the graphics card isnt the best but you can still play some games ok, nothing to write to the press about but it is better then doing work in class
Also as a iBook user I don't really care if i can't use core image/video in Tiger just as long as i can run Tiger
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I managed to get the last rev of the iBook 12" (1Ghz, no airport)for cheep and yes the graphics card isnt the best but you can still play some games ok, nothing to write to the press about but it is better then doing work in class
Also as a iBook user I don't really care if i can't use core image/video in Tiger just as long as i can run Tiger

My sister got the same machine as you last week. She's very happy with it! It's a nice upgrade for her over her old 300 Mhz PB.
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I just configured a new 12" iBook for my aunt and I have to admit, it's a pretty decent machine. I was concerned about the screen size at first, but after having some experience with an older one and this new one, I can definitely say that the screen's not hard on the eyes. It's even keeping up with my late-model Tibook with regards to general computing tasks. I think she'll be pleased with the cost/performance ratio she's getting out of this notebook.
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It's a name for a collection of components. To call your computer a Centrino without pissing off Intel legal dept., you have to use an Intel Pentium M, Intel's chipset and Intel's WLAN. There are plenty laptops out there, for instance, that have a WLAN from another manufacturer and therefore are not Centrinos.

Mostly right, but not quite: Centrino = Pentium M, Celeron M or Pentium 4 M + Intel Northbridge chipset, and Intel Chipset with intergrated Wi/fi + The Worst OS on the planet aka Microsoft Windows XP Home/Proffesional/Multi-media/Tablet PC Edition

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Mostly right, but not quite: Centrino = Pentium M, Celeron M or Pentium 4 M + Intel Northbridge chipset, and Intel Chipset with intergrated Wi/fi + The Worst OS on the planet aka Microsoft Windows XP Home/Proffesional/Multi-media/Tablet PC Edition

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Pentium 4-M is not included in the classification for processor that can be included in a "Centrino" notebook.
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Pentium 4-M is not included in the classification for processor that can be included in a "Centrino" notebook.

Really? I always thought it was. Some of the white box vendors I've seen are in trouble then.
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