Originally posted by PB
That is the sad truth with the G4. But then, what are the options for Apple, in order to clearly distinguish the iBook from the Powerbook? The iBook needs more an update than the Powerbook, but if it takes that update in the coming weeks, the distance between the two will reach a probably absolute minimum. On the other hand, a 200 MHz bus plus 1 MB L2 plus higher clock speeds can provide enough differentiation at least until the beginning of next year.
Plus, the PowerBook comes in sexy aluminum, while the iBook only comes in glossy white plastic!
Hehe, do you know greek by the way? Your nickname suggest that too.
It would be a stretch to say that I know
Greek, but some dribbles of the ancient Greek that I learned in college (15 years ago!) have stuck around. I'm much better at recognizing Greek cognates in English words than I am at reading Greek—which is not saying much.
Anyway, I think that the Mac community has had too much high expectations for the Powerbook after the release of the G5. This is fueled of course by Apple's secrecy, although I must recognize that S. Jobs himself and other Apple executives tried to control people's expectations with hints in certain occasions.
Actually, I shoulder the blame for that on IBM. Their early literature on the 970 made a lot of claims about embedded and notebook use based on remarkably low-voltage designs (0.8v, as I recall)—which didn't survive the debacle that was the transition to 90nm. To my lasting surprise, IBM made exactly the same mistake with the 970 that Motorola made with the 7400: Trying to fab a new design on a new process. The fact that the process they used proved to be exceptionally difficult just made matters worse. (Since both of these chips featured Apple as a prominent customer, I suppose you could blame Jobs for persuading both companies to shoot the moon.)
That's pretty much the rabbit that IBM would have pulled out of their hat: If Fishkill's engineers have succeeded in producing 0.8v 970[fx] CPUs in quantity—nearly two years behind schedule—Apple may have what they need to made a G5 PowerBook.
One advantage of the original poster's prediction is that we don't have long to wait in order to falsify this hypothesis...