Originally posted by sunilraman
chucker, i'll see you back here in january
do you realise how dated the powerbook specs are?
A few weeks?
pick up any brand-name or taiwanese-name PC brochure and look at the laptops... powerbooks have really fallen behind.
Aww come on. We've been through this just yesterday. I posted a comparison between a 17-inch Dell and a 17-inch PowerBook. The price difference amounted to maybe 10-15%, and that was with a significantly lighter and smaller PowerBook than the Dell, so the Dell still wouldn't have been a good choice for many people.
Are Apple laptops lacking? Absolutely. They need to move to a more scalable CPU arch (which is evidently happening), they need to move to a faster FSB (which is also inevitably going to happen at the same time) and they need to move to PCI Express-based cards (which is most likely also going to happen). And that's it.
remember also a 14" wide 16:10 1280x800 is a lower resolution and smaller display than the 15".
Yes, yes it is. But it's still a much more compelling choice than the 12-inch PowerBook. Which I really hope Apple kills.
5400rpm 60gb hard disks could go into the iBook 14" wide, but this would suggest powerbooks are bumped to 7200rpm standard on the 15" and 17"...............
Which is not going to happen, if only because 7200 RPM are too hot, loud and power-guzzling for most people.
my long winded point is that with pro apps not really intel ready, apple has quite a lot of space to play in the first quarter of 2006. by the time unviersal binary pro apps are ready, say middle of 2006, macintel powerbooks will also be ready then, probably.
And for the time in between, you want their low-end laptop to be better in many ways than their other options?