RDF is back

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
It's been a long time since I've watched a keynote where I've really been in awe afterwards. The iBook introduction at MWNY was amazing, the Power Mac G4 at Seybold was awesome, and the DP G4s, new iMacs, Pro Keyboard and Mouse at MWNY was very cool.



After those keynotes, I remember thinking why I buy Macs. But there were some keynotes recently that just didn't take with me. The last two MWNY shows didn't wow (especially with .mac), and while the FP iMac would have been enough at another show, Apple hyped last year's MWSF so much that I was expecting a lot more.



Even the introduction of the TiBook wasn't exciting a day later since Apple refused to exchange my Pismo or even fix it without charging me $1200. Don't even get me started on the iPod introduction (a great device but we all know what I was expecting).



But I see the new PowerBooks that were released yesterday with Airport Extreme, built in Bluetooth, a 1 GHz G4, the backlit keyboard, a new aluminum shell, a 17" screen, DDR memory, Firewire 800, a 60 GB HD and more, and I'm in awe.



For the first time since I bought my Pismo 3 years ago, I'm wishing for a new PowerBook. If I could scrape together $3000, I would have already ordered one.



It doesn't help that my Pismo is in need of repair (again) and that it's box from Apple came yesterday to send it away for a week or two, but all of the other PowerBook introductions had be shrugging my shoulders and thinking of how good my Pismo is. But this is the first computer in a long time that has made me want to upgrade.



Dang you RDF!

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    The 17" <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> I thought you were a man of taste Fran. That thing is UUUUugl...Y
  • Reply 2 of 12
    logan calelogan cale Posts: 1,281member
    It's a little funky looking -- at first glance, anyway -- but after watching the ads, looking at the QTVR of it, and checking out photos people have taken from the expo, I actually quite like it. It's still kind of strange, but in a sort of good way.



    And besides, who cares how it looks with that wonderful screen?
  • Reply 3 of 12
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    Too bad you won't be able to keep more than one of it's feet at a time on a tiny Starbucks table.



  • Reply 4 of 12
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    [quote]The 17" I thought you were a man of taste Fran. That thing is UUUUugl...Y <hr></blockquote>



    See what the RDF does to me?



    [quote]Too bad you won't be able to keep more than one of it's feet at a time on a tiny Starbucks table.<hr></blockquote>



    Starbucks? There's only one even remotely close to me, and that's apparently only a small coffee stand in a bookstore so that's not even a real Starbucks. Actually, I can't even remember going into a Starbucks so why would I care.



    BTW, I'm not saying I will get one by any means (I can't afford a new Mac right now). It's just a pain to not have my Pismo around.
  • Reply 5 of 12
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    I can't wait til the Apple Stores get them in so I can see how amazing they are in person (I went today after school hoping for some demo mdels but they didn't have).
  • Reply 6 of 12
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    Thanks for the info EmAn. I was considering driving out to Salem tomorrow to take a look but knowing that they may not have them in, I'll call in advance.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    [quote]Originally posted by Fran441:

    <strong>Thanks for the info EmAn. I was considering driving out to Salem tomorrow to take a look but knowing that they may not have them in, I'll call in advance.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    No problem. They might be getting them soon because the front table in the Pro section where they usually have the PBs was empty except for one TiBook and an Airport base station.
  • Reply 8 of 12
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    Well, I just watched the keynote for the first time (stupid work) and I must say, Jobs is a great showman. It was great. I was completely amazed the entire time. Not even an hour in and he was already done with updates/upgrades. Wow. And I knew what he was going to announce. It was still exciting.



    Damn, I want that 12" PB even more now. I don't need both my kidneys, right? eBay, here I come!!
  • Reply 9 of 12
    chychchych Posts: 860member
    Hey what's "RDF" stand for anyway, I've first encoutered this acronym just about a month ago and have been clueless since.
  • Reply 10 of 12
    Reality Distortion Field



    Refers to Steve's ability to often make it SEEM like things are OK...even when Motorola is screwing his company and his product is kinda expensive . It's a kinda cynical concept...but RDF is kinda what being a salesman is all about I guess..even when the product is a good one to begin with.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    It hides the reality of underpowered CPUs with the glitz of the year of the powerbook.





    Great idea on Apple's part. Get people to forget out the lagging PowerMacs by having them look the other way.
  • Reply 12 of 12
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    Well comparing the PowerBooks and iBooks vs. PC laptops still isn't that bad; at least compared to the Power Macs and iMacs vs. PC desktops.



    I'm sure it's the main reason for the whole "Year of the Laptop" thing. But I made the decision that I would only buy a laptop 3 years ago. I could have purchased a G4 but opted for the PowerBook G3 instead because I could bring it wherever I went.



    Even though my PowerBook is 'obsolete' by most standards, I would still choose to buy it again if I had to make the decision all over again.



    My next computer is going to be another PowerBook, and while I thought my Pismo was still going strong, these new laptops are enough to get me interested in upgrading again.
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