15.4-inch PowerBook on horizon

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
This <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Article.asp?datePublish=2003/01/09&pages=01&seq=1"; target="_blank">article</a> and it's table show a 15.4-inch PowerBook manufactured by the same company that will be making the 17-inch PowerBook.



The question now is when will it come out? End of January/early-February when they bump the PowerMacs?
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  • Reply 1 of 50
    I was hoping that the 15 inch would turn into a convertible table like the compaq
  • Reply 2 of 50
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    Maybe the meant to say 15.2 and Quanta and Compal share production?
  • Reply 3 of 50
    15.4 is a typo....g
  • Reply 4 of 50
    I meant Tablet Anyway if it only adds a $100s or so to add tablet functionality to the powerbook I say add it...
  • Reply 5 of 50
    giantgiant Posts: 6,041member
    Posted @ MacNN:



    [quote]daSilVetZ:A couple of days ago, someone mentioned the article on Digitimes , and the 2 different 15" PB's. I sent an email to the person who had wrote the article, and just received a response:



    ---

    My orignal email :



    Hello, on the article seen here

    <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/A...3/01/09&pages=0"; target="_blank">http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/A...3/01/09&pages=0</a>;

    1&seq=1 , the 2 Powerbook 15" have slightly different screen sizes. The

    15.2" and the 15.4"? I am inclined to think that this is a typo, if not,

    please let me know what the difference between the 2 is- as I had never

    heard of a 15.4" Powerbook.



    Regards,





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    Reply:



    Hi,

    The 15.4" model will replace the current 15.2" model in the near future. On

    Apple Computer's website, the company has pointed out that the actual 15"

    PowerBook measured at 15.2" in diagonal.

    Hope this help.



    Chinmei Sung

    DigiTimes.com



    daSilVetZ &lt;xx&gt;

    ? 2003/01/11 03:21:45 AM

    chinmei/[email protected] Re: Sources: Compal to produce Apple





    --



    Hmm. <hr></blockquote>
  • Reply 6 of 50
    I'll believe it when I see it.
  • Reply 7 of 50
    dhagan4755dhagan4755 Posts: 2,151member
    Article:

    <a href="http://pcworld.shopping.yahoo.com/yahoo/article/0,aid,106577,00.asp"; target="_blank">http://pcworld.shopping.yahoo.com/yahoo/article/0,aid,106577,00.asp</a>;



    [quote]Samsung will introduce a 15.4-inch WXGA (1,280 pixel x 800 pixel) thin film transistor LCD and a 17-inch WXGA TFT LCD for notebook PCs in January.<hr></blockquote>
  • Reply 8 of 50
    scottibscottib Posts: 381member
    The current 15.2" TiBook is 1280x854. I wouldn't want to gain .2", yet lose some resolution--but it might not be enough to notice(?).
  • Reply 9 of 50
    franckfranck Posts: 135member
    Nice catch DHagan4755,

    I think Apple should standardize resolutions across the line.



    Standard dispays have to be 4/3

    Cinema displays should all be in a 16:10 form factor.





    Cinema display 23" and 22" are OK.

    iMac 17" is fine too (just like 17" AlBook)



    But the 15.2" TiBook has a weird 1280*864 resolution.



    1280 x 800 is much more like a Cinema Display form Factor, much more Apple-ish.





    I thing 15" (1024*768) iMacs should be replaced by the same screen as above, thus providing a 16:10 display all across the line, except for ultraportables.
  • Reply 10 of 50
    dhagan4755dhagan4755 Posts: 2,151member
    Points that makes the 15.4" PowerBook idea logical and not a typo:
    • The low-end PowerBook has a faster optical combo drive than the Titanium

    • The low-end PowerBook has the option for a faster Airport card

    • The low-end Powerbook has a sturdier keyboard; the Titanium PowerBook's keyboard is different in format and color from the models on each side

    • Models on either side have Built-in Bluetooth

    • Models on either side use nVidia graphics making the Titanium inconsistent

    [ 01-14-2003: Message edited by: DHagan4755 ]</p>
  • Reply 11 of 50
    gongon Posts: 2,437member
    [quote]Originally posted by DHagan4755:

    <strong>Models on either side use nVidia graphics making the Titanium inconsistent

    </strong><hr></blockquote>Yep.. sad that they didn't do the right thing and pick Radeon 9000 for the new hardware, too.

    It goes toe to toe with GF4Go440 though being better in portables; also it happens to wipe the floor with GF4Go420 in the smaller 'Book.



    - Gon
  • Reply 12 of 50
    Take a look at the bottom of this page :

    <a href="http://www.samsungelectronics.com/semiconductors/search/datasheet.jsp?family=590"; target="_blank">http://www.samsungelectronics.com/semiconductors/search/datasheet.jsp?family=590</a>;



    You'll see that the Samsung 15,4" LCD are available in 3 resolution :



    WXGA : 1,280 x 800

    WSXGA+ : 1,680 x 1,050

    WUXGA : 1,920 x 1,200



    Perhaps Apple will choose the 1,680 x 1,050 one ...
  • Reply 13 of 50
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    or they could.....gasp.... make different screens available BTO.



    but noooooo.... lets not provide options..... so silly
  • Reply 14 of 50
    franckfranck Posts: 135member
    [quote]Originally posted by bozzo:

    <strong>Take a look at the bottom of this page :

    <a href="http://www.samsungelectronics.com/semiconductors/search/datasheet.jsp?family=590"; target="_blank">http://www.samsungelectronics.com/semiconductors/search/datasheet.jsp?family=590</a>;



    You'll see that the Samsung 15,4" LCD are available in 3 resolution :



    WXGA : 1,280 x 800

    WSXGA+ : 1,680 x 1,050

    WUXGA : 1,920 x 1,200



    Perhaps Apple will choose the 1,680 x 1,050 one ...</strong><hr></blockquote>





    With the 17" PowerBook sporting a 1440*900 screen while le 12" PB is 1024, future 15" PowerBooks won't go higher than 1280.
  • Reply 15 of 50
    February will bring the new 15.4 Albook to replace the TiBook. Once current inventories are gone on the latter. Look for great pricing, $2499 for combo and $2699 for Superdrive? Will have all the 17" features except Airport card will be extra. My guesses.
  • Reply 16 of 50
    maniamania Posts: 104member
    [quote]Originally posted by tonton:

    <strong>



    :eek: Oh my god if I can get a 1920x1200 resolution PowerBook I'd beg, borrow or steal to get it NOW!</strong><hr></blockquote>



    no you don't - you would not even be able to read anything. my partner has a 1600x1200 15" dell and man it kills me to try and use it and i have 20/20 vision.



    unless of course they make a 19" Albook.
  • Reply 17 of 50
    newnew Posts: 3,244member
    well, the good thing about OSX is that you can make almost all the text bigger. So higher resolution is certainly posible...
  • Reply 18 of 50
    satchmosatchmo Posts: 2,699member
    The added 0.2 inches won't make it or break it for me.

    Just make sure any 15.x" model has most if not all the 17" features, especially level 3 cache and that cool ambient light keyboard.
  • Reply 19 of 50
    frykefryke Posts: 217member
    If the price of the 15.4" model (1280x800) would be reduced even a tiny bit from the older 15.2" model, I think the resolution reduction would be okay. But then again, why should Apple use a newer display at all? Only because Samsung is making it? They can buy more of the one already used, I say, stay at 15.2" and put _that_ into an aluminium shell (plus add Bluetooth, AirPort Extreme and illuminated keys).



    Whatever they do, the new 15.x" PowerBooks are bound to come rather sooner than later. My guess is that before the end of March we'll have new iMacs, new PowerMacs and new PowerBooks, and that from July to September we'll see the _real_ updates with a processor strategy shift of whatever kind. I sure hope Quark XPress has had info about that shift for three or four years now.
  • Reply 20 of 50
    fobiefobie Posts: 216member
    Anyone know when this update is going to happen?
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