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keysersoze
May 25, 2004, 03:36 PM
Apple is going to have a 4th iBook G4... a 14" with SuperDrive. Apparently this was originally a BTO-option.

"Apple Computer, Inc. is preparing to add a new iBook to its lineup of standard configurations, raising its total retail iBook offerings to 4 models, reliable sources tell AppleInsider

The new 14-inch configuration will reportedly sport a 1.2GHz G4 processor and SuperDrive as standard. This configuration was previously available to customers as a build-to-order (BTO) only option from the Apple online store."

Full text at http://www.appleinsider.com

wide
May 25, 2004, 03:55 PM
Apple is going to have a 4th iBook G4... a 14" with SuperDrive. Apparently this was originally a BTO-option.

"Apple Computer, Inc. is preparing to add a new iBook to its lineup of standard configurations, raising its total retail iBook offerings to 4 models, reliable sources tell AppleInsider

The new 14-inch configuration will reportedly sport a 1.2GHz G4 processor and SuperDrive as standard. This configuration was previously available to customers as a build-to-order (BTO) only option from the Apple online store."

Full text at http://www.appleinsider.com

But it's still the same hardware for the same prices? That would be annoying if Apple suddenly dropped the price of the stock combo-drive 14-inch iBook.

SuperChuck
May 25, 2004, 04:15 PM
My guess is that the BTO option was popular and Apple wants to capitalize on the success while reducing the necessity to BTO all of them. Also, it is impossible to get the BTO option from most resellers (many of which make no mention of the option, as a result). This would eliminate that problem.

Smart move.

JOD8FY
May 25, 2004, 05:17 PM
Smart move.

I agree. This will dramatically help out iBook sales. Of course, there's always that fear that it will eat PB sales. I don't think that they'll drop a lot, but maybe a little. Just think: what used to be the main differences between the PB and iBook? The G4 processor and the superdrive. Now the iBook has both of those. Apple needs to put a G5 in the PB very soon...

JOD8FY