apple's laptops are the best...is there anything they can do to even make them better

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  1. jefhatfield Retired

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    my dream laptop, let's say in 2004 would have:

    g4 at 1.25 ghz chip
    gig of ddr ram
    14 inch lcd with high resolution
    superdrive, slot loading
    have a titanium shell
    be .80 inches thick
    and weigh under five pounds

    and cost under two grand

    since apple has dazzled us with the current lightweight ibook, then the tibook being 1 inch thin, and now with the two new aluminum powerbooks, i say the sky is the limit for apple inc and their portable lineup
     
  2. melchior macrumors 65816

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    that's nice and i would be up for that purchase.

    what i would really like apple to make is a sub-notebook. on par with the Toshiba Portege or (wishfully) Libretto

    the feature i would like to see included are modular video cards. (in the imac too please) obviously not "usor serviceable" and doubtful apple would offer a service but i would be very happy to do it =)
     
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    Re: apple's laptops are the best...is there anything they can do to even make them better

    Bleh. ONLY 250 MHz in OVER a year?!

    They better move to the PowerPC 970 first, or at least the "supposed" 7457's that run faster.
    Really pointless when DDR can't be utilized by the G4.
    Why 14? Bump to 15. :)
    Hopefully at 4x
    Bleh, why? Aluminum alloys are stronger and no paint needed. Titanium was a flop. I hope they never go back to titanium.
    Would be sweet. :)
    Under $2,000, and it's immediately on my lap.
     
  4. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    Re: Re: apple's laptops are the best...is there anything they can do to even make them better


    ok, 15" inch lcd
    2 ghz ppc 970 chip
    superdrive 4x
    under 4.5 lbs
    under 2 grand
    aluminum casing .70 inches thick

    12" lcd model
    2 ghz ppc 970 chip
    external superdrive 4x
    under 3 lbs to be there with the PC world's libretto
    under 2 1/2 grand
    aluminum casing .50 inches thick

    but give apple until summer of 2004 for this one
     
  5. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    Re: Re: Re: apple's laptops are the best...is there anything they can do to even make them better

    and to answer sony's amazing c1 mini laptop

    9" inch lcd
    built in camera
    external superdrive 4x
    2 lbs
    under 2 grand
    polycarbonate casing
    20 gb hard drive
     
  6. benixau macrumors 65816

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    why LCD???

    if apple really wanted to beat the rest of the market they could put OLEP/Ds in them

    longer battery life, thinner screens, higher res's and better contrast and brightness.

    now that would surely smash the opposition. apples laptops already have the longest battery life in their category. any longer would be even better.
     
  7. Wano macrumors 6502

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    I think the ultimate PowerBook would be:

    970 1.8Ghz Processor
    1Gb PC800 RDRAM(standard), expandable to 2gb
    80GB 5400rpms at least
    128mb DDRAM graphics card with DVI and ADC out
    4xSuperdrive
    2 firewire 800 ports
    2usb 2.0 ports
    Ariport extreme
    10 hour battery
    17"screen
    and all the features i left out that already exist.
     
  8. Timothy macrumors 6502

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    Lose the slot-load...

    I for one do not like that Apple has made the optical drive a permanent part of the laptop. I LOVED the dual battery confirguation of my pismo. I use the CD drive much more rarely than I use the power consumed in dual batteries.

    Personally, I'd like to see a return to the bay options...allowing me to load dual batteries and leave the optical drive on the desk...
     
  9. Ifeelbloated macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I'll be in the market for a laptop when they do come out with OLED displays. Right now portability is just not enough of a selling point. When we start seeing stuff like we saw in the movie "Minority Report" then maybe.
     
  10. benixau macrumors 65816

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    Re: Lose the slot-load...

    bays are good. but they are expensive. why? they require a universal interface for batteries, optical drives HDD. then the OS has to be wirtten to support them. that limits the number of OS' that can be used on a system.

    then the signals either data or power have to be routed to the correct chips.

    they also take up more space in a laptop then their fixed counterparts. That would make apples laptops go beyond their current thickness.

    a good idea, just not practical, at the moment. :)
     
  11. Timothy macrumors 6502

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    Then make it an external...

    Again...once my laptop is set up, the ratio between use of the optical drive versus use of the extra battery time is about 20 to 1 in my case. So, if Apple ever makes a sub-notebook (which I consider the new 12" Alubook) then perhaps they should consider making the optical drive an external or attachable drive, such as other manufacturers do.
     
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    I used to think the same, however, after playing with 12" PB in person, I am not so sure any more. That thing is light, and small. Have you gotten a chance to try them out yet?
     
  13. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    Re: Then make it an external...

    i think the 12" albook is still a fully featured laptop, even at 4.6 lbs

    they could make a sub-notebook model with a 10.4 inch screen, optical drive an external accessory, use a G4 chip, 256 mb ddr sdram, 20 or 30 gb hard drive, os x, and everything else and hopefully shave the main system weight to 3 lbs

    ...and do this to mainly comptete with dell, gateway, hp-compaq, sony, and toshiba...who all have a true sub notebook under 4 lbs.

    perfect for school and travelers and anybody else who only use their optical drive at home or on a rare occassion going out
     
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