Does Powerbooks G4 have an apple on the back of the screen?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kwfl, May 26, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    hi, It is not really that big deal, but

    i wasnt in the mac world before the MBP, however i see some machines on TV shows that look like the MBP but they dont have the apple on the back. I think they are the powerbooks. Are they?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    It's possible that they are Powerbooks, although the reason they don't have an Apple on the back most likely is because the show doesn't want to feature the Apple product so they put a sticker over the Apple. Powerbook G4 do have apples on the back of them though.
  3. macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    To answer your question, yes.

    I understand that when commercialized props are needed, fees are paid for display of a brand name or logo. The director may decide to cover something up for the purpose of the shot, and to avoid such fees.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    I can also confirm this having owned several PowerBooks in the past, all of which had apple logos on the back. The earlier ones had very small multicolored logos.
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Wouldn't the featured company be the one paying for their product placement? I always assumed the logos were covered when the company didn't pay; essentially the producers don't want to give away free advertising, which could affect their income from product placement.
  6. macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    All G3+ PowerBooks had Apples on the back. PowerBook G3 had upside-down Apples and they were upright and lit since.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    i agree with you. Many TV shows are showing apple products, House MD, Boston Legal, you name it. This is advertising for apple and i expect apple to be paying for it.

    I have seen the MBP-like computers when watching Boston Legal, Season 2. I remeber seeing the OSX inside, however in the back, they didnt have the apple logo. However, it does not seem like it is convered. It has the same view from the side, i mean the ethernet, DVI, Firewire Ports. It is aliminium. Probably i will get you a screenshot of it. :D (is it that serious!)

    Boston Legal season 2 was filmmed around 2005 which is supportive to the idea they were powerbooks.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    The TV show CAN show whichever logo they'd like. Sometimes it has to do with not wanting to give away free advertising. Oftentimes, however, it has to do with avoiding sponsorship conflict.
    If Dell, for example, is a high-paying sponsor of a show, they might blur out the Apple logo because of Dell's financial interest in the show.
  9. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    OK folks, here's the way it happens and this is straight from the horse's mouth.

    Apple DO NOT pay for product placement. A producer may ask Apple for a fee to include their products in the film/TV Show to which Apple will say "No." The director will then be instructed to cover the logo to prevent the product placement from occurring or to leave it uncovered to lend the brand's identity to the show.

    There have been a few cases in the past where Apple have had an arrangement with the show such as on the US version of The Office however this is usually instigated by Apple and is exceedingly rare.
  10. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Funnily enough I've seen plenty of PowerBooks/MBP's on BBC shows (such as Spooks), it's usually printed adverts and news reports where they hide the logo.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    New Jersey
    I think Steve changed that for the original Titanium G4...

    On the Lombard & Pismo PB G3, the white Apple was "correct" when the PB was closed on the desk in front of the user, but upside-down when presented to "potential customers"...:(

    So Steve, or someone else got that changed for the Ti PowerBook, and all others since so that the Apple is "correct" for the "potential customer"...:D

    On the Pismo, at least, it is lit by the LCD backlight. Also, if you turn the backlight off, and shine light through the Apple, you'll get a small, vaguely apple-shaped splotch of light on the screen.

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