First Yonah laptop unveiled!

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  1. generik macrumors 601

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  2. Josh396 macrumors 65816

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    Well I was hoping for a little better battery life but maybe Apple will be able to squeeze more out of it. I guess it also depends on which version of the chip they use.
     
  3. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I've never known of an Intel laptop that gets more than 1.5-2 hours real life. The 4-5 hours reported by iBook users is phenomenol. My Gateway at work gets a little less than 1 hour in meetings; my boss gets a little more with her HP. If you expect more than that from an Intel then you're dreaming! Apple has always had the best battery life of any laptop on the market.
     
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    I routinely get 5 hours on my 14" iBook with Airport ON. It truly is amazing. The latest (last?) ones claim 6 hours battery life.

    4 hours for this box doesn't seem outrageously short. It's a pretty light box coming in at around 4.4 lbs, which is about 1 pound lighter than the current 14" iBook.

    Also, 2 hours seems low for anything but a P4 based desktop replacement. My old PII Toshiba started out with about 3 hours, but after a firmware upgrade it turned to ~1 hour. Centrino boxes like the 1.4 GHz Dell Inspiron D600 a colleague has routinely get over 3 hours with wireless off.

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    On my sisters Dell Pentium M I have gotten 5 hours with Airport on, BT on, and running iTunes and Firefox. I know the Pentium 4 Laptobs barely get an hour of battery life but the Pentium M's are much better, at least in my experiences. If you're talking about Pentium 4 laptops then I can understand the low battery life. Imagine if the G5 was put into an Apple laptop, it would be a miracle if it got more than an hour.
     
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    I regularly get 4 to 6 hours with my PowerBook Pismo which was made back at the turn of the century. Even with Airport on I still get over 4 hours on a battery. This is one more reason not to buy MacIntels if they can't deliver longer battery lives.
     
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    You've got a Dell with Bluetooth? Wow... :)
     
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    I had a Sony with four possible batteries. One fit entirely internally, one stuck out the back about half an inch, and the third was that, then sticking 'down' about a quarter inch.

    With the 'standard' battery, it got 3-4 hours. With the 'quad' battery, I could easily go 10 hours. This was with WiFi on, and not trying very hard. Without WiFi, and with max power saving, I could get 12+ hours.

    This was a Pentium MMX 266 subnotebook with a small 8.9" widescreen display, in the time of Pentium III 500MHz processors. The only thing I miss about it over my 12" PowerBook is the PC Card slot. (I didn't get the 15"er because the 15" hadn't been updated to Aluminum yet, and I really wanted AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth. Plus the 12" was only a little larger than the Sony, so it fit in my nice compact case.)
     
  10. After G macrumors 68000

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    The title made me think that there was ACTUAL hardware.
    Non-news to me if that's not the case.

    Every PC maker and their mom will have Yonah-based hardware in 06.

    And I don't think a quad battery would work well in Apple hardware based on the current form factor. Of course, if it were to change ...

    Imagine a 4x wide iBook battery ... can you say BRICK?
     
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    All of the recent laptops at my work are Pentium-M, including my Gateway and my boss's HP.
     
  12. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    Shoot... I'm more impressed that the Dell has an Airport. :eek:
     
  13. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    This is a good sign that we may see Intel PowerBooks or iBooks at MWSF '06. If not released and available that day, then announced and shipping in a month or two.

    Please??? :D
     
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    Huh? Any Pentium-M laptop with a 6 or 8 cell battery easily exceeds 2 hours. My Asus W3N with P-M 1.7GHz and Radeon 9700 runs 3.5h with full screen brightness and WLAN activated...
     
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    I love when a computer manufacturer announces that they are going to design something.

    That means it is rather far away from being produced.

    Can you imagine if Apple told us they were going to design a new Cinema Display using an announced, but unreleased technology?

    bah!
     
  16. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a

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    drat

    and i was hoping apple would be first to advertise a yonah book.
     
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    And the Pismos can accept two batteries, so you can actually get up to 10-12 hours at a time. :)

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    While Apple may not be the first to advertise, they may very well be the first to release.

    In the past, Apple has gotten to be the first to advertise for video cards. That's because video cards can be released all of a sudden. Intel can't do that. With processors, they need to give months of lead time. There's no way Intel could convince their hundreds of other customers to just stay quiet about a new product so Apple can get the scoop.
     
  20. Eagon macrumors member

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    lust two weeks ago i noticed that on a 3/4 year old P4 laptop's battery life increased from 30mins to 5hrs when changing from windows xp to windows 98
     
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    "NEC said the LR900 will be based on Windows XP Home Edition"

    XP Home is not dual processor or dual core aware. so people will be advertised a spanking new, great, dual core laptop, and not be able to use it to it's full power unless acquiring XP Pro (sorry, but I don't condone the purchase of XP for any reason ;)). I bet within a few weeks of this happening over here one of my mates will have bought one and started to brag about it. And then I'll tell them. :rolleyes:
     
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    I heard Intel would officially announce its new chip Yonah in Jan 2006. Is it common for a computer manufacturer to introduce their new hardware based on that chip on the same month Intel introduces its chip? I thought it might take a few months a least for new hardware based on the new chip to show up.

    For example, one computer manufacturers started using Sonoma based chip on their portable computer lines about more than 6 months after Intel accounced its Sonoma chip in Jan. 2005.

    I heard the computer manufacturers can start working on their new hardware earlier because Inteli gives heads-up to those companies. But, I feel it takes at least afew months for Yonah-equipped portable machines.
     
  23. agent76 macrumors newbie

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    I had a Dell Inspiron 9300 w/Pentium M (1.6) and I got 3:35 on a 9 cell battery. I sold it off to buy a powerbook though.. but I'm waiting for the macworld announcements anticipating some sort of price drop.
     

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