iBook, Powerbook Specs?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Appleinsider provides last minute specs on the rumored iBook and PowerBook releases this week.

    According to the rumor site, the iBooks will start at 1.0GHz G4's for the 12" model and top out at 1.2GHz G4s for the top end.

    Meanwhile, PowerBooks will settle into two speeds. 1.33GHz G4s for the lower end, and 1.5GHz G4s for the highest end.

    Pricing is said to be comparable to current offerings with the exception of the 15" PowerBook/SuperDrive which may come in at $100 less.
  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2003
    humm. i don't know if it is worth the update...I think this is going to be a really bad update as far a sales figures are concerned. They also need to rethink the aluminum because the current one bends to easily. And also, think of the heat. It is already bad enough on my 15" with a 1.25...
  3. macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2003
    Boston, MA
    All of Apple's products 1 gigahertz or faster..

    Finally, it is April, 2004, and the last of Apple's computers (the ibook) passes the 1 gigahertz Mark. That took a long time...

    I must admit I was hoping for a little more, but I will take what I can get..

  4. dho
    macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    darn better call my mom who just order a powerbook g4.

    Hope she can cancel
  5. macrumors member


    Mar 7, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    repeat after me. no g5 powerbook until early 2005 or late 2004. for those who just can't accept it :p
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2002
    Wasn't this "next week" supposed to be the last week .. I mean the week that just passed?
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2003
    burlington, Ontario canada
    Does this mean PowerMac G5 updates on Tuesday :) ?
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2004
    sydney, australia
    i was just about to buy and ibook anyway....at least we get a cache increase and a slightly bigger processor for (at max) the same price...

    quit whining ppl....
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2002
    one thing they dont have... Im telling you all here now... a 128mb video card is an option on the 1.5ghz guys
  10. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
  11. macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2004
    Those specs sound rather conservative to me. Perhaps they will make the offer more attractive with other upgrades besides CPU speed. We'll just have to see.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2004
    the land of OZ

    And dont forget a display update as well!

    At least i hope :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    Well they when I called they said that if I wanted to I could cancel and change my order, but since I haven't ordered bc of no credit cards yeah.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    they could really use a better display on the 15 inches with some more pixels
    better video cards would be nice too along with some price cuts, other than a slight boast in processor speeds those specs aren't that much better

  15. macrumors regular


    Mar 15, 2004
    Near Chicago
    I don't wanna ruin all the hype but...

    1GHZ IS NOT ENOUGH. Apple needs to seriously go 64bit powerbooks real soon because this is just not fast enough in my mind. I mean they are great however to convert pc users to mac users is hard when they look at the hardware. I know I know, macs run faster than most pcs even though they have less processor speed however this is not noticeable to pc users. If we want to get a bigger market we need to orient to them- Come on Steve give us a mac that is truly the 25th aniversay mac! :)
  16. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    The thing that I heard about that is they are having problems integrating the architecture on the notebooks. I don't remember where I read it at, but that is the problem they are having. Thats why they are thinking about coming out with a dual powerbook g4. Can't remember where I found that information at, but I remember it from somewhere.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2002
    Sandy Eggo - MacRumors Member since 1-1-2002
    Tell me about it!! Well, the year ain't over yet. ;)
  18. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2003
    Specs sound like a reasonable update to me, however, I would really like to know what is going down on the vid-card front. I have been holding off for an update on the PB12 until the vid card becomes reasonable. I want a 64MB card, and if there isn't one in it with this update, I'll be kind of upset, as I may wait until the G5 then (which I really don't want to do, because I am impatient like that)
  19. Ozi
    macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia.
    If graphics card is so important, maybe its worth investing in a desktop box? Just a thought.

    New powerbooks should be getting a 64mb video card, but probably only in the larger screens, not 12". Im about to get a 12" iBook, and that has sod all chance of getting a 64mb card, even though i would love one. :)
  20. macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2002
    Chicago - West 'Burbs
    Was expecting more of a price drop and a Superdrive Ibook..

    we'll have to see in the morning, but was hoping for a price break...

    I guess when the g5 hits, then we'll have a superdrive in the ibooks
    or maybe in hte morning! :)

  21. macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2004
    Video HAS to improve

    The only thing holding me back from buying a Powerbook is the poor resolution. I'm currently using a Fujitsu Lifebook that weighs 3.5 lbs, had a 10.6" screen and yet offers a native resolution of 1280x768 (16:9 ratio). And it's already almost TWO years old! For the life of me I can't understand why Mac, known as the graphic designers system, has such a poor resolution.

    The OS X interface is gorgeous and would only benefit from the streamlining that would come from a higher res. Right now everything is way too big and it has a serious impact on functionality.

    While processor bump ups are nice (and expected) if you ask me, I think a lot of people would really like to see the graphics kicked up to a much higher resolution.

    Here's hoping the official anouncement today brings good news in this department...and I can finally buy my first powerbook. ;)
  22. macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
  23. macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    I don't know about these updates. A mere 200-250Mhz per book? Ok the 12" pb gets more, but seriously, where are the backlit keyboard for the 12", where are the 128mb graphics cards? I don't think powerbooks should ship with anything but a minimum of 64mb graphics cards.
    If the processor is all they're going to update, then this is going to be a bad update, at least this is what I think. Because this speed bump is not going to make that much of a difference.
    I guess we will see. I hope they are wrong.
  24. macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2002
    Why would you need 64-bit notebook for???!! Heck, even OS X is not 64-bit at this point in time. This is fine update to power/ibook line if you ask me.

    Good job Apple.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, at least I don't have to worry about my PowerBook being too far eclipsed by these new ones.

    The fact that I don't have to worry about this is a bad thing, IMO.
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