iBook Updates?

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    Kodawarisan claims that iBooks may be updated next week. No other word of this has been heard, and seems unlikely.
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    unlikely but....

    It certainly seems unlikely to release an iBook so soon, but the way things seem to be trending it would be nice if ever 2-3 weeks apple released a new/updated product. i could see the new powerbooks followed by the powermacs, followed by new iMac, then in a few weeks new iBook, a few weeks after that new iPods, then maybe 10.2.4, then maybe xRAID.

    If apple does release something new every month they could keep attention on themselves more than just the two macworlds which they are trying to de-emphasize.

    They have enought products in hardware and software to keep up a monthly release schedule, so maybe the iBook rumor is not too far fetched - although the timing might be.
     
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    Normaly I wouldn't expect any updates until May. But the releases of the 12" and 17" Powerbooks mixed things up a little bit. Apple has to update the TiBooks soon - don't you think? So as the last TiBooks were introduced the same day as the iBooks last November I think there's a small chance to see some minor updates to the iBook rather sooner than later.

    As I'm waiting to buy one I would love that :)

    There are also rumors of a G4 iBook (LoopRumors) in May. Looprumors did a good job for MacWorld so maybe they are right...?
     
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    Woot woot!

    I just got off the phone with a guy from Apple (he rang me because i enquired about switching) he asked me what machines i was interested in when considering my switch.

    I said it was either the 12" iBook or the 12"PBook, but i was waiting for the possible updates since i found the 12"Pbook a bit limiting.

    He said exactly this "Don't hold your breath, but it could be next week". But to further give some spine to this rumour, he was also going to ring me back in a week to talk over the options.

    Yay!

    Could this hold true, Apple just touching the whole product line including ibooks until the 970?

    One can only hope if for thesake of the Apple employee who rang me.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt that the iBooks will be updated soon (although that could just be wishful thinking since I just ordered one). They were just recently updated (but of course, so were the Powerbooks).

    It might be that Apple is just moving its entire product line to "OSX only" as quickly as possible. That would partly explain the lacklustre updates to the iMac line and the mere price drop in the eMac line.

    If Apple does update the iBooks next week, then I hope my order won't be delivered this week :)
     
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    Boy, if that is true :D :D :D

    This isn't a joke, is it?
     
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    reflex

    eMac price drop is all that is needed for that machine. It does not need to be a scorcher, speedwise. I wonder if the CRT problems have been fixed...?

    <dream>

    iBook - think they will add the DVD burner? It is an option on everything else now (including the eMac)... Slot load DVD burner, with a 900MHz G3 and BT and AE in the $1799 range would be nice. That and the ability to get 1GB of RAM :D

    </dream>
     
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    This is no joke, i asked Apple about 3 weeks ago to phone me so i could talk about switching, even though i said phone me on wednesdays!!!

    Anyway i explained that i was waiting for an update and i was waiting for VPC to be sold through the apple store since i cannot afford to repurchase another MS office.

    So now he is ringing me back next week.

    I hate people who start false rumours but i can assure you i am not doing this, he did ring me and he told me not to hold my breath (good advice i think).

    Anyway i am as eager as the rest of you guys so we will just have to wait.
     
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    Re: reflex

    I was under the impresion that one needed a G4 to get DVD burning....
     
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    Re: Re: reflex

    That truly is an Apple imposed rule. Though because of it I highly doubt there will be a iBook with DVD-R. This would cut into the PowerBook line and would also make the iBook more expensive. I think everyone should be thinking to themselves how can Apple cut the price on the iBook because that is exactly what they are going to do. Just look at the iMacs and PowerMacs and consider that there is 12" PowerBook. Apple will want to differentiate the iBook further by cutting the price this would also keep them in line with the other recent price cuts.
     
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    Re: Re: Re: reflex

    One way to cut prices has been done, hence the $999 cd-rom only version. It has a different case from the rest. It is a solid white plastic instead of the normal clear plastic with white paint on the under side.

    My DVD burner comment was just a remark about the iBook being the only model range left (emac/imac/PB/PM/iB) that does not offer one. A $100 price cut is in order... at a minimum.

    IMHO of course ;)
     
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    sigh...

    I'm planning on buying an iBook soon, but I don't want to buy one then like a week later they come out with a better and/or cheaper one. Hmmm...
     
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    Re: sigh...

    Me too. :(

    My girlfriend just got a ibook G3 800 combo drive with everything maxed out... and i was not real impressed.

    it is nice, but sluggish feeling.

    her old imac G4 700 did not feel that way...
     
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    i think they're a little sluggish too?

    I think they should get to g4's... I like the look and the feel of them... but I want something g4 like...
     
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    ibook and G3

    I beleive Think Secret mentioned a little while ago that Apple got a big batch of G3 chips in. My guess is they are for the iBook. I can't see G4 iBooks, then they would be PowerBooks. Cheap G3 iBooks would be better in this market.
     
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    Yes, a while ago there were some news about Apple receiving 900 Mhz G3s. Would make sense for me but wouldn't this cut into 12" Powerbook sales?

    Anyway, íf they release a 900 Mhz iBook next week I'm gonna buy it in a second. *....PLEASE.....* :)
     
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    You know...the whole G4 speed lag from our good friends at Motorola is sure messing up that nice 2x2 pro/consumer grid that Steve Jobs was touting when he came back to Apple.

    Apple will have to think very hard about how it can rev up the iBook without making it look like a mini Al-book. I think the iBook will remain with a G3 until faster G4s/970s become available or else it'll cannabalize sales of the 12" PB.

    When the top speed of the portable pro line is 1Ghz and the slowest consumer portable is 700Mhz, there's not much that Apple can do to differentiate products other than choose between G3 vs G4.

    Damn Motorola!!!!
     
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    A crazy idea

    Perhaps one way out for Apple regarding the problems with the G4 vs G3 speeds is for the whole portable line to go Al and G4. In other words add a slower G4 chipt to the current 12"PB and call it the low end. Maybe they could keep some G3 around for a real cheap eBook. It would make for a simpler product grid instead of all the changes in chip and screen size. Crazy, I know.
     
  19. LSP
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    ibook updates

    Went to local Apple dealer today to buy an iMac and the cheapest iBook. The salesman persuaded (no promises) me to wait a week or two for new iBooks and told me he thinks 12" screens are being phased out for 14" screens.
     
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    Argh! For the love of God, I hope they're not phasing out the 12" screen in favor of the 14". I've got a 12" iBook (or an equivalent replacement if one becomes available) on my short list of future purchases. The 14" is not attractive to me.

    As an aside, isn't it quite possible that these Apple folks who keep giving hints but "no promises" are simply getting their information from the same websites we are? It's a vicious circle -- sites like Macrumors post rumors, the Apple salespersons read them and feed them back to us, we post about our conversations with those Apple folks, the Apple folks read the new posts, and so on...
     
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    Re: ibook updates

    I don't buy it.

    Most salespeople will not pass up the opportunity to make a commission by recommending that a customer wait for vaporware.

    Either that or he/she has a bone to pick with the store's owner...

    Plus...don't think the 12" will go away.
     
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    I hope they don't phase out the 12", thats the one i want.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    whenever the updates happen, I wouldn't expect more than...

    Bluetooth Optional (yes I know that this really means zilch since they already are)

    AirPort Extreme Ready (top of the line built in)

    slightly larger HD's as an option.

    Price drops on base configurations.

    In other words - nothing but price drops. IMHO that's all they need to since they have the Al12.
     
  24. LSP
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    ibook updates

    iBook prices in UK, France, Italy etc... have been lowered.
     
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    Re: Re: ibook updates

    Apple does not pay their salespeople commission. They are hourly. To avoid bias.
     

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