Intel iBooks and PowerBooks. More of a Difference?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by iBunny, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    Right now as it stands, the iBooks and Powerbooks dont have too much seperation between the two. The iBooks are very powerful machines for the Money, and it seems the Powerbooks are just a slight step ahead for a tremendous amout of more money.

    Do you think we will see the the price/performance ratio finally work out and see either the Powerbooks get alot better than iBooks?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2005
    Yeah, you'll probably have dual core powerbooks and single core ibooks.
    But currently, ibooks and powerbooks give much lower performance per dollar than wintel laptops. I think that will change with x86 also. ibooks used to be great value say 4 years ago.
  3. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Yes they may once again have two completely different chipsets, which may mean greater product differences.

    Hopefully it isn't something silly like Intel Integrated Graphics vs. ATI/Nvidia chip.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    I agree we will see the laptops become much better value with better graphics cards and processor's for a cheaper price, this will especially apply to the powerbook as apple will try and make them as good as they can also trying to make them significantly better than ibooks in order to attract power users,

  5. macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I agree, integrated graphics should not be put inside any future Mac.
  6. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    I really hope not, but since developer macs use onboard graphics 915 chipset and a lot of cheaper laptops use these, I wouldn't be surprised if the ibook did have onboard graphics.:rolleyes:
  7. macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN
    If using integrated graphics still lets Core Image work like it should and can push the iBook prices down a hundred dollars or so, then it might be worth it. A $700-$800 iBook would probably work well in the market, especially for classrooms. :D
  8. macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    From what I've heard, the latest integrated graphics is actually pretty decent. Certainly CI compatible. I'm still kinda skeptical though... my previous experiences with integrated graphics systems have been... less than inspiring.
  9. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I think everyone wants the iBook to remain a mid-range offering with decent graphics.

    And an all new rugged little entry level machine slot in next to the Mac Mini for those asking for a cheap Apple portable -- aka, business, education, and cheap ass consumers. ;)

    But some of the rumors make it seem like the iBook will slide down to take that spot.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2005
    Hmm, they should have 2 ibook models one with smaller screen and intel graphics.....;)

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