New iBooks and PowerBooks?

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by arn, Apr 11, 2002.

  1. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    YourDailyMac hints at new iBooks and PowerBooks in the coming weeks... but with a caveat:

    We have basically just been told of new iBooks with new enclosures and Superdrive tiBooks, the rest is mere speculation, and no specifications of any measure has been given to us.

    Many users are looking forward to superdrived Ti-Book... but in this my opinion... I don't believe that it will happen this soon.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2001
    A portable comp with a superdrive is definitely possible, but at this time, I doubt that portable will be a tibook. Because apple doesnt make the superdrive, dont you think we would have heard about the new drive elsewhere? Point being, if apples breaks out a portable with a superdrive, it will not be as thin.
  3. arn
    thread starter macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    right... technically, I don't think it's possible at this time... of course, like with NVidia and Motorla, Apple may have an "in" with panasonic and will get first dibs on such a device... I don't think the product has advanced enough yet


    CORRECTION: It's Pioneer who makes the superdrive.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2001
    South of Boston, MA
    Apple had an with the original SuperDrive. So why not with a laptop version?
  5. macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2002
    That'll be the day...

    A portable, video-editing, Ti4 video, 1" thick, higher-rez LCD, better Airport receiving... TiBook... that'll be the day...

    that'll be the day I buy it... as soon as it's announced!!!

  6. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    The newest version of the superdrive is supposed to be smaller, thinner, fast and cheaper. However, it has to be really small to fit in a TiPB. I'd think unless, like you say, they have an in with Panasonic, we'd see it in an iBook first, just from an engineering standpoint.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Dec 30, 2001
    The SimCity Deli
    Just went off to the Powerbook site and...

    Netscape, IE, OmniWeb -- everything churns and churns, but some of the graphics don't show.

    Perhaps they're retooling the page?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2001
    The apple powerbook site? Loads fine and looks the same for me...

    Heh.. just wanted to get in another post..
  9. macrumors 68000


    Dec 30, 2001
    The SimCity Deli
    Flush yer cache and try again. Me? Got lots of little blank areas with white x's in red circles.

    And yup! I refreshed a few times to make sure.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2002
    10 day wait on stock Ti

    Ok, this is interesting...

    I just mock ordered a stock 667 Ti, and the wait is now up to 10 days.. it recently jumped to 5 days, from 1-2 days a week ago..

    so is it component shortage? or a stock issue from new models being produced... maybe as we speak, or, um, read...

    Another tidbit, I've been able to buy a 667 Ti through a friend at Apple for $2399 for about a month and a half now...

    I'm starting to think I'm glad I waited
  11. macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2001
    #11 is 5x5.

    No problems with the Apple site here.. however, I do find it premature for Apple to release new portables again.. I think that waits until at least June. As for an "in" with Panasonic, Apple has one. They just announced Panasonic has an agreement with Apple to use Fire Wire.. so ... why not Apple getting first dibs on a slimmer Superdrive? No reason they can't pull an early rabbit out of the hat again like they did with Nvidia with the GF4 stuff.
  12. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    No problems now @ 10:24 PM Pacific...

    Speaking of website weirdness...any predictions on the new "teasers" for MWNY?
    How about "MegaHertz....we don' need no steenkeen MegaHertz!!!"
  13. macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2002
    Hooray if true!

    I've got an ADC Hardware discount which comes out to around 20% that expires in June. Unfortunately, even if I renew my membership, Apple won't renew the Hardware discount. The one I have now will expire and I'll receive a new one (so I can't get two discounted systems at once).

    If this is true, I'll have a reason to make use of the discount before it expires. Here's hopin...
  14. macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2001
    Need money quickly!!!
    All these great lookin Apple products make me drewl.
    In my head I constantly hear the same phrase when I see Macs: 'buy me, buy me, buy me,...'

    I really should get another job, one where I can make +3000 EUR or so:D
  15. macrumors 68020


    Sep 26, 2001
    where the concrete to dirt ratio is better
    doubt it

    apple just put a CR-RW in the powerbook, i doubt we will see a DVD-RW soon.......
  16. macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Royal Midsommarkransen, Stockholm, Sweden

    New enclosures?
    Could they? Should they?
    TiBook is fabulous and iBook
    is, well, great.
    Seriously I don´t think they
    will unleash G4´s in iBooks for a while…
    And superdrives in TiBooks, why?
    Why would you burn your dvd´s
    on a TiBook? Do you really need that?
    I think that the combodrives should be
    enough for most users at the moment!
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2001
    i think we're all confusing panasonic for pioneer again!

    pioneer makes superdrive, and i doubt they are thin enough, or fast enough... it'd be better for apple to put in an updated combo drive (faster cdr/w)

    i just think a superdrive in a laptop is too crazy... why would you want to burn from a laptop?
  18. arn
    thread starter macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    doh... yep - thanks for the correction...

  19. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    I think it'd be great to have a Superdrive in a TiBook, and I can think of many uses for it.... :D

    My TiBook is my main machine, that I use for everything from emailing to broadcast graphics and title sequences and DVD authoring...... A Superdrive would make my life infinitely easier if i could transport my 4Gb files on one disc and dispatch straight to the client, as opposed to me have to visit the client and transfer it off my machine.......

    Also the archive possibilities would be fantastic, I have 2Gb left on my TiBook and about 10Gb left on my Maxtor 80Gb Firewire drive, been able to back this all up onto DVD would be truely amazing......

    That is why I'd like a Superdrive on my TiBook......:D
  20. arn
    thread starter macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    As idkew pointed out... they've only recently been able to even offer a cd-r/dvd combo drive with the TiBook... this was presumably a technical issue in finding a mechanism that would fit in the enclosure. We're still at tray-loading Superdrives at this point...

  21. macrumors 68040


    Super Ti-Book

    That would be really cool to have a super drive in the Ti-Book, I doubt it would go in the iBook because that is just a consumer model. The Ti-Book is the pro model so it will be the one with a Super Drive. How are they gonna fit it in there?
  22. macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Re: Super Ti-Book

    The iBook will eventually get the SuperDrive, consumer model or not. Whether it gets one before the TiBook, is another question.

    The SuperDrive is an integral part of Apple's strategy and all of their Macs will have that option. The argument that the iBook won't get one because it's the "consumer" model is flawed. The iMac has one and it's a "consumer" model. I argue that "consumers" would have more use for a SuperDrive than "pros" (excluding the video producing "pros").

    Oh, just an aside. The iBook got the combo drive long before the TiBook. In fact, wasn't the iBook the first computer to get a combo drive, or was it just the first laptop?
  23. macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2001
    Highlands Ranch CO
    TiBook SuperDrive

    Ok, I know it sounds wonderful to have a laptop with a superdrive. But you guys are forgetting about one major factor. Sure size does matter, But lets get real. You need a power source that can stand drive a DVD buring and normal opperation. I'm sorry, but the battery is too weak and would not be able to support it.
  24. macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2002
    These rumors crack me up. All of this is probably a year away! This stuff is NOT around the corner or someone would be losing their job over a leak like this.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2002
    DFW, TX, USA
    Re: Re: Super Ti-Book

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe iDVD runs without a G4. Now, if that article is right, and a G4 iBook comes out (which would rock!) then your comment is completely accurate.

    My perfect DVD-R world has iDVD working with FireWire DVD-R drives. (I know, I know, dream on!) And don't tell me to go shell out a grand for DVD Pro Studio! ;oP

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