New intel iBooks - MAKE A PREDICTION

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by OldCorpse, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2005
    compost heap
    Here's the question:

    Do you think the new intel iBooks will be a SIGNIFICANT improvement over the current 1.33Ghz 12" PPC iBooks?

    Make your prediction, and we'll see how good your call was... WARNING: I'll dig up this thread come April (when I expect the new iBooks to come out)...

    I vote NO. I don't believe they'll have ANYTHING that'll make me go "I wish I had this new one rather than my current 1.33 12", especially that I paid only $785 for a brand new one.

    1)I don't believe the new intels will be cheaper than $999
    2)I don't believe the new intel iBooks will be much lighter - if they come in at 3.9 lb, I'd say - WOW. Anything less (say lighter by 0.5 lb), and it won't be all that significant to me. Actually I believe they'll weigh just about the same.
    3)I don't believe the new iBooks will have better battery life - in fact, I have a sneaking suspicion they may even have a slightly shorter battery life, or at best equal
    4)I don't believe they will be "screamers" - to me, if I very rarely see a pinwheel, well that would be significant - but any other speed improvement (never mind what Steve says) that in REAL LIFE does not translate into a near elimination of the pinwheel is NOT significant. And I don't believe the new ones will come even close to abolishing the pinwheel (though word has it that's the case for the new MacBook Pros). Yeah, they'll be faster, but not "screamers"
    5)I don't believe they'll have any cool new features like built-in iSight, audio-in, more usb/firewire ports, backlit keyboard, monitor spanning without hack, better sound card or much better speakers
    6) I don't believe they'll have a much better build quality - especially the keyboard

    OK - I think there's only one area where they might be significantly better - a better screen (brighter), and more RAM on the GPU.

    So, given this, I vote the new iBooks will not make me green with envy when I look at my current PPC iBook. I think I'll look at the new iBooks, and go: meh...

    Who know, maybe I'll be eating crow, once the new iBooks come out :) ! And how about you?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
    I believe there wont be an Intel iBook... i do believe there will be a Intel MacBook :D
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Same price marks as current iBooks

    Between 5.5lb and 5.9lb for the 14" or 15" model

    Equal or better. The official figure will be between 6hrs and the official figure for the MacBook Pro 15".

    Spec benchmarks will show these to be 3x faster than the iBook

    I think they'll have iSight and IR remote, backlit keyboard, MagSafe, X1600 (but less VRAM than the MacBook Pro). No monitor spanning. The screen will be higher resolution than the iBook and brighter. The other thechnical features will be very similar to the existing iBook.

    I'm hoping that they'll have swappable cases (like the way you can swap mobile 'phone covers), but probably not for issue A. Probably available in black or white.
  4. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ

    Mmm. I think they will really try and keep it tough but try and lightened it up. I hope to see some drop in weight.

    Mmm. I wonder if they go for a single core or lowly clocked dual core to not compete with the MacBook Pro line and to lengthen the battery life. I hope to see an hour ro two more...

    Agreed. But compared to the current line I think they will be about twice as fast.

    Mmm. I disagree on new features. I think they will have the iSight. I think that will be a key selling point to distinguish them from Dells etc.

    Monitor spanning is interesting, given the new Intel iMacs have it I do think we might see it. If they shoot for a 13" screen (replacing both 12" and 14") I think maybe one will have entry level, one mid and one high end. I think the high end will have a better graphics card and support spanning - at least I hope ;)

    So on that I expect a better graphics card - at least 64 meg in one verison.

    Given the boost in Podcasting and iWeb etc, I think "Audio-In" is a real possibility. In fact I think it will occur.

    Speakers and sound card, not too sure. I would expect some incremental improvement but I think Apple will push other products to do audio - like the rumoured boom box.

    Not too sure. I would hope to see some improvements. Maybe a black option.
  5. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    1.67GHz yonah solo
    x1300 64MB
    same ram config as before but ddr667
    40GB HD
    isight, IR no backlit keyboard
    DVI out, same as the imac, allows spanning
    same port config but with gige and no modem, maybe 5.1 out.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    I'm thinking that they will make a huge change in the iBook/MacBook. I DO think that they may make an ultra-portable 11" laptop of some sort. The new iBook/MacBook will have a core solo, 512 RAM, 60GB HDD (upgrade to 100), something unique for 30 anniversary like something ipod (built in dock). Available in white or black.

    MacPortable will be something for the 30th. available in 5 colors (white, black, metallic black, platinum, and aluminium.) 11,13, or 15" widescreen, airport extreme, bluetooth, 802.11n maybe, wireless card (you choose between service like verizon/vodafone, cingular,etc.). It will be light(er) than the ibook and powerbook(MBP), 1" thin, switchable bay (like switch between superdrive, dl superdrive, and extra hdd, battery etc.) core duo available for 13 and standard on 15, core solo for 11 and 13 standard. It would NOT be a pro laptop so its not a MBP, but its more designed for travel then ibook (MB).

    Now I'm probably going to get 100 PMs saying how that will never happen, but i think stevey could do it. he's done it before.

    EDIT: the MacPortable would have 6 hours of battery plus the expandable bay to 15 hours. And will automatticly turn off what your not using (if no airports are available, it goes into low power standby, etc.)
  7. macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    I reckon they'll

    1 - lose the modem
    2 - gain MagSafe
    3 - DVI out
    4 - More VRAM
    5 - Bigger HD
    6 - Intel CoreSolo
    7 - Maybe lose FireWire?
  8. macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Price-not less then 999
    FW-Perhaps no FW to make up for the extra price of intel chips
    iSight-Double it but would be cool
    FrontRow-Hope so
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2006
    I have the same thoughts as you. Which is why I bought a iBook the day after Mac World. I thought I would rather have a iBook and a first gen MacBook. And I can't afford the MBP so I didn't see any reason to wait.. But I know plenty do which is fine with me. I picked up a 14" iBook for 900 shipped and I could not pass that up.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    That was my initial fear, but then I thought: iMovie needs FireWire!
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    Thats exactly why they are not getting rid of it.

    I think the ibooks (or macbooks) will have;
    -DVI Out
    -More Vram
    - A better screen (hopefully)
    -Screen spanning
    -A core duo processor running ~1.5ghz?
    - Bigger hard drives standard
    - iSight
    - Front Row
    - And of course, firewire
  12. macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2005
    I'm pretty sure there's going to be some changes in the looks of the Intel iBooks for sure...
  13. macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think an iSight is iffy. It would be a very nice feature, but the $999 price point makes it tough. Margins are tight as is.

    The keyboard won't be backlit and won't be ever as nice as the PB keyboards, to differentiate the 2. The screen will be brighter, the iBook is somewhat dim compared to even older PowerBook lines.

    Performance might not be that different, especially with Rosetta. But the Intel iBook might last longer in terms of usable power. OTOH, a 700MHz Mac will still do your everyday-type tasks just fine, and will continue to do so for years.

    What I want to know is, how'd you get a brand new 12" PB for under $800?
  14. macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2005
    Colorado Springs / Ohio

    if they came out with something like that, i would really, really consider buying it. i'd want one very small, (11" would suite me), and around $700 (or less since I'm in high school and don't have much $)
  15. macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    Yeah, we need to remember than even the Core Solo is a heck of a lot more than the G4 chip they were putting into the iBooks...therefore, I think making it any cheaper will be near-to-impossible, especially if they do considering adding an iSight.

    Anyway, computers today that are sold for 5-600 bucks are typically using fairly outdated or flat-out slow processors. Apple, on the other hand, usually likes to have everything as new and capable as possible - it will be difficult for them to lower margins if they won't, for example, use a processor from Intel that's been out for a while, i.e. a Dothan processor.

    Finally, I do think we'll see moniter spanning (as someone above noted, even the iMac, which parallels the iBook in purpose, has it now!). Additionally, I think we'll see slightly higher hard drives - 40 GB makes an external harddrive almost necessary to put any amount of media on your computer. My iPod should not have more GB than my entire laptop.
  16. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2005
    compost heap
    I didn't. See my sig. I got the latest 12" iBook for $785 from Amazon AR (still waiting on the $100 rebate)... plus I got a free-after-rebate Mighty Mouse, that I've grown to like very much :)
  17. macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    exactly. i would buy it. I need portability, and am growing sick of the laptop looks. They have barely changed the iBooks for 4 or 5 years (i think). The powerbook i am also growing sick of. thinner is not necessary for me, but i need something that i can travel with.
  18. macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2003

    I have to agree with this spec for the most part. However I believe the X1300 Mobility will have 128MB vram. Apple would look really bad if they still went with 64MB plus you need atleast 128MB just for core image. An

    13in Wide Screen
    1.67ghz Core Solo
    Radeon X1300 Mobility 128MB
    512MB DDR2 667
    60GB HD(40 seems too low in this age with 120 gig already available)
    iSight , Magplug , 1280x720 screen , 6hr battery , no express slot , Mini DVI sould be standard but won't. Gigabit ethernet , USB 2.0 , no firewire.

    15.4in wide screen (apple needs a screen this big to compete at this price)
    1.83ghz Core Solo (with Pro books being Core Duo the clock speed should not be an issue)
    Radeon X1300 Mobility 128MB
    512MB DDR2 667
    80GB HD(no upgrade)
    iSight , Magplug , 1440x900 screen , 6hr battery , no express slot , Mini DVI sould be standard but won't. Gigabit ethernet , USB 2.0 , no firewire.

    Sorry but judging by the prices of the Macbook Pro models the days of the $999 apple notebook are over. Apple will go back to thier Low cost / High Margin Mentality. Instead of taking a dive on the price and increase market share. It's not like they can't afford to take a loss for a short bit since thier sales really did not get hit after the announcement at WWDC '05. Besides if the not books are less costly , consumers will mot likly spend the extra money on accessories like a notebook case , an iPod , speakers , software, Applecare. The console market is a perfect example of this.

    When will Apple ever learn?
  19. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2001
    At My Mac
    I predict that they'll be announced on a Tuesday...

  20. macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2004
    I think they'll do a £699 13.3" screen version (maybe a 12" too, 14" def no)

    - Magsafe
    - Black or white colour options (or special 30th anniversary version with steve job's sig and photo :D )
    - Core Duos (lower clock though)
    - No isight (or only as option - price is too much of an issue)
    - Better graphics (64 or 128MB cards x1300 probably)
    - still 512MB RAM
    - Frontrow with remote (although I'm not 100% on this, how much is a remote to produce?)
    - No modem
    - 1 firewire and 2 USB ports
    - Superdrive across the line (as in from this day combo is dead blah blah blah keynote stuff)
    - 60GB HDD as standard (everyone upgrades anyway!)
    - Windows XP Mac edition

    One of these is a joke BTW!
  21. macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    I doubt they will remove firewire. If it isn't there it makes iMovie pretty useless since most camcorders use it to transfer video.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    I don't understand what you are saying. The new MacBook Pro is the exact same price as the 15" PowerBook it replaced. By that logic the new iBook will retain the same price point.
  23. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I predict that no matter what Apple release some people will complain that it is:

    1) Too expensive
    2) Too slow
    3) Does not have enough video RAM (especially by people who use video RAM as the only judge of graphics ability)
    5) That it is too big and/or heavy
    6) That it is missing feature X where X is an expensive pro option.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2003
    I agree. Apple has to have a sub-$1000 laptop (at least one!). We might not see a price drop, but we will on Rev B. I tend to think that you will see isight in the iBooks simply because I think Apple is really trying to reach critical mass w/ iChatAV. If they could open standards on that (in combo w/ Google), you might see users leave AIM and Apple would be at the forefront w/ video chat. I think that's what they're trying for...

    Most laptop makers have 3 lineups: (1) ultralight, (2) cheap and (3) desktop replacements. I think that Apple might move in this direction by making the new iBooks (Macbooks?) ultralight but having one model that could be cheap - likely cheaper than $999.
  25. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    I'm hoping for

    a 12" or 13.1" widescreen display 1280x768 or better resolution.
    Single Yonah processor 1.5 or 1.67ghz
    64mb X1300 or X1600 GPU

    512mb Ram as standard
    40gb HD as standard (I'd hope for at least 60 as standard but doubt they'd do that to keep price down)
    Wifi & Bluetooth as standard

    $995, €995, £699 price point

    I'd like them to be in similar design as current ibooks but maybe a tad thinner
    and also available in black would be great....

    I'd also like one delivered before April :D

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