Possible sign of new Powerbooks?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Superhob, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2004
    The superdrive 15 inch PB has a 2-3 weeks! waiting time if ANY upgrades are done. The 12 inch PBs have a 2-4 day waiting if any upgrades are done. The regular 15 inch and the 17 inch both have the usual 1-3 day waiting with any upgrades.

    I don't know if this is an early sign of newer powerbooks but, I thought I'd share it anyway for those of you who are eagerly awaiting...
  2. macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...yeah, but couldn't you have shared this in one of the countless other "new powerbook" threads...not to pick on you, but we really don't need another thread for every person's minor little tidbit or thought...oh yeah!
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Not only that, but AppleInsider's reporting that there may be some new PRO level machines announced within the next 2 weeks or so.


    Likewise, sources say Apple remains in a position where they could suddenly introduce new professional Macs such as dual-core Power Mac G5s and jazzed-up PowerBooks G4s. Inventory levels of all Macs are are significantly lower than usual with the company's September fiscal quarter ending earlier in the week.

    Over in Europe, Apple's distribution channels are as dry as they have ever been, according France-based MacBidouille. "It never happened before, networks between the European distributors for Apple and the local AppleCenters are almost empty," said Lionel, the Web site's editior. "Beside some eMacs and PowerBooks, there is no stocks from the Powermac G5 to the Mac mini, the same for the iBook and the of course the iPod."

    While its been reported that Apple continues to struggle with a final update to its PowerPC-based PowerBook G4 line, volume Macintosh buyers were told this week that they could expect Power Mac G5-related announcements sometime in the "next two weeks."
  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2005
    Sackville, NB or Burnaby, BC
    Ever since I gave in and bought my 12" Powerbook (shipping now!) so I can take advantage of the iPod Mini deal, I've been continously checking sites to make sure Apple doesn't upgrade the product line or lower prices...

    In fact, just a few minutes ago I dropped my jaw when I saw the Apple ad for 1.67GHz Powerbooks. I was in shock until I came to the realization that they were up to that speed right now anyways.

    I've never been this excited about a computer before. I've spent the last few weeks researching my purchase, and even though the iBook is a better bang for the buck, I'm thinking I can't go wrong with a Powerbook. I can go on and on, but you guys get the point.

  5. macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2005
    Hong Kong
    Woohoo! I'm here patiently waiting for a Tuesday update.
  6. macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I hope they get updated soon.

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  7. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    EDIT: Removed quote, now you have to remove the bit I quoted. It's still there.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2005
    Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
    I say he gets banned if my tenth post doesn't win me a gift certificate. ;)
  9. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    The indicates that there will possibly be updates in the next 3 weeks. SO don't hold your breath if you thought it was going to be announced this next week (although it could be). And it could just be a factory issue.

    Also, PowerMac leadtimes have jumped to 5-7 days for BTO. They may get updated before the PowerBooks.
  10. macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2004
    Its gonna be tuesday. Waiting times and the massive glut of refurbs points to only one thing:

    G5 powerbooks!!!!

    (OK, maybe not but at least a small update)
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2004
    yeah same. But what more could they do to the powerbook, they probably arent going to use a new chip, more ram? standard superdrive??
  12. macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2005
    I'm hoping for the 7448 if the update actually happens.
  13. macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2005
    Studio City, CA
    With the new 7448 chip and newer hard drives that spin at 7400rpm, my guess is that the Powerbook update has been waiting for all the little pieces to fall into place. A bump in performance across the board (graphics, RAM, hard drive speed, DVD burn speed, lower power consumption, higher battery life, etc...) is not a minor update but a significant update imo.

    I've been waiting since July for an update. The one good thing about constantly checking these rumor and news sites is that it keeps me from playing SuDoku all say long.

  14. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2005
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2005
  16. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    If there is an update only one of the powerbooks will be getting a RAM increase, and that would be the 12" powerbook having 512MB on board bringing the maximum up to 1.5GB.

    Every other one would stay the same in regards to RAM
  17. macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Using a 7400RPM hard drive will suck power down the drain even with a battery upgrade. This is why most notebooks don't use them.
  18. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Who makes a 7400RPM drive? The standard speeds for 2.5" drives are 4200RPM, 5400RPM and 7200RPM.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2005
  20. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    Actually, it's because they produce too much heat. They spin faster, and use more power because of it, but since they spin faster, they also don't need to spin for as long.
  21. macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2005
    Newcastle, Australia
    Don't confuse notebook HDDs with desktop HDDs. New 7200rpm notebook drives actually run quite cool and, as you mentioned, don't draw much power.
    here are some figures:
    Max (startup):
    Toshiba 4200rpm: 4.7W
    Hitachi 7200rpm: 5.5W

    Toshiba 4200rpm: 2.3-2.6W
    Hitachi 7200rpm: 2.6W

    Toshiba 4200rpm 0.9W
    Hitachi 7200rpm 0.85-2W

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