steve, give us the 999 ibook

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  1. jefhatfield Retired

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    when the original ibook was released in 1999, the basic model was, in usd, $1599

    later, the indigo color came out and that basic ibook was $1499

    the dual usb, sexily redesigned icebook followed suit and started at $1299

    the current dual usb icebook with amazing 512k level 2 cache starts at $1199

    see a trend here? <1599-1499-1299-1199>

    i know we will see $1099/$1049 before long

    ...but i want to see the $999 ibook...mainly to keep pace with dell, the leader in computer sales...and their offering is at 1 ghz, so our sub-grand machine should at least be 900 mhz
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, $999 is a key price, they can then advertise the iBook for "Under $1000" which I think make good comercial sense, it may get more people interested.
     
  3. job macrumors 68040

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    Shades of the old Apple sub-notebook. :D

    I sure hope they go south of $1000; maybe then I'll be able to consider one for college.
     
  4. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    here is what would rock my world as much as an annoucement of a g5 pro tower:

    ibook/cd rom model $949
    ibook/dvd $999
    ibook/combo drive/large hd - something considerably higher ($1299?)
    ibook/superdrive - and higher yet ($1599 to $1799?)



    or six to twelve months from now

    g3 ibook with combo drive - $999
    g4 ibook with combo drive - $1499
    g4 ibook with superdrive - $1799




    or by next christmas 2003

    g4 ibook with combo drive - $999
    g4 ibook with superdrive - $1299



    or sometime in christmas 2004

    any ibook with superdrive - less than a grand
     
  5. Wes macrumors 68020

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    Having a product for that price, even if it doesn not make too much profit, could open the door to the masses and get people hooked on the mac. Later profits may justify this gamble , if it happens. Although apple can not afford a commercial failure, the current popularity of the ibook would make this a success
     
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    I'd buy one. I really would not complain either if it still used the G3 chip. I don't have many apps that support Altivec anyways, so raw Mhz is all that matters for me.
     
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    and could you imagine two years after that, a g3 ibook at 3.9 lbs for $499 usd?

    that was a thought of mine and ensign paris...one usb, one firewire, cd or dvd, and maybe a 10.5" inch screen
     
  8. job macrumors 68040

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    It reminds me of that Apple sub-notebook. I forget the name, but it was a slimmed down version with a smaller screen, etc. It was a couple of years back....
     
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    and that would be the "thin and light" category ibook

    and for the true, modern sub-notebook, one to compete with fujitsu and sony picturebook

    how about a "mini-me i-book"

    g3/usb/firewire/8.7" lcd/12 GB hd...2.9 lbs with belt clip...$1399 usd w/external combo drive extra $$$ however

    the sub-three pound fujitsu (with win 2000 or xp) is currently $1399 (w/o ext dvd-cdrw drive) and i saw it either in pen computing or another sub notebook handheld magazine last night
     
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    the duo! my friend had one and we used it up to a few years ago when we were in the drama club... great way to pass the time backstage ;)
     
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    here's another idea while we are on the ibook and other small creatures

    an ibook with twistable screen to make it double as a tablet with built in touch screen

    and make it under $1799 usd
     
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    There's a Duo 280 on eBay for $1.27! :eek: LOL! How's THAT for sub-$999? ;) :D

    Oh, and I've been looking for a replacement for my tangerine iBook for quite some time. If they hit the $999 mark I'd definitely buy one!
     
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    That's the one! I had forgotten what it was called. Do you remember how fast it was?

    If Apple does come out with a sub-1000 iBook and a slightly faster (more HDD space, RAM etc) one for about 1299 I might just consider replacing my iMac with that.
     
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    Duo 210 = 25MHz 68030
    Duo 230, 250, 270c = 33MHz 68030
    Duo 280, 280c = 33 MHz 68LC040
    Duo 2300c/100 = 100MHz PowerPC 603e
     
  15. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    The entry level is £999 including V.A.T. in the UK, that's under a grand !

    Under $1,000 would make it about £830 - £850 in the UK, that sound good to me, all they need to do now is add a DVD Rom to the entry level instead of a CD Rom and up the screen size to 14" across the range and it will be a very attractlve laptop for the price. The only thing the PCs laptops in that price range will have is a higher MHz a far lower battery life, no style and a nasty OS.

    I still think it's the most value for money mac there is apart from the eMac.
     
  16. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Nooooo! I really hope they don't do that.
    I don't see the point in the 14" anyway, it gives you know extra resolution, and just makes the notebook bigger and heavier for no real gain.
     
  17. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    just the sound of $999 is a very big deal and would boost sales a bunch, i bet. if the iBook was $999 and the eMac was $799 for everyone and the iMac was $1099 they could really clean up. also, i hope to God they don't drop the 12" model. that's the most appealing thing about it to alot of people. i have TiBook which i think is very sexy looking but it ranks very low on the portability scale.
     
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    Ah, the days when software would run on 33Mhz :D :D

    I've never really seen the 14.1" iBook in person, but I do know that the 12.1" iBook is a very attractive, compact piece of hardware. I don't think they could include a 14.1" screen for under $1000 right now anyways.
     
  19. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    when i started this thread, with five thousand members out there, i thought i would hear one naysayer say:

    "the ibook will bottom out at $1099 usd and never go below that price"

    or

    "$999 is totally unrealistic and will not happen this year, or the next, or the next"

    or

    "at $999, apple will not make enough profit on a basic ibook model and this low pricing will make apple go out of business"


    ...instead, the idea of a $999 ibook has been received with relative open arms here

    dell's low end 1 ghz laptop (with 1 yr parts and labor coverage) is $999 and advertised in every single pc magazine i have ever seen

    they must be selling tons of them to students and people who want a portable to go with their regular desktop

    it is time for apple to be bold and get a sub-one thousand dollar laptop in 2003
     
  20. vitruvius macrumors regular

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    Re: steve, give us the 999 ibook

    well, folowing that logic,maybe in 2015 Steve will pay us 1500$ to have a G7 Holographic Combo Drive iBook :p
     
  21. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    Re: Re: steve, give us the 999 ibook

    certainly there is a lower limit

    emachines has stayed at $399 for baisc tower for over two years and that seems to be their retail low for now

    who's to say what the lower limits of technology prices will be by the time a G7 comes out?

    remember those days of free computers in 1999-2000? that did not last long...he he

    ...but it works with cell phones though;)
     

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