TiBook Update?

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by arn, Apr 13, 2002.

  1. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Spymac.com updated with talk of 800Mhz, Bluetooth TiBooks on Thursday. "Independant" information is available from Kodawarisan... which oeyvind provides a translation which relays the following specs: 800Mhz G4, Bluetooth, Superdrive... and a thicker enclosure.
  2. macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Can anyone remember the last time spymac was right???
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    No. Well, yes, but I will never trust anything they say.

    There is an update at the bottom of http://www.oeyvind.org/news/story/0410022000.html:

    UPDATE: According various site in Japan, the shipment of PowerBook G4 has been stop, people there are having problem to get PB G4 now, what left is whatever in store there.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    its hard to believe

    Wow, sounds good to be true. But i doubt it, especially since they said "no CPUs in coming months". There is a high possibility for MWNY.

    This is what i predict :
    10.1.4 in few weeks
    10.2 - WWDC

    upgraded g4 powermac and powerbook - MWNY
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA

    A thicker enclosure?!?!?!?!?
    Are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?

    sigh...If this rumor has any credibility, then my faith in Ive and crew has just dropped like a stone...they should not be forcing the Superdrives to work in the PBs...let the technology get to the point where it's feasible.

    The world does not need more bulky laptops pretending to be portable...

    Don't take a step backwards Apple.
  6. macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2001
    Re: NOOOOOOOO!!!

    Well the answer to that question is : YES, they are kidding you... :) It's a spymac rumor so i woulnd't believe it.

    The thing I can believe is the 800mhz, it has to be done... But the superdrive : no way. Anyway : a superdrive uses lot's of power so you could only burn when your Tibook isn't on battery power. If you want to burn dvd's buy a iMac...
  7. macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2002
    Apple Japan sure doesn't look out of stock to me...

    If you go to www.apple.co.jp you can order the middle column tibook 667 through the apple site and get a three business day turnaround as of right now (9am Sunday April 14th GMT). The top end built to order model is 8 days;

    3 営業日
    8 営業日

    Which translates in english to;

    Payment date schedule
    3 business day
    8 business day
  8. macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2001
    Clovis, CA USA
    Please New Tibooks

    For myself I am very poor, I need a Powerbook G4 for next year I am taking a alternitive high school class about Oracle, learning PHP and Java so I need the power my fastest computer I have right now is my Power Macintosh 9500, I had a iBook 300 but sadly stolen by a family member and lets just say it went towards drugs :( If apple was to release a new Tibook soon the G4 400Mhz models would go down, already I saw one go for $996 on eBay a week ago and it was the standard I would be killing for air to have a Powerbook G4 400 with 256 RAM and DVD.

    Can You Deny A Face Like That?

    Attached Files:

  9. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2002
    Re: Re: NOOOOOOOO!!!

    Nope, the thicker enclosure rumor was started by a japanese user group. Spymac is simply linking to it.

    And if it is thicker., who cares? My Tibook feels far too fragile. I'm sure it wouldn't be like 3inches or anything.
  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2001
    it's just

    more spymac bs..

    the 800mhz seems ok, but the superdrive, just won't fit/or work. Who wants to burn DVDs on the road anyway??? It takes sooooo long. You'll run out of battery just by editing the movie..

    not tibooks for awhile, that's what I say..
  11. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    That link died. Figures.

    Even though it spymac, they do have outside sources. And it does say that the new TiPB will be out in May - WWDC.

    With all the speculation, even if they are right, half the people here think they'll be a TiPB in May anyway.
  12. macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    I also noticed that on spymac's report that new iBooks were going to come out before June. When was the last time (other than the Combo Drive Powerbooks) that Apple updated their line of products in only 4 months instead of 6?

    As for Powerbooks and Bluetooth, does this mean a wireless Apple Pro Mouse? That would be interesting...

    And Apple would not want to increase the thickness of the Powerbook more than an inch. The limit Apple makes their portables in weight should be 6 pounds. By making the enclosure bigger you just add more weight. I would rather wait for technology to catch up and squeeze in a Superdrive later if one doesn't fit now, as Rower_CPU posted.

    Any time is a great time for iPod.
  13. macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2002
    Not all very sound moves IMHO

    Increasing the thickness of the TiBook would be a step backwards as many people who want them want the ultra-light and ultra-capable machine. Putting a superdrive in them should at best become an option as I personally don't see the need for burning DVDs in a laptop. An increase in speed does make sense as does bundling in BlueTooth - but BlueTooth is soooo young that I don't see the value add of putting it in now - best to keep those extra dollars in profit margin on the machine.

    So out of all of that the one thing that makes sense to me is the speed bump. All of the other stuff seems to be quite a stretch.
  14. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Re: Not all very sound moves IMHO

    Hold you're opinion untill you see it. An increase in thickness could be 1/32", miniscule. Or it could be more. I'll take a wait and see attitude here. I don't think Apple would make a huge jump in thickness, it just doesn't make sense.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Nov 4, 2001
    Kent, UK
    if these rumours are close to being true, i'll be very tempted to sell my rev a and get a new model :) I do quite a bit of video editing for church/friends/family, so having a dvd burner on a portable would be sweet. I mostly use my tibook plugged in, so i wouldn't be worried about the battery usage of a superdrive.

    Now what was my ebay password.... :D
  16. macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I can find only one reason for Apple making the PowerBook thicker (like, .2 inches, or so), and that's if they added a hot-swappable drive bay. That is what most professionals loved with their older PowerBook G3's, and made them reluctant to buy a PowerBook G4, even though you could attach almost anything with firewire.

    A hot swapable drive bay could allow for 2 batteries (redesign the batteries), and future implementation of a superdrive.

    I'm skeptical about the superdrive, though, because if I remember correctly, when it first debuted, the drive itself was bigger (longer) than other CD drives. I do also believe that it would use way too much power, and that it would heat up a lot.

    These are just my opinions, but I don't think that many people would mind a little thicker TiBook for a hot-swappable drive bay...
  17. macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2002
    Cedar Rapids
    External DVD Burner?

    Are you currently using an ext. DVD burner with your G4 Powerbook?
    I am looking to do the same, what hardware and software are you using?

  18. macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2001
    OK, for those who are asking "what do we need to burn DVDs in a portable for anyways.." The answer is, most of the people doing it would not be doing it at the beach, but at home at school, or at the office. Burning DVDs may take a while, and I'm sure people won't be doing it in coffee houses, but there's no reason they wouldn't do it in other locations where they tend to spend 1/3 of their weekdays (like work). It's just another option for more efficient use of time.. why have to go home to burn that DVD for a coworker or your video class professor if they can have it before you leave for the day? :)

    To give an example from my own situation, I HATE desktops. I will never have anotherone if its possible. Why buy a bulky desklamp if you can have a svelt little book shaped thing that does everything a desktop can do, BUT it goes with you everywhere.. There's no point to having a shelf filler if it can move more easily for working at other locations. It's likely I would burn DVDs at home, but on a TiBook.. sitting right where otherwise a desktop would have been in the old days.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2001
    800mhz? Could this be that new low-powered mobile Apollo chip? or would it be the older G4 800mhz?
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2002
    Deep within the heart of madness!
    apollo chip is a must, i think!

    Considering that the Apollo chip is already in the new powermacs, i cant see why Apple wouldnt put it into the new Ti.

    800 seems the logical speed bump if you use the recent trends in speed changes as a point of departure, but I think that 1 ghz will be the high end.
    Apple will just take out the Apollo from the powermac and slap that baby into the Ti.
    No fuss or bother.

    to really call the Ti the power house that it deserves to be called, it needs to be bumped to 1 ghz. I think that Apple is going to go for speed and power this year to make up for produciton problems etc.

    When the powerbook goes 1 ghz. I will be going to the nearest Apple store to lay down my $3000.00 with a large smile on my face!

    Which is the best way to make a transaction, ask any lady of the night.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2001
    I really highly doubt a 1ghz Tibook.. only because i'm a pessimistic (is that how u spell that?) person. However, just the thought of it is making me drool.. :p~~

    And, like you Grokgod, I will also be going to the nearest Apple store and getting one with a big smile. Actually, I'll probably just order one from the school store :)
  22. macrumors 68030


    Nov 4, 2001
    Kent, UK
    Re: External DVD Burner?

    No, i've been converting to VCD. The quality isn't as good as i'd like though; i'd prefer to keep the dv quality.

    Hardware: the VST Smartdisk that apple were giving away as an offer last year.
    Software: iMovie (initially), fcp, after effects.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2002
    Charles City, Iowa
    Re: Not all very sound moves IMHO

    Bluetooth has been around since the mid nineties, but I do agree with you.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    bluetooth good

    Bluetooth makes sense for portables. The fewer cables, cradles, and whatnot I carry with my iBook the better. My iBook can look rather hideous when I have a mouse, ethernet, headphone, firewire external drive, and security cable all attached to the side. I wouldn't mind reducing a few of those.

    I dream of the day when I can get wireless electric power to my ibook. Then we'll truly be cable-free...
  25. macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2002
    hey i gotta question for all you "all-knowing, big cheeses of the Mac world". I'm really very interested in a TiBook, but it only lacks one thing: the dvd burning capabilities. I love making short movies with my friends (edited with iMovie of course) and i would love to use iDVD to create an awesome DVD. But what Im wondering is if its possible to use iDVD with certain external drives? Or would i just have to use Toast to burn em?

    And yes i know i could do all that stuff right now with a new iMac, but i really have my eyes on a laptop right now. I mean i love using my computer, but wouldnt it be better if you could take your little machine outside on a warm day and type up a paper or surf the web on your back porch? or talk to all your friends on AIM while lying down on the couch watching Simpsons? I thought so :)

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