Well everyone, it's less than a week before the big keynote and next to no leaks or rumors. This could be either a really dull keynote, or more likely, Apple has a very tight lid on the campus this time around (much like MWSF 2003). That being said, we all know we'll see some Intel Macs next week, but is the biggest one the one nobody has heard about yet? I think so. Why an Intel Powerbook? The Powerbook was probably one of the driving reasons for the Intel switch. The G5 is a great chip, but simply isn't small or cool enough for a notebook. 6 months ago, we heard that Apple was accelerating it's design and production for an Intel Powerbook by borrowing some old Sony designers. The chip is available. Yonah is out there folks, CES debuted several very sexy notebooks sporting the Yonah chip today. Lenovo (the new manufacturer of IBM's Thinkpad line) released a monster notebook with SATA HD interface, 4GB RAM capacity, 256MB ATI FireGL PCIExpress, and best yet, 4.5 lbs, 1 inch thick with a 15" screen. So it can be done and Apple knows this. Macworld San Francisco has long been a launching platform for the Powerbook. MWSF 2001-Powerbook G4 MWSF 2003-12 and 17" Powerbooks MWSF 2006-Intel Powerbook Releasing a Dual Core iBook before a Dual Core Powerbook would be foolish and Apple knows this. If we do see an Intel Macbook next week, you can bet it will be a Powerbook. The G4 is more than adequate for the market the iBook is aimed at. The Pro market on the other hand is hurting badly for a much faster, cooler, and sexier Powerbook. Imagine the Thinkpad wrapped in a sexy aluminum shell running OSX...that ladies and gents is very much what we may be seeing next week. If Lenovo can do it, Apple surely can and if we don't see it next week, you can bet we'll see it by the end of the month. Disclaimer: There was no research or evidence to support this claim. It is purely speculation. If I'm wrong...big deal...it was fun to dream. SImply put though...Apple must compete. To let several other companies gobble up the Core Duo attention isn't like Apple, and the iBOok will be getting a single Core, not a dual Core.