12" PowerBooks Out of Stock Everywhere?

LaMerVipere

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I was so looking forward to getting my new PowerBook on Saturday, so I called the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue to check and see if they were in stock, only to hear that they have none. And they said they didn't know when a new shipment is expected. :(

Then I called the Apple Stores @ Woodfield & Oakbrook only to hear the same crushing news! Even resellers like MicroCenter & CDW didn't have any in stock.

Bad times. :(

On the plus side, for those richer than I, all places had 15" and 17" PowerBooks in stock. Gah.
 

mcgarry

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dudewheresmymac said:
i have an idea what this could mean.. G5 pbs anyone ? :D :cool:
Yes. This clearly means ....

G5 POWERBOOKS NEXT TUESDAY ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

you heard it here first, people
 

nerdykarim

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i called the atlanta store for about ten days straight before i finally was able to switch...apparently its the most popular model. (12" 1.5 SD)
 

XIII

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LaMerVipere said:
Launching alongside Tiger! :eek: :D :eek: :) :D :eek:
:eek: :eek: Really!?!? :eek: :eek:

Heh, amazon have massive back orders on their PB's, expecially 12"'s, after they ran that $150 rebate.
 

840quadra

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THey had a couple at the Mall of America the other day when I was looking.

If they are truely comming out with the G5 Version of the PB, that will make my current decision MUCH harder..

:confused:
 

mcadam

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LaMerVipere said:
I was so looking forward to getting my new PowerBook on Saturday, so I called the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue to check and see if they were in stock, only to hear that they have none. And they said they didn't know when a new shipment is expected. :(

Then I called the Apple Stores @ Woodfield & Oakbrook only to hear the same crushing news! Even resellers like MicroCenter & CDW didn't have any in stock.

Bad times. :(

On the plus side, for those richer than I, all places had 15" and 17" PowerBooks in stock. Gah.
Uh, I know that feeling... when I had finally decided to get a 15" 1 1/2 year ago the entire kingdom of Denmark was out of stock. Forcing me to get one of apparently 2 last 17" (with a nice discount) from an obscure provincial dealer.
That was right before the upgrade to 1.33 Ghz...

A
 

eroda

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there wont be g5 powerbooks more like a major revision mayby, or they just simply didnt account for this ammount of demand and are working their butts off to get new ones made
 

rosalindavenue

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As much as I would like to hope that a PB upgrade is imminent, I have to think that the February update would not have happened if an April-May-June redesign/ upgrade was coming. I suspect that Apple underestimated the demand for the 12" powerbook-- personally (as more of an ibook customer) I think that the "upgrades" from the 12" ibook-- the ram, the videocard, the build quality/ keyboard, the faster, protected hard drive, etc. are worth the extra money-- such that a lot of 12" ibook buyers are getting the PB.
 

840quadra

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rosalindavenue said:
As much as I would like to hope that a PB upgrade is imminent, I have to think that the February update would not have happened if an April-May-June redesign/ upgrade was coming. I suspect that Apple underestimated the demand for the 12" powerbook-- personally (as more of an ibook customer) I think that the "upgrades" from the 12" ibook-- the ram, the videocard, the build quality/ keyboard, the faster, protected hard drive, etc. are worth the extra money-- such that a lot of 12" ibook buyers are getting the PB.

At the same time, look at apple history of releases, and system replacement. Some models only lived for a couple of months, sucsessfull or not.

I wouldn't put it past them to do a major upgrade, then a complete model replacement.

Macintosh 2vi had production life of 5 months
Macintosh TV Production life of again 5 months
macintosh powerbook 540 6 month production life
The first powerbook G3 was only alive 4 months.
Imac Rev C about 4 month lifespan
etc.etc.etc.

needless to say, Apple has had, and will continue to have short lifespan models, and revisions.
 

Abstract

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840quadra said:
THey had a couple at the Mall of America the other day when I was looking.

If they are truely comming out with the G5 Version of the PB, that will make my current decision MUCH harder..

:confused:
Haha, yeah right, they're coming out with a 12" G5 Powerbook, but since the 15" and 17" PBs are still well stocked, they're not getting a G5. Only the smallest, most difficult model to fit a G5 into will get it. ;)
 

rosalindavenue

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840quadra said:
At the same time, look at apple history of releases, and system replacement. Some models only lived for a couple of months, sucsessfull or not.

I wouldn't put it past them to do a major upgrade, then a complete model replacement.
I hope you are right. I'd be ecstatic with a 12" widescreen 7448 G4 powerbook-- the heck with a G5.
 

marcsiry

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I was unable to find a replacement battery for my PowerBook 12" in ALL OF NEW YORK CITY. I tried the Apple Store and four other dealers. I finally found one in Los Angeles, at Creative Computers on Wilshire (MacMall).

The first gen must be wearing out their batteries (like mine) and causing a run on the market... very annoying.
 

hansen

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Just got a PB 12" on Monday and I'm LOVING it! My first Mac. Sitting in my couch surfing wireless, life is great! A G5 PB on Tuesday can't take this joy away. For all you waiting to buy lets hope for upgrades. For the rest of us, how to get rid of the stupid smile...? ;-)
 

CaptainCaveMann

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840quadra said:
THey had a couple at the Mall of America the other day when I was looking.

If they are truely comming out with the G5 Version of the PB, that will make my current decision MUCH harder..

:confused:
Yea the all new Apple g5 firebook. :rolleyes: That little 12 inch beast gets hot enough as it is. Its time to wake up from that dream your in. ;)
 

LaMerVipere

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Update:

I just called the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue (again) a few minutes ago to check and see if they knew when more would be arriving. They are now saying that they're expecting 7 on Monday, with no more arriving until the following Monday.

I asked why the 12" was gone everywhere when the 15" and 17" were in such abundance, and the guy told me they haven't had any 12" PowerBooks in 2 weeks because of an "issue" with the trackpads, and the new ones that are coming supposedly have resolved that "issue".
 

ham_man

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The Apple store at Barton Creek was out of stock of the 12 inchers when I went in, so I just ordered it. A week later and came and I was free of Winblows tyranny...:)
 

swindmill

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I just picked up my PB a few weeks ago. Walked in and they had one. I haven't had an issue with the trackpad, I'd be interested to hear if there is an issue
 
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