13.3-inch iBook?

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Think Secret claims the Intel-based iBook due in January will be a 13.3", 1280x720 WXGA widescreen notebook to replace the current PowerPC based 14" model.

TS also claims that while the 12" configuration of iBook will remain, the 12" Power Book will be discontinued in the coming months.
 

mad jew

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Well, I'm grabbing an Intel iBook irrespective. I've become quite attached to the 12 inch screen configuration, but I reckon I might be able to get used to 13.3 inches.


Sky Blue said:
I dont think a 13.3 screen would be big enough personally.

But it's bigger than 12 inches, which is already quite a popular iBook size. :)
 

shadowmoses

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Sounds credible and apple really need to release a widescreen budget notebook if they are to compete with dell in terms of price and value for money etc.....

Shadow
 

dambro1978

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This time ThinkSecret doesn't say "highly reliable sources"...means anything?!?
I don't know what is the accuracy and what are the sources of TS.
At the same time whatever will be the new laptop I'll buy one, my iBook G3 600 mhz is getting tired, and I would be so happy with a bigger screen and a new form factor. 2000 euro are too much for a 15" powerbook.
If it would be possible I would install OSX on one of those wonderful new sony vaios... (hope it is true that apple recruited sony vaio engineers to design the new laptop as it was rumored...)

Happy Christmas and enjoy the Advent. (of the new product obviously)

Dambro, Trieste, Italy
 

MacSA

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The 12" iBook will remain? In it's current form, or with a new intel chip? That 13.1" model wont be cheap lol
 

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shadowmoses said:
Sounds credible and apple really need to release a widescreen budget notebook if they are to compete with dell in terms of price and value for money etc.....

Shadow
But if it replaces the 14" it could hardly be called a budget notebook. The 14" iBook is £900.

I bet they have millions of 12" iBooks still around and will seel them until they run out of stock.
 

bentley

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discontinuing the 12" PowerBook?! weak

unless it's replaced with a widescreen with the same amount of portability.
 

mrzippy

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Well I have been interested in getting a notebook for a while now, but with PC notebooks selling for £300 in the UK I am not prepared to pay £700 for Apples current cheapest option, especially with only a 12" screen.

Now if you introduce a 13" widescreen iBook in the £400-£500 range then I might just part with the cash!
 

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mad jew said:
Well, I'm grabbing an Intel iBook irrespective. I've become quite attached to the 12 inch screen configuration, but I reckon I might be able to get used to 13.3 inches.





But it's bigger than 12 inches, which is already quite a popular iBook size. :)
Widescreen would be bigger and smaller, at the same time.

13.3 inches widescreen is pretty amazing because it gives a small computer plus a nice resolution and most people can actually use it. Contrast that to the 10.1 ultra portables where you can't read the display. It wasn't a problem way back when the display was 832x624, right? Some how 1280x1024 seems a whole lot more difficult to read on a small display. 13.3 inch widescreen displays should be almost perfect.
 

yoak

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mrzippy said:
Well I have been interested in getting a notebook for a while now, but with PC notebooks selling for £300 in the UK I am not prepared to pay £700 for Apples current cheapest option, especially with only a 12" screen.
Now if you introduce a 13" widescreen iBook in the £400-£500 range then I might just part with the cash!
I don´t think there will be any danger of you parting with any cash then;)
 

Chundles

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I'd have to say it's a bit silly to be putting a screen with only 720 horizontal res. That's less then the current 12". It would be prefect at 1280x768 or even 1280x800. That way it can still show 720p video but for day to day use you get a lot more info on the screen and it fits nicely in with the new higher res PowerBooks - this would also become the new little PB would it not?
 

InfiniteLoop1

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great, but it had better have firewire!
13.3" widescreen is a really good size for portability and functionality!
 

Chundles

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VicMacs said:
and what will take the 12 inch pb's place?
Um, the 13" widescreen model we're all talking about here. They'll use it for both the iBook and Powerbook.
 

BlizzardBomb

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That resolution sounds great to me. I suppose that means the 12-inch would stay 1024x768 then.

All we really need to know now is what kind of graphics card is going in and the processor really.
 

ezekielrage_99

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13.3" iBook.... well this is the first iBook rumor that sounds kind of plausable.

Just think that Sony has a Laptop very similar in size to this specific spec ( http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_BrowseCatalog-Start;sid=fbWANpMRbLeAH9CMJzuKPdwA0rGY0opZeFQ=?CategoryName=cpu_VAIONotebookComputers_SSeries&Dept=computers ) and didn't Apple aquire some of the Sony Vaio Engineers to help out on the Intel switch for the iBook and PowerBook?

And if it is true I think we will see an Intel Pentium M 740, 512MB RAM DDR2, a DVD Burner and either a Ati X300 or Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900. Either way if it has and Intel Inside I'm buying it.

From the sounds of this and TS's reputation when it comes to new rumors I think we will probably see this product in january.
 

ebunton

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Great!

Apple should drop the 12 incher now, since the difference in size is neglible... and it's widescreen!

It'll be so sexy... I can picture it now.
 

zap2

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i think the 12'' PB has its place and should stay, i like the small screen becuz when im using my laptop i'll be on the move and 12'' is easy to move with.