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15inch PowerBooks Ready?

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PowerPage claims that 15" Aluminum PowerBooks are ready and waiting...

The original TiBook has already migrated to its new Aluminum skin and is just waiting for the existing Titanium models to sell out. Word from a reliable source is that Apple has the new Aluminum PowerBook 15s already boxed and ready to go but is waiting for the existing models to disappear first.

The article speculates that WWDC or MacWorld may be the launching ground for the new PowerBook. A recent Page 2 report suggests that the PowerBooks may be seen as early as next week.
 

dethl

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Aug 28, 2002
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As much as I would want to buy a Powerbook, they're too expensive still..... This is great news though....but will the 15" have the same features as the 17" (lit up keyboard, etc...)?
 

jasonM

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Aug 14, 2002
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Apple needs to just bite the bullet and release the new versions. Anyone who is considering a 15" PowerBook knows that the other models were released recently and thus is waiting around for the revision of the 15 ". If they are truly waiting for the current versions to sell out, they're in catch-22 situation and the cost of all that unsold inventory won't look good on next quarter's balance sheets.
 

EponymousCow

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Mar 25, 2003
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I've heard this before

I swear I heard this rumor back in February. "AlBook 15s are ready to go just as soon as the TiBook stock sells out." If it were true, I'd be expecting to see TiBooks available for steep discounts to education customers, or at least there would be reports of the existing TiBooks getting marked EOL in the retail channels.
 

Snowy_River

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Jul 17, 2002
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Re: I've heard this before

Originally posted by EponymousCow
I swear I heard this rumor back in February. "AlBook 15s are ready to go just as soon as the TiBook stock sells out." If it were true, I'd be expecting to see TiBooks available for steep discounts to education customers, or at least there would be reports of the existing TiBooks getting marked EOL in the retail channels.

Well, there have been reports of steep educational discounts available on the 15" PB. So, I guess that one agrees with this rumor...
 

Snowy_River

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Re: new 15 PowerBook at last!

Originally posted by anthonylambert
I guess the question is wil it only run at 1 ghz?

That is, indeed, the golden question. If so, it will be a very disappointing 'upgrade'. After all, there is little to no performance boost between the current 15" 1GHz and the 17" 1GHz models. (The only exception is in memory intensive tasks, where the DDR RAM on the 17" gives it about a 25% advantage over the 15".)
 

Mudbug

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Jun 28, 2002
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As ready as the next guy

But I'll believe it when I see it - besides, we just purchased a refurb 800 TiBook about 2 months ago. oh well - always the fall... need a new desktop then anyway.
 

dabirdwell

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Sep 26, 2002
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It'd be nice if we saw a 1Ghz 970 in the 12" and 1.2 in the 15" and 17". Do we think these could have been in reliable production somewhere other than Fishkill and be ready now?
 

rog

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This story has basically been repeated ad nauseum since february. bring them out already. It's already been 5 months, so the 12" and 17" are due for an update. Maybe we will finally see some decent speeds north of 1GHz. How they can continue to sell a stripped down no L3 cache 867 Mhz 1024x768 "powerbook" for $1800 is beyond me.
 

mactastic

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Apr 24, 2003
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The whole PB line needs to be updated. The new 15in needs to be faster (1.25Ghz maybe), but then the 17in needs that same chip, otherwise who's gonna drop $3200 on it? The 12in needs an upgrade to 1Ghz now that the top iBook is running at 900Mhz. The 15in will have to sport all the best features of the 17in as well. DDR is a given, as is BT and AE. Firewire 800 should also be included. Lighted keyboard is questionable, maybe a BTO or something if it adds much to the cost. I think we are definetly in for one more round of revisions with G4's before we will see 970's in the notebooks.
The 15"PB's have been rumored and rumored for quite a while now, and it's got to be hurting sales since IMHO that is the "sweet spot" for sales. Not that I'm biased or anything, since I'm writing this from a 15" TiBook:D
 

freundt

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Apr 8, 2003
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Originally posted by Bozola
A bit bigger screen

Same Speed as before

Firewire 800

Airport Extreme

No lighted keyboard

Bluetooth built in

Cheaper

That's it.

God,I hope not.. I've been holding out buying a laptop for 5 MONTHS, waiting for the updated 15"... I refuse to believe, and maybe it is delusional of me, that it will be released at the same speed as the one that has been on the market this whole time.

GRRR....

Damnit! I just want something a little faster, just a little...
 

WannabeSQ

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Oct 24, 2002
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Re: Educational discount is going on

Originally posted by gameboy
http://grace.book.uci.edu/bookstore/computer/pbook/pbooks.html

1ghz is cheaper than 867mhz

Then again, this rumor was going around, what, feb? jan? and the discount started around march.

Why does my school not have deals such as this. I go to CSUN (Cal State Northridge) and their computer page is so old it has the computer I am using right now, a G4 500. Damn.

I think if they upgraded the whole line, especially the 12" there would be less trouble making 12' ibook vs 12' pbook, especially if they give the pbook some L3.
 

greg6028

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Jan 14, 2002
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Originally posted by Bozola
A bit bigger screen

Same Speed as before

Firewire 800

Airport Extreme

No lighted keyboard

Bluetooth built in

Cheaper

That's it.

Here is my guess,
Same Speed
Firewire 400 & 800
Airport Extreme
Lighted Keyboard
Bluetooth
New RAM
Same Price
 

greg6028

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Jan 14, 2002
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Cedar Rapids
Entire new line??

God, I gotta think that the 15 will fit inline with the NEW 12 and 17's. They will not introduce new 12 and 17. They just did that last January, with the 17" just now showing up.....
The 15 will a smaller version of the 17". The 'flagship' Powerbook will still be the 17".
 
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