Can we please talk about powerbooks... I'm waiting for one!!!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by g0gie, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. g0gie macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2005
    Yeah so... according to the buyer's guide the powerbook should have an update soon. Some beleive that they will forgo the update altogether and release one at the next macworld. Otherwise some beleive it will be updated this month or so with the 7448 chip and a few other upgrades such as RAM. Yeah, so I've been watching the message boards and am itching for osmthing to read concerning powerbooks, so i thought i would start this sucker and hope it generated a lot of posts, because yeah... im that bored and that itching for a new update for hte powerbook. go ahead and diss me all u want. i jus need some reading material!!! some thing u guys can talk about:

    what processor will be next
    pre - 802.11n?
    DDR2 ram?
    1900x1200 screen?
    when it will be released (powerbook edu ipod deal ends on the 25th!)
    what will be different.

    man i'm pathetic... but still post your thoughts!!!
  2. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I'm looking forward to an update too, and I also browse the forums looking, for thoughts and opinions on this.

    I really think they'll put in the 7448. I also expect them to change the video card, on the 12-inch, unless they scrap the 12-inch altogether, which I really hope does not happen.

    I would like to see them cut the combo drives, and have Superdrive models only, lowering the price to the previous combo drive prices.

    Finally, if it isn't too expensive for Apple, I would love to see dual-layer superdrives. :)

    That is all I really want to see. One has to be realistic, but a better processor and dual-layer superdrive, maybe a bit larger hard drive standard, plus a $100-$200 price cut would be sweet in my opinion.

    When do I think we'll see it? I fully expected to see it by the end of September a few weeks ago. However, there doesn't seem to be anything telling us that will happen now. There are not any new rumors on the Powerbooks, and they are still 24 hours shipping on Surely, within 60 days we will see new Powerbooks, in my opinion. They need an update because the current ones have been out so long, so the sales have dropped.
  3. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Yeah.. if they put in a 7448 I'll probably switch too, and get a rev C or so Macintel powerbook.
  4. godbout macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2005
    Montreal, Canada
    Man I would not bother switching just for a 7448. From what I hear it will be a hardly a speed bump and 167 to 200 FSB not that big of a deal... what I would like to see is longer battery, maybe a bit higher screen res and 9700 (128) in the 15 stock and 9700 (64) in the 12" for a rev E anyways... but nothing big will change until the intel PBs (I am guessing here of course) Still these things are pretty sweet... I love mine!!!
  5. ffakr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2002
    I'm not holding my breath

    I've been telling a friend to hold off on a 15" powerbook purchase for MWParis but it does seem like all chance of a near-term powerbook update has vanished.

    Signs pointing to an update:
    Mac World Paris this month
    Powerbooks overdue for an update, last update very minor
    Several back-to-school specials run recently on ibooks/powerbooks

    Signs of no Update soon:
    Ship times very low on powerbooks, 24 hours.. 2-3 days for custom configs.
    No Steve Jobs at MWParis
    No keynote of any kind at MWParis

    I'm still hoping we'll see a 1.8 GHz Powerbook G4 or maybe even a G5 powerbook based on the announced low-power G5s. I'd be happy with a Radeon mobility 9800 (sweet chip) though even that's a generation old now. It'd keep costs down though, lower power and still improve performance by a significant amount. Moving to all superdrive is a good idea too, at least on the powerbook. The current 15" costs $300 more for an upgrade to the Superdrive and a 160MHz increase in clock. Thats just freaking silly.
    I think Apple can do it. I think they could do it and possibly even lower price (though they wouldn't have to for a G5.. they'd sell like hotcakes).
    I just don't think we'll see it very soon.

    P.S. I don't think we'll see DDR2 in the next revision of a G4 powerbook.. Maybe a new G5 if the towers update too.
    The G4s problem isn't the memory available, it's the front side bus of the cpu. DDR-2 would be faster than the FSB (unless Freescale FINALLY makes some sort of major FSB udate) but it would have a higher latency. Since the G4 is a fairly low latency (short pipeline) processor DDR-2 would almost certainly slow down a G4 system.
    Remember, the G4 is still on an SDR front side bus!! The G4 is extremely memory constrained. The DDR-333/400 in the current G4 systems is much faster than the CPU bus.

  6. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I am also excited to see the new PowerBook G4s come out.
    Can't wait to see what Apple puts in them.
  7. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man PB thread #852....was there something wrong with all of the other ones that required another new one? ....oh yeah!
  8. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    I need to get 3 of the 12" soon!!!!

    But is treu, they still shipping them as normal :(
  9. dswoodley macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2002
    Per the news reports, Jobs will be at paris, just not keynoting.
  10. g0gie thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2005
    Things I am hoping for:

    >= 1.8GHZ 7884 chip
    faster FSB >200mhz
    at least a 1440x watever screen res
    >4 hour battery life
    DDR2( heard it takes up less batter power)

  11. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    Same. With the video cards, they should all have 128MB ones, with 15" and 17" having an option for 256.. (Doubling what happens now). And yeah, not much point to combo drives in pbs...
  12. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    I think the powerbooks need better battery life. I don't think it makes much sense to have the ibooks with 2 more hours than their top of the line notebook.
  13. g0gie thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2005
    the current powerbooks are friggen hot as well. like burn off my peanuts hot
  14. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I don't know how much it would increase, but if they put the 7448 in them, the battery life should improve somewhat.
  15. wrxguy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2005
    Deepest Regions of Hell
    Im am excited about this update and hoping maybe (depending on the upgrade) that i could purchase the new parts for my 4 month old PB...but besides that i couldn't ask for a better comp :D
  16. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    This has not been the case in the past and I don't expect it to be the case now! If CPUs are bumped then you are talking a whole new logic board (~$1000).

    Personally I don't expect to see any sort of upgraded wireless (802.11n), graphics chips (new logic board needed for a likely single revision), new RAM type (new logic board again) or realistically much increase in battery life until the first Intel powered PowerBooks, hopefully early next year.
  17. g0gie thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2005
  18. Og Oggilby macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2005
    Boston Area
    Wait for the 7448 for a couple of weeks... wait for the intel version for a year or so (maybe)... hmmm, in 2 years Steve will come out with something really awesome, and in 3 years... :rolleyes:

    There will be something better around the corner, you can count on it. While you are waiting I'm having a great time with my new Powerbook :)
  19. djkny macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2003
    This is getting silly. we are all suffering from major obsessive-compulsive complexes, diseased neuroses, insanity. we are making plans to buy and life is happening. we are frequenting forums, playing sherlock holmes off update clues and waiting.

    This is just what the leader ordered --- Apple's got us, our money and our soul. Now, if I can get off the boat before it sinks ...

    oh, and powerbook updates next tues. :rolleyes:
  20. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005

    you obviously never owned many laptops before...

    IMO, its probably one of the cooler ones I've had.... then again my past laptops were intel laptops...
  21. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA

    I absolutely LOVE my powerbook (15" AL Rev B), and I've used many PC laptops before this one. It's beats them in everyway, except...

    My peanuts are also in danger of burning off! :eek:

    However, that just became an excuse to buy a pretty iLap :rolleyes:
  22. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    The two things I most would like to see on the Mactel Powerbooks are longer battery life and those shiny screens (I forget what they're called) that you can look at from all angles and the image is not affected like LCDs.
  23. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    only thing I can say is dont buy one now they are ridicoulously overpriced I hate to do it but compareing them to pc pro laptops and the rest of the mac lineup is a joke the pbooks havent gotten a significant update in like a year.

    Define significant: The last update to the imac line was significant.
  24. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    note* im not really putting down your powerbook its just that I love my ibook and I find that it compares favoreably to budget pc's a little more expensive but vastly higher quality.

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