Apple is going to completely drop the iBook line as of Feb 1. They will replace the iBooks with eBooks starting at $399 which will use Intel P4 mobiles to do it. Marklar will run on these new eBooks.Originally posted by pcuserx
Anyone have any clues or ideas as to what might happen to the iBook line in february?
Apple wouldn't give the iBook FW 800 or a backlit keyboard when the 12" pBook doesn't have it.Originally posted by dprlynch
I'm not so sure about the iBooks getting a redesign. The current one is both very nice and popular. As far as speed bumps, they just received one, so I'd doubt that one as well.
I'm guessing FireWire 800 and Bluetooth. Maybe the backlit keyboard as well.
I wouldn't mind colors.Originally posted by MacBandit
I'm expecting different color options. Apparently Apple hasn't dropped this idea but simply has pulled out until the fervor in the market copying Apples color schemes dies down. Looks like that has happened and they have a lot of good ideas for the iMac and iBook with many different case color ideas.
Not so different from most other laptops in the world of it's size/form factor.Originally posted by gopher
iBooks need an accessibility redesign. Ever try to install a new hard drive inside one of them? Takes an hour to get your fingernails between the plastic pieces and pry them apart. I've done it, and hope never to have to again.
What would be the point of making the iBook a tablet? The iBook is a very popular laptop for Apple at a much needed price point. Why is everyone so stuck on a tablet? Maybe add a screen that you can write and keep the keyboard (not as accessory)...like the Fujitsu B Series. Tablets don't serve the same purpose as a laptop. If Apple makes one, it'll be a different product. The iBook is staying and should be redesigned relatively soon.Originally posted by rjrufo
Ok, this is pure speculation, but my impression is that the iBook will either be discontinued, or changed in form.
I'm wondering about all the tablet rumors going around. Could the iBook become the tablet?
Here's my reasoning for thinking this way. Apple just came out with a 12" PowerBook, in a sense an improved iBook. If Apple drops the current iBook form for a tablet form, they can still call it the iBook, and still be able to update the internal hardware to be comparible to what's in the current 12" PowerBook. Of course, students useing the new iBook would be able to take notes right on the tablet. No more paper notebooks...
Anyway, that's what I thought when I first saw the 12" PowerBook. I'd like to think that I'm right, but who knows...
Even if it does surpass the speed of the G4 in the 12" PowerBook. 2 things a) it will not have the 133MHz bus nor the DDR Ram b)G4 will run OSX faster even at lower MHz speed due to Altivec optimizations within the system.Originally posted by ooagentbender
What I wanna know is if the speed of the G3 is increased on the ibook will it surpass the new 12" powerbook. I have heard mixed reactions about the Xbenches performed on store models and the xbench can be unreliable but it still disturbs me as a new 12" buyer. IF anyone wants to settle my worries please feel free.