iBook revision & new PBs

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Mr. MacPhisto, Feb 17, 2003.

  1. Mr. MacPhisto macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2003
    Just some thoughts on how I see the iBooks and Powerbooks being updated around summertime. Here's what I think may happen:

    The 12" PowerBook receives a speed bump to 1 GHZ and a price reduction to $1699 for the entry model, making it quite appealing. It may have an updated Radeon built in, likely still with 32MB.

    The 15" and 17" PBs see a bump to 1.25GHZ G4s. All PBs continue to have DDR RAM. Not sure if the FSB will improve, so likely to DDR will stay at 256MB. All PBs will have some kind of L3 cache (probably 1 MB) - that might keep the 12" at $1799. I'd hope for the 17" to come down to $2999, but I won't hold my breath. All PBs will have Firewire 800 and Bluetooth. Airport Extreme will also come standard on high end PBs, but all could take the card. All PBs may have backlighting on the KB, although that might not wind up on the 12"

    The iBooks will almost completely leave behind the G3 and will, instead, run a G4 at 867MHZ - but only have PC133 memory, not DDR. There will be no Superdrive availability and the Combo will still be a tray load. The case will stay the same as well. The iBook will have no Firewire 800, but will be Airport Extreme ready. No L3 cache will be available on the iBook. There likely will be a base model with a G3 running at 800 MHZ for $999 or less. The G4 model would likely be $1299 or maybe $1199 with the 14.1" model being $200 more.

    So something like this:

    iBook G3 800 with 128MB standard $999
    iBook G4 867 with 256MB standard $1299
    iBook G4 867 with 14.1" and 256 $1499
    All iBooks would now have the Combodrive

    Powerbook Aluminum 12" with DDR, L3 Cache, slot load drive, FW 800, 256MB standard running at 1GHZ $1699

    Powerbook 15.4" w/ DDR L3 etc and Combo
    w/backlit KB running @ 1.25GHZ $2299

    PB 17" w/ DDR, Superdrive, L3, backlit KB, Airport Extreme, and running at 1.25GHZ
  2. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Re: iBook revision & new PBs

    them're some huge price cuts. what's that, 400$ across the board in one fell swoop? i'd be surprised. i'd also be surprised if they put 1GHz in a 12 inch powerbook and marketed it as anything but some form of outdoor grill--the "lean mean grease fighting machine's" (wording) competition... or, "george foreman, you ain't seen nothin' yet." unless, that is, they go to that .13 micron 7457 G4.
  3. macphoria macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2002
    There's been reports that G3 development is still going on and even rumors about new G3 chips being sent to Apple. I don't think G3 iBooks will go away any time soon. G3 iBooks probably will hang around at least until it hits 1Ghz mark. In my humble opinion, G4 iBooks will happen when PowerBooks go way beyond 1Ghz mark (1.4+?) or they start using G5.

    For general use, G3 is fine for iBook as is. It consumes little power and has plenty of performance for non-professional applications.

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