From our friends at MOSR: Could Apple finally be (almost) ready to release a slot-loading DVD/CD-RW PBG4? - 6:00 PM 9/20 - Rumor While our Apple contacts cautioned that the company is in a state of flux right now and nothing is for certain when it comes to any product release beyond Mac OS X 10.1, the company apparently may have received a supply of slot-loading DVD/CD-RW drives that fit its ultrathin Powerbook G4 Titanium enclosure. Several reports similar to this one have been received in the past five days: Holy Smokes!!!! My friend bought a Titanium/500 a couple of months ago and was just having a hell of a time with it! Finally, after talking to Apple for a couple of days and going through all the fix-it stuff, Apple told him to send it to their service center. OK.... When they sent it back, they not only gave him a brand new Titanium/500 but said "... we added a few extras..." The extra was a slot loading DVD/CD-RW! We have burned a couple of CDs and it works GREAT!! Very interesting; the number of reports we've received causes us to tend to believe that Apple has indeed received such a supply, and may even be phasing out its stock of existing DVD drives - the suspected cause of so many readers receiving or hearing about others receiving "improved" PBG4s with these drives. A cost-effective supply of combo DVD/CD-RW drives that will fit the PBG4 is a key element in Apple's struggle to line up the elements of a specification sheet worthy of a revision to the sleek, sexy, and successful model we have today. Motorola sources say that 533, 550, 600, and perhaps even 667MHz PowerPC 7410 processors may be available in time for Apple to release an updated PBG4 by year's end. That is believed to be coming a lot sooner than later, with up to 600MHz 7410's right away as soon as Apple can get the new 'Books ramped up in production, and the 667MHz model perhaps being a slightly delayed follow-on high-end model.