I thinik the TI G4 labtops deserve to have a superdrive. I mean the iMac has it now. Isn't the powerbook supposed to be better then the iMac. And even putting in the old G4 chips (733, 867, or even a dual 800) would be sweet and be able to compete with the new Intel Pentium 4 laptops.
If I am not mistaken, Apple first came out with the DVD-ROM w/ CD-RW Combo Drive in the iBook before the Powerbook. I cannot remember the source, but it took Apple until late 2001 to squeeze a combo drive into the tight enclousure.
My point is that it may also take a while to fit a Superdrive in a Powerbook G4 without being any thicker than one inch.
It does not take a genius to figure it out . . . just someone who uses a Mac.
I'm sure the powerbook will have one eventually. However, you'd need an external battery pack to keep that thing running for more than an hour with 2 800 mhz G4's. I seriously doubt that a 1.6 ghz mobile P4 has a large speed advantage over a 667. They speed step the thing way down, and it's a cut down version of the P4 anyway. You only get full speed by having it plugged in. This completely defeats the purpose of having a laptop, which as we all know is burning cds on airplanes. Anyhow, my point is the Powerbook is one of the few high-powered mobile laptops, in that it is still light and has good battery life. Apple is not going to undermine this by adding a superdrive that makes it thicker, heavier, or cuts battery life.