Saturday, October 04, 2003

Hip and humbug?

First reported yesterday (see "iHumbug", below), AppleInsider claims that Apple is working on a major and "fashionably-hip" iBook update in time for the holiday shopping season.

The new machines would be powered by the long-rumored IBM "Gobi" G3 - a.k.a. PowerPC 750GX - processors, reaching speeds up to 1.1 GHz. 166 MHz DDR RAM is also rumored.

These specs sound impressive, but some people are concerned about the iBook's potential position against the 12" Powerbook. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Apple upgraded the iBook to have models faster than the 12" PB (they've done it before, I bet they'll do it again). The iBook really needs a good holiday push for strong sales.

Truth be told, if you're considering buying a 12" Powerbook, you might want to wait. These new iBooks could really be powerful, especially considering IBM's ability to produce good processors when needed (you know, that G5 thing).

We might just be getting over wild Powerbook speculation, but guess what's coming up...
Wild iBook Holiday Speculation!

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