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| Wednesday, December 19, 6:30 PM EST
There is a reason for everything.
Why was the PowerBook
updated just three weeks before Macworld? There are a few reasons
that may interest some people and may bore others. First, the main
reason for the early upgrade is that this update is well overdue.
Why would Apple make a big deal about a new combo drive that has
been avaialble in its cheaper ibook for months. Sure the update
will be mentioned in the keynote as will alot of other things such
as the ipod. This is one of the reasons for the extended keynote
time. Apple is planning on recapping its entire fall program
during this keynote along with other announcements.
reason is that Apple is trying to increase sales of the PowerBook
for christmas. The PowerBook was rated one of the top executive
gifts for this christmas. With the new update, Apple is trying to
increase sales of the laptop this christmas and just before
MacWorld to try and entice weary buyers who may decide to wait
until MacWorld before buying a new Mac. Who wants to buy a new
(expensive) computer for Christmas only to have it considerred old
a week later. At least this way consumers can be assured that they
will have the newest and most advanced laptop on the market for a
Just a follow up note, all those that did purchase
PowerBooks before the upgrade was announced will be allowed to
upgrade starting January 14th. This update will not be free. The
PowerBooks without the combo drive will be able to upgrade for a
low cost that has not been announced yet in Canada. There is a site
listed for the upgrade here. However, this page is non-existant right
now, but you can check the american counterpart and do the
conversion for a rough estimate. You can see that page here.
Realistic MacWorld Predictions?
was mailed to us today that listed a few MacWorld predictions that
are thought to be more down to earth than most of the rumor vomit
that is out there now. The predictions include a flat screen imac,
a new lineup of Flat Screen displays including a 19" monitor.
There is also a hint of a massive price drop in the 22" display.
The big news is the prediction of new Apollo G4s at speeds of 866,
1.2 and 1.5 Ghz, with the 1.2 GHz model available in a DP
configuration. There are a few things that could be said to
discredit this such as the use of all the buzz words that have
surfaced in the last few weeks on the rumor web. Also, a rumor
will be more believeable if it is toned down a bit. Any idiot can
make up a bunch of crazy rumors that people want to hear and
believe, but a more sneaky way would be to dull down the rumor and
leak it into the rumor mills. There is also the fact that
there is no other information available. There is no mention of
DDR ram or USB 2 or firewire 2. There are also great advances that will
make the new PowerMacs must haves. As far as rumors go, we are sure we were not the only rumor
site that recieved this email. There should be plenty more as the time ticks down
to MacWorld. Drop us a line if you have a scoop.
What do you think?
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