New Apple Pro lineup

Apple released updates to their Powerbook and desktop Powermacs on Wednesday. I’m finally going to be getting my new 15 inch Powerbook Real Soon Now, so I was looking forward to this.

The Powerbook updates, unfortunately, are pretty boring. They include improved displays, longer battery life, double-layer DVD burning, and optical digital audio. These are all useful improvements, but none are too terribly exciting. I didn’t have any expectations (G5s? dual-core G4s?) but this is a little disappointing nonetheless, especially when compared to the Powermac updates.

The Powermac updates are the interesting ones: Dual-core G5s, PCI Express, dual gigabit ethernet, and up to 16 GB of DDR2 memory. With the addition of extra video cards, it can power up to eight Cinema Displays (two in the default configuration). These are becoming some seriously impressive machines. I’m having trouble even pretending I have a use for something like this. Our desktop G4 (1.25 GHz, 1 GB RAM) is still perfectly sufficient for what we do with it, so at this rate I don’t see us upgrading that for at least a couple more years.

The one Powerbook change I’m particularly happy about is the price, which dropped by $400. This means I’ll be able to pick up the laptop plus Applecare for the price I was expecting to pay for just the laptop.


mondae says:

I don’t expect to see any interesting PowerBook updates till the Intel models come out. And then, of course, I fully expect to be wowed out of my goddamn boots. In the meantime, it’ll be incremental improvements and slight price drops. Which is just fine by me. I want my PB to be relevant for as long as possible.

kchrist says:

I don’t know, they said they’d be putting Intel chips in their consumer-level machines first and won’t have everything completely moved over until 2007. I expect the Powerbooks and Powermacs, in that order, to be the last to go. That leaves plenty of room for a couple more Powerbook updates before then, and they’re not going to get away with stretching the current ones out that long.

On the other hand, Powerbooks are clearly in a pretty tight spot, so they may rush Intel-based models out early. Assuming the G4s are at the end of their line and they can’t use a G5 in a laptop, they may have no other choice.

kscaldef says:

I can’t imagine what I’d do with one either, but damn… 10GHz… that’s awesome