Posted 11 January 2006 - 08:46 PM
the change from powerbook is necessary due to licensing.. its the PowerPC architecture in a powerbook, and (i think) IBM owns the rights to the title Power, for their Power processors... so basically, apple had to get rid of the power in the title. Because its a mac first and foremost, and an intel machine hidden away, they decided to go with macbook.
also note that the ibook has book in its title too. thus suggesting a continuity across the range, as theyre all 'books'.
imac is a completely different matter, as the i[whatever] set of hardware and applications are commonly associated with apple, and the trademarks are owned by apple...
i also expect the ibook to retain its name, whilst the towers will either be called Mac Pro or MacTower Pro... more likely the former than the latter.
oh, and 1337, if you take out some of the RAM and sell it separately i reckon youll get more money. Most people dont notice how much RAM a machine has, just what the CPU speed/GPU is.
and finally, on the subject of the dropped Firewire800. It was never implemented properly by apple, and the returns for splashing out on a device with it in was never really returned. Firewire is still plenty fast, especially for a laptop. Also, if you can afford and regularly use an external Firewire800 HDD, then I personally believe youll be more likely to have a tower, with FW800...
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