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A PowerBook G4? Be Still, My Wallet...

MWSF - A PowerBook G4? Be Still, My Wallet...

by , 3:15 PM EST, January 9th, 2001

"I have seen the future, and it will be" -- Prince, "The Future"

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Steve didn't let us down. Mine eyes have seen the glory.

OS X finally gets OS 9-like features. iDVD lets you layout your own DVD movies. iTunes gives you a music player you can understand, finally. SuperDrive lets you create disk copies of all of the above. Best of all, Apple makes headway in the Megahertz wars with 733 MHz G4 processors (don't let the number fool ya). I won't even go into the details. I'm sure it's being covered elsewhere on this site.

But I do want to drool publicly about Steve Jobs' latest "one more thing," the thing that really saturated my bib while watching his keynote address this morning: the new PowerBook G4 Titanium.

A G4, I said. A portable G4, dammit!

How long have we heard the rumors? How long have we waited? I personally know people who said they would not give up their PowerBook 2400s until they were offered a suitable replacement. Well, this isn't a replacement, but it's a step up if I ever saw one. And to think, I, almost giving up hope, was about to exchange my Wallstreet for one of those bargain-basement Pismo PowerBooks that currently lay on store shelves, bleeding from slashed-to- the-bone prices.

What can I say that you won't be reading on other web venues? You will read about the new laptop's 15.2" viewable screen, the Titanium casing, the slot- loading CD/DVD drive, the brushed-metal appearance, and all of the other mouth-watering specs, according to Apple:

  • The super light yet incredibly powerful Titanium PowerBook G4 outperforms Pentium III-based notebook systems by up to 30 percent* with key new features including:
  • PowerPC G4 processors with Velocity Engine running up to 500 MHz with a 1MB L2 cache;
  • 1-inch thick;
  • 5.3 pounds;**
  • Titanium metal body;
  • stunning 15.2 inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen active-matrix display;
  • slot-loading DVD-ROM drive;
  • up to five hours of battery life on one Lithium-ion battery;
  • 128MB to 256MB of SDRAM, expandable to 1GB;
  • AGP 2X Rage Mobility 128 with 8MB SDRAM;
  • built-in 10/100 Ethernet, USB, FireWire®, VGA and S-video output; and
  • AirPort™ ready with integrated antennas.

What you won't read is that Apple once again verges on getting my wife mad at me. I just bought a Cube last summer. I was put in wife-imposed computer- buying rehab. But the cold turkey isn't tasting so good nowadays.

Yes, I am admitting my condition. I am worse than a fiend, far worse than a dope addict. I am a Mac addict. "You are a slave, Neo."

But it looks so good. Don't take my word for it. Go read about it .

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