New PowerBooks underwhelm

Summary:Only Apple could announce PowerBooks at the same clock speed, and PowerMacs and a lower clock speed and call it an upgrade.

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Only Apple could announce PowerBooks at the same clock speed, and PowerMacs and a lower clock speed and call it an upgrade.

There are some really cool things about the new PowerBooks announced yesterday: larger displays, support for the 30-inch Apple Cinema display, faster DDR2 memory and the 8x double-layer SuperDrive. My issue is that the new PowerBook's clock speed is the same as it was before—1.67GHz. Sure the faster RAM and better video card, an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 128MB of DDR SDRAM and dual-link DVI for those playing at home, should yield a little better performance, but a 1.67GHz processor?

The new dual-core PowerMac G5 is a stunner, however. And before you jump all over me, I know that two 2.5GHz cores are faster than a single 2.5GHz core. But whatever happened to the 3GHz PowerMacs? No matter how you slice it, the new PowerMacs are going to scream and I have to admit that these are the first PowerMacs that I have ever lusted after. I want one. Bad.

The PowerBooks, however are a yawn upgrade. Sure it would be great to have some additional screen real estate, but this is not an upgrade that I'll be buying. I think that once Apple announced that they were switching to Intel chips Freescale Semiconductor, Motorola's chip division, cut Apple off. Why would Freescale go out of their way to deliver faster chips to Apple when they know that their contract is soon coming to a screeching halt?

Topics: Apple

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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