There's speculation swirling that Apple will use their October 12th event to announce a video-enabled iPod. I can't think of a worse product for Apple to announce next week. The just released the killer iPod nano last week, flaws notwithstanding, and others areas of the product line are more in need of attention than the iPod.
Apple's PowerMac desktops are in desperate need of a refresh, their anemic 2.7GHz processors looks pretty pale compared to some PC offerings out there and PowerBooks. Where are the multi-core processors that we've been salivating over? Don't get me started on their PowerBooks...
Apple's almighty PowerBook has been the red-headed stepchild in the Apple lineup lately. It was passed over for a G5 processor because of technical issues and Apple tried to placate us with an Intel-based PowerBook in 2006? My two-generation old 1.5GHz PowerBook 15-inch slows to a crawl when I have a lot of applications running (frequently) and opens programs like molasses—and I have 2GB of RAM and a 120MB disk! I need a better PowerBook sooner than mid-2006 and I think that Apple should give the PowerBook the nano treatment.
The PowerBook has lost its reign as the fastest, thinnest and largest screen notebook on the planet—three distinctions Apple (and their users) love to crow about. It's time for Apple to refresh their bread and butter computer lines and deliver some much needed upgrades.