Intel PowerBooks in January too?

Intel PowerBooks in January too?

Summary: Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner speculates that Intel PowerBooks could arrive in January, saying "we are becoming more convinced that Apple will introduce its first Intel-based PowerBook at Macworld San Francisco."

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After yesterday's report that Apple could release an Intel-based Mac mini with DVR features and a built-in iPod dock comes news that they may also announce an Intel PowerBook in the same timeframe.

In a note to clients Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner speculates that Intel PowerBooks could arrive in January, saying "we are becoming more convinced that Apple will introduce its first Intel-based PowerBook at Macworld San Francisco." Macworld Expo runs from January 9 to 13, 2006.

Gardner said these product introductions would be sooner than expected, which should help minimize the risk that Apple would end up with a buildup of its current line of non-Intel laptops as customers anticipate the arrival of the new models.

While he doesn't back it up with an solid evidence, his premise holds water. The fact of the matter is that people aren't buying the old iron anymore (except for the iMac, maybe) because they're waiting for the Intel boxes to arrive. 

Previous reports indicated that Intel iBooks and PowerBooks were due to arrive as early as April or May to meet the educational buying window for the 2006/2007 academic year. Original estimates were that the Intel PowerBooks wouldn't arrive until at least June 2006, so a January announcement would be a major coup for the company.

Can I pre-order mine now? 

UPDATE: A friend of the PowerPage tells me "Our double sources tell us the PowerBook will NOT come in January, but instead, the iBook. Additionally, history tells us Expo is used for consumer products only, over the past 3 to 4 years."  

Topic: Intel

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  • thats funny

    the Expo is only used for consumer announcments? funny that the powerbook i currently own was announced there... hmmmm
    doh123
  • Doubtful

    Apple's plan all along has been to introduce Mactels of the
    consumer line first (iBooks, Minis, iMacs), then later on go for the
    professional line. I doubt we'll see PowerBooks before we see
    Minis and iBooks, and besides, Apple just refreshed their
    PowerBook models a month or so ago.
    tic swayback
    • Why get in a hurry

      The first users of the "Mactel" line will be guinea pigs. Better to buy
      now before the Intel Machines arrive if you need a new box and let
      the eager beavers endure the compatibility and glitch issues that
      will surely accompany the new Intel machines, then buy them after
      they have fixed the major flaws.
      phogue@...
      • Yup

        That's why I bought a PowerBook a few weeks ago.

        Plus, factor in that all of your software you currently own is PPC
        based, which means running it under emulation on the Mactel until
        there's a new x86 version (which you'll have to pay for).
        tic swayback
      • I think they'll be fine

        Apple has been running OS X on "Mactels" in the labs for 5+
        years and I think the engineering side will be as good as the
        design side.

        There will probably be a glitch or two, but look to the
        component makers for that - such as the capacitor problem all
        major computer companies had. Apple will evaluate any
        problems and take care of them, but I don't see anything major.

        SInce all of the Macs in the office and home are less than two
        years old I'm not in the market right now, but I'm ready to see
        what Apple is going to do.
        Ken_z
  • Bring it on as soon as possible

    Apple files its Form 10-K with SEC for year ending 24 Sept 2005

    http://biz.yahoo.com/e/051201/aapl10-k.html

    Net sales up 68% over previous year, Macintosh up 38%
    (desktops up 45% - portables up 11%), iPod up a whopping
    248%, other music up 233%.

    Apple has made the decision to move to Intel, it is important
    they move as possible. They need to remove the uncertainty
    such a decision creates (however small). I'm looking forward to
    the new products unveiled at Macworld SF.
    Richard Flude
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