PowerBook nano one step closer to reality?

PowerBook nano one step closer to reality?

Summary: A story in the Taipai Times reports that Topology research analyst Simon Yang is predicting that Apple will introduce new "light-weight [notebooks] with a stylish design aimed at luring female users."

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 A story in the Taipai Times reports that Topology research analyst Simon Yang is predicting that Apple will introduce new "light-weight [notebooks] with a stylish design aimed at luring female users." According to Yang the new Apple portables are expected to "include 12-inch notebooks weighing in at 1.5kg (3.3 lbs) as well as 14-inch models below 2kg (4.4 lbs)." This would fit my requirements for a PowerBook nano quite nicely, thank you.

If true, the new 12-inch model (he doesn't specify if they're PowerBooks or iBooks) would be about 33 percent lighter than the current iBook 12-inch (2.2kg/4.9lbs) and 29 percent lighter than the current PowerBook 12-inch (2.1kg/4.6lbs). The new 14-inch portable would weigh in at 33 percent lighter than the current iBook 14-inch (2.7kg/5.9lbs) and 22 percent lighter than the PowerBook 15-inch (2.5kg/5.6lbs).

Yang goes on to say that "the iPod digital-music-player series have been selling like hot cakes because of the large storage size they offer and their fashionable exterior, the "fondness effect" will be passed on to Apple notebooks." There's no mention as to how they're going to remove the extra weight (i.e. by dropping the optical drive) but the prediction would be music to the ears of notebook buyers that are in the market for a new machine.

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  • Yes Please!

    I hope Apple is looking to please their female audience. I love the style and design of my iPod mini and my new Nano. Incorporating a slimmer, lighter design into the new notebooks might push me toward a portable instead of my desktop.
    lizinny
    • How important is weight?

      How important is the PowerBook's weight in your overall purchase decision?

      For me, it's #1.
      Jason D. O'Grady
  • bookmarks from ogrady are impossible without proper article/web page names!

    i dont know why such a web savy site like yours doesnt follow such an elementary principal!

    please generate the article title into the web page name (instead of just a generic web site name) so that it is not necessary to manually copy&paste article titles from headline into the name of the bookmark.

    that is a total waste of time & very aggrevating.

    title/names for bookmarks should be generated automatically like everywhere else on the web!

    thanx: david
    davidf01
    • i am referring to ogrady's own web sites not zdnet

      since there is no mechanism on the various ogrady sites to contact the publisher/author (!), i am forcved to use his zdnet blog to leave the above complaint about powerbook.com etc etc.
      davidf01
  • While thin is sexy...

    While thin is sexy I feel Apple keeps missing the point. Do all the
    work needed to make it thin. Then don't, and fill that space with a
    battery that let's us actually use it for more than an hour or two.
    zhmlco
  • RE: PowerBook nano one step closer to reality?

    Let's give the Sony's and Lifebooks a run for their money
    running a Real OS like Mac OS. All my junk is on my
    Powerbook and my 867Mhz G4 is starting to show its
    age. How about something new. What troubles me more
    is the bloatware from software developers though. Their
    code is significantly less efficient than the old days and I
    still have to wait for Photoshop to filter. Can it get better
    people?
    hsalter@...
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