R.I.P. PowerBook

R.I.P. PowerBook

Summary: Apple announces MacBook Pro, first Intel notebook

TOPICS: Hardware

Apple CEO Steve Jobs used the stage at Macworld Expo 2006 today to announce the first Apple notebook based on the Intel processor, dropping the PowerBook moniker in the process. The MacBook Pro is 4 times faster than the PowerBook G4 that it replaces, according to Jobs, and will begin shipping in February.

The MacBook pro will come in two configurations:

MacBook Pro - 1.67GHz
Part Number: Z0CN
15.4-inch TFT display with 1440x900 resolution
1.67GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
667MHz frontside bus
512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
80GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory

MacBook Pro - 1.83GHz
15.4-inch TFT display with 1440x900 resolution
1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
667MHz frontside bus
1GB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
100GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory

RIP "PowerBook." 

Topic: Hardware

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  • 5400 RPM?

    What a TOAD! ;)
    Roger Ramjet
    • Upgradeable

      5400 is the base model, you can add a 7200 RPM drive for $100.
      tic swayback
  • Wrong Again...

    You try so hard, and yet you just can't seem to get it right.
    Plasmas? Puh-LEASE-mas!!

    iBook....yeah right.

    Jason, you really need to take step back and look at the big
    picture. You're become too entrenched to offer any real insight
    on the platform. Your predictions are no better than your own
    personal wish list. Get with it...

    Separately, when are you changing the name to
    MacBookPage.com or ProPage.com or whatever?
    • Alright Mr. or Ms. Know-it-all

      If you are that good then please tell me why didn't you say something about the terrorist before they hijacked the planes before 9-11? What about stopping the miners going into an dangerous mine? Did you say anything before Enron or WorldCom financially collapsed?
      I know people at Apple and I know how much of an witchhunt it was after some earlier leaks of some other products and Apple employees, contractors, and other people on the inside are threating with lost of employment or contract if they leak anything.
  • MacMac name of PowerMac replacement?

    If the PowerBook is now the MacBook, what will the PowerMac
    desktop replacements be called, the MacMac?

    • MacMac name of PowerMac replacement?

      That's an easy one. They're going to call it the TowerMac.
      Tim Winters
      • MacMac? Are you nuts? MacBook Pros don't replace anything.

        Um, the MacBook is *not* the PowerBook replacement.

        First of all, the name is MacBook Pro, not just MacBook.

        Second of all, if you bother to go to apple.com you'll see the PowerBook is still for sale.

        There are now 3 types of Mac Laptops - iBooks (with G4 Processors) / PowerBooks (with G4 Processors) / MacBook Pros (with Intel Processors).

        It's just like the Mac Mini didn't replace anything - they added. (Of course, they discounted the eMac within the year - but they didn't drop them right away.)

        Eventually the PowerBooks and iBooks will be discontinued (whenever Apple runs out of G4s, I guess) - but the MacBook Pro is an entirely new line. And, my guess is, in about 6 months to a year, Apple will release a new line of economy laptops with Intel processors - the MacBooks (without the word "Pro" - maybe with with word "Lite" or something), or the iMacBooks or something like that. They may keep the branding of iBooks - that name is too famous thanks to the iPod....

        Wait, how could I not see it before. It's the MacBook Pro - and the MacBook Mini... Duh.
        • And one more thing...

          PowerMacs have been carrying the name of their processor for at least 5 years - ever since the PowerMac G3 - they could easily continue the tradition by calling the next batch of towers the PowerMac Intel or the PowerMac Core Duo or the PowerMac ICD or something. Heck, the PowerMac i86 - why not?

          THe point is - just because they aren't using "PowerPC" chips anymore doesn't mean they have to give up the word "Power". They may - but they certainly don't have to.

          Besides, the name "MacTel" has been floating around for at least 6 months...
        • Whoa! Not too harsh,eh?

          This is a perfectly valid question. Let's review. yes, MacBook Pro
          WILL soon replace the PowerBook range/name. And you are
          right, for a while there will be MacBook Pro AND PowerBook
          products . . . side-by-side. The PowerMac (pro-line desktops)
          line is what 'IMRAN.TV' is talking about though -- and make NO
          mistake -- these are also slated for Intel Inside as well. So . . .
          his/her question still stands.

          If PowerBooks are evolving to become 'MacBooks Pro' will
          PowerMacs become 'MacMacs'? (Yes, I know, it does sound a bit
          silly, but so does MacBooks IMHO)

          Chill out, dude.
          • just a guess

            I think the replacement ibook will simply be called MacBook and nothing else. And going by the fact that the iMac did not see a name change with the addition of intel processors the new intel powermacs will be called iMac Pro. There will be no using the POWER name since they started using it to promote the PowerPC.
  • Battery Life

    I have checked the apple website as well as the main news reports but so far no idea of normal battery life.

    Is anyone at macworld going to ask this basic question.

    WIll we see the 6 hours of battery life come back. Like most professionals, Battery life maters more to me than speed in most cases.
    • Battery life issue bitten Apple too many times.

      After several lawsuits and real life usage issues I think Apple stop stating battery life on most of their equipment. However they should put some range values for battery life times and show maximum time under idea (usable) conditions.
  • No Dual Layer Support

    One big omission is the lack of dual layer support. This is one feature that is unacceptable not to have. But at least the memory is running at full speed unlike the 333mhz the PowerBook G4 is clocked at with its DDR2.
    • Please read the specs

      I just check the Apple MacBook Pro website and read that there is dual-layer burning at 6x speed.

      • read again

        f22-raptor you may want to re-read the specs it says it can READ DL at 6X it can not WRITE DL.

        Maximum Write: 4x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW

        Maximum Read: 8x DVD-ROM (single layer); 6x DVD (double layered), DVD-9, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD

        again as i have said to not have dual layer support is unacceptable.
  • Pity no Firewire 800 port

    It is sad that they drop Firewire 800 port but at least they still have the Firewire 400 port. But with USB 2.0 at 480Mb/s I don't understand why they used Firewire 400 instead of Firewire 800. Most current Firewire devices are Firewire 800 so I don't why Firewire 400.
    • FW 800 urban legend

      A former Mac rep had some things to say about Apple, FireWire,
      and the PowerPC's future a while back. On FireWire, he said that
      Apple had sprung FW 800 on Sony, which was ticked off at being
      left out of the development loop. Other FireWire allies in Japan
      were also unhappy about this development, which led to NO FW
      800 licenses being sold. This partially explains why FW 800
      peripherals are few and far between. I used a USB 2.0 peripheral
      on the 3GHz P4 Tower and was...less than impressed. I've used
      the FW 400 port whenever possible on Windows and Mac units
      and found things went smoothly. At least FW 400 isn't dead yet
      on Apple portable computers, which is one reason to keep Ye
      Olde 4G iPod and not "upgrade" to a video iPod.
  • Resolution--internal and external: fantastic!

    1449 by 900 res yields about 98% the resolution of 1280 by 1024. No match for Dell (which offers res as high as 1920 by 1200), but for Apple, that's great! It means that my daughter won't miss her home resolution when she goes off to college with her new Mac laptop.

    But even more incredible is that the Macbook Pro's can drive a 30-inch Apple Cinema Display. That's a resolution of--hat--2560 by 1680? Folks, last I knew, the Matrox PCI graphics card that could do this would set you back nearly $600. Talk about having it all.
    • For Apple that's great?

      New MacBook:
      1,440 x 900

      Last PowerBook
      1,440 x 960

      The new screens are at least a little bigger (15.4" diagonally versus
      15.2") and supposedly much brighter.
      tic swayback
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