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Hot off the Press - NEWS SCOOP!

 

iBook speed jump to 900MHz imminent.
April 14, 2003

(We told you so!  Our scoop confirmed 4/22)

There are always tell tale signs at Apple when new products are about to pop. Either the supply chain of catalog or brick and mortar dealers begin offering incentive prices and packaged deals, or the supply chain on the product dries up. In the case of the iBook, sales have become stale and the incentives are out in full force.

Think Secret, an online "rumor site", has confirmed specifications on the three new models through their claimed various highly reliable sources, as well as company documents. We have also heard rumblings through the Apple supply chain, usually a very reliable network for imminent Apple product news.

The new models Think Secret has found evidence of, will not have any new features or increases in memory or hard drive size, making them simply 'speed bump' changes. The low-end model will be boosted from 700MHz to 800MHz and the mid-range and high-end models will go from 800MHz to 900MHz. We suspect that Apple will also add the new Airport G (802.11G) in place of the older 802.11b card.

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While an exact release date of these new models can not be made specifically, it is expected an announcement will be made sometime in the next two weeks. Various sources have confirmed the new models are in full production in Asia, probably by Quanta which is Apples favorite these days; and they are now in shipment transit to the United States.

Since sales have been tenuous on the iBook's as of late, it is expected that prices for the three models will stay at existing MSRP's.

Will the slightly higher processor speeds be enough to spur renewed interest in the once sales darling for Apple? We don't think so, as the processor speed "gap" between PC's and Macs continues to widen at an exaggerated pace. Even "cheap" PC notebooks in the same price range as the iBook, are at 2.0 to 2.4 GHz clock rates compared to what Apple has to offer in the iBook.

$999.00 - 12.1" with CD-ROM, 800MHz PowerPC G3, 512K L2 cache, 128MB SDRAM memory, 20GB Ultra ATA drive, ATI Mobility Radeon 7500/16MB dedicated video memory, CD-ROM, Built-in 56K v.92 modem

$1,299.00 - 12.1" with Combo Drive, 900MHz PowerPC G3, 512K L2 cache, 128MB SDRAM memory, 30GB Ultra ATA drive, ATI Mobility Radeon 7500/32MB dedicated video memory, Combo Drive, Built-in 56K v.92 modem

$1,499.00 - 14.1" with Combo Drive900MHz PowerPC G3, 512K L2 cache, 256MB SDRAM memory30GB Ultra ATA drive, ATI Mobility Radeon 7500/32MB dedicated video memory, Combo Drive, Built-in 56K v.92 modem



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