How many, by size and shape, are brought to make comparisons between the iBook and the smaller PowerBook?
Many, nothing bad of course, but it seems that it is not the case: in the new born it has first of all a G4 processor instead of the G3, a motherboard that, consequently, has been completely redesigned, disks with different cuts, graphics cards of all other generation, combo or even SuperDrive in the PowerBook and an aluminum case with very thin ABS profiles, a completely redesigned audio system (including the return of the analog audio input via mini-jack), enhanced battery and, not easy to see , but small variations of the measures, let's focus on this aspect. In fact, as Erik Stannow has shown us, this morning at the official presentation in Italy of the news of the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, alongside a 12 ″ iBook (that of myself, the only one equipped with the Apple notebook among the defendants, ed) to the new PowerBook 12 ″ you can notice the small differences: an iBook measures 28.5 x 23 x 3.4 cm (2.2 kg), while a Power Book 12 ″ 27.7 x 21.9 x 3 cm (2.1 kg weight), thus becoming “the smallest notebook in history.” At the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, your editors' laptops were perpetually at work in the hall print and unfortunately we have not been able to make a photographic "side by side" between the two notebooks also because the iBooks in the Apple pavilion were positioned far from the PowerBooks (perhaps to avoid comparisons?), but we plan to remedy the two photographs you see now.
In the front position you notice the small variations (do not pay too much attention to the colors, unfortunately the light of the room was not the best, but in fact the silvery aspect of the aluminum decidedly off-white from the white and gray of the iBook) of the measures: PowerBook the keyboard, here in the US version (remember that it is not backlit like that of the "older brother" from 17 "even if externally identical), a few millimeters smaller than that of the iBook; the trackpad and its key have been somewhat restricted by the Apple design team; the frame of the LCD display thinner than that of the iBook and finally also the height from the support surface is noticeable.But in the second image, on the side (at the bottom of the table the PowerBook 17 ″), which is noted above all the height just described and the "opening" of the display, the wider angle in the maximum position also because the external "cover" of the display has been made thinner than the iBook.
The lateral connections on the left side (because on the right side there is the slot of the CD / DVD) also include that of the power supply, but all these details have been known to our faithful readers since we have published the photo galleries of the details of the new PowerBook, 12 ″ model and 17 ″ model.
Finally, again to tell you about the external aspects, the last image concerns the slot to insert the AirPort Extreme wireless card, which can be reached by first disconnecting the battery and then opening a small door (highlighted in red) from where you see a card appear ( not further extractable) that, at least in the prototype on which we were able to vent our curiosity, it seems that of AirPort and not yet of AirPort Extreme, but we know for sure that in the definitive models of the PowerBook 12 ″ the AirPort Extreme card will be inserted only and exclusively , according to Apple specifications. Instructions for how to give the wireless connection to the tiny Apple are stamped on the bottom of the battery compartment. As for RAM, unscrew a small door in the center of the bottom of the PowerBook 12 ", as shown in this photo (the same happens in the 17 ″ model with the RAM section reserved, right next to the large battery compartment , here is the relative photo, only it must be unscrewed following the extraction of the battery itself) .If we have to hypothesize a future for the iBook, we first think of the uducation sector or who wants to spend as little as possible on a laptop and not to rule out that the white notebook can gradually lower its price. Remember Jobs' statement "never again CRT screens?" and then the iMac CRT, in fact, to date still in the list even though there is no longer any cathode ray tube monitor from Apple, did the 15 "and then the 17" iMac LCD arrive? Well, obviously an economic model and still of fairly good computing power, rather in demand … that the same story can also be applied to the iBook in the coming months after a hypothetical "never again G3"? Only time will tell, but in our opinion credible.