MacWhispers has an interesting summary article on the PowerPC 970 processor culled from their OEM contacts in the Apple supply pipeline. An especially interesting reference was made to the PPC 970 PowerBook>:
The plant contracted for assembly of the new 15.4-inch Powerbook has just now begun manufacturing production Powerbooks with the PPC 970 processor.
No wonder creative types love Macs. When Apple does something truly brilliant, you can fall in love with a machine in an instant, like the perfect paintbrush or sweetest, favorite electric guitar. And the 17″ PowerBook is one of the best things Cupertino’s ever done: the dream finally realized of a uncompromising desktop machine that’s mobile, built like a tank to take a beating. In my first 100 seconds of ownership, I was hooked. Read more . . .
MacMice has released the iPerch, a new acrylic stand for Apple laptops. The US$39.95 is more rugged than similar competing stands, so it’s possible to type on the computer while it’s on the stand — and the stand is sturdy enough to support Apple’s new bohemeth PowerBook G4 17″.
Yesterday brought a couple of new revelations about Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Aside from rumors Apple may join forces with Amazon.com to promote the new service, Apple now is planning to court the hundreds of independent labels it left out of the original release. The bad news is, continued success of the store may bring a battle with the Beatles. Read more . . .
Mark/Space is working on Missing Sync for PocketPC which will support data backup, shared Internet access, application installation, iSync Address Book/iCal support, iTunes/iPhoto support and desktop mounting for PocketPC devices. Entourage support is promised for a later date. An early adopter release is coming in time for Macworld July. Sign up on their mailing list to stay posted.
Well, with yesterday’s price cuts and rumors of a new Aluminum 15″ model still raging, the question is, which laptop do you buy and when? (Huh? You don’t plan to buy a new laptop now? What’s that in your pocket — is that a hole I see burning?) Read more . . .
P800 support has finally arrived with today’s release of iSync 1.1, along with Bluetooth-based support for the Sony Ericsson T610, T608 for Sprint PCS, Nokia?s Series 60 smart phone platform and Siemens S55 and S56 phones. A dozen USB-based Motorola phones are also supported now. View the updated supported device list from Apple. Safari bookmarks can now be synced from Mac to Mac (if only that worked on phones, too), and on supported phones your photo from Address Book will be synced to your phone. With the ability to view your info on your phone, your Palm PDA, your iPod, and even a Windows/Mac web browser, Apple’s reluctance to blow cash on an Apple-branded PDA starts to make sense. (Yeah, I know, it’s disappointing anyway.)
It’s possible that a capacitor might be faulty on the 17-inch PowerBooks. This problem sounds familiar (no pun intended) to the hissing problem that I’ve had with my old airport. There is a fix for the airport capacitor problem here.
It’s easy to tell if a capacitor is blown on a board. The physical appearance of the capacitor should indicate the part in question. Of course, soldering a capacitor on a computer motherboard is not for the faint of heart.
Anyway, it’s just a potential theory. Of course, it’s better to have Apple just fix the problem. I hope this helps your readers with some adventuresome 17-inch PowerBooks who are handy with a soldering iron and know how to take
the machine apart. (Darren Shu).