The Apple Core: Diskless PowerBooks on the Horizon

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Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2005, 10:06
Category: The Apple Core

It would be great if Apple seriously considered creating a diskless PowerBook. They should ditch the fixed disk (or Winchester) hard drive forever in favor of Flash or Non-Volatile Read Write Memory (NVRWM) in their portable offerings.
The hand writing is on the wall. After trashing flash-based MP3 players for years in favor of the disk-based iPod, Steve Jobs sucked it up and announced the flash-based iPod shuffle at Macworld Expo on January 11, 2005. When that was met with luke warm reviews for its small capacity and lack of display Apple answered critics with the iPod nano in September 2005.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Intel Outlook Not so Rosey for 2006

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Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2005, 10:35
Category: The Apple Core

Paul Murphy’s has an excellent blog entry on ZDNet yesterday that throws a cold bucket of water on the irrational optimism that Apple will launch a raft of successful Intel-based Macs in 2006.

Quite a number of pundits have gone out and predicted the appearance of Intel based Powerbooks from Apple this January – but it isn’t going to happen. In fact what I expect is either, or both, an Intel based Mini and/or some Intel based iBooks. Beyond that, however, Intel is just not going to happen for Apple next year – no Powerbooks, no iMacs, no Workstations, and no X-Serves.

While Paul agrees that cases can be made for the Mac mini and iBook going Intel in early 2006, he makes a pretty goood case as to why the rest of the Intel product line will take a while to catch up. His two main arguements for Intel Macs not reaching critical mass in 2006 are price and availability.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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