Apple Should Name New Intel Notebook "Xbook," Desktops "Xstation"

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 00:04
Category: Opinion

Back to the “PowerBook” name debate again… PowerPager ‘Reboot’ writes with the best PowerBook name replacement yet. Say hello to “Xbook:”

I agree to let the “Power-names” go away with the PowerPC cpu’s. Why not use what Apple has already started: “X-names”? It also relates nicely to their outstanding OS (which after all will be almost the only thing seperating it form the Wintel world). We all know Xserve is a server so why not let Xstation be a workstation and Xbook be a hi-end notebook? I’m amazed that Apple hasn’t done so already, but hey…maybe they have saved it for this very moment.

In related news, Charles W. Moore, opines that The PowerBook Doesn’t Need A Name Change:

just at the point when Apple laptops are going to have the most powerful processors in portable Mac history would be a particularly inappropriate time to jettison the PowerBook name. But, I hasten to add, raw processor power is only one of many elements that make a PowerBook such a powerful and delightful tool. The real, practical power of a PowerBook is that it packs the capability of a desktop computer into an astonishingly compact and portable form factor. Not the full equivalent of a contemporary high-end desktop of course, but usually in the ballpark of a two or three-year old high-end desktop, which is plenty enough for most of us.

Charles is even more vested in the name “PowerBook” than we are here at the “Power”Page – he writes for PowerBookCentral, after all…
What’s your take?


Back to the “PowerBook” name debate again… PowerPager ‘Reboot’ writes with the best PowerBook name replacement yet. Say hello to “Xbook:”

I agree to let the “Power-names” go away with the PowerPC cpu’s. Why not use what Apple has already started: “X-names”? It also relates nicely to their outstanding OS (which after all will be almost the only thing seperating it form the Wintel world). We all know Xserve is a server so why not let Xstation be a workstation and Xbook be a hi-end notebook? I’m amazed that Apple hasn’t done so already, but hey…maybe they have saved it for this very moment.

In related news, Charles W. Moore, opines that The PowerBook Doesn’t Need A Name Change:

just at the point when Apple laptops are going to have the most powerful processors in portable Mac history would be a particularly inappropriate time to jettison the PowerBook name. But, I hasten to add, raw processor power is only one of many elements that make a PowerBook such a powerful and delightful tool. The real, practical power of a PowerBook is that it packs the capability of a desktop computer into an astonishingly compact and portable form factor. Not the full equivalent of a contemporary high-end desktop of course, but usually in the ballpark of a two or three-year old high-end desktop, which is plenty enough for most of us.

Charles is even more vested in the name “PowerBook” than we are here at the “Power”Page – he writes for PowerBookCentral, after all…
What’s your take?

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