Tom’s Hardware Guide: Freescale Semiconductor on Monday began showcasing the MPC7448, its latest high-performance PowerPC processor and the highly touted successor to the MPC7447A chip used in today’s Apple PowerBook G4 systems.
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 . . .
I’ve own a T610. They came out in Hong Kong about a week ago.
As per your previous user report, the sound quality does suck. A lot of hissing in the background and its picks up a lot of background noise (Similar to the Sony Z28 that I used before as well). Radiation seems to be an issue as well (My ears are sensitive that somehow – just don’t ask how). In terms of the basic phone functions, this phone does not stand up to my Nokia.
However, the design and GUI is nice. Buttons not as intuitive as a Nokia, but the interface is nice and pretty and the colors on the display are quite sharp for a cell phone. I have some issues with some missing basic functions (no real speed dialing i.e. Nokia one-touch speed dialing). Never owned an Ericsson phone before, but this was similar to the old Sony phone I had.
Camera is decent. Sharper than the Panasonic GD88, but probably nowhere close to the one megapixel camera phones that are coming out in Japan now. There is a low light mode as well, but doesn’t really improve pictures. Have not tried to flash accessory though.
Numeric buttons are nice with a blue glow, but the black buttons next to the joystick feel quite cheap (just the buttons, the black area next to the screen is quite nice) and are very stiff. The joystick works pretty decently too.
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).
I bet you didn’t know this – but there’s another company interested in reducing the noise of G4′s with great temperatures. Dangerden!
I’ve been working with Danger den closely to create the first ever water-cooled Macintosh kit. We’re still in a lot of prototyping – but I thought I’d give you a peek at one option were looking at. These kits will be for more of the “extremists” who want to go the extra mile. Weather it be over clocking, silence, or a really cool look.
For the pics, you gotta check out the whole story at XLR8YourMac. Anybody doing it to their PB12?
The PowerPage has received an interesting new update on the status of the long awaited Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch. The original TiBook has already migrated to its new Aluminum skin and is just waiting for the existing Titanium models to sell out. Word from a reliable source is that Apple has the new Aluminum PowerBook 15s already boxed and ready to go but is waiting for the existing models to disappear first. There was some delay because of a systems upgrade to the 15, but most of the bugs are out. (NO product ever ships without bugs.) The production lines in Taiwan have been severely impacted due to the spread of SARS so I’m not sure just how many will get to the shores in time for the sellout of all the TiBooks. Read more…
I recently noticed that the LCD bezel around the display on my
PowerBook G4 17-inch has been leaving faint marks around the edges of the top case. The marks are most noticeable on the front areas of the wrist rests but is even starting to appear on the speaker grilles. A little probing uncovered what some are calling “Big Betty’s Bezel-Bite.” Read more…