Go2Mac readers know that we have been speculating that Apple is preparing to announce a new PowerBook that will fall directly between the just-announced iBook Dual USB and the professional PowerBook G4 Titanium. Never has one story elicited so many comments and reader feedback!
The new ‘Book, which we have affectionately dubbed Son of Pismo, will be just that: a Pismo logic board with Pismo features (14.1-inch TFT, G3 processor, Pismo ports, etc.) but packed into a new enclosure that is more in line with Apple’s 2001 PowerBook makeover.
Since the information surfaced about Apple’s imminent announcement of a flat-panel iMac to replace the original all-in-one design, speculation has been swirling about the price point. Specifically about how Apple will make it affordable for the average consumer to afford an entry-level machine equipped with a notoriously expensive flat-panel display.
The updated TiBook (code-named Onyx) was originally slated to be released in September, then rumors suggested that it could be announced as soon as Macworld Expo NY 2001 next month. The real date is probably somewhere in between.
Q. When is a PowerBook not a PowerBook?
A. When it is an iBook.
In the continuing saga of Son of Pismo (SOP), which I am resisting the urge to call the SOPrano, Go2Mac has learned that SOP may, in fact, be an updated iBook rather that a PowerBook as originally thought. If you haven’t been following the newest PowerBook SOaP opera, we broke the news of a potential third PowerBook in development deep inside Apple’s skunk works that is essentially a Pismo (G3, 14.1-inch TFT) in an updated 2001 enclosure.
Tokyo is the greatest electric light parade on the planet, the world’s consumer electronics epicenter. I was pleased to discover while traveling last week that it’s also a haven for Macdom, even when there’s no expo in town.
Apple is all over Japan. Eight-story tall banners advertising the new iMacs graced electronics stores in Akihabara and Shinjuku. JR train cars were plastered inside with Aqua and ice-colored ads for the iBook. I even saw men and women of various ages sporting Apple-logo shirts and clothing.