MacNN reader Noah Sager notes that Apple’s new 12-inch PowerBook G4 features a new midrange audio speaker. An AppleCare document expands on the technology: “The PowerBook G4 (12-inch) is the first portable computer made by Apple to have a midrange-enhancing speaker. The midrange-enhancing is designed to produce a separate channel of midrange sound. There are no settings in the Sound system preference to adjust just the midrange speaker.” It is not currently clear if the new 17-inch PowerBook also features this technology, or if it is exclusive to the 12-inch unit.
Bare Feats has posted benchmark results from the new 867MHz 12″ and 1GHz 17″ PowerBooks. The 1GHz 15″ and 17″ PowerBooks performed similar, except on Memory and OpenGL Graphics tests, in which the new 17″ PowerBook dominated. The 12″ PowerBook rated similar in most test to the 800MHz iBook, beating it out considerably in only the Memory Test. (MacNN)
News.com’s Enterprise Computing and Personal Technology editor Michael Kanellos shows a remarkable lack of perspective in his “Perspective” column today, entitled “Macintosh: An Acquired Taste”. He calls Keynote “completely impractical”, says the 17″ PowerBook is “not all that different than 16″ screen models from Sony and Toshiba” (even claiming there’s “a nearly identically configured Sony Vaio… for $600 less”), and dismisses the 12″ PowerBook as merely “a mininotebook” that “outside of Japan… few people will buy”. (And of course, he hasn’t even tried these products.) In addition, he repeatedly pokes fun at the MacWorld crowd (claiming an audience member “drunkenly gasped”, etc.), and tells us how “scary” it would be if Apple was “the guiding force in computing” (“we’d be up to our necks in graphic artists, freelance DJs and career temp employees”). But perhaps most bizarrely (and ironically), he ends by lecturing us on why “standards exist in the industry” and how “Microsoft and Intel understand this completely” — but Apple doesn’t. (Safari vs. IE, anyone?) Feel free to politely set this guy straight.