Aluminum PowerBook 15 Confirmed for This Week

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Date: Monday, August 18th, 2003, 16:14
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

PowerPage sources come through again with reliable data on the new PowerBook 15-inch announcement. Read more…

PowerPage sources come through again with new data on the new PowerBook 15-inch announcement.
A reliable PowerPage source who has seen the new PB15″ and its box describes it as looking just like a 17-inch except smaller. Some notes:

  • Ports on right side
  • 1.25GHz G4 processor
  • Firewire 800 on board
  • nVIDIA video cards across the 12, 15 and 17

We have also received word that Apple plans to announce four new products this week. We know that the PB17 is getting a fix, the PB15 is going to Aluminum with an illuminated keyboard and that the PB12 is getting an update but we don’t yet know what the fourth product is. Rumors are circulating about an iBook revision, tablet Mac, or (more likely) a new audio application.
Apple is trying to announce the new PB15 by this Friday, but it could happen any time this week. There is a huge push to get the new PowerBooks into the channel for the lucrative back-to-school buying season.
nVIDIA video cards will debut in all three PowerBooks, but only be for this version. Apple plans to return to ATI video processors for the next round of updates because of poor nVIDIA support to Apple.
ThinkSecret is also chiming in on the August PowerBooks:

The hardware projects, known internally as Q16 and Q41, consist of upgrades to the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook G4. The projects were scheduled to complete in the first part of August.
Q16 and Q41 will run a Jaguar OS variant code-named Blackrider. Like Smeagol, the build train for the Power Mac G5, Blackrider is a special version of Mac OS X 10.2.7 with hardware support for the new models.

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