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May 11, 2005, 12:06 PM
 
According to this article, Apple is, among others, increasing its widescreen notebook lineup for next year.

Originally Posted by digitimes.com
Dell, Hewlett Packard (HP), Acer, Apple and Asustek are increasing the proportion of widescreen models in their notebook lineups for 2006, the sources said.
So, what are we going to see? Only new widescreen/HD powerbooks (apart from the 17" that's already out there) or widescreen ibooks as well?
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May 11, 2005, 12:08 PM
 
prob. ibooks too as you say.
     
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May 12, 2005, 05:03 AM
 
Originally Posted by osxisfun
prob. ibooks too as you say.
And probably widescreen 12" (or 13"?) Powerbooks before the iBooks.
     
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May 12, 2005, 02:04 PM
 
I don't see a need to go widescreen even if it is HD if the CPU and Graphics card as well as the main components are the same. They should worry about upgrading the current hardware specs on the PB other than a bump of CPU power or increase memory, before adding a wider screen Because they already have (almost) widescreen PB in the form of the 15 inch powerbook. The most important update development apple should have a placing a G5 in the powerbook, and maximizing performace like PC laptops. But, it's still cool to tote around a 12 inch powerbook, and even cooler to tote around a 13 inch one.
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May 12, 2005, 02:08 PM
 
>I don't see a need to go widescreen even

I think it has a lot to do with the fact that its the direction that the LCD makers are going. In a couple of years they may not make square LCDs for notebooks anymore.
     
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May 12, 2005, 03:02 PM
 
Widescreen iBook with a Core Image supported video card. Those'd sell like hotcakes.
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May 12, 2005, 03:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by osxisfun
>I don't see a need to go widescreen even

I think it has a lot to do with the fact that its the direction that the LCD makers are going. In a couple of years they may not make square LCDs for notebooks anymore.


Well, widescreen is cool, and you're right, square lcd's may not be manufactured after a few years, but it's still more important to upgrade the components of the PB, and again, not just a speed bump... over adding a widescreen.
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Originally Posted by Lesterm10
Well, widescreen is cool, and you're right, square lcd's may not be manufactured after a few years, but it's still more important to upgrade the components of the PB, and again, not just a speed bump... over adding a widescreen.

portable upgrades are based on many factors. including waiting until certain parts can be bought en masse and a price that apple requires.

the bigger upgrades will arrive when they arrive. Somethings like a portable g5 are things apple has to wait for. They could not ship one today if they wanted.

and building a powerbook / ibbok update is like getting 10 kittens to all move forward at once.

its a lot more complicated then, we need X let's put it in there ASAP.

there is only so much apple can do with the current G4. once they get the g5 (or possibly a dual core g4 but i would bet not) then they can invest in new motherboards / fsbs and all the tweaks needed for newer ram specs and GPUs.
     
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May 12, 2005, 09:21 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon
Widescreen iBook with a Core Image supported video card. Those'd sell like hotcakes.
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May 12, 2005, 10:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by Lesterm10
Well, widescreen is cool, and you're right, square lcd's may not be manufactured after a few years, but it's still more important to upgrade the components of the PB, and again, not just a speed bump... over adding a widescreen.
I'm sure Apple is doing the best it can with regards to hardware performance in the PowerBooks.

It's not like Apple says, "Hmmm, G5 or widescreen displays... we can't have both." If Apple could put a G5 in a PB then they would put a G5 in a PB. But they still need to continue to refresh the PB line until they can figure out how to do so.
     
   
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