Apple rolled out a bad-ass black MacBook today, replacing the iBook and 12" PowerBook. Jim Dalrymple has all the details:
Apple Computer on Tuesday unveiled its much-anticipated MacBook, the company’s replacement for the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook. Featuring the Intel Core Duo processor and a new 13-inch glossy widescreen display, Apple says the MacBook is up to five times as fast as the iBook it replaces and four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook.I've been waiting for two things to upgrade to Intel 1. Leopard There's nothing I hate more than buying a computer and then needed to upgrade my OS 3 months later (hi, Panther!). But more importantly 2. A 13-inch portable. Call me crazy, but I believe portables should be, well, portable. I lugged a ginormous Dell Inspiron all over Asia with me (which, at the time I got it was lighter than any of the PowerBook or flourescent toilet-seat model iBooks on the market) for six months. Upon returning to California, I bought a 12-inch iBook, and liked it so much, I then went out and got a 12-inch PowerBook. When I need or want a large screen and keyboard, I hook it up to my desktop system (oh, how I need a KVM switch!).
The new MacBook is available in three configurations that range in price from $1,099 to $1,499. Apple is offering a 1.83GHz and 2.0GHz MacBook in a newly designed white enclosure and a 2.0GHz MacBook in a new black enclosure.
"Most exciting to a lot of our customers will be the special model we made with a black finish," Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, told Macworld. "The black is extra special — we designed this for our customers coming from the PowerBook and iBook."
My 12-inch PowerBook is the best computer I have ever used. It's a monster in a candy-wrapper. Smalland light, yet obscenely powerful. So for months now, I've been holding my breath waiting for a similarly-sized Intel model. And now it's here.
I'm not so sure I can wait on Leopard after all.