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Future 'Book to Use iPod as Trackpad? Intel's Yonah CPU Destined for Macintel 'Books?

This Week's PowerBook and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2005.07.08

This Week's PowerBook, iBook, and Notebook News

General Apple and Mac desktop news is covered in The Mac News Review. iPod news is covered in The iNews Review. News about Apple's transition to Intel CPUs and other Intel developments is covered in The Macintel Report.

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

Bargain 'Books

Apple Files Patent for Notebook That Uses iPod as Trackpad

mobilemag.com's Tan reports:

"Apple has filed a patent for a notebook design that will integrate its ultra-popular iPod mini. According to Patent Application 20040224638, Apple intends the iPod mini to double as the notebook's touch pad."

Intel's Yonah CPU: Heart of Future 'Books?

macsimumnews.com's Dennis Sellers reports:

"Although Apple hasn't announced which Intel chips will power the upcoming Mactel systems, the most likely suspects are microprocessors that have been dubbed Yonah, Celeron D 3515, Conroe, Woodcrest, Smithfield and Merom. For the rest of the week, we'll offer a look at the chips and what they might mean to Mac users.

"Yonah is an Intel dual-core notebook processors that have been announced and are due for volume production in 2006. Expect to see it in Apple laptops and Mac minis, probably the first of the Mac product line to go Mactel.

"Based on a mobile-optimized microarchitecture and 65nm process technology, Yonah is designed to provide power management capabilities and enhanced performance for multiple demanding applications and multi-threaded applications."

"A single-core version of Yonah will also be released for budget notebooks. Partly because of reduced power consumption, the footprint on Yonah notebooks will be up to 31 percent smaller than those of existing laptops...."

Bargain 'Books

Bargain 'Books are used unless otherwise indicated. New and refurbished units have a one-year Apple warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

There are two different versions of WallStreet running at 233 MHz, the cacheless MainStreet version and the later Series II with a level 2 cache. It's not always possible to determine from the vendor's listing which is being offered, so we've included links within this paragraph to the two models. The same goes for the PowerBook G4/667 (VGA) and G4/667 (DVI), the titanium vs. aluminum 15" PowerBook G4 at 1 GHz, and 1.25 GHz to 1.5 GHz 15" PowerBooks.

Baucom Computers

  • 15" PowerBook G4/800, 256/40/CD-RW, $869

Wegener Media

  • Titanium G4/400, 128/10/DVD, $499.99
  • Titanium G4/500, 128/20/DVD, $549.99
  • Titanium G4/550, 256/20/DVD, $599.99

TechRestore

  • 12" PowerBook G4/867, 128/40/Combo, $899.99
  • 12" iBook G3/900, 256/40/Combo, $679.99

PowerBook Guy

  • 12" iBook G3/300, 128/6/CD-ROM, blueberry, $229.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 192/10/CD-ROM, OS X, $379.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 192/10/CD-ROM, AirPort, OS X, $449.95

Apple Store

  • refurb 17" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/100/SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, $2,299
  • refurb 12" iBook G4/1.2 GHz, 256/30/CD-ROM, $799

Small Dog Electronics

  • new 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/Combo, AirPort, Bluetooth, 1 GB iPod Shuffle, $2,119
  • new 12" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/40/CD-ROM, AirPort, PC2100 SO DIMM 1 GB DDR 266, Kensington Saddlebag Case Black with Brown trim, $999

For more deals on current or recently discontinued models, see our Best PowerBook G4 Deals, Best iBook G4 Deals, Best PowerBook G3 Deals, and Best iBook G3 Deals.

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