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'Book Sales Up, 1.25 GHz Macs Benchmarked, No PowerBook G5 Soon, New PowerBook G3 Disc Burners, and More

This Week's PowerBook and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2004.04.23

Except as noted, prices are in US dollars, bold links are to outside sites, and regular links lead to 'Book profiles on Low End Mac.

48% of Mac CPU Sales Either PowerBooks or iBooks

ars technica's Eric Bangeman on Apple's 2nd quarter earnings:

"For the first time, they sold more iPods than computers, shipping 807,000 of the digital music players, an increase of a staggering 909% from 2Q 03. Computer shipments topped out 749,000 units, up 5%. CPU sales break down like this:

  • iBook: 201,000
  • PowerBook: 157,000
  • Power Macintosh: 174,000
  • iMac/eMac: 217,000"

"From looking at the sales breakdown, it looks like laptops are a winning category for Apple right now. 48% of all CPU sales were either PowerBooks or iBooks.

"...this is Apple's strength right now. Their global market share has increased from 5.9% to 7.0% in the laptop segment.... Updating the iBooks with a G4 CPU has turned out to be a very good move for Apple, as iBook volume was at its all-time highest level with the exception of one quarter.

"Expect to see Apple betting heavily on the portable segment going forward. Hopefully by year end there should be G5 PowerBooks available... The G5 shouldn't make it down to the iBook for some time, but Apple has left plenty of room for growth in the iBook line with the G4, as the top-of-the-line iBook still has another 500 MHz to go before bumping into the current PowerPC 7447 speed limit."

New eMac 1.25 GHz versus iMac 1.25 GHz versus PowerBook 1.25 GHz

Bare Feats' rob-ART morgan says:

"The new G4/1.25 GHz eMac seems too good to be true. Only $999 including 8X SuperDrive. Is it really a better buy than the iMac 17" or PowerBook 15" running at the same clock speed? Is it as fast?"

He concludes that "the eMac can definitely 'run with the pack,' but has some video support shortcomings, and rob-ART "found the eMac's CRT to be blurry compared to the iMac and PowerBook. Is the thinner, clearer, moveable, wider LCD screen on the iMac worth the extra $800? You'll have to make that call."

No G5 PowerBooks for Some Time Yet

The BBC reports:

"Apple is aiming to capitalise on the trend towards portable computing with a series of upgrades to its notebooks....

"'We know that customers would prefer to be portable,' said Greg Joswiak, Apple vice-president of hardware product marketing.

"In the three months to March, [Apple] sold some 358,000 notebooks, making up just under 50% of all computer sales.

"'We've been pushing hard on the move to portable computing,' Mr. Joswiak told BBC News Online.

"Mr. Joswiak refused to be drawn on when the next generation of notebooks, using the PowerPC G5 processor, would be released.

"In the very long run, the G5 is part of our long term processor roadmap, but it will be some time before that processor will be in a notebook," said Mr. Joswiak.... [who] pointed out that it had taken at least two years for the G4 chip to make it from the desktop to the notebook."

MCE Expansion Bay DVD-R/RW with DVD-RAM Multi Drive for PowerBook G3

What is a Multi Drive? Simply put, it is a SuperDrive with the additional feature of being able to read and write to DVD-RAM discs. The MCE 2x DVD-R/RW with DVD Multi Drive for the PowerBook G3 utilizes 4.7 GB single-sided and 9.4 GB double-sided rewritable industry standard discs and can record to DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW media and provide superior performance and reliability.

Fully compliant with the DVD Forum's standards, the single-sided media is capable of storing a full two-hours of MPEG2 video. The MCE 2x DVD Multi drive reads industry-standard DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-R, CD-ROM, CD-R/RW, CD-DA, Photo CD, and Video CD media. The random-access, drag-and-drop DVD-RAM storage media provides in excess of 100,000 write/rewrite cycles and data life in excess of 30 years.

The DVD-RAM recording function of the MCE DVD Multi drive is supported natively by Mac OS X at the desktop level without the need for additional drivers, and is also fully compatible with Dantz Retrospect backup software. Included with the drive is a 9.4 GB double-sided DVD-RAM disc providing nearly 10 GB of removable data storage and backup space immediately.

The MCE Expansion Bay DVD Multi Drive comes complete with DVD authoring software compatible with Mac OS X and OS 9. Here's a few of the many customizable menus and buttons you can create, as well as the easy-to-use, drag-and-drop DVD authoring environment:


  • 2x DVD-R recorder
  • 2x DVD-RAM recorder
  • 1x DVD-RW recorder
  • Convenient slot-loading mechanism
  • Buffer underrun protection
  • Bootable
  • Compatible with iTunes, Disc Burner and Apple DVD Player

Write Support:

  • DVD-R 4.7 GB, DVD-RW 4.7 GB, DVD-RAM 4.7 GB, DVD-RAM 9.4 GB
  • CD-R/RW 700 MB (type 80), CD-R/RW 650 MB (Type 74)

Read Support:

  • DVD-ROM and DVD-Video (Single and Dual layer)
  • DVD-R (General Use), DVD-RW, DVD-RAM
  • CD-R, CD-RW
  • CD-ROM (Mode 1, Mode 2 Form 1), CD-ROM XA (Mode 2 Form 2)
  • CD-DA CD-EXTRA (CD Plus), CD-Text, Video CD, Photo-CD (single or multisession), Photo CD (Single and Multisession)

Write Speed:

  • DVD-R: 2x
  • DVD-RW: 1x
  • DVD-RAM: 2x
  • CD-R: 16x, 12x, 8x, 4x
  • CD-RW: 8x, 4x

Read Speed:

  • DVD-ROM (Single): Max 8x CAV
  • DVD-ROM (Dual): Max 6x CAV
  • DVD-R, DVD-RW: Max 4x CAV
  • CD-R, CD-ROM: Max 24x CAV
  • CD-RW: Mac 12x CAV

Minimum System Requirements

  • PowerBook G3 2000 (Pismo/FireWire) or PowerBook G3 Series 1999 (Lombard/Pismo)
  • Mac OS 9.1 - 9.2.x; Mac OS X (10.2.x or 10.3.2 and later) recommended
  • 64 MB RAM (256 MB or greater recommended)

Price: $479

G3 PowerBook 16x/10x/x24 DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive

Wanna get more use of your PowerBook? Slide this Combo Drive in your right side bay, and experience your PowerBook's maximum capabilities. Combo drive allows full DVD and CD-RW capabilities, including:

  • 8x DVD Playback
  • 16x CD Burn capability
  • 10x CD Rewrite capability
  • 24x CD-RW/CD capabilities
  • Full OS boot compatibility! Just hold "C"
  • Fully compatible with OS 9, OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), OS X 10.3 (Panther)!
  • Burn with iTunes, or use the desktop CD Burner to save your data!


  • Apple PowerBook 2000 (FireWire) (500 MHz and 400 MHz models)
  • Apple PowerBook G3 Series - 1999 (Bronze) (400 MHz and 333 MHz models); (some models require DVD CardBus Decoder Card for DVD playback.

Full Compatibility:

  • Bootable! Just hold "C" when booting!
  • Buffer Underrun Protection-no more bad CD's!
  • Fully Compatible with iTunes, CDBurner, Toast, even Retrospect!
  • 100% Compatible with OS 9.2, OS X, Jaguar, Panther
  • New mechanism by OEM mfr!
  • Just slide into your right hand bay, and you're in business!
  • Get $40 rebate for sending us your old DVD drive (dead or alive)! Simply return it to our shop and receive a refund check! (details included with your order).

Identical to original DVD or CDROM drive (same exact faceplate, same look, etc.). No ugly faceplates or non-matching hardware.

Price: $ 299.99!

Green Keyboard Backlight

A 17" PowerBook owner has posted details with photos of how he replaced the 5400 rpm HD with a new 7200 rpm unit from Hitachi and switched the keyboard lights to green.

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Uses a PowerBook

The BBC reports:

"The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has won a prestigious award which comes with a prize bag of one million euros (£671,000).

"The 'Father of the Web' was named as the first winner of the Millennium Technology Prize by the Finnish Technology Award Foundation.

"In 1991, he came up with a system to organise, link and browse net pages which revolutionised the Internet.

"The British scientist was knighted for his pioneering work in 2003."

Check out the BBC article for a great photo of Sir Tim sitting beside his 15" PowerBook.

Erase Ugly Scratches from Your 'Book with Conceal

ConcealConceal is a quick and easy scratch touchup kit for aluminum PowerBook G4 and Power Mac G5 computers.

It's a tough world out there for the world's most beautiful laptop, keep yours looking picture perfect with Conceal.

Conceal is formulated to match the aluminum finish on all current model PowerBook G4 and Power Mac G5 computers. It will also match the iSight digital camera.

Conceal comes in a durable portable vial so you can keep it handy if something scratches your PowerBook. The lid screws off to reveal an application brush, so you can cover blemishes wherever you are.

TiArmor Protection for 12" to 17" PowerBook G4

TiArmor adds a thin layer of protection from scratches, oils, and dust for the high-traffic areas of your PowerBook. Over time, the factory coating on your PowerBook will wear thin where your hands and wrists spend much of their time, near the keyboard and trackpad. TiArmor protects your PowerBook with a layer of soft polyurethane applied with the nonstick durability of a much harder material. Choose from two translucent colors: clear (to prevent damage) or gray (to cover damage). Simple application: just clean, peel, and stick!

TiArmor for the PowerBook is specifically designed to protect the high-use areas of your PowerBook against scratches, oils, and dust. In addition to protecting the surface of your PowerBook, TiArmor provides enhanced comfort in a soft, yet rugged space-age material.

TiArmor is available in clear for the wrist-rest area, and the top cover of your PowerBook.

Includes, Wrist and Top Cover.

"The paint around the edge of the PowerBook, simply put, just doesn't wear very well. f you wear a watch while working on your TiBook, or don't use an external keyboard very much, this product is for you." - Victor Bishop, CEO, VIX, Inc.

Covers the front edge where the original paint seems to flake off and most damage occurs.

Prices range from $13.99 to $29.99.

New Apple Portable Knowledge Base Articles

What To Do if Your iBook Won't Run on Battery
Learn what to do for an iBook that operates normally when plugged into AC power (wall outlet), but may not run on battery. Note: This document only covers the iBook through iBook (FireWire).
What To Do if Your PowerBook or iBook Will Not Operate from AC Power
Learn to troubleshoot a PowerBook or iBook computer that will not operate from the AC adapter.
Troubleshooting Portables That Won't Turn on or Start Up
Learn how to troubleshoot a PowerBook G4, iBook or iBook G4 that won't turn on or start up.
Tips for Maximizing Your PowerBook and iBook Battery Charge
You can take some easy steps to prolong the charge of your Apple iBook or PowerBook battery. Thanks to innovative power management features, the battery life of iBook and PowerBook computers is competitive with any in the industry. Some simple settings and steps you can take to get the most out of your battery.

Silicone Protection for the iPod mini from iSkin

iSkin miniiSkin Inc. announces the availability of the iSkin protector for the Apple iPod mini. Based on the company's popular iSkin eXo2 & eVo, the iSkin "mini" is designed to offer complete surface protection and ergonomic construction without sacrificing the appearance, size, or functionality of the iPod mini.

Crafted from durable formfitting silicone, the iSkin mini provides superior protection against damages and scratches that may occur from everyday use while enhancing the elegant slim look of the iPod mini. The iSkin mini includes an ultra-clear screen protector and a newly designed iSkin RevoClip that allows users to rotate the iPod without removing it from their waist.

The iSkin mini is available in a variety of colors, including a unique line of glow-in-the-dark skin tones, known as Ultra-GLO. For those who desire to preserve the original color of their iPod mini, the iSkin mini is also available in arctic, a transparent skin tone.

Additional features of the iSkin mini include:

  • Rear pores to promote heat dissipation
  • Easy access to iPod's Controls and Hold Switch
  • Side "goose bumps" for increased anti-slip grip
  • Compatible with iPod accessories that connect to the top of the iPod such as iTrip
  • Integrated dock connector port cover

In addition, iSkin offers the iSkin Tattoo service, which allows businesses and organizations to print their company logos, web addresses or marketing message on the iSkin mini and other iSkin products to create a unique promotional item.

The iSkin mini is available immediately for US$24.99.

Windows Watch

IBM To Market New Colors to Expand Notebook Customer Base's Celia Lin and Steve Shen report:

"IBM aims to expand its customer base for its notebooks by introducing models with new color schemes worldwide in the fourth quarter of this year, according to Hank Horng, president of the personal systems group at IBM Taiwan...

"Most female customers have shied away from buying IBM notebooks because they are only available in black, Horng admitted."

The Register's Tony Smith comments:

"Horng... didn't say which colours IBM will offer, but now that Apple has ditched its multicolor computer cases, Big Blue has plenty of choices.

"That said, Canada's Voodoo PC, which specialises on offering brightly hued notebooks to the gaming community might well take umbrage if IBM trots out similarly shaded systems - from 'autobahn white' to 'Monaco yellow'. Alienware likewise offers a range of unusual colours, such as the bilious 'cyborg green' and 'conspiracy blue'."

Another Widescreen Notebook: HP Pavilion zd7000

PC Magazine reports:

"We loved previous iterations of HP's widescreen multimedia portable ('The Coolest Home PCs: Desktop Replacement Notebooks,' November 25, 2003), and we like the new build of the HP Pavilion zd7000 desktop replacement just as much."

Bargain 'Books

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 (Gigabit Ethernet/2001) and G4/667 (DVI) and the titanium vs. aluminum 15" PowerBook G4 at 1 GHz.

Apple Store

The Apple Store has new money saving deals on refurbished Apple products, including 15" PowerBooks starting at $1,599, 17" PowerBooks starting at $1,999, 12" PowerBooks starting at $1,199, and much more. All Apple refurbished equipment is covered by Apple's one-year limited warranty. What's more, customers can purchase AppleCare Protection Plans to go along with their refurbished equipment. Supplies are limited and sure to go fast. All details available under the "Special Deals" tile.


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