Finally – 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook

Just ordered a new 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook G4. Perhaps coincidentallly, my current 15-inch PB (400 MHz) acted up during a deadline earlier today; it knew I was going to order a new machine if they were announced. I’ve got it working now, and I’m hoping that my reassurances that it would stay in the family made it feel better.

The last time I bought a new computer, I paid a price for getting a bigger hard drive installed (a 20 GB versus 10 GB), and I swore I’d never again make a build-to-order option on a PowerBook… it took nearly three months to arrive! This time, however, I did it again, opting for a faster 5400 rpm 80 GB hard drive versus the stock 4200 rpm 80 GB drive. It cost an extra $125 at the online Apple Store, but I couldn’t find a comparable drive at other online stores (to swap later) for less than $250. Also, unlike the first Titanium PowerBooks, Apple wisely seems to have built up inventory before announcement, with the stock configs shipping same business day. Mine, however, is listed at 3-5 business days. We’ll see what that really turns into. It could stretch out, but I’m sure that the extra bit of speed will help in the long run.

  1. Did you happen to catch the grand opening of the new apple store in U Village? I was there; and walked out with a groovy free t-shirt! woohoo

  2. Yep, I was there! In fact, I got to attend a press preview an hour before it opened. We got a short tour, asked the Genii questions (we stumped them on which Mac models were signed by the original teams, but they rallied with a Google search), and hobnobbed a bit. Things started getting crazy about 15 minutes before opening time, so we split to make room for the people lined up outside.
    It’s a nice store, and I’m looking forward to testing out that theater area with an iMovie 3 presentation one of these days… 🙂

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