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.