I must admit, I have a dream. Well, several dreams actually, but one that does not contain explicit lyrics and has to do with technology is as follows: I want an Apple PowerBook that does it all. By does it all, I mean it runs Mac OS X and Windows XP. It also runs Linux, and VMware (under which I run even more operating systems.) I just love that Apple PowerBook hardware, but I want to use XP as well - or Windows Vista, even. Today, I learned that my dream was getting closer to reality.
Apple's notebook lines look set to spearhead the Mac maker's shift to Intel processors next year, with the launch of updated PowerBooks and iBooks coming in the Q1/Q2 2006 timeframe.
Extremely reliable sources have claimed that Intel PowerBooks are to debut Q1 2006. But what configurations to expect?
Updated PowerBooks are likely to be announced first. Expect a new 15in widescreen model first, based to an extent on the current design but with much-reduced thickness. The new 15in PowerBook is said to be 20-25 per cent thinner than the one you can buy today. That takes it down from 2.8cm to between 2.1 and 2.2cm.
Apple announced in June 2005 that it would move to Intel processors from PowerPC technology during 2006, with the first machines due on the market by June 2006 and the range completely ported over by the end of 2007.