I don’t know whether to be disappointed or relieved that the rumors — some of the rumors, anyway — were wrong; Apple is not introducing an Intel-powered iBook, yet. Instead there’s a pro level replacement for the PowerBook (the new name: MacBook Pro) and, big surprise to me at least, an Intel iMac (still iMac). Either of which I’m happy to covet, but… last month en route to Virginia I dropped my laptop, an ancient ThinkPad 600 running Linux. Not intentionally. As I told my wife at the time, if I were going to do that intentionally, it would’ve been on the way home. Anyway, I was kind of hoping to have to decide between buying an Intel iBook or a discounted PowerPC iBook early this year, even though the ThinkPad is back up and running after I replaced its gargantuan 4 GB hard drive with an even more fearsome 6 GB one I picked up on eBay for $30. I can’t justify $2000 for a MacBook Pro, though; not for my needs.
But Steve says the whole Mac line will go Intel this year. (Hmm, by analogy, will the new name for the PowerMac be MacMac Pro?) So I’ll have my chance to spend money later on.
By the way, I really, really like the tag line on today’s Apple web site: “What’s an Intel chip doing in a Mac? A whole lot more than it’s ever done in a PC.”