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by sbarrows13 / August 21, 2006 5:13 AM PDT

What is the difference between I book and other apple laptops? Are they older. What software do they use ansda are they still popular? Please help me!

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One viewpoint for me is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2006 5:22 AM PDT

To avoid the older powerpc units. There are some new tricks you can do with the new models that you can't on powerpc. Be aware you will find pundits that will whisper or shout about the old cpu being superior so beware of that and just nod.


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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 21, 2006 5:28 AM PDT

Most iBooks, the clamshell ones, can run OS 10.3
The newer, white ones can run OS 10.4

The really new ones run 10.4 AND Windows


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There's iBooks and iBooks
by simoncroft / August 21, 2006 9:34 AM PDT
In reply to: iBooks

That's an important point - there have been a complete line of laptops under the iBook banner.

I still have one I bought maybe five(?) years ago. It takes some time to boot as it only has a G3 processor but I've used it for everything from picking up email to laying out newspaper pages when a newroom hire system has gone down overseas.

I've had excellent value from my iBook but to find the best machine for you, it's probably best to balance your overall budget versus what you need to achieve.

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Also, check for hidden costs
by simoncroft / August 23, 2006 8:40 AM PDT

Something I should have added is that accessories such as the rechargeable battery can get harder and more expensive to find as the machine gets older. The battery on my iBook stays powered for about 6 minutes and the replacement battery is about the same value as the machine. (In the UK, at least.)

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by gilbertwhite1 / August 23, 2006 9:43 AM PDT

Lot of Powerbook and some iBooks run about $150.00 U.S.

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I've been had again!
by simoncroft / August 29, 2006 4:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Battery

This response - and a related point made by Mr MacFixit in a different thread - makes me realise what a bum deal we sometimes get in the UK. This is particularly true of 'spares', which I'll loosely define as 'stuff you have to buy if your machine is ever going to work the way it did when you bought it'.

There is a well known Mac retailer in the UK which seems to specialise in giving bad information and charging rediculous prices as soon as they think you're over a barrel... and I fell for it.

I hereby vow never to repeat their BS as if it were fact in this forum ever again.

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Being Had
by gilbertwhite1 / August 29, 2006 5:30 AM PDT
In reply to: I've been had again!

As you well know T.V.A. and the apparent "greed" of European vendors never cease to amaze me. "They just don't get it"...Sure they make handsome profits but could do so much moore. Why do you think many Europeans love to come over to the new world and shop for clothing and other items? Not to say that the guys in North America are benevolent!....They are at times very seedy and exploit things as well. There are sources that you can go to and obtain goods from outside your Country. You may pay customs taxes etc but sure as heck a lot better than some of your vendors are will to do. I is indeed sickening but nevertheless a reality. I am a French immigrant and still have family over on that side of the Pond. I fully understand your anger and frustration.


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is that official vendor?
by livingarief / August 30, 2006 2:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Being Had

how did they markup the prices? i just don't get it. i live in malaysia since last few months and noticed that all vendors are monitored by apple itself. i thought same thing should happen 'round the globe. all are fix prices even in an asian IT mall (where u can easily find lots of illegal software copies, that is).

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