I've got a rerun of the ScreenSavers on in the background and they just pointed out that the iBooks now also have 512K of level 2 cache. That probably accounts for the snappiness that I've been experiencing.
So, an Apples to Apples comparison of the 12" iBook and 12" PowerBook:
(which diehard Mac users
will say doesn't matter)
|1 GHz||1.33 Ghz|
|Level 2 Cache||512K||512K|
|System Bus||100 MHz||133 MHz|
|Wireless||Airport Extreme Ready||Airport Extreme and Bluetooth included|
|Ports||Ethernet, 56K Modem, two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port||Ethernet, 56K Modem, two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, one FireWire 800 port|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon 9200||NVidia GeForce FX Go5200|
|Dual Display||with hack||yes|
|Audio||headphone out, built in microphone||line in, headphone out, built in microphone|
|Weight||4.9 lbs||4.6 lbs|
Really?? $500 for a line in jack, 33% more speed, 30 more GB and .3 lbs less? Is it worth it?? If you factor in $99 for the Airport Extreme card and $50 for a Bluetooth module, I guess it narrows the gap a bit.
<geek speak ends>