Hate to break it to everyone but this is not the first nor will it be the last time Apple works with sony on building powerbooks. I am too lazy to find a link today but google it. Sony has designed a ton of the powerbooks it the past.
Good thing is, at least the product will come out with a little "tried and tested" design experience. The VAIOs in my opinion are pretty good machines (I used one for work for a while). The article also statest that Sony helped Apple design the first PowerBook line...which in my opinion was terrible as I owned one and had to give it back to Apple because it crashed so much. Hopefully there is a hiring process to meet today's Apple standards
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4G iPod 20Gig
5G iPod Video 60gig
MacBook Pro 1.8 - Rrrripping!!
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Performa 6100/60 w/Monitor & Personal Laserwrite 300
Yup I particularly liked the comment that said that laptops should have Sony looks and IBM guts. I had three ThinkPads they were absolutely unbreakable. My two recent Macs have been really flimsy by comparison (Alu 12 and now iBook 12).
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