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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 08:07 PM   #1
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Should I do it? (ibook now or later?)



Yeah another "should I switch and throw money at apple" thread.

I've been toying with the idea of getting an ibook since my PC never stops to disappoint....

I'm looking at the 12" iBook with student discount plus free ipod mini (which i plan to sell since I already have one) and have a few questions....

1. Is the iBook good to go straight out of the box in terms of software?
2. Is iWork compatible with opening MS Word and Excel files?
3. Is it worth it to get a total of 1gig memory? (I don't plan on buying from apple...)
4. I know playing games on the iBook is dismal from what i've been reading, but how is WoW on it? Decent or needs that 1gig memory?

Even though Apple software is alot more affordable, I don't want to spend disgusting amounts of money on it. I plan to use it as my main computer for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, internet, some photo editing (might leave it for my PC...) and movies

Also is there a difference if I buy online or from the Yorkdale retail store? Or even my school's store (York)?

Thanks to all who reply!
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1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Depends - I have 512 and I'm happy
4. The only games I have are CnC Generals and Rise of Nations - however, they both run extremely well

There is no difference between Apple.ca and Yorkdale (except you hafta wait for Apple.ca to ship) but I'm not sure about your school store

The iBook is an amazing computer and I hope you enjoy
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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #3
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5. AppleWorks Educational vs iWork Educational?
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AppleWorks = horrible garbage
iWork = Not Too Shabby, though I prefer MSOffice (unfortunately...)
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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 08:48 PM   #5
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iWork does not have an application to do spreadsheets. This may be an important point for you if you need this. You have two options on this front:

1) Office compatiple open-source software (I think there's a couple of options, here, which may be free, but I don't know much about these..), or

2) Educational version of Office for Mac.. which sells for $200, and guarantees you compatibility with all of your class mates.

Be aware that Apple is switching its chips to Intel sometime next year, which means a computer you buy today may not really be serviced with major new apps in 4 or 5 years.. but then again, who has a computer for 5 years that can still install major new apps?

Go for the extra memory.. it's totally worth it. I buy mine through www.canadaram.com - good prices, guaranteed on the Mac, and Canadian.
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who has a computer for 5 years that can still install major new apps?
Me! I bought a Macintosh

Just kidding, but it's 3/5 true eh!
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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #7
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Right now is a really great time to buy an iBook (unless you wan to wait for the Intel ones...which are still almost a year away ) since they were just updated AND the student union deal is a phenomenal savings (even if you don't need the mini, you can just sell it to recoup some money)!
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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 11:56 PM   #8
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AppleWorks = horrible garbage
iWork = Not Too Shabby, though I prefer MSOffice (unfortunately...)

How awful is appleworks?

I'm comparing it by $59 to $200 MS Office
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Old Aug 8th, 2005, 12:03 AM   #9
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check out the FREE http://www.openoffice.org/

Or the FREE http://www.neooffice.org/

Both are great..
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Old Aug 8th, 2005, 12:21 AM   #10
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Buy an ibook now..most places are clearing out of ibooks because the small updated new ones are out. You can get the 12" for $999 at best buy. I will recomend it.
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