Saw this topic somewhere else and figured I'd get some ehMacers to weigh in:
What do you think the next gen (ie: Intel) PowerBooks will look like? Stay with the "metal" theme, and if so, stay Aluminum? Or will Apple go back to black (as a metal?)
Personally, I think we're going to see 13.3", 15", 17" as the PowerBook lineup (with 13.3" being widescreen). Same backlit keyboards on all the models. Maybe a gun metal black of some sort, or a different hue of silver.
Ofcourse, if anyone could do a "gold" laptop (LOL - bling), Apple could do it Would definitely justify the price premium!
I agree completely that the lineup will have a 13.3 widescreen.
As far as the design goes, hard to say. Topping the current from an appearance perspective will be tough. If you look at the design, it's still way ahead of any competitor.
The ALBooks are beautiful, but many complain they are not rugged and get dinged quite easily. Mine has proven durable and very easy to keep clean and looking new.
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LOL I was thinking about that as I typed it, but also thought that if anyone could make a Gold Powerbook look good, it was Apple :P
13.3 inch widescreen PowerBook would be _hot_.
I always kind of hoped that a G5 PowerBook would have the same "cheese grader" look as the PowerMacs, at least subtly. I don't know, it's really hard to improve upon a great thing (ie: the current design).
Dare I wonder if the next PowerBook track pads will have right and left touch sensors?
Well, you could always strip the anodize finish on the housing, and get it anodized in any colour you want! Or you could polish it to a nice mirror shine... but the fingerprints would be worse than they are now of course....
I think a nice black anodized finish would be nice.. hmm.... my warranty just ran out, maybe when I upgrade my hdd I'll do that... hehe..