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Chapter 17. Mobile Computing > Using PowerBook and iBook Hardware

Using PowerBook and iBook Hardware

Apple is one of the last vendors to sell both an operating system and the hardware necessary to run it. Aside from a few years in the late 1990s when Apple licensed its ROMs to clone manufacturers such as UMAX, PowerTools, and Power-Computing, the only place to buy hardware that would run the Mac OS has always been Apple Computer. The primary reason for this is profit, because Apple and Mac OS fans have to spend all of their hardware dollars with Apple; another reason is that selling hardware makes it easier to invest in developing faster, more powerful, and just plain sexier hardware. I’d like to think that another part of Apple’s motivation for monopolizing the hardware that can run the Mac OS is that this helps them keep both their hardware and software on the cutting edge. For years, there have been tantalizing rumors that Apple is investigating porting the Mac OS to the x86 platform—a possibility made more plausible today by the fact that Darwin has already been ported to the x86 platform. That leaves only porting the graphical components of Mac OS X to the Intel/AMD world. Many Mac users have their fingers crossed and have been saying prayers, but no luck yet.

Apple’s PowerBook and iBook laptop lines are both undergoing almost continual enhancement and expansion. The PowerBook line is targeted toward professionals, and is therefore the more expensive of the two, featuring fast G4 processors, better screens, greater expandability, and a variety of other mix-and-match options. The iBook line is targeted toward students, educators, and general consumers, and features a smaller form factor (size), fast G3 processors, smaller memory capacity, and the same sort of mix-and-match combinations of hard drives, CD-ROM, DVD, and writable CD and DVD technologies. Table 17.1 provides a side-by-side comparison of several iBook and PowerBook models, showing the highest capabilities of each model.


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